Earlier I wrote about how there are an ever-increasing number of opportunities to redeem miles for travel in Lufthansa first class in advance (more than 15 days out, which is usually when partner loyalty programs get access to this space):
- A couple of weeks ago, select partner programs had access to Lufthansa first class award availability in advance, though it seemed only for non-US routes
- Then it looked like Lufthansa first class award space was available between San Francisco and Munich
- This morning it was discovered that Chicago to Frankfurt also had first class award availability in advance
I’ve had a look at some more routes, and it looks like Lufthansa first class to & from the US is actually much more open in advance than we thought.
This includes Newark to Frankfurt:
And Washington Dulles to Frankfurt:
And New York JFK to Munich:
There are several other routes with availability. Personally I haven’t been able to find anything from the West Coast (aside from San Francisco to Munich), or from Houston or Miami. However, most other routes seem to have at least some award availability, which is pretty great.
As a reminder, Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus don’t have access to this award space, though other programs, including Avianca LifeMiles and Singapore KrisFlyer, do. In terms of cost between the US and Europe:
- LifeMiles charges 87,000 miles plus taxes and fees
- KrisFlyer charges 95,000 miles plus taxes and carrier imposed surcharges, which can total ~$500 for a one-way ticket
What’s amazing here is that we’re not just seeing one or two seats per flight, but in some cases 3-4 seats. Lufthansa only has a total of eight first class seats per plane, so that’s pretty awesome.
I have no clue how much longer this award availability will last, so if interested you’ll want to book soon. Do note that some of this availability may be phantom, so you’ll want to go all the way through to the booking page to see if it’s bookable. I think the space was bookable to begin with, but once it’s booked the system may not be updating instantly to reflect that there’s not availability anymore. So this is something to be aware of if buying miles for the purpose of booking one of these redemptions.