A couple of weeks ago Lufthansa first class awards had become bookable using partner miles. That’s significant because normally Lufthansa only makes first class award space available in advance to its own Miles & More members. Star Alliance partner frequent flyer programs can generally only book that space within 2 weeks of departure.
- Some programs — such as Singapore Airlines, Avianca Lifemiles, and Aegean Miles & Bonus — were able to book the seats. United and Aeroplan couldn’t.
- It wasn’t showing up between the US and Europe, but was bookable from Mexico City and between Europe and Asia.
Then a few days later San Francisco – Munich first class awards became available.
Now Chicago – Frankfurt is open. Availability is especially good in August, there are even days with four first class seats available. You can book this on the LifeMiles or Singapore websites.
Many readers have Lifemiles because they sell miles cheap and are a Citi transfer partner. Singapore miles are more common and a phone agent can hold the space pending a transfer, though not all will. Lifemiles doesn’t add fuel surcharges to these awards though Singapore Airlines Krisflyer will.
Lufthansa first class awards are a real unicorn. It’s also a good product, with a really nice ground experience at their German hubs. So if you have the miles you’ll want to jump on this.
(HT: Holly D.)