Effective May 9 Lufthansa is making changes to their award chart. You can book at old rates until that time. In general premium cabin awards are going up around 6% or so, which isn’t terrible relative to trends in much of the world and that the chart has been constant for some time.
Key awards that interest me from the perspective of an American:
- Domestic premium cabin awards on United go from 35,000 miles roundtrip to 40,000 miles
- Business class awards to Europe go from 105,000 miles roundtrip up to 112,000 miles
- First class awards to Europe go from 170,000 miles roundtrip to 182,000 miles
- Three zone and round the world awards go up 10,000 miles in business and 20,000 in first
Something we’ve seen consistently is that programs which go revenue-based for mileage-earning also make their award charts cost more. That fairly well rebuts the idea of being more rewarding for high spending customers.