There’s some weird stuff going on with Lufthansa first class award availability for partner airlines, but for the life of me I can’t make sense of it. If you’ve tried to book Lufthansa first class using miles from partner airlines you’ll know that you can snag Lufthansa first class award space at most 15 days out. They simply don’t make awards available to their partner airlines further out than that. Now what complicates this a bit is that United’s website has the tendency to show some “phantom” first class award space, whereby the website shows first class award space when it’s not actually available. So when you go to book you either get an error message saying that availability has changed, or the segment books but then shows as “waitlisted.”
Anyway, reader Heather left a comment earlier today on this post saying that she managed to book a Lufthansa first class award using United miles more than 15 days out. I followed up with her via email and it does in fact seem to be the case (not that I was doubting her, but this is so unusual that I figured I’d follow up).
The interesting thing is that the award space doesn’t show up on the ANA website or elsewhere.
So I started searching award space on the ANA website which is the single most accurate place to search Lufthansa first class award space, but they don’t seem to show the space. However, they show some Lufthansa first class award space more than 15 days out, but that space doesn’t show up on united.com. So far I’ve only been able to find first class award space from Montreal to Munich, and I’ve searched a good number of routes.
So I have no clue what’s going on here, but let’s mark this as “developing.” It seems some Lufthansa first class award space is available using United miles more than 15 days out, while it doesn’t show as available with other airlines. Conversely, some Lufthansa first class award space is available using Aeroplan/ANA/AviancaTaca miles, yet doesn’t show available on the United website (though it may very well be bookable by phone).
So I’m curious if anyone else has found any Lufthansa first class award space on the United website more than 15 days out that they’ve actually been able to book?