On Tuesday Lufthansa announced two new routes to North America out of Munich.
The first route is Munich to Mexico City, which they’ll operate 5x weekly starting April 3, 2014. The new route will be operated by an A340-600, and the schedule will look as follows:
LH520 Munich to Mexico City departing 10:25PM arriving 4:25AM (+1 day)
LH521 Mexico City to Munich departing 10:30AM arriving 5:10AM (+1 day)
Meanwhile they’ve also announced new service from Munich to Toronto, which they’ll operate daily starting June 5, 2014. The route will be operated by an A330-300, and the schedule will look as follows:
LH494 Munich to Toronto departing 11:55AM arriving 2:50PM
LH495 Toronto to Munich departing 5:45PM arriving 7:45AM (+1 day)
Anyway, in light of the upcoming United MileagePlus devaluation I know a lot of people are trying to redeem miles for travel on partner airlines, in particular for travel next summer to Europe. Award space is almost impossible to come by at this point.
But I have, really, really, really good news — there’s ridiculously good award space on the Toronto to Munich flight in both business and first class. That’s right, Lufthansa has released first class award space even to their partner airlines on this route. Keep in mind that Lufthansa usually only releases first class award space to partner airlines 15 days out, so I’m not sure why the space is available this far out. Something similar happened about a month ago, where Star Alliance carriers had access to Lufthansa first class award space over a small period of time between Montreal and Munich.
Obviously this is especially timely, with so many people wanting to burn their United miles before the devaluation.
The flight is scheduled to be operated by an A330-300 featuring Lufthansa’s new first and business class.
Looking at award space in business class from Toronto to Munich, the below dates in green are ones with nonstop business class award space:
I conveniently left out one detail — that’s the availability when searching for eight passengers per flight.
I also see at least four first class award seats available per flight.
So literally almost every single date has at least eight business class award seats and four first class award seats to Europe over summer, which is amazing. I’ve called United and Aeroplan to verify the space is actually available and that it’s not phantom space, and it is indeed available.
As a reminder, under their current award charts, the cost to book Lufthansa first class is as follows:
50,000 miles one-way in business class
67,500 miles one-way in first class
Air Canada Aeroplan (fuel surcharges apply):
90,000 miles roundtrip in business class
125,000 miles roundtrip in first class
52,500 miles one-way in business class
72,500 miles one-way in first class
US Airways Dividend Miles (first class space blocked):
100,000 miles roundtrip in business class
Anyway, if you’re trying to redeem your United miles or have been trying to go to Europe over summer on Star Alliance, this new route is a phenomenal new option.
Lastly, while not nearly as exciting by comparison, the new Mexico City route also has good business class award space three days a week through the end of schedule. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any first class award space, however.
If you’re looking to book first class to Europe this summer, book now. This won’t last.
If you need a refresher as to how to book awards using United miles I’d recommend the following posts:
- Best Ways To Use Your United Miles
- United’s new(ish) routing restrictions for travel between the US and Asia via Europe
As always I’m more than happy to answer questions in the comments section, or if you need more detailed help booking and are ready to pull the trigger, feel free to check out our award consulting service, PointsPros.
(Tip of the hat to Ed and CFFrost)