Lufthansa usually only releases first class award space to partner airlines at most 15 days out, which can be a bit of a pain. However, in the past few months we’ve seen a couple of instances whereby they’ve released first class award space further out than that.
Back in November there was a brief period where they released a ton of first class award space on their new flight between Toronto and Munich. Then there was a brief moment in December where first class award space was wide open on their flight between Frankfurt and Tokyo Haneda.
Well, it appears as if right now first class award space is wide open on Lufthansa’s flights from Vancouver to Munich and Montreal to Munich. Both of these flights are operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, meaning they feature Lufthansa’s new first class product. I even flew the Vancouver to Munich seasonal flight in first class last year.
While Lufthansa’s flight from Montreal to Munich is year round, the Vancouver to Munich flight is seasonal, and operates from March 30 through October 24, 2014.
Anyway, first class award space truly is wide open on both routes, with many dates having multiple first class seats available.
Sadly this comes a week after the United award chart devaluation, whereby one-way first class Star Alliance awards between the US and Europe went from costing 67,500 miles to 110,000 miles.
That being said, United is actually more generous than promised with the changes they’re allowing to awards booked pre-devaluation. So if you have a first class MileagePlus award ticket between the US and Europe you can switch carriers and routes as long as the regions stay the same. That means if you’re holding a “placeholder” itinerary right now, these would be great flights to confirm onto.
As a reminder, the one-way award rates through various Star Alliance carriers are as follows:
- United MileagePlus: 110,000 miles one-way in first class
- Air Canada Aeroplan: 62,500 miles one-way in first class
- Avianca Lifemiles: 72,500 miles one-way in first class
- US Airways Dividend Miles: not bookable, since they block the space
Of the above carriers only Aeroplan imposes fuel surcharges, so you can expect to pay about $400 each way in fuel surcharges if booking through them. That can still be quite a good deal, given how much cheaper redemptions are through them than United MileagePlus.
I doubt this will last, so I would recommend ticketing while you can!
(Tip of the hat to Canadian Kilometers)