United Mileage Plus award tickets for travel on Lufthansa now seem to be bookable on united.com. For most of us that’s not hugely useful, since there are other sources for checking Lufthansa award availability, though I suppose for a simple roundtrip award ticket this is useful to avoid the $25 phone ticketing fee. Unfortunately one-way awards on Lufthansa don’t seem bookable on the website yet.
The bigger implication here is that there’s finally some transparency as to United’s award availability for travel on Lufthansa, given that they have a history of Starnet blocking, whereby they blocked partner award availability to save money. I’m guessing Starnet blocking is going away with the merger, and this may very well be the first “official” step towards that.
I’d be curious if anyone sees availability for travel on Lufthansa via the ANA tool that they don’t see bookable on united.com.