As I wrote about earlier today, LifeMiles is offering an increased bonus on purchased miles. While they’ve been running a promotion all month, there’s now a way to get a 140% bonus on purchased LifeMiles, which is an opportunity to pick up miles for ~1.375 cents each.
The issue is that LifeMiles doesn’t seem to have access to all Star Alliance award availability. For over a year LifeMiles didn’t have access to any Lufthansa first class award space, though that finally changed late last year, which was a big boost to the value of LifeMiles.
However, over time it seems like LifeMiles doesn’t have access to all Lufthansa first class award availability, which is rather frustrating. However, there’s a workaround to accessing Lufthansa first class award space, as pointed out by Hiro in the comments section of a recent post.
How you’d usually search Lufthansa award space
Let’s use a Lufthansa flight with first class award availability between Washington and Munich as an example. Both the Aeroplan and United websites show first class award availability on this flight.
However, when you go to the LifeMiles website you’re asked to enter the origin, destination, departure date, class of service, and number of passengers. Historically you also get the best results when you enter your preferred airline, so you’d enter Lufthansa as the airline.
However, when you search for availability you’ll see that it will only return availability in business class, and not in first class.
This is frustrating, because subsequently when you look at the calendar mode you’ll see that it shows you options in business class rather than first class, as I explained in my previous post.
Fortunately there’s a workaround.
How you should search Lufthansa award space
The key to finding Lufthansa first class award space through LifeMiles is super simple. Just don’t specify your preferred carrier, and let it just do the “Smart Search.”
Let’s search for the same flight, except this time we won’t enter the airline.
As you’ll see, this time you should see the option to book Lufthansa first class awards.
This trick should help you secure Lufthansa first class award availability using LifeMiles in a vast majority of instances.
Hopefully this helps some of you redeem your LifeMiles for Lufthansa first class.