A few days ago I wrote about how Lufthansa seems to be making first class award space available to partner airlines in advance. This typically doesn’t happen, because historically Lufthansa has only made first class award seats available to partner airlines at most 15 days out, leaving award availability further out than that for Miles & More members.
I’m not sure if this is a glitch or intentional, though the space continues to be available. In the post I noted that award space seemed available to Asia, the Middle East, and South America, though there didn’t seem to be any first class award seats available to the US. This was based on searching quite a few routes.
As it turns out, that’s not the case. Readers Andy and djibouti note one route on which Lufthansa first class award space is available to partner programs in advance.
There’s tons of Lufthansa first class award availability in advance between San Francisco and Munich using partner airline miles. There’s not availability every day, but I see maybe an average of two days per week with award space between this summer and the end of the schedule.
This is especially cool for a couple of reasons:
- Lufthansa is flying the A380 between San Francisco and Munich for much of the year (over the summer it’s the A340-600, which is still very nice)
- Typically getting Lufthansa first class award seats from the West Coast is especially tough, so being able to confirm seats in advance is a special treat
If you do want to travel in Lufthansa first class between the West Coast and Europe, this is an incredible opportunity.
Do note that Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus don’t have access to this space. My guess is that this is because they’ve added restrictions on their end that prevent that space from being shown further out. However, other programs, including Avianca LifeMiles, Singapore KrisFlyer, Aegean Miles+Bonus, and more, do have access to Lufthansa first class award space further out.
This is a heck of a use of LifeMiles, as they charge 87,000 miles one-way between the US and Europe in first class.
Some dates even have two first class award seats available, so you can travel with someone.
I’ve searched other US routes and didn’t see any with first class award space in advance, though there’s a chance I may have missed some routes. If anyone sees other US routes with Lufthansa first class award space in advance, please do let us know.
Happy booking — I hope that by the end of the day I don’t see any more first class award space on Lufthansa between SFO and MUC. 😉