Lufthansa’s Miami-Frankfurt flight has been annoucned to go Airbus A380 beginning June 10. I’m a bit surprised, actually. While there’s surprisingly little transatlantic service out of Miami, that’s also presumably because it isn’t a market with the loads to handle an A380. But perhaps if Lufthansa was otherwise considering a second flight this is more economical.
Whenever a new A380 flight is annoucned, the first thing I think is “award seats!” Several airlines restrict premium cabin award redemption on their Airbus A380 aircraft. Singapore doesn’t make the seats available to partners (intentionally) at all, and to their own members they don’t even allow double points redemptions into “suites class” in fact I have seen their offers go as high as nearly 1 million points roundtrip. Lufthansa restricts A380 first class awards to Miles & More elite members.
Now, some airlines are a bit more open with these seats, like Emirates (not great availability from most markets, but I have certainly seen a couple of first class seats JFK – Dubai and it’s regularly available Auckland-Sydney and Hong Kong – Bangkok) and also Qantas.
But in general many folks have gotten A380 first class seats by booking a flight that they thought might get changed to an A380, and getting lucky when they add the aircraft to the schedule. That’s the most common way that it has happened with Singapore.
And certainly when Lufthansa’s Beijing and San Francisco routes were announced some folks were pouncing on previously available award space, before the inventory management folks caught up with the press relations people making a hoopla over the introduction of the aircraft.
Naturally my first instinct was to check for first class award space on Miami – Frankfurt. I’ve searched partner first class availability from June 10 through August 17 and am coming up empty, unfortunately. I booked someone on the flight just this past weekend, looks like they’ll luck out. But availability I had seen on Tuesday during the day for this summer is apparently now gone. Probably must quicker on the trigger this time, those Lufthansa folks!