Earlier today I wrote about Lufthansa first class awards being available Chicago – Frankfurt. That’s rare because Lufthansa usually only allows partner frequent flyer programs to book Lufthansa first class within two weeks of travel.
And now in fact we’re seeing it on myriad routes between the US and Germany. For instance Washington Dulles – Frankfurt:
And Newark – Frankfurt:
It appears that this space is bookable through several Star Alliance programs including Avianca LifeMiles (online, no fuel surcharges), Singapore Airlines Krisflyer (online, with fuel surcharges), and Aegean Miles & Bonus (phone, fuel surcharges) but not through United and Aeroplan. It seems that the North American frequent flyer programs — knowing Lufthansa doesn’t generally make this space available — have hard coded against it.
Many readers have Lifemiles because they sell miles cheap and are a Citi transfer partner. Singapore miles are more common and a phone agent can hold the space pending a transfer, though not all will.
This has gone on too long to think that it is any kind of mistake. If it were an error Lufthansa would have ended it in a few hours or a day, but they’ve been making first class award space available to partners for weeks. Perhaps this even suggests a thawing in their policy to withhold advance award space from partners, and it’s time for Aeroplan and United to remove any hard coding against bookings.
Still, I don’t know if this will last, I’d book right away if you are interested and you can.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)