Lufthansa Further Restricts First Class Award Availability For Partners

by Anthony Losanno
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Lufthansa First Class is one of my favorite airline experiences. I’ve flown it multiple times and am always impressed. Heck, if you’re departing Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) (review here) you can even use a dedicated First Class Terminal (review here). It’s never been easy to use partner miles to book seats, but it looks like it might become even trickier.

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Frequent Miler reports that finding First Class award seats with partner programs like Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus was always easier for same-day bookings or those around three days out. This now seems to be more strictly enforced. Nothing has been stated by Lufthansa to confirm this and it could change at any time, but seats are hard to come by right now. is a tool for finding award seats. It’s added a note at the top of the page that reads:

Recently, Lufthansa seems to have changed their cadence for releasing first class awards to partners. Most awards are now only made available within 3 days of departure, including on the day of departure itself. Additionally, some routes are only made available in one direction at any given time (i.e. MEX/FRA but not FRA/MEX).”

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Anthony’s Take: We’ll see if this sticks. Lufthansa award seats have never been easy (it used to be that they needed to be booked within 14 days of departure). I’ll book Business Class seats and then look to change to First Class at the last minute in the future.

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