use UA miles for LH flight

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  1. dogcrazy
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    Is it true that *A partners are not able to redeem business or 1st class LH award for TATL except within 14 days of departure ?
     
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    It looks like united.com will currently sell me a Lufthansa First award seat on the nonstop MUC-BOS on 22 Dec 2012, which is a transatlantic F award more than 14 days from now.

    I don't think this is "phantom inventory" -- it gets all the way to the booking page.

    I have, however, often seen a lot of premium-cabin LH award availability for last-minute travel.
     
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    Shouldn't have any problem with C, but LH theoretically doesn't release F space to *A partners until T minus 2 weeks.
     
  4. Jimgotkp
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    Doesn't matter. It will most likely show an error page once you try to book it on the booking page. December 22 is also a peak travelling time due to winter break and Christmas..
     
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    same here. the best i could get was biz on a couple of trips for next year on both 744 and a380.no chance on 748i.
    and as @guberif said :no way for first until 2 weeks to departure ...
     
  6. LizzyDragon84
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    One strategy to get first class to book a seat in a lower class, then when the two-week window opens, give LH a call and see if you can upgrade. A friend of mine did this and got seats for him and his wife in First.
     
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    That's been my experience. Trying to book results in an error message asking you to call UA. Calling is a waste of time as the availability the agents see doesn't match the phantom availability shown on the website.
     
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    Not sure if anything has changed, but I was able to book 2 flights in LH F more than 3 months out last year.
     
  9. deant
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    Things have changed in the last year. I believe it was about 6-8 months ago that LH changed their policy.

    This year I have even had problems booking UA international F 10 or 11 months out. In past years it was very easy to find UA or LH F awards that far out.
     
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    I haven't looked for LH awards since last October for when I traveled in January 2012.

    Good information to have. Thanks. :)
     

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