Destinations Travel News

Lufthansa First and Business Availability With UA Miles

Lucky wrote yesterday about the tremendous availability that Lufthansa has opened up in first and business class on their new routes of Mexico City – Munich and Toronto – Munich – and it is bookable with United miles!

Normally, Lufthansa releases their first class availability to partners just 15 days before departure (though I was able to ticket Toronto – Frankfurt first class last year 2 months out for 4 tickets!). In this case, they have opened up wide availability and you can book it with United miles. Go read Lucky’s post for all the details. There is still a fair amount of availability this morning so if flying Lufthansa first class next summer was on your wish list, book it up!

This actually would have worked out great for me as we are returning from near Toronto next summer to Europe. The problem is this: 5 tickets in coach one-way = 150,000 United miles, 5 tickets in first one-way = 327,500 United miles! Would it have been fun for all of us to fly first class together to Europe? Sure! Would it have been so much more memorable for my little kids than Lufthansa business was for them last year? No! They are still young, they won’t miss it. In exchange for flying coach, we are able to save enough miles for another trip back to the US – and then some!

Lufthansa is a very special airline with an exceptional hard product. However, if you will miss out on this round of offers and won’t be able to book a Lufthansa first class seat before prices go up, don’t feel too bad! My all-time favorite international first class flight can be had for 57,000 miles one-way (and an extra $120 in surcharges) – Singapore Airlines suites class! 🙂 Either way, enjoy yourself. Whether you fly in first class or in the back of the bus, you will arrive in Europe and still be able to enjoy a fantastic time on the ground!

Some of the links on Running with Miles are affiliate links that pay a commission if a purchase is made. Running with Miles is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.