From reading some flyertalk threads, I have noticed US Airways Dividend Miles members are having trouble making award bookings after October 31, 2013 that involve Lufthansa, even in Economy or Business. For some time, US Airways has been blocking Lufthansa First class award bookings. But this, if confirmed, would be a huge and negative development for the US Airways Dividend Miles program.
Maybe it is something in anticipation of the upcoming US Airways / American Airways Merger.
Here are two specific data points noted by Flyertalk users attempting to make these award bookings:
Ok – I just retried my original booking for DUB-FRA on Jan 2, 2014. As I mentioned upthread, every source (ANA, UA, etc…) show plenty of availability for this flight. Chairman’s desk said no availability for the entire day.
I then decided to check out some additional data points. First, I tried the same route (DUB-FRA) on October 30, 2013 and the agent was able to see the same availability as was showing up on ANA and UA – plenty of C and Y seats available.
Then I checked for November 2, 2013. Once again, ANA and UA show plenty of availability but the agent said nothing was available for that day.
Seems there may be something up with that October 31st date and award seats on LH being blocked. Hopefully this is just temporary but I’m afraid it may not be.
Yep, I just had the same issue here. Trying to book an award USA to GVA with a stopover there then on to SYD and return back to NYC. Only two segments are on LH (FRA-GVA) however I have now spoken to 3 US agents who say there is no availability the entire day on any of the LH flights. Both UA.com and ANA shows that it’s wide open in all classes. Travel is for March 2014. They can find every other flight for this trip except for the LH segments. This is a pain. It will add a lot of other unnecessary segments to this trip in order to redeem.
Stay tuned, but this would be a sad development. Lufthansa Business class has solid availability to get people over the Atlantic and on to Asia for many award itineraries. I have recently booked friends on Lufthansa Business for Atlanta – Frankfurt, Charlotte – Munich, Munich – Zagreb, amongst other routes. We’ll see what the future spells.