New award availability gold mine? Lufthansa’s new St. Louis service has wide-open business class space

Dec 17, 2021

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Earlier this week, Lufthansa announced it would start nonstop


service from St. Louis (STL) to Frankfurt (FRA) with its A330 aircraft.

Service will start June 1, 2022, and operate 3x weekly on Sunday, Wednesday. and Friday. This will be the first time the St. Louis area has seen mainline nonstop service to Europe in over 20 years, making flights to Germany and beyond far easier for those in the St. Louis metro area.

If you’re in the market for a flight on this route, you’re in luck. Right now, you can take advantage of wide-open business class award space on the route throughout the summer. Let’s take a closer look at the award space.

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Lufthansa business class award space from St. Louis to Frankfurt

Lufthansa A330 business class
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Virtually every date that the flight operates next summer has at least one open award seat, with many dates having three or more seats available. This can be helpful if you’re flying on just the St. Louis to Frankfurt flight, or even if you’re connecting on for a trip elsewhere in Europe. Additionally, you could potentially use this flight as your way to get across the pond even if you are originating elsewhere in the U.S.

STL FRA United.com Award
(Screenshot courtesy of united.com)

You can any type of Star Alliance miles to book this award ticket, but you’ll want to remember that Lufthansa does add fuel surcharges to award tickets. With this in mind, consider booking with a loyalty program that doesn’t pass these fees along to its customers. Some good options to consider include Air Canada Aeroplan, Avianca LifeMiles and United MileagePlus.

As discussed, you’re not limited to Frankfurt as your final destination. You can add a connecting leg to your itinerary and pay a similar number of miles with these three programs.

STL to PRG Aeroplan award
(Screenshot courtesy of aircanada.com)

Alternatively, you can add a stopover to a one-way ticket for just 5,000 extra miles if you book with Aeroplan.

Likewise, United MileagePlus will let you add a free stopover to a round-trip itinerary with its famous Excursionist perk, though it generally charges slightly more miles than Aeroplan for business class awards to Europe.

United Excursionist perk example
This itinerary features a free connection between Frankfurt and Oslo, thanks to United’s Excursionist perk. (Screenshot courtesy of united.com)

Related: How to plan a free stopover on your next trip abroad

Earn points to book

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

Currently, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One and Citi ThankYou points to both Avianca LifeMiles and Air Canada Aeroplan.

If you need to top up your points balance for a future award, consider opening a card that earns Capital One miles. These points transfer instantly, so you can transfer the points as soon as you’re ready to book your ticket to Europe.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite Capital One credit cards:

  • Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $10,000 on purchases within the first six months of account opening. Also, for a limited time, get up to $200 in statement credits for vacation rental purchases charged to your card within the first year. Earn 10 miles per dollar on car rentals and hotels booked through Capital One Travel, 5 miles per dollar on flights booked through Capital One Travel and 2 miles per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases ($395 annual fee).
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Earn 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Earn 2x miles per dollar on everyday purchases and a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit (up to $100) every four years ($95 annual fee).

Or if you’d rather book with United miles to take advantage of the Excursionist perk, consider topping up your balance with one of these Chase Ultimate Rewards earning credit cards. Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to MileagePlus and Aeroplan at a 1:1 transfer ratio.

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Earn 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on dining and 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on travel.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months from account opening. Earn 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on travel and dining purchases.
  • Ink Business Preferred Credit Card:  Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 in the first three months from account opening. Earn 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on the first $150,000 spent per account anniversary year (then 1 point per dollar) on shipping; internet, cable and phone services; advertising with social media sites and search engines; and travel.

Related: 5 incredible sweet spots of Capital One’s revamped transferable miles program

Bottom line

If you’re looking to fly from the St. Louis metro area to Europe next summer, this could be a great opportunity to book your flights. You have plenty of options to choose from and can connect on to the huge Star Alliance European network, which covers virtually every major city in the region.

Feature photo by Ryan Patterson/The Points Guy

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