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While often overlooked by points and miles enthusiasts, Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program, Miles and More, is on the rise. In December, the program announced that families will be able to “pool” miles together starting later this month. The program has now further improved by allowing you to book awards online on more of its airline partners including Cathay Pacific and, notably, United.

Here’s a list of the previous and new airline partner awards that can be booked online:

Previous Partners With Online Booking New Partners With Online Booking
Adria Airways Adria Airways
Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines
Air Canada Air Canada
Air China Air China
Air New Zealand Air Dolomiti
ANA Air Malta
Austrian Airlines Air New Zealand
Avianca ANA
Brussels Airlines Asiana Airlines
Condor Airlines Austrian Airlines
Croatia Airlines Avianca
EgyptAir Brussels Airlines
Ethiopian Cathay Pacific
Eurowings Condor Airlines
EVA Air Croatia Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines EgyptAir
Lufthansa Ethiopian
Luxair Eurowings
SAS EVA Air
Shenzhen Airlines LOT Polish Airlines
Singapore Airlines Lufthansa
South African Airways Luxair
SWISS International Airlines SAS
TAP Portugal Shenzhen Airlines
THAI Airways Singapore Airlines
Turkish Airlines SWISS International Airlines
TAP Portugal
THAI Airways
Turkish Airlines
United Airlines

This unlocks the potential for some excellent online redemptions, especially for domestic flights within the US. One-way domestic awards booked on United metal cost 12,000 miles in economy and just 17,000 in business, versus 12,500 and 25,000 respectively on most routes using United MileagePlus miles.

If you can find award space, you can also get phenomenal value on premium transcontinental business class seats on United by using Miles & More. United charges a 10,000 mile premium on business class seats between New York/Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO), meaning you’d pay 35,000 MileagePlus miles in one direction. But that same business class seat is just 17,000 Miles & More miles.

Plus, Miles and More doesn’t charge close-in booking fees on award tickets, so those last-minute United flights that carry an extra $75 cost per person can be had for the same number of miles and just the standard taxes and fees.

If you’re short on Miles & More miles, Starwood Preferred Guest points can be transferred to Miles & More at a 1:1 ratio, though it may take time. Remember that if you transfer Starpoints in blocks of 20,000, you’ll also get a 25% bonus, meaning you can effectively get these United business class seats for just 13,600 Starpoints by transferring and booking through Miles & More.

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