ExpertFlyer is now displaying availability on many more airlines including those in the Star Alliance network.
ExpertFlyer is by far my favourite frequent flyer tool when it comes to finding flights. The only issue is that a while back they pulled many airlines’ availability award space from their website because either some airlines asked them to or they had some legal issues with displaying that availability.
However, it looks like as of now, they have once again added many airlines back to their award availability search! Including a majority of the airlines in the Star Alliance network, which means that Lufthansa First Class award space is now searchable on ExpertFlyer! This also means that you can now set up availability alerts and be notified when award space opens up!
Before when ExpertFlyer showed availability they would show, for example, “O1”. “O” is the booking class for Star Alliance First Class and “1” meant that there was one seat available for award redemption in First Class. The airlines that disappeared from ExpertFlyer a while back and now have returned, are instead displaying either “Yes” or “No”.
Now you are told whether there is availability or there isn’t, you don’t see the number of seats available.
I was a bit sceptical if ExpertFlyer is displaying accurate availability and set up a few alerts for when Lufthansa First Class was not available.. and it works well! I literally checked 30 minutes before I received the email alert and there was no space, then after I got the email alert, I checked the United website and it showed award space in First Class on Lufthansa!
All in all, it is awesome that ExpertFlyer was able to add a bunch of airlines to their availability search system again and that the alerts actually work. Because this feature is super useful, I’ve subscribed to ExpertFlyer again and am happy to pay the monthly fee as long as I can be notified when Star Alliance award space shows up!