All About Lifemiles (Updated)

The latest news going around is that LifeMiles has finally done what every other frequent flyer program in the world does, and allow customers to mixed different cabin classes on award bookings. However, hidden in these changes are some other crucial changes to LifeMiles, especially how the routes are calculated. So, while LifeMiles allowing mixed cabin redemptions gained more coverage than Kim Kardashian over the past few days, let’s delve deeper into the nitty gritty of the changes.

Mixed Cabin Redemptions on LifeMiles

Of course the biggest news is that mixed cabin redemptions are finally possible. This means when redeeming flights for Lufthansa First Class for instance, where before you would have to book two tickets (or make your own way to the gateway city), now you can connect in Frankfurt on one ticket while paying no additional cost.

New York JFK to Bremen via Frankfurt on Lufthansa First Class

New York JFK to Bremen via Frankfurt on Lufthansa First Class

The other advantage is for people living in small cities with only economy class service. Previously premium cabin LifeMiles redemptions weren’t possible at all, but now, you can redeem for not only business but first class as well.

Tokyo Narita to Killeen on ANA First Class

Tokyo Narita to Killeen on ANA First Class

Previously, this redemption would only have been possible in economy class.

As one would expect, in the case of mixed cabins, the entire itinerary prices out as the highest class of service. While this is to be expected, this also causes itineraries with the long leg in economy and the short leg in business class to price out as business class. Not a huge deal, but you have to notice it.

Chicago O'Hare to Bremen in with the long haul leg in economy class

Chicago O’Hare to Bremen in with the long haul leg in economy class

In the above example, you’ll have to pay the business class rate of 63000 miles for the entire route, even with the transatlantic leg in economy class. Luckily, there is a warning if you try to book any mixed cabin itineraries.

LifeMiles Mixed Cabin Warning

LifeMiles Mixed Cabin Warning

If you see that and you still book the wrong thing… guess who’s to blame then? 😉

Singapore Airlines Business Class to Australia Now Bookable

LifeMiles has long been blocking Singapore Airlines award availability to Australia using LifeMiles. Singapore Airlines flights to Perth were available for redemption, but flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in business class were never available, despite seats being made available to other programs such as Aeroplan.

Now, I’m pleased to say that all Singapore Airlines award availability through Star Alliance can be booked via LifeMiles.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Brisbane to Singapore

Singapore Airlines Business Class Brisbane to Singapore

Air New Zealand Business Class Now Bookable

Another airline that has historically been blocked on LifeMiles are business class award seats on Air New Zealand. Like Singapore Airlines flights to Australia, those are also now available with LifeMiles.

Air New Zealand Business Class Auckland to Shanghai

Air New Zealand Business Class Auckland to Shanghai

LifeMiles Now Allows Many Connections

Around December 2014, the LifeMiles engine took a drastic turn for the worse, and blocked out many even seemingly normal flight connections. This especially affected Australia where almost all flights from Australia to Asia connecting in Bangkok on Thai Airways were blocked. This issue has now been resolved, and flights with logical connections are showing up available for booking.

Thai Airways First Class connections, blocked for over a year, are finally bookable

Thai Airways First Class connections, blocked for over a year, are finally bookable

These latest round of changes have definitely increased the usefulness of LifeMiles significantly… now we’re just counting down till the next 2×1 promo (or better)…

Fruits and Cabbages

Hopefully you’ve been reading up to this part. If you have, I just wanted to let you know that there are many creative routings that are available. For more details about these redemptions, see my previous post on Lifemiles. That should give you some insight about the strategy involved with finding a good route.

That’s all I will say for now, as previously talking too much has not yielded a positive experience. So, if I do file a DoT complaint, y’all will never hear about it 😉 Just kidding – if you do want to let me know of anything special, I can promise you my lips will be sealed.

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  1. Thanks for the update, Jeff.

    One thing though: long leg in coach and short leg in business IS a huge deal. E.g. for AMS-YVR on consecutive days I see mainly one-hour flights like AMS-FRA and YYC-YVR in J, and FRA-YYC in Y; or AMS-FRA + FRA-LHR in J, and LHR-YVR in Y

  2. Thank you for your work, Master!
    I have been a member in Lifemiles, I would like to also know something about the tricks!
    I would be glad if you send me an email
    And the main question for me right now: I urgently need to know how to book Lifemiles SQ first class! This is possible with the help of a trick!
    If you know, help me, please !!!

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