One of the best ways of booking your perfect award trip is to plan far in advance. Even though most airlines generally release new award space continuously throughout the year, it is always best to book as far in advance as possible. This guide will help you answer the question of how long in advance airlines such as Lufthansa release award seats?

There are however two important things to consider:

  1. Different airlines release award seats at different dates.
  2. Different frequent flyer programs show seats at different dates.

For example, if you’re using United to search for First Class seats, then you will only be able to find awards up to 337 days in advance. However, as a EuroBonus member you can still book awards more than 337 days in advance. This is especially important to consider when going after highly sought after awards.

Luckily AwardFares makes it super easy to find these since you’re able to search across multiple frequent flyer programs at once!

Award Release Dates: How Early Can You Book?

By Frequent Flyer Program

Here are the number of days in advance that some popular frequent flyer program award search sites will show. Dates are updated automatically.

Frequent Flyer Program Days in advance Date from today
Air Canada Aeroplan 355
American AAdvantage 331
Alaska Mileage Plan 330
United MileagePlus 337
SAS EuroBonus 360
Delta SkyMiles 331
Air France-KLM Flying Blue 359
JetBlue TrueBlue 331
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 331
Avianca LifeMiles 360

By Airline

Star Alliance

So, how many days in advance do Star Alliance airlines release award availability? Here is a list of the number of days in advance you can earliest find award space using AwardFares for all Star Alliance airlines. Dates are updated automatically.

Airline Days in advance Date from today
Air Canada 360
Air China 361
Air India 337
Air New Zealand 355
ANA 355
Asiana 361
Austrian 361
Avianca 355
Brussels 360
COPA 330
Egyptair 360
Ethiopian 331
EVA Air 360
LOT 361
Lufthansa 360
Lufthansa (long-haul Business) 1 85 180
Lufthansa (long-haul First) 2 30
SAS 35 330
Singapore Airlines 355
South African Airways 358
TAP 361
Thai 4 339
Turkish 354
United 337


  • (1) Lufthansa long-haul Business partner redemptions are currently released 85 days in advance.
  • (2) Lufthansa long-haul First partner redemptions are released 30 days in advance. Members of Miles & More can book up to 180 days in advance.
  • (3) SAS releases 2 Plus awards within Europe at 330 days, and 4+ at 300 days.
  • (4) Aeroplan and EuroBonus limited to 180 days in advance.
  • (5) SAS announced it will leave Star Alliance and join SkyTeam. The airline plans to make the transition during Q2, 2024.


Airline Days in advance Date from today
Alaska Airlines 330
American Airlines 331
British Airways 355
Cathay Pacific 360
Finnair 362
Iberia 360
Japan Airlines 360
Malaysia Airlines 354
Qantas 353
Qatar Airways 361
Royal Air Maroc 330
Royal Jordanian 6 (Economy) 330
SriLankan Airlines 360
Fiji Airways 330
Oman Air 300 - 330


  • (6) In Business Class, redemption can start as early as 180 days, but there’s no official statement from the airline. Typically, they also get released close to departure date.


Airline Days in advance Date from today
Aerolíneas Argentinas 330
Aeroméxico 330
Air Europa 330
Air France 7 359
ITA Airways 8 330
China Airlines 330
China Eastern 330
Czech Airlines 330
Delta Air Lines 330
Garuda Indonesia 330
Kenya Airways 330
KLM 359
Korean Air 330
Middle East Airlines 330
Saudia 330
Vietnam Airlines 330
XiamenAir 330


  • (7) From some users’ experience, availability on certain routes/code share flights gets released anywhere between 305 and 359 days in advance.
  • (8) ITA Airways announced it will leave SkyTeam and join Star Alliance. Date is undefined.

Other Airlines/Programs

Airline Days in advance Date from today
Southwest 180 - 240
Frontier 180 - 240
Spirit Airlines 330
JetBlue 331
Emirates 328
Etihad 330
LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass 330
GOL Smiles (on GOL flights) 330
GOL Smiles (on partner airlines) Varies, up to 330 -

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