Let’s say, hypothetically speaking, that you’re curious just how often first class award seats are available on various routes. And so, hypothetically speaking, you collected data. Lots and lots of data. And then you analyzed some of that data and made pretty charts out of it. There’s a decent chance it would look something like this.
From the looks of that data ANA made some serious changes to policies regarding award space in late September 2014 and they’ve carried through on it quite nicely. Access to award seats on United metal varies a bit over the same period, though it is generally more available than on ANA-operated flights.
And then there’s Lufthansa First Class for departures from Frankfurt. Lots of destinations to choose from but typically space is only made available to partners up to ~15 days in advance so the query range is narrower.
There are some very interesting trends in the data in terms of routes which are easier (BOS, PHL, MCO) or harder (IAH, MIA) to find seats on. And the large blocks of dates where nothing is available for certain destinations is quite valuable information in some ways.
Comparing the Lufthansa data to United data on a few overlapping routes is also informative.
Chicago and Dulles are notably more available than Newark and San Francisco.
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