LOT Polish awards haven’t been bookable on United.com for quite some time.
For more advanced award hackers that has been a blessing in disguise. It meant that fewer people knew how to book it, which meant better award availability.
But for better or worse you can once again book LOT awards on United.com and availability is excellent.
Searching random dates for 2 award seats came up with LOT award space in coach and in business. The connection times aren’t great, but you can always leave the airport and explore Warsaw. You can also get a free stopover to stay in Warsaw for as long as you wish. This itinerary can be booked for 85K United miles in coach or 160K United miles in business:
LOT flies from Chicago, JFK, and Toronto to Warsaw on the 787 Dreamliner and they have a pretty decent looking business class seat:
To help find availability you may want to search for JFK-Warsaw separately from Warsaw-Tel Aviv. Once you find dates that work you can just search for JFK-Warsaw, or you can use the multiple destination award search to book an award by specifying JFK-Warsaw and then Warsaw-Tel Aviv, or you can call to stitch together an award.
To search for just LOT Polish flights start by searching for the sample date in the picture above where you know there is availability from JFK-WAW and then click nonstop flights only. If you search for a date without nonstop availability then the calendar will show connecting availability instead of nonstop availability only.
The calendar below is only displaying nonstop award flight availability from JFK to Warsaw for 2 passengers. Scroll through the months to see what’s available. Green dates mean saver coach and business award space is available:
Same goes for WAW-TLV:
As always, if you’re willing to spend a night at a connection point it will always be easier to find award availability. Of course the award search engine won’t know you’re willing to do that, so you need to search for each segment separately before attempting to stitch them together onto one itinerary. You are allowed to stay up to 24 hours as a connection, plus stay as long as you want as a stopover in addition to the destination you’re trying to reach on an award ticket. That makes for lots of options if you’re willing to make longer connections than the computer would normally price out.
For those keeping score at home here is the remaining list of United partners that must be booked over the phone:
-Great Lakes Airlines
And here’s the list of partners now bookable on United.com.:
-Air New Zealand
-Azul Brazilian Airlines
-South African Airways
-Swiss International Airlines
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HT: KidOOO, via DDF