Suddenly no availability in Thai Business from Europe using Lifemiles

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TG business from London and Frankfurt usually shows up 7 days prior to departure. First availability seems to open up 5-6 days
 

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You can check availability using United's booking tool (requires free membership). If United shows connecting flights, you can then search LM sector by sector for the same flights.

You don't need to be a member of United MileagePlus to search for award availability on the United website. You'll be prompted to log in, but you don't have to.
 

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You don't need to be a member of United MileagePlus to search for award availability on the United website. You'll be prompted to log in, but you don't have to.

oo! Thanks. I never saw that as an option - but clicking the 'x' at the top left of the box does the trick! handy to know.
 

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Darn! I thought it was going to be a 'availability's back!' post :(

It seems that TG is roughly - give or take - opening inventory around three months before. Searching BKK-MEL for example the availability drops off on 12 April.
 

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Darn! I thought it was going to be a 'availability's back!' post :(

It seems that TG is roughly - give or take - opening inventory around three months before. Searching BKK-MEL for example the availability drops off on 12 April.
Rejoice MEL_Traveller.....I’m seeing wide open J and F availability from BKK to FRA/MUC etc in Jan 20 and also J seats to PER/MEL etc....looks like covid-19 is having an impact...
 

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hmmmm.... thanks for the heads up! But doesn’t look like they’ve loaded MEL yet :(

Keeping an eye out though!
 

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I’m seeing lots of TG MEL-BKK J availability in Jan 20....haven’t checked other months though....
 
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I’m seeing lots of TG MEL-BKK J availability in Jan 20....haven’t checked other months though....
I have been looking for flights over the next few months to see what is going on and I couldn't find many at all, (from/to Mel) given we all thought they were releasing seats up to 3 months out. I even looked from/to Sydney and that was worse in Bus class, i found a few first class but it was only ever 1 seat. I thought maybe with the Coronavirus they might want to fill up seats but alas not many at all..... i really hope you are right about seats being available from Jan next year, maybe, just maybe Lifemiles is not dead
 

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I have been looking for flights over the next few months to see what is going on and I couldn't find many at all, (from/to Mel) given we all thought they were releasing seats up to 3 months out. I even looked from/to Sydney and that was worse in Bus class, i found a few first class but it was only ever 1 seat. I thought maybe with the Coronavirus they might want to fill up seats but alas not many at all..... i really hope you are right about seats being available from Jan next year, maybe, just maybe Lifemiles is not dead

I’m seeing availability to MEL bang on for three months in advance, but some of it goes quite quickly.

United airlines is pretty much wide open, with the exception of a few patches here and there, for Singapore airlines from BKK-MEL. 50k miles. Not the cheapest, but lots of availability.
 

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OK had a chance to check availability more thoroughly today and see that TG have lots of J and F to Europe and J to Aus in Jan 2021, but if you go either month of that its back to nothing again.....got exited initially as had thought they'd turned the taps on again, but just a teaser...
 

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OK had a chance to check availability more thoroughly today and see that TG have lots of J and F to Europe and J to Aus in Jan 2021, but if you go either month of that its back to nothing again.....got exited initially as had thought they'd turned the taps on again, but just a teaser...
Looks like Thai's revenue booking calendar is only up to the start of Feb now (it's presumably whichever GDS the 330-day airlines use), so that may not be diagnostic for later dates. It could be that availability will open up shortly for early Feb 2021.
 

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I can confirm that as of last night, searches on LifeMiles for (say) MEL-LHR in early Feb 2021, turned up results across J and (onward from BKK on the A380 flight) even F.
 

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Nice find! MEL-LHR in mixed J/F for around AUD2200. Also plenty of availability MEL-BKK o/w. When LM is good it's good :)

Sadly no seats later in 2020 ATM. Will have to wait for the 3-month window on that it seems.
 

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Update on the above - seems the window is now down to about 2 months for forward travel in 2020.
 

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Looks like TG has pulled a lot of inventory on the MEL route - and perhaps others, haven't checked. They were working to a two-month window for forward bookings from today (so availability was fairly wide open from May). Now there is nothing at all except in economy.
 

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Looks like TG has pulled a lot of inventory on the MEL route - and perhaps others, haven't checked. They were working to a two-month window for forward bookings from today (so availability was fairly wide open from May). Now there is nothing at all except in economy.
MEL, SYD, BNE & PER all reduced to 3 x weekly from March 29th.
Of my three current bookings I've had two cancellations and one downgrade from B747 F to B777 J.
I expect further reductions to come.
 

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