LifeMiles seems to have lifted some annoying routing restrictions that have been in place. LifeMiles makes booking awards much harder than most programs, but they are much easier to use now. And of course most program don’t throw away their miles for around 1.5 cents.
For example, they are now allow mixing cabins, at least on some routes. You can now have segments in First Class as well Business or Economy. This makes LifeMiles a lot easier. Unfortunately, I fear it will also reduce StarAlliance award availability as LifeMiles can be bought by anyone at any time for around 1.5 cents. Overall, you will still be able to find more availability using United or Aeroplan miles.
When you try to book a mixed-cabin award, the website display the following warning:
Your selection includes mixed cabins, meaning combining segments in economy, business and first class. The mileage needed for the whole award ticket corresponds to the mileage for the highest cabin. Reimbursements and date changes are subject to an administrative charge. Date changes are subject to availability. If there is no availability on the redeemed cabin on the desired date, if the member chooses to do so, cabin changes are allowed if at least one segment of each Origin/Destination is on the highest cabin. Change in cabins (even to an inferior cabin) will not result in a redeposit of the redeemed miles. Terms and conditions apply to the redemption of award tickets in mixed cabins, which can be found in the Terms and Conditions of the LifeMiles Program.