I've always booked United flights, but some legs of the "United" trips (ticket codes all starting 016) are operated by Lufthansa.
I've already/automatically got these flights for United MileagePlus status, but can I sign up for Miles and More (Lufthansa) and then also claim those flights for Lufthansa status?
United has a mileage requirement (Premier Qualifying Miles - PQM) and a dollar requirement (PQD) to get status. I'm under the impression that I can claim any star-alliance flight for mileage, but tickets that don't start 016 don't count towards any PQD status.
What I'm really looking for is entry to the Lufthansa Business lounges, which you can get with only 35k miles on Miles and More. I am also getting close to United Gold, but that doesn't hit until 50k miles.
I'm reluctant to just try it because I'm worried I'm going to cost myself United status if Lufthansa "claims" the flight or something similar, so I was hoping someone had an answer or could point to some official statements from Star Alliance, etc. on how this would work.