Completing the Lufthansa First Class Collection – Introduction
Business Lounge (Non-Schengen) Kraków
Lufthansa Business Class A319 Kraków to Munich
Lufthansa Senator Lounge (Schengen, G24) Munich
Lufthansa Senator Lounge (Schengen, G28) Munich
Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class A340 Munich to Los Angeles
United Airlines First Class B737 Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ok, so up front I had no idea what to name this trip report and went with what you can see… the Lufthansa First Class collection 🙂
I have mentioned before that I was aiming to fly every single Lufthansa First Class cabin available, so that I could have a “complete” experience and collection. I have already flown First Class with Lufthansa on the following routes/aircraft:
So all that was left was to fly Lufthansa First Class on the A340-600 (A346), and my “collection” would be complete. The service and food are identical in all Lufthansa First Class cabins – regardless of the aircraft. In the future I will do a post describing the differences and similarities between Lufthansa First Class cabins across the various aircraft.
While all Lufthansa aircraft fly from Frankfurt (their main hub and base), not all of them fly from Munich (their secondary hub). In fact, Munich has much less variety when it comes to Lufthansa aircraft. The only long-haul aircraft that fly from Munich are the A333s and the A346s.
Lufthansa’s Airbus A340-300s do not feature a First Class cabin anymore, and unfortunately I was unable to fly it before it was discontinued. I was however able to fly First Class on their Boeing 747-400s before it was discontinued last summer… which was kind of sad because it was by far my favourite configuration (a seat and a bed).
After spending a wonderful Christmas holiday in Poland with my family, it was time to return to Seattle to continue my education (or something like that). On the outbound I flew First Class on the B748 from Chicago to Frankfurt and was a bit disappointed with the service (flying the B748 was awesome, though) and my plan was to fly SWISS First on the return.
However as I explained, I will wait to fly SWISS First until their B777s are in the air. So instead I decided to complete my Lufthansa First Class collection and fly it on the Airbus A340-600.
Award availability around Christmas and the New Year is horrible, it is absolutely the worst time of the year for award travel – because literally nothing is available (in comparison to pre-Christmas, which is usually wide open). However, I was lucky enough to find a seat in First from Munich to Los Angeles on the A346!!
Ok, that’s like literally amazing. Why? Well, because 1. it was right at the beginning of January and 2. the route is MUC-LAX, a route that is usually close to impossible to get an award seat on (SFO is easier). I also booked about five days in advance… which was surprising that they had released a seat that early. However the itinerary wasn’t the best in the world and it involved an overnight in Munich:
04 January: Lufthansa 1625 Kraków – Munich, departing at 17:00 arriving at 18:25, Business Class
05 January: Lufthansa 452 Munich – Los Angeles, departing at 12:05 arriving at 15:25, First Class
05 January: United 391 Los Angeles – San Francisco, departing at 17:57 arriving at 19:25, First Class
05 January: United 627 San Francisco – Seattle, departing at 19:58 arriving at 22:12, First Class
As you can see, the itinerary was a bit mad. I spent the night in Munich at the Sheraton Airport Hotel and was able to visit a few lounges in Munich since I had so much time. Also, no direct flights on United were available to Seattle by the time I landed in LAX, therefore leading to a (short, 33 minute) connection in SFO. I mean obviously I wasn’t going to make it since flights from LAX are usually delayed by at least 30 minutes… well, I made it (and so did the bags).
I booked the flights for a total of 80k Aeroplan miles and ~$227 USD in taxes/fees and fuel surcharges. Due to Aeroplan’s recent devaluation, First Class between the U.S. and Europe 1 went up to 70k.. however they also decided to move Poland to Europe 2, leading to an additional 10k miles being needed.
The whole journey was awesome and I did not encounter any issues, all of the flights were as scheduled and we even arrived early on most of them, my three bags made it all the way with me also.
This will be the last Lufthansa First Class trip report for a while… I’m planning on flying a bunch of new airlines this year and therefore slightly reducing my travel on my amazing Lufthansa.