It’s no secret on this blog and in my life that I love Lufthansa First Class. Lufthansa has all around the best service and consistency of any airline – they’re just perfect in every aspect. Yes, they don’t have the best First Class hard product, but when you factor in other things, I strongly will argue Lufthansa provides the best First Class experience. Just read some of my reviews:
- Lufthansa First Class A333 Munich to Dubai
- Lufthansa First Class A346 Munich to Los Angeles
- Lufthansa First Class A388 Frankfurt to San Francisco
- Lufthansa First Class B744 Seattle to Frankfurt
- Lufthansa First Class B748 Chicago to Frankfurt
Seriously, though. I LOVE Lufthansa. I love Lufthansa so much that I will go out of my way to fly with them whenever possible (even though I’ve been trying to fly many new airlines this year). It has been a few months since I’ve last flown Lufthansa First Class and I’m getting shaky and beginning to have caviar and elderflower soup depression. Usually that is solved by watching their amazing brand videos, multiple times in one day.
Anyway, I’m taking a friend to London next week and naturally we are going to fly Lufthansa First Class there (though Frankfurt or Munich, of course). She’s new into the miles and points world and is letting me handle the booking process, so obviously I want her to experience the best Lufthansa First Class product.
Firstly I thought the A380 would be the best option out of San Francisco or Los Angeles, but those flights are usually full and never have one seat available for award redemption (and in this case we need two), then I looked at the B747-8 and we could fly it from the east coast, but that isn’t great for maximising the experience since the flight is much shorter than from the west coast (first world problems). So I started looking at availability a few days ago and I nearly fainted when I saw that LAX-FRA had F6.. F6!!!! This means that the flight still had 6 First Class seats left for sale (2 out of 8 were taken). And what was even better is that it was O2!! (Two seats available for mileage redemption). Does that ever happen from LAX.. a week in advance?!!
Naturally, I jumped at the idea and transferred 70k AMEX points from our accounts to Aeroplan and began to book… only to get an error on the last page after typing in all of our information. So I restarted the booking process and the website was still showing the seats, but then I got an error earlier in the process… so I visited ExpertFlyer and what do I see? F4. F#$K!!! Someone literally booked two seats right as I was planning to book them. Now I don’t know if that someone used miles or cash, but the O (mileage) seats were then gone. So they very well could have paid $15k+ each for the seats and then Lufthansa simply pulled the award space… or they indeed redeemed miles.
As such is life… but, seriously, though, 2 award seats out of LAX a week in advance isn’t normal. So, yes, we were disappointed for a few hours.. until I came up with another great idea.. it will be a 10+ hour flight on the B747-8. I can’t share details yet, but they will be coming shortly.
While it kind of sucks that we won’t be on the A380, I believe the B747-8 First Class product is equally nice and a bit more private. The only other Lufthansa First Class option is the A333 or A346 (both of which are identical in First Class), but aren’t as nice as the A380 or B747-8.
All in all, people can totally take your award space as you are trying to book it. They’re just quicker – that’s why it is important to have a backup option since you can’t transfer the points back from the mileage programme to the bank, for example.
Either way, I can’t wait to experience Lufthansa First Class again soon!!