I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it – I LOVE Lufthansa First Class. It’s my favourite way to fly and I think Lufthansa has all around the best First Class product (factoring in the ground experience, lounges, soft and hard products, etc.)
I’ve flown Lufthansa First Class more times than I can count, but my favourite configuration was on the Boeing 747-400, where First Class was on the upper deck and each seat featured a seat and a bed. Unfortunately, Lufthansa removed First Class from their B747-400s and also their A340-300s. Lufthansa now continues to remove First Class from some A330-300s… which really makes me sad.
- 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
So as of now, Lufthansa First Class is available on their A340-600s, A380-800s, B747-8s, and select A330-300s. The A333 and A346 feature an identical First Class product, while the A388 features an oversized and luxurious First Class experience. The B748’s First Class is unique as well – right in the nose of the aircraft.
The best way to redeem miles for Lufthansa First is either through United MileagePlus (no fuel surcharges), Avianca LifeMiles (no fuel surcharges), Air Canada Aeroplan (fuel surcharges), Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer (fuel surcharges), and finally, Lufthansa Miles & More (fuel surcharges). Every Star Alliance carrier has access to Lufthansa First Class at most 14 days before departure, otherwise if you need to plan ahead, your only option is by booking through Miles & More.
Personally, my favourite way to book depends on the route. For flights from Europe to North America, I generally use Aeroplan, for 70k miles (which I transfer from American Express Membership Rewards). I also book occasionally using LifeMiles to save on fuel surcharges, but I usually need to book the day before departure, and I wouldn’t count on LifeMiles in that case.
Lufthansa First is my home. I love it. I’ve flown it more than any other product in the world and it will always contain a special place in my heart. It just saddens me that Lufthansa continues to remove First Class from their aircraft. Their new Airbus A350 doesn’t feature it either and Lufthansa doesn’t have any plans to install First Class on future deliveries of other aircraft.
All of this combined makes it harder to redeem miles for Lufthansa First Class. A few years ago, availability was excellent and Lufthansa would release many more seats than they do now.. Either way, the product should still be around for a while as long as they don’t decide to remove it from any other existing aircraft…
If you haven’t tried Lufthansa First, you really should.. maybe it will become your ‘home’ as well!