Review: Lufthansa First Class Dallas to Frankfurt LH438

Posted on February 11, 2014 by in Lufthansa Miles and More

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As United MileagePlus was proceeding with the announced devaluation for Feb 1st 2014 – many flyers were looking to redeem their miles for a return trip on Lufthansa which only releases First Class inventory 2 weeks before flight departure to partners.

The only flight with a new First class configuration I could find for my dates was Dallas to Frankfurt. I booked a connecting flight from San Francisco to Dallas but had to stay overnight.

Lufthansa has no Senator lounge in Dallas – instead it uses the rather big United Club. There is a zoned off section for First Class passengers that features 2 choices of sandwiches and has drinks service. Otherwise it is a very normal United Club as you have seen it before.

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The ground personal however provides an escort service through security. It looked more like an impromptu idea but it was a great service from the ground staff!

Once aboard I was surprised to see a completely full First Class cabin. Usually Lufthansa manages award inventory very tightly and rather leaves seats empty than making them available for redemption. At least one more passengers (yes a fellow reader) was on an United award ticket though.

The seats are the same as in the A380. It's a seat that folds into a flat bed. The headrest can still be felt a little so it's not as great a bad as the other Lufthansa First Class configuration with a separate bed. Since the A330 has a smaller cabin – the First Class cabin also feels smaller and more cramped than on the A380.

Usually Lufthansa flights from the USA to Europe are great – the flight attendants are extra friendly, the catering much better than from Frankfurt and the timing is great to have an early dinner with wine and movies.

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So was this flight – macadamia nuts and champagne were served before take-off. After the slightly delayed take off the dinner service started. Usually Lufthansa takes a long time – up to 4 hours for the whole service but it was more like 2 hours this time from start of the drinks service to making the bed.

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I was barely able to finish my movie!

The caviar was awesome and the rest of the food equally delicious. I order a flight of red wines from the flight attendants and found the Australian Shiraz to be a fantastic wine for the rest of my flight.

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Also the Lufthansa Flynet Internet was free during this flight for First Class passengers. Note that it won't work on a recent iPhone but on other devices.

After the bed was made (with an extra mattress and a great duvet) I was able to doze off quickly. This First Class setup is great for lounging and watching TV from your seat/bed. However the headrest comes out a little and while it's perfectly possible to sleep on your stomach it's not a hotel bed experience yet.

Breakfast was served an hour before landing:

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Touch down was perfectly on-time (it's Germany after all!) into a foggy Frankfurt. Visibility was very low but Frankfurt airport seems not to be deterred by that. I saw no major delays that day on the board.

After dropping us into gate A26 I was on my way through immigration to the First Class Terminal.

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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