A couple of months ago I had the fortune of being able to snag a last minute flight on the A380 in Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to San Francisco. I think I have been delaying blogging about the details as it is kind of waiting to open the last present on Christmas morning…it is like if I write about it, it is over. But, it is over, and it was a great experience I am excited to share. I’ll cover the actual flight in a post later this week, but wanted to devote to the First Class Terminal since it a pretty swanky place to visit!

I connected in Frankfurt from a flight originating in Zurich, so I had quite a trek to get from inside the airport, to the outdoors where the First Class Terminal is located near Terminal 1. I could have just visited the First Class Lounge, but some of my miles and buddies told me I must go to the actual terminal or I would never be spoken to again…or something along those lines. So, I walked a fair distance (more than I would want to do in a hurry if my kid were with me) to get out of the airport, and then turned right once I was outside and walked another hundred yards or so to the First Class Terminal.

20130207-155931.jpgI think I had to hit a buzzer or something to enter.  Once inside I was greeted and asked to show my ID and boarding pass.  Since I had an onward first class ticket on Lufthansa I was admitted to the club.  If I had just flown in on Lufthansa First I could visit one of the First Class Lounges, but not the actual First Class Terminal.

After verifying that I was indeed able to be in the terminal that day, I was escorted to their private security screening area.  I had left airport security to get to the terminal, so now had to go through it again.  Honestly, this was all worth it as it was my first time to visit, but if I were doing it again I might just visit the lounge within the airport and skip some of the extra walk and a second visit through security.  It was pretty cool having my own private security screening though!

Once that was finished I was told that they would come and find me when it was time to board and then I was turned loose to enjoy the amenities.  Since I had already been up for many hours by that point in the day and had walked very very quickly to the terminal to maximize the time I had on the ground in Frankfurt, I opted to take a bath.  I know, a bath in an airport?!  I get a little creeped out by showers and bath tubs outside of my own house, but this one looked so nice and clean that I didn’t hesitate to hop right in.  There is a bath/shower attendant who will assign a room for you and make sure you have what you need.

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20130207-160004.jpgI think I started laughing several times during my bath, as it was all just so absurd that this is even available…but it was also awesome!  The only letdown of the bath experience was the absence of a rubber ducky (I feel like a moron for even typing this).  Lufthansa is well known for their little rubber duckies in the bath tubs.  Everyone hijacks the duckies to take home as souvenir, and I was hoping to bring one back to my daughter.  However, the bath attendant told me they were no longer carrying the rubber duckies.  I was shocked and this proved to not at all be the case as they are still around to this day, but for whatever reason they weren’t available the day I was there.  Clearly not a big deal, but wanted to point it out since some folks collect those little ducks.  ;)

After a nice bath and a change of clothes I peeked into one of the sleeping rooms.  I didn’t have time for a nap on my visit, but I love that they have rooms designed for that purpose.

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There were many different sitting areas available, and on the day I was there they were mostly empty.   I was like a kid in a candy store so I would sit in an area for about 5-10 minutes and then move somewhere else.

20130207-160114.jpgThere is a bar area and an extensive selection of many types of liquor!  It was too early in the day for me to fully participate in this amenity, but it looked quite impressive.  Oh and, psst, it’s all free (other than the cost of the First Class ticket of course).  ;)

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There is also a restaurant within the terminal that is also complimentary.  You can order at the table or head up to the buffet to make a plate.

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I was there pretty early in the day, so most of the foods were various typical breakfast offerings.  I didn’t eat too much, but I tried a few things and had no complaints.  If you have a longer layover than me then you can make much better use of the available food and beverages than I did.

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In case you are ever visiting the First Class Terminal with your little ones – they even have high chairs!

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After about an hour, I was told my flight was about to begin boarding and it was time to be driven on the tarmac to my plane via a Mercedes.  This is what makes the First Class Terminal so bad a%#.  In what world do I need to be driven directly to my waiting plane?  Did I die and fall into a James Bond movie?  Heck no, I just happened to use United miles to book this awesome adventure.  In fairness the Mercedes wasn’t the sexy James Bond-style car I had envisioned, but that is a minor detail.  It was insanely awesome to be driven directly to your plane.

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Once you arrived at your plane you were taken inside to an elevator that connected to a jet-bridge to your plane.

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We didn’t have to go into the gate area or wait in any lines at all – just waltzed right on-board.

20130207-160505.jpg…and that is where the real fun began!

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20 Responses to “Visiting the Lufthansa First Class Terminal”

  1. Looks amazing (as expected)! I can’t wait to visit the famous First Class Terminal. Some day…

  2. Gary says:

    Remind me to bring you a rubber ducky when I see you at FTU.

  3. oneeyejack says:

    “If I had just flown in on Lufthansa First I could visit one of the First Class Lounges, but not the actual First Class Terminal.” This statement is not true. You can get into the FCT even if you’re arriving in LH F and have a connecting flight on another LH flight somewhere else the same day.

  4. Maury says:

    In July, I will fly from Stockholm into Frankfurt for a flight to Tokyo in business class. Don’t know if I will have time to visit the lounges there.

  5. Say it ain’t so MP! You passed on free Blue Label?

  6. Phil says:

    I appreciate that you mentioned the high chairs. We travel with a one-year-old and a three-year-old. As you soldier on, please never forget the details that matter to us who travel with young kids.

  7. Eager Traveler says:

    I do try to clear out their supply of pink champagne when I have the privilege to visit!

  8. Rasputin says:

    Is the Blue Label free too? Really?

  9. Nick says:

    They were also out of rubber duckies when I visited the terminal last November. The attendant told me to write them a letter and include my first class ticket stubs (I had 2), and they would mail me two. Just received them in the mail a few weeks ago.

    Lufthansa Airlines
    P.O. Box 710234
    60492 Frankfurt, Germany

  10. oh god says:

    Just another boring “oh how fancy, how fantastic” FCT hype.
    Been there done that, jesus christ, ugly interior, average food…and I can buy myself a bottle of Blue Label if I want.

  11. mommypoints says:

    Food, Wine, and Miles, with a few miles I have no doubt you will go there and enjoy the food and wine…(sorry, couldn’t resist).
    Gary, ha ha. You have a small duck army?
    oneeyejack, ah, good to know. Learn something every day!
    Maury, let me know what you think if you do.
    FreeTravelGuys, ha ha. I passed on most everything but sleep that day. ;)
    Phil, that’s the plan. I don’t always have my kid with me, but I am constantly thinking about what it would be like if she was.
    Eager Traveler, haha!
    Rasputin, they told me drinks were complimentary, so that’s what I have to go on….;)
    Nick, duck delivery?! Who knew!
    oh god, sorry to hear that FCT is no longer a special experience for you.

  12. Kris Ziel says:

    If I get lucky I will be able to snag LH F DEN-FRA-HKG before the SQ Suites trip I have. 13 hour layover at FRA, making the walk well worth it.

  13. The photos look almost exactly like what I experienced in the first class lounge. Has anyone been to both the terminal and the lounge? If so, what’s the difference besides the chauffeured ride?

  14. Rasputin says:

    @Frequent Miler, I think the duckies are different. The FCT ones say First Class Terminal and the FCL ones say First Class Lounge.

  15. Peterson says:

    It would’ve been better if it’s better connected to the main terminal. Back in Nov 2012 I had to walk through the arrival curb side and some taxi lines in drizzle rain just to get to FCT .. but the experience was TOTALLY worth it.

    Makes United Clubs look like greyhound terminal.

  16. Jorge says:

    Dont take a bath anywhere but your house. There is a disease called Interstitial Cystitis and has no cure, and usually transmitted in poorly cleaned bathtubs, jacuzzi etc.

    While the LH FC lounge seems impressive that is something I would avoid. And women are 10x more likely to catch this than men.

  17. C&C says:

    I believe I saw you on CNBC the other morning. They were talking about the 787 troubles & showed someone taking a pic of you (or someone looking just like you) outside the door of the plane. Congrats if you…you’ve now gone big time :D

  18. […] also wanted to try LH first class because everyone raves about it, especially the ground service.  And I could go on with the […]

  19. Ron says:

    No mention of the cigar lounge.

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