For my recent trip to Norway, I was able to leverage United miles to fly in one of the best first class products in the sky, the “new” Lufthansa First Class.  Obviously you don’t need a lie-flat bed, new pajamas, and multi-course meal to make it from Point A to Point B, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t pretty enjoyable.

I talked about planning this journey in the linked post below, and will be covering the various details of the trip in individual posts.  This particular post will be dedicated to the Lufthansa First Class flight on a A330 from Dallas DFW – Frankfurt.

Planning Miles and Points Journey to Norway

Lufthansa First Class A330 Dallas – Frankfurt (this post)

Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Frankfurt

Intra-European Flights to Oslo on SAS and Lufthansa

Radisson Blu Plaza, Oslo

One Night in Oslo

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil

Skiing in Norway

Radisson Blu Oslo Airport

Lufthansa First Class A380 Frankfurt – Houston

Finding Availability:

Finding Lufthansa First Class availability is a little big like hunting for an Easter Egg.  The availability is sometimes out there, but you have to search in different spots to find it.  I don’t always care about which carrier I fly with, but sometimes for an amazing trip it can be fun to have an amazing flight.  In this case it was worth the effort of checking Lufthansa first class availability daily starting at roughly 14 days before departure, which is when it typically begins to get released to partners such as United.  I did the checking manually using United’s site and then cross checking with ANA and/or AviancaTaca to make sure the availability was real (as United can sometimes show availability that isn’t really there).

I was willing to fly from multiple US cities to Frankfurt including Houston, Chicago, Washington Dulles, Dallas, etc.  Ultimately I found the first class availability from Dallas, and was happy to grab it and look forward to the flight.

Pre-Departure:

I spent the time at the Dallas airport at the American Express Centurion Lounge.  This is an amazing lounge that I was able to access using my The Platinum Card® from American Express.  Here I was able to do some work, enjoy some lunch, and get both a 15 minute massage and manicure all complimentary thanks to my Amex Platinum card.

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The lounge was located in Terminal D, right across from my boarding gate.  I headed to the gate about 45 minutes before departure, and before too long we were all boarding.  Lufthansa boards business class and first class at the same time, so it is a lot of people that start to board all at once.  What was amazing to me is that Lufthansa boarded the whole big plane in less time than many airlines I fly often board a smaller 737.

However, once you are on board you are on a huge plane, but in a cabin with only eight passengers.

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First Class Cabin:

I was in seat 1A, and most of the other passengers appeared to be in the US on business and returning home to Europe on this Friday night flight.  The last time I flew Lufthansa first I was on the spacious A380 that had lockers for each first class passenger.  My carry-on had easily fit in that locker, but this time my carry-on would not come close to fitting in the small overhead bins, and actually had to be put in a crew storage area.  Granted I had over-stuffed the bag a bit with ski clothes for Norway, but the carry-on storage was quite small on this plane.

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The seat was the same as I had experienced in the new Lufthansa first class before.  It is comfortable, spacious, and has a little storage space at your feet that can easily hold a purse, laptop bag, and/or shoes.

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Pre-Departure Service:

A couple of minutes after boarding (and finally finding a spot for my big carry-on), the flight attendant came by with a glass of champagne which seemed to be the right way to start such an exciting flight.

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Once boarding was complete, the pre-departure service was taken away and we taxied out for departure…or in this case deicing thanks to some light snowfall in Dallas.  That caused about a 30 minute delay, but it really made the timing for dinner and sleep a tad bit better since the original departure was scheduled for 4:20 with landing in Frankfurt at just after 8AM.  Leaving at closer to 5PM was a good thing in my book.

In-Flight Entertainment:

I would guess there was about 30-45 minutes from when we took off until the meal service began, so this was the perfect time to get acquainted with the in-flight entertainment.  There are plenty of movies and tv shows to choose from, but the selection isn’t that stellar.  For example, there are movies like Home Alone and old TV shows like Roseanne.  Not bad choices, but the newer selections were a bit limited.  I went with the newer choices of Last Vegas and Enough Said which were plenty good for a plane ride.

There was supposed to be in-flight internet available on this plane, but either it wasn’t working, or none of my devices were picking up the signal.  I wasn’t too disappointed as I really needed sleep more than connectivity, but it is worth mentioning.  I don’t recall them saying anything about it not working, so it could have just been an error on my end.

One form of in-flight entertainment that I quite enjoyed before the meal service, was the view from the windows.  The sun was starting to set and the view was awe inspiring.  Much better than any WiFi connection to be sure.

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Meal Service:

Meal service is a multi-course affair with many selections available on most courses.

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I was asked if I wanted to be woken up in time for breakfast, but I declined as every minute of sleep is precious to me on these overnight flights to Europe…so I can’t comment on the breakfast other than to simply share the menu.

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With dinner I participated in every single course, starting with a “special” sent out to everyone.  The meat was a tad chewy for me, but the flavor was good.

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Next came your choices from the bread basket.  I really like their pretzel rolls, so couldn’t turn one of those down.  The other bread I got was not my favorite.

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Next is where things really got over-the-top for me when they brought out the caviar.  At no time in my normal life am I offered caviar, nor am I anywhere where it is even really available.  It was delicious spread on the toast provided and sprinkled with the onions and other goodies brought out.  I can’t say if that is the way you are “supposed” to eat it, but it seemed to be the common method by sneaking glances at others in the cabin.

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After the caviar came the appetizer cart.  You can select whichever ones you want from the cart.  I went with the prosciutto with melon and the ahi tuna with basil oil.  Both were very good and the jalapeno with the ahi gave it a fun spicy kick.

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I selected the poached cod with baby bok choy and cinnamon rice for the main course.  I am always a little afraid of selecting fish on planes for fear that it will be…fishy.  However, that was not a problem in this case as the fish was very fresh, well cooked, and the cinnamon flavor from the rice was delicious.  It also was a meal that, while filling, wasn’t the kind that will make you feel like you are too stuffed to be comfortable.

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I wasn’t really hungry for dessert, but had to at least try the berry shortcake with creme anglaise.  I only had a few bites, but the shortcake tasted like pound cake and was moist, rich, and delicious.  Throughout the meal service, I was offered many different wines, drinks, waters, etc.  In fact, I think the flight attendant got a bit frustrated that I kept guzzling water instead of the fancy list of wines, but my priority is staying hydrated on flights.

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Thanks in part to the delay on the tarmac, by the time dinner service was completed I had just about watched two movies and was ready to put my provided amenity kit and pajamas to good use and get ready for bed.

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I headed to the lav that is nicer than most domestic lavs (hello window!), but certainly much smaller than the one on the Lufthansa A380, to change clothes and get ready for some rest.  My favorite amenity provided by Lufthansa are the make-up removing wipes!  So handy and helpful.

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When I returned to my seat, it had already been transformed into a lie-flat bed and I was ready to get some sleep for the 5 hours or so that remained until we had to start getting ready for landing.  Sleeping on these seats/beds is very easy for me, and my only complaint is that the cabin was kept a bit warm for sleeping.

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When it was time to wake-up we were flying over Germany and the amazing flight was coming to an end.  I had just enough time to change clothes, drink some OJ, and get ready for landing.

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Upon landing in Frankfurt we saw some of the vehicles that were going to drive the first class passengers to the terminal, so while the flight was over, the over the top treatment was not quite finished.  Stay tuned for the next chapter in this series on our trip to Norway!

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Posted by Mommy Points | 11 Comments

11 Responses to “Lufthansa First Class From Dallas – Frankfurt (Norway Trip Report)”

  1. Jeff says:

    Summer,

    When was this? I just flew this flight in December and the seats were older than this one. How do we know if it is old or new seat for a given date?

  2. Billy says:

    Left your family behind?

  3. Denise says:

    I just did my first LH/ANA first class trip in late January! You had the same menu as I had on my flight from ORD to FRA. Your comment on boarding was spot on! In fact, in Frankfurt (heading to Tokyo) I was texting with my husband in the lounge and I said, “I can’t believe boarding will start 30 minutes out. I better go to the gate sooner.” But sure enough it did, and we left right on time! It takes 30 minutes to board a CRJ 200 in the US!

  4. Dan says:

    I am impressed at your quick boarding. I flew LH from Frankfurt a few months back to JFK on a 100% full in coach 747. They boarded first and business about 50 minutes out and then called general boarding for the entire coach cabin at 45 minutes out. It took all 45 minutes to get the 230 or so people settled. It made the AA boarding process feel civilized by comparison.

  5. Grant says:

    Good morning MP, off topic, but did your Club Carlson stays include complimentary breakfast? I stayed at the Radisson Blu in Amsterdam and Rome and both properties charged for breakfast. Just wanted to see if this happened to you as well. Thank you. Looking forward to the rest of your trip report.

  6. mommypoints says:

    Jeff, this was last week. This link will tell you if the route is scheduled to have new first class.
    http://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/First-Class-Product
    Billy, it was a girls trip. Grandma and Grandpa came in to play with my kiddo and Daddy got some time in fishing. Everyone won. ;)
    Denise, so true!
    Dan, interesting. This boarding was done in no more than 25 minutes. Maybe less.
    Grant, yes it was free at all three Club Carlson properties I stayed at in Norway, and I think that was standard for the hotel and had nothing to do with status or rate.

  7. Jake T. says:

    Do you happen to remember seeing the business class cabin?
    I’m wondering if they’ve retrofitted this route yet. I’m flying it in 2 weeks

  8. Jeremy says:

    Food looks and sounds way better than my flight from FRA to IAD last July! Is that a rinowa amenity kit? When did they change to that? In July the goodies were in a little cloth bag. Not the greatest for reuse.

  9. Patrick says:

    Can you have dinner anytime or only at the specified time they decide to serve it?

  10. David says:

    I couldn’t tell from the lighting but is that Rimowa kit black? I thought the ladies’ kits were creamy white?

    • mommypoints says:

      David, I think they come in different colors. I got one cream and one burgundy on this trip, but I have heard of other colors too.

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