Jordan and I took this Lufthansa A340 flight FRA-ATL after playing in Europe for a couple of weeks.
Flying on this hardware wasn’t my first choice because this is an older plane and somewhat of an outdated product. I would much rather fly Lufthansa on an Airbus 380-800, 747-800, or 747-400 product. But my hands were tied when booking because I used Dividend miles for my ticket. So, I wouldn’t be able to make any changes once our itinerary started. Boo.
I love redeeming United miles for Star Alliance partner awards, because I’m allowed the flexibility of changing my ticket if seats open up. And premium award seats like to pop up a day or two before the flight. Once an airline sees that the premium ticket probably won’t be sold, they will release it for award availability. This is why the more flexible you are when traveling with an award ticket, the better.
Anywho, I booked this Lufthansa flight in business class because it was the most direct flight, and there was availability.
Frankfurt Business Class Lounge
The business class lounges in Frankfurt are always b u s y and crowded. After spending 5 minutes looking for two seats, we finally found a place where we could unwind for an hour.
I love Lufthansa’s lounges for their German beer selection. This lounge had one of my favorite beers on tap, “Franziskaner.” I fixed us a plate with German hot dogs, but I passed on the sauerkraut. I absolutely despise that mess of a food. I wouldn’t even put any on Jordan’s plate even though she likes it. Something about the smell.
I boarded before Jordan, because she *ahem* had to go pick some up some preflight supplies. I was quickly handed a glass of champagne, which I always enjoy, and began to unwind. An hour went by and Jordan was nowhere. See video below.
This is Lufthansa’s older business class product, and I wasn’t too thrilled to be flying it, but I’m not that much of a snob. Or am I? What has this blog done to me? The seat in itself isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t “lie flat!” I know. I hate this too, and can’t believe I would fly a business class that didn’t have a lie-flat seat.
Seriously, I was kinda bummed it didn’t lie flat, and it really did make it harder to sleep. Who can sleep at an angle?
I felt the controls to the seat weren’t very responsive either. I just couldn’t get comfortable, especially my lower leg rest. I could never get that adjusted properly.
I also could never get the power to work, even with an adapter. I wasn’t planning on surfing the web anyway.
The entertainment on board was sufficient for the amount of time we were on the plane. I was running out of good movies to watch by the time we landed. The screen was adequate in size, but you know, bigger is always better. There was a slight glare on the screen and it fell very short of a high quality picture. Yes, I can be a media snob. Don’t blame me, blame Apple and Samsung.
There was plenty of legroom, but it lacked the overall legroom of the newer business class product. Still a helleva lot better than coach.
Ok – now, for the food. I think I’ve decided that I’m not going to snap 100 pics of my food while flying. Do you guys really care about every serving? Honestly, I always forget to take pics of the food, and by the time I remember, I’ve already eaten some of it. This has happened numerous times.
Anyway, there was no pretzel bread. That’s the only reason I fly Lufthansa! The wine selections were great, and the main course was good. You will have to take my word for it.
Whatever the appetizer was that I had down below, tasted like wet dog. No – smelled like wet dog. Both, actually.
Even though I was dreaming of Lufthansa’s new business class, I still enjoyed my time on the older product. The customer service was outstanding, and I felt pampered.
The wines, cheese, and bread were are all top notch. I found the meals lacking, but that’s probably just me (or the wine talking).
Overall, flying Lufthansa’s oldest business is in a lower league compared to their new business class, and especially first class. Also, there are many other airlines that offer better business class options than Lufthansa’s older product, so choose wisely.
Jordan and I actually had a great time on this flight home, though- and there’s no way we could afford the cash price of this ticket. But thanks to miles & points, we were able to redeem 50,000 United or Ultimate Rewards points each for this one way business class ticket. Child’s play.
Even though I can be a diva sometimes – I truly always feel very lucky to be flying in style for a price I can afford.
— Geoff Whitmore