Book Lufthansa First Class with Points! (Wide-open Availability Across U.S.)
Here’s your chance to fly to Europe in style this summer and fall using points: Lufthansa has opened up availability to book First Class from several U.S. gateways to Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich (MUC) through the summer.
This is an oddity, as Lufthansa is notoriously stingy about releasing award seats in First Class to its Star Alliance partners. One Mile at a Time (OMAAT) reports there are a few options right now to book, including one that will only cost you just 87,000 points and $30 in fees. You can fly out of Chicago (ORD), New York City (JFK), Newark (EWR) and Washington-Dulles (IAD).
The seats – which, of course, turn into plush beds – are available from early June until early October, including almost daily in August and September, including during Oktoberfest. Read on to learn how to book Lufthansa First Class and fly in serious style for nearly free.
First Class in Lufthansa
Flying Lufthansa First Class is one of the most luxurious ways to get between the U.S. and Europe. While the hard product isn’t the newest or fanciest among other First Class products, they do offer solid service. The food and beverage program is also top notch.
What’s Happening with Lufthansa?
Like any premium first class product, Lufthansa isn’t easy to book. Unless if you’re one of their Miles and More members, it’s generally impossible to book a first class fare with miles until 2 weeks or closer to departure.
But for some reason, that has changed in recent weeks. First class award space opened up on some Star Alliance partners between San Francisco (SFO) and Munich (MUC). For all you West Coasters, there’s still sporadic availability on that route.
And now, OMAAT has found availability scattered across the U.S. At first glance, Chicago (ORD) seems to have the best availability. I’ve seen First Class seats open between June and October, including some days with 4 or more seats available. August and September flights seem to have the most options.
Lufthansa flies its Boeing 747-8’s on the ORD – FRA route, so this could be a twofer. You can fly one of the best First Class products to Europe, and also fly the “Queen of the Skies” which is becoming a rarity as many other airlines are retiring the 747.
Otherwise, you can find some seats out of IAD, EWR and JFK to FRA, as well as JFK to MUC, aboard the 747 or A380. First class award space seems sporadic throughout the summer and early fall. Availability could be added from more U.S. airports, so be sure to search through Star Alliance partners listed below.
While there are plenty of options to fly to Europe, that’s unfortunately not the case for flights back to the U.S. That’s a shame, as the ground service is one of the best aspects of flying Lufthansa First. Think a Porsche escort to and from your plane on the tarmac and an incredible First Class Terminal lounge.
How to Book Lufthansa First Class
There are two ways to consider booking Lufthansa first, and one is a clear winner.
That would be through LifeMiles, the loyalty program of the Colombian airline Avianca. You’ll need 87,000 LifeMiles to book a one-way flight from ORD (or any US gateway) to FRA in first class. That’s a steal since taxes and fees are only $30!
LifeMiles is transfer partners with CitiBank and Starwood Preferred Guest, so you can get the miles you need that way. The second option via Singapore Airlines, but you will pay $500 in taxes and fees in addition to 95,000 KrisFlyer miles.
Although the taxes and fees are more, Singapore miles are much easier to accumulate. You can transfer points to a Singapore KrisFlyer account from all the major banks, including Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards.
Paying $500 in fees is still a steal to fly Lufthansa First Class.
These kinds of opportunities aren’t for everyone. But miles and points are all about opening your world to experiences you otherwise couldn’t afford, whether that means more flights or more luxury. Flying First Class across the pond for only 87,000 points and $30? That sounds pretty thrifty to me.