A couple years ago I wrote an article entitled, “I Survived Lufthansa Premium Economy.” Now I have the pleasure of saying that I survived economy class as well. Barely…
I say barely not because I cannot take a 10+ hour flight in economy class. Instead, I was simply not prepared for a flight in Lufthansa economy. First, Lufthansa has no power plugs in economy class for larger devices, only a USB port. How can that be in 2019? When I do fly economy class it is usually on United and every single United mainline aircraft now offers power ports (at least two for every three seats).
My laptop was fully charged, but that’s only 3-4 hours. Thankfully, my business partner bought his portable charger along and I was able to use it to re-charge. So note to self: bring back up power when you fly on Lufthansa! Shame on me for not knowing better…
Second, the legroom is truly horrible when the seat in front of you is reclined. Lufthansa has fairly generous recline for economy class, but it is murder if you’re trying to work while your neighbor in front is fully-reclined. Here is photo evidence:
(Yes, my business partner relished coming down from first class and rubbing in the difference between our cabin accommodations)
And I even wound up with an open middle seat…
Service was friendly, food was “blah” (not great, not bad, just mediocre), and wi-fi worked no differently than in any other class…very sporadically. I do appreciate Lufthansa’s extensive IFE library, which I took advantage of when I could not sleep.
Of course I survived…I’d do it again IF I had to. But the beauty of miles and points is that I don’t…at least not for longer trips like this one. When I fly home, it will be in the forward cabin…count on that.
But I will post a full review of this flight with a lot more pictures in the days ahead. Stay tuned later today for another incident that occurred onboard.