My birthday is coming up. A trip to Croatia is coming up. That got my mind racing. What better way to reach Croatia than via Frankfurt in Lufthansa First Class? Why the extra stop? To secure a very special birthday duck, of course. Space available? Yep. Booked!
My Lufthansa First Class Birthday Duck Trip
I’ve become a collector of Lufthansa First Class rubber ducks. It’s a rather odd obsession for someone who tries to be a minimalist and de-clutter at home…but there’s something very special about receiving a duck when flying Lufthansa First Class that goes far beyond the duck itself.
Lufthansa First Class has been one of my favorite ways to travel since I first set foot on the upper deck of a 747-400, then the home of the first class cabin, on a trip home from Frankfurt to Los Angeles in 2008.
Over the last 14 years I have collected dozens of ducks on my many journeys in Lufthansa First Class, each a reminder of a special trip or a special flight.
For those passengers who travel through the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt on their birthday, a special duck awaits…a birthday duck.
This is a rare duck amongst Lufthansa ducks, offered to those who travel on their birthday and know to ask for one.
I won’t say I’m making the entire trip just for the duck (like my trip for the coronavirus duck last autumn), but let’s just say I haven’t chosen the most direct route.
There’s something indescribably special about flying Lufthansa First Class, stepping into the First Class Terminal, being warmly welcomed back, then taken to your “home” away from home.
I am deeply grateful to make this trip and that my wife has blessed my odd obsession. My kids don’t get it. They see my duck collection and want to take them into the bathtub. In fact, I once caught my daughter with one…she had grabbed it and hidden it under her pillow. Sorry little lady, these toys are not for sharing. You’ll inherit them one day.
I’m heading to Frankfurt on the eve of my birthday in hopes of securing a rubber duck. While a direct flight on United Airlines from Newark to Dubrovnik may have been the easiest option, this is the better option for me and I look forward to bringing you details (and hopefully good news) very soon.