Almost as rare as a unicorn sighting, a trio of award seats opened up in Lufthansa First Class from San Francisco to Frankfurt, allowing me to treat my family to one of my favorite airline products in the world for Christmas.
Lufthansa First Class Family Christmas Trip
Our plan was to spend Christmas in Germany this year after spending last Christmas in Los Angeles. We had booked tickets early on SWISS, but ended up having to cancel due to a number of commitments in LA.
Our hope was that we could find some way to Germany and I was fully prepared to fly economy class, as I did over the summer. But lo and behold, while the Los Angeles – Frankfurt flight was full, I noticed that the San Francisco – Frankfurt flight, LH455, was EMPTY in first class…all eight seats were available for sale, and three of those seats were available for partner mileage redemptions.
I’ve depleted my miles over the last couple years and no longer generate them at nearly the pace I used to. Thus, this represented a substantial investment in points (100K per-person via Aeroplan plus 2,500 points for the baby), but I determined to spend the points because:
- This is why I collect points in the first place – to treat my family to aspirational trips we would not otherwise be able to afford
- To maximize comfort and minimize jet lag for what will be a shorter trip to Germany this year
- Lufthansa may pull a move like SWISS and suddenly block partner first class redemptions, especially when it debuts its new four-seat A350 first class product next year – this might be the only chance I’ll ever have to treat my family to first class.
- Not only will I get to take my family in first class on a 10-hour flight, we will also get to visit the First Class Terminal upon landing (I’ll get my duck) and be chauffeured to our connecting flight to Basel.
As long as the my one-year-old behaves, this will be a glorious Christmas trip across the Atlantic. I’m not going to live blog about the trip, but I’ll check in after Christmas with an update on how the trip went.
It’s so rare to see more than one or two first class award seats on any flight, let alone for the holidays. Although it pains me to think that my mileage supply is nearly dry, I could not resist the rare chance to treat my family to something truly special.