I know I’m crazy, but hear me out…I’ve decided to fly from Los Angeles to Frankfurt only to turn around and fly right home. Why? All for a rubber duck from the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. It’s truly a testament to my loyalty to Lufthansa.
Crazy: Flying To Frankfurt For A Special Rubber Duck From Lufthansa
The Lufthansa First Class Terminal recently re-opened after over a year and half of being closed due to the pandemic. To celebrate, Lufthansa issued a “very limited edition” special COVID-19 duck:
For those not familiar with the First Class Terminal experience, Lufthansa offers rubber ducks as a memento of your visit. These used to be yellow and lately have been black. But Lufthansa also issues special-edition ducks like the one pictured above. Over the years, I have built up a nice collection of these special ducks.
But the COVID-19 duck holds a special place in my heart and is about so much more than the duck. It was during COVID-19 that my primary business failed and that life truly turned upside down. Lockdowns and travel restrictions also crippled Award Expert, my miles and points consulting business. I contracted COVID-19 and lost my sense of smell for six weeks. Around the world, we’ve seen not just death from the pandemic, but unprecedented separation of family and friends who are forced to speak to each other on screens, which is never a suitable substitute for personal human interaction.
And while the virus is far from being defeated (it will be with us for a very long time), signs of normalcy are emerging again. Borders have re-opened. Families are again re-united. And one of my favorite places in the world, the First Class Terminal, is now open for business.
As much as I want to forget the pandemic, it is and forever will be an indelible part of my life; a chapter of my history. And I can think of no better momento of that history than the Lufthansa COVID-19 duck. I love the message, “Welcome home,” on the duck because returning to the First Class Terminal does feeling like coming home. In fact, travel itself is “home” for me. It is my element.
The duck will have a central place in my office. It will be reminder of the tough lessons I have learned over the last year but also a reminder that the joy of travel endures and that some things, like Lufthansa First Class, remain an aspirational but achievable expression of my love for miles and points.
I realize that I could (theoretically) buy one of these ducks on eBay, but where is the fun in that? My ducks are not bought.
So duck it, I’m going to Frankfurt.