After canceling our trip to Spain and even opting to stay home for Christmas in Los Angeles and not even see my family, we made the choice to travel to Germany…a flight from COVID-19. This trip report covers what turned out to be a very short winter getaway.
My Flight To Germany Turns Into A Short Winter Getaway
As I outlined in earlier post, we booked a one-way ticket to Germany with an intent to stay for an extended period, a flight (escape) from Los Angeles. At the time, COVID-19 was raging in Los Angeles and hospital beds were full. While it was not our desire to bring any sickness to Germany (and did not), we felt safer there should something go wrong.
My wife and children have German passports and I am allowed into Germany on that basis and eligible for permanent residency.
Although the plan was to stay for several weeks, we ended up cutting our trip short due to a death in the family. While it is my hope to spend more time in Germany in the months and years to come, now was apparently not the time.
This trip report will cover our flights back and forth. With much of Germany also shut down, we spent the week at my in-law’s house. While I enjoyed wonderful cooking and encountered several days of jet lag, there’s not much else to report about my time on the ground. The snow was beautiful, though (see above).
- Lufthansa A350 Business Class
- Planepsotting At Zurich Airport
- My Infant Ticket Trials On American Airlines
- British Airways A320 Economy Class
- American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class
- Admirals Club New York JFK
- American Airlines 777-200 Business Class
The most annoying part of the trip, which I have not covered yet, is a problem we encountered with my daughter’s infant ticket after we upgraded our return. American Airlines wanted to charge almost as much for her “90% off” infant ticket as a business class fare I could have purchased outright on aa.com. I’m still shaking my head about that and the issue remains unresolved. Despite that issue, I had lovely flights on American Airlines and also had a lovely outbound on Lufthansa.
This was an unplanned trip that turned in an unplanned way when we had to cut it so short. In this pandemic era, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I certainly learned that on this trip. But I also came to appreciate both Lufthansa and American Airlines much more. The flight experience at least…