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Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The planning & changes – part 1

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Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The planning & changes – Part 1
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: Outbound from South Bend – Part 2
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The Westin Chicago & UBER Black & SUV – Part 3
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: Outbound from Chicago & United Global 1st lounge Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Part 4
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The brand new and amazing Boeing 747-8 & 1st class seating & experience – Part 5
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The 1st class terminal in Frankfurt – Part 6
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: A Porsche ride & domestic business class – Part 7
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: Outbound from Gothenburg Sweden & business class to Munich Germany- Part 8
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: A Mercedes ride and the 1st class lounge in Munich – Part 9
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The Airbus A330 & 1st class experience – Part 10
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: An overnight in Toronto Canada at the SPG Four Points by Sheraton – Part 11
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge- Part 12
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: United business class back to Chicago & South Bend Indiana – Part 13
Lufthansa 1st class to Sweden: Final thoughts & Delta comparison – Part 14

The way to start a flight!
The way to start a flight!

As I return home today, this past trip was an adventure I was really looking forward to. I mean, Delta has a fine & comfortable quality business class product that is consistently good and service is tops but it is NOTHING like the new Lufthansa 1st class hard product. I booked this with United miles that I accumulated from credit card bonus deals and some transfer deals long gone. These points had been sitting for a while but I jumped on the chance to book these 135k plus a few bucks tax each seats pre-devaluation by United so got great value.

This was a “learning booking” and adventure for me. Learning because I got my points out just in time before they became worth much less than when I earned them long ago. Points are not fine wine and should be consumed “young” shall we say. Holding too many points is not always a good thing.

Booking was somewhat painful calling United with NO status (rep roulette is always fun). My last Lufthansa 1st class trip was 2 years ago when I burned up my ¼ million United points from my account (these latest were from Lisa’s). At the time I had status matched with Continental right after the merger so it was much simpler as a Platinum to get free changes. Not so much this time, but as I talked about in this post about fees I used many Delta tricks to save myself some money. I was able to book coach from South Bend, business Chicago to Toronto on United, Lufthansa 1st to Munich and then coach Lufthansa to Gothenburg & the same the other way home. Not ideal but the rep “said” I could change free to business on the MUC-GOT legs if space opened up. I thought this did not sound right, but took notes including the “helpful” rep’s name (tip)!

I kept checking for low level business seats to and from MUC-GOT and in just a few days the outbound opened up. Called United and they wanted to charge a change fee. I then pointed out I was in 1st class and rep “name” said it would be free and just booked a few days back. The change was made free. Months later the return opened up and mentioned rep 1, change 2 that was also free & why would this one be any different. Change again was made for free. Are we learning we should never pay change fees?

So I had my perfect flights. They were all business or 1st class other than the fact I would not get to visit the outstanding Frankfurt 1st class terminal again – truly a great disappointment. I had really wanted to spend most of a day there if I ever could again. Stay tuned for what happened to allow just that to happen in part 2 of this adventure. – René

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

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