Lufthansa First Class Denver – Frankfurt Using United MileagePlus

For 67,500 United MileagePlus miles per person we were able to book a Lufthansa first class flight one way from the US to Japan. You can read more about my obsessive booking process here. The first leg of our trip included four flights, two connections to get to Denver, Denver to Frankfurt and then finally Frankfurt to Osaka. Our two connections were on US Airways in first class. I wasn’t sure if that qualified us for lounge access or not. Turns out it only qualified us immediately before the international first class leg. Meaning between our first two flights we technically weren’t able to access the lounge, but could in Denver. It wasn’t an issue, but I had to burn a US Airways lounge pass from my Barclay’s US Airways credit card to get into a US Airways lounge in Charlotte during our connection there.

The US Airways lounge in Charlotte was nothing special. We had been in the United Lounge in Atlanta a week or two before and they offered cheese, Milano cookies, yogurt covered raisins and a few other snacks. We were in the US Airways club during breakfast and they had only bagels and Activia. The first lounge we went into was entirely full with no place to sit, so we walked to another concourse to go into the lounge there. It was a nice place to sit and wait for our flight, but definitely not worth paying the entry fee in my opinion.
We had free access to the United lounge in Denver, as we were flying international first class out of Denver. The United lounge matched the Atlanta setup, and we enjoyed Milano cookies and yogurt covered raisins and cheese again. We had a nice view and were able to watch our plane pull up! I’m a geek and was very excited.
Lufthansa 747-400

Lufthansa 747-400

I was especially excited since I knew we would be sitting on the upper deck! We walked over to the concourse as soon as we saw our plane pull up. I was hoping to be one of the first to board to take pictures, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Luckily the couple sitting in front of us was into points and miles as well and were taking pictures too. We enjoyed discussing miles and had a great time hanging out in the First Class Terminal together after our flight.
We were very excited boarding and looking forward to having a seat AND a bed! The flight did not disappoint. First, the seat:
Lufthansa New First Class Seat/Bed

Lufthansa New First Class Seat/Bed

There were eight first class seats/beds on the upper deck. It was a very comfortable recliner, with controls for all angles. An in-flight entertainment (IFE) remote was built into the arm, as well as a tray table that folds out from the other arm. There was plenty of storage on either side, with the exception of overhead space for a carry-on suitcase. I’m not a fan of checking bags. The last time someone talked me into it they lost my bag. So I stand by my lack of trust and opt for carrying on whenever possible. There was no overhead storage, but they took our suitcases and stored them for us during the flight. It was not a big deal, just something to keep in mind. The bin underneath the bed and in the arm rests held everything else though.

Upon boarding we were offered a beverage and provided with the first class amenities. We were given pajamas, slippers and a Rimowa amenity kit.
Lufthansa First Class Rimowa Amenity Kit

Lufthansa First Class Rimowa Amenity Kit

We were then presented with a menu and the feast began! Caviar, lobster, cheeses and chocolates to name a few items! Everything was delicious. Here’s the menu.
Lufthansa First Class Menu

Lufthansa First Class Menu

And here’s what those items looked like:
Lufthansa First Class Meal Selections

Lufthansa First Class Meal Selections

The service during the meal was incredible.
Cheese Selections

Cheese Selections

After dinner we watched movies and tried to stay awake as long as possible. Since we were flying into Frankfurt and then had a second long flight from Frankfurt to Osaka that arrived at 8:45am we wanted to try to sleep on that flight instead, hoping to minimize jet lag. We ended up taking a short nap and were woken up for breakfast shortly before landing. Not a bad view to wake up to!
View I woke up to

View I woke up to

Breakfast consisted of an assortment of fruits and cheeses and I opted for the scrambled eggs with bacon. Again, delicious and incredible service the entire flight.
Breakfast on the flight

Breakfast on the flight

When I started collecting miles I saw no reason to go for first class. First class to me meant giving up a trip elsewhere. But for the 11 hour flight to Japan, I really didn’t want to sit in economy. And once we bumped up the mileage required to get business class, it made sense to go for first class. Lufthansa First Class was an incredible experience, and with the changes to United’s program one I won’t likely be able to repeat. Ideally on future trips to Europe (and my upcoming trip to Iceland) I can go economy for the shorter duration flights and save money/miles.

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I had no idea the trip could possibly get better at this point, but stay tuned for the First Class Terminal write-up and our flight to Osaka!
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About Rebecca

I'm an engineer who is new to the points game. Hoping to share my discoveries as I collect points to travel the world.

2 responses to “Lufthansa First Class Denver – Frankfurt Using United MileagePlus”

  1. Kristina @ Three Little Birds travel says :

    I’m obsessed with Lufthansa but I have never flown 1st class! This looks awesome..and a super relaxing flight!

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