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.
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
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
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
And here’s what those items looked like:
Lufthansa First Class Meal Selections
The service during the meal was incredible.
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
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
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.
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!