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Which Lufthansa flights have new first class, and which Lufthansa flights have new business class? More importantly, will your flight have Lufthansa new first class or new business class? Fortunately, Lufthansa has released tools to check if your flight has Lufthansa's new first class or Lufthansa's new business class.
You can either input your origin, destination and date, or your flight number and date.
Here's the Lufthansa New First Class Flight Checker:
I selected LH401 from JFK to FRA on 7/17/13, and as you can see, there's a green indicator and the message confirms “The latest First Class facilities are available on this flight.”
March 2014 Update: Yay! The Lufthansa New Business Class Flight Checker link is working again, after months of not working. Here are the plane types that offer Lufthansa's New Business Class:
- All 747-8 planes
- All A330-300 planes into and out of Munich; only some of the A330-300s into and out of Frankfurt
- Only two of the A340-300s into and out of Frankfurt
- Only two of the A340-600s into and out of Munich
For the A330-300, you'll know that it features the new business class if there *aren't* 4 center seats in row 27 in Economy. If there are four center seats in row 27, it's the old business class.
Here's the Lufthansa New Business Class Flight Checker:
I selected the same flight, LH401 from JFK to FRA, and as expected (since Lufthansa has not yet rolled out the new business class on JFK-FRA flights) the Lufthansa New Business Class Flight Checker returned a red indicator and message of “The latest Business Class facilities are not yet available on this flight.”
How to Fly Lufthansa New First Class or Lufthansa New Business Class on Award Tickets
1. Lufthansa New First Class Award with United Miles: Book Last Minute
If you want to book Lufthansa New First Class with United miles, you'll need to book last minute, since you can book Lufthansa First Class Award Space at Most 15 Days in Advance. This is best if you only need 1 Lufthansa first class award seat, and have a backup plan so that you can gamble by booking last minute.
2. Lufthansa New First Class Award with Miles & More Miles: Access to More Award Space + Book in Advance
If you've earned 50,000 bonus miles with the Lufthansa Miles & More Cardand can add another 35,000 miles by transferring 30K SPG points (note the 25% transfer bonus per 20,000 points) you could fly one way in Lufthansa First Class (or Swiss First Class, for that matter), which could be especially worth it on an ~11 hour West Coast flight to Europe, especially given that it's very tough to get award availability using United miles on this route.
3. Lufthansa New Business Class Award with United Miles
It can be hard to score a Lufthansa New Business Class award in advance with United miles, but it can be done, if you have lots of date flexibility. Here's availability for a date in November:
4. Lufthansa New Business Class Award with Miles & More Miles: Access to More Award Space
Similar to the above with Lufthansa New First Class awards using Miles & More miles, you'll gain access to much better award availability if you book with Miles & More miles, though you'll need to pay fuel surcharges on the tickets.
Do you plan to use the Lufthansa New First Class or Lufthansa New Business Class flight checkers to see if your next Lufthansa flight will have Lufthansa New First Class or New Business Class?
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