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Last month I flew from Croatia to the United States in Lufthansa First Class for 40,000 Starpoints + $300. Here’s how I booked the award.

  • Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich (this post)
  • Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt (future post)
  • Trip Report: Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Frankfurt to Washington-Dulles (future post)

The award started with an early morning flight from Zagreb to Munich to meet my sister for a day at Oktoberfest. I didn’t sleep the night before the flight and only napped for three hours in Munich before hitting the beer tents.

Aloha Shirt and Lederhosen

That night I got about five hours of sleep before a 4:30 AM wake up call to make my 7 AM flight to Frankfurt. Since I had landed at 8 AM the day before, I was pushing my free layover of up to 24 hours to its limit.

I got to the airport at 6 AM, just one hour before my flight and followed signs for First Class check in, which is a private room, away from other check in areas.


I didn’t even need to check in because I actually had a boarding pass already for the flight. But I took advantage of the fact that the First Class security line in the First Class check in area had no one in it.

Once through security, I followed signs to the First Class Lounge.


The lounge was completely in the Oktoberfest theme. The heart cookies you see at the festival were throughout the lounge.


The staff was in Lufthansa dirndls.


And even the rubber duckies were wearing their lederhosen and dirndls.


The decorations were a cute touch.

I quickly settled into the dining area because I was ravenously hungry.


First I filled a plate at the breakfast buffet, which had tons of fresh fruit, pastries, and hot items.



There were pretzels galore…

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-10-14-42-pm…and each table even had a pretzel centerpiece.


I went with my favorite fruits plus cheese and cold cuts.


As I ate, a very friendly waitress in a dirndl took my drink order and asked if I’d like anything from the menu.


The menu says they’re happy to serve anything all day long, so I ordered the Wiener Schnitzel with cranberry sauce and potato salad, which was a fantastic choice!


After eating I briefly felt like this…

…before my lack of sleep the last two days reasserted itself.

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-10-18-32-pmThe bar is in the dining room and was also decked out for Oktoberfest.
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The rest of the lounge was fairly small, but had everything you needed–work rooms…

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-10-16-33-pm…quiet sitting areas…
screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-10-13-04-pm…a Cigar Lounge…

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-10-16-50-pm…nap rooms…
screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-10-12-13-pm…and showers.

After eating my two plates, I rushed out the door to my gate which was just a few steps away, and I boarded my on time 30-minute flight to Frankfurt to compare the First Class Terminal to the First Class Lounge.

Overall, I was very pleased with the First Class Lounge in Munich because the staff was very friendly and efficient, and the food was varied and delicious. I didn’t take advantage of the extra services like nap rooms and baths because I didn’t have time.

No improvements need to be made to Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge, but at the same time, there is no standout feature for it to rate among the top ground experiences in the world. There is no hourlong Thai Massage (Thai Airlines, Bangkok), no shave and massage (Etihad, Abu Dhabi), and no Porsche driving you to your next flight (Lufthansa, Frankfurt.)

It’s that last perk, among others. that had me flying to Frankfurt next!

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