Watch TPG UK Review All 4 Lufthansa Classes of Service

Aug 23, 2019

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After reviewing all cabins on British Airways 777 and Emirates’ 777, TPG UK’s all-cabin review series is back. This time, we take on all four cabins on a Lufthansa flight to New York.

Lufthansa was a high priority for several reasons. The airline is a huge player in Europe, thanks to its incredible first class product — including the exclusive First Class Terminal at Frankfurt. In addition, it has an extensive route network from Germany and frequent and easy connections to airports all across the UK.

As Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance, there are various airline programmes — in addition to the airline’s own Miles & More program — that allow you to book Lufthansa award flights, such as Avianca LifeMiles, Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus, which were all used for this booking. This is a classic example of where different programmes charge different amounts of miles and fees for the exact same flight. If you collect miles through a credit card like The Platinum Card from American Express UK, you’ll have the choice as to which programme you want to transfer your points. While you can’t transfer to the programmes below, there are a wide range of other airline transfer options.

So, for this trip, here’s what each flight cost:

First Class: 87,000 LifeMiles + £101
Business Class: 55,000 Aeroplan miles + £460
Premium Economy: £891
Economy: 30,000 MileagePlus miles + £66

You’ll notice that the premium economy flight was paid with solely in cash. As the return trip was only £891, it made more sense to pay with cash and not miles.

How did we decide who flew which class? Well, as AvGeek newbie and TPG UK Social Media Editor Liam Spencer had never flown business or first class before, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for him to have his first-ever experience — and it’s safe to say that he loved every second. Having flown in first on his last two all-cabin review flights, TPG UK Director of Content Nicky Kelvin took one for the team and flew in economy. That left premium economy and business class to TPG UK Head of Video Jean Arnas and me. Jean said he wouldn’t mind going in premium if I wanted to go in business — easily settled.

Featured photo by Liam Spencer / The Points Guy.

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