Lufthansa Airlines: everything you need to know Economy/Business

Aviões da Lufthansa no Aeroporto de Frankfurt, Alemanha.
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Here’s everything you need to know if you’re traveling with Lufthansa Airlines for the first time! Read about my experiences with this airline, including traveling in Economy and Business class.

Lufthansa, or Deutsche Lufthansa AG, is a German airline, with its main hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport, both in Germany.

It is part of the Star Alliance, along with other airlines such as TAP Air Portugal, Aegean Airlines, and Scandinavian Airlines, among others.

It flies to 285 destinations in 102 countries, with direct flights from the United Kingdon from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY), Birmingham (BHX), Manchester (MAN), Newcastle (NCL), Edinburgh (EDI), and Glasgow (GLA).

Additionally, at the end of this article, you will find information about other airlines.

I made an effort to include all the data you need if you’re traveling with Lufthansa for the first time, but if you have any questions, please leave a comment.

What it’s like to travel with Lufthansa Airlines: my experience

Ver o nascer do sol a bordo de uma avião da Lufthansa.
Watching the sunrise aboard a Lufthansa plane.

After traveling several times with Lufthansa, I have no doubt in saying that this is one of my favorite airlines.

Every time, everything went very well, from booking tickets online to check-in, boarding, and the flight itself.

Actually, even when things didn’t go smoothly, they still went well. In other words, on one of the trips with a layover, I missed one of the flights.

The flight in question was from Bari, Italy, with a layover at Frankfurt Airport. The flight departed late from Bari, causing me to miss the connection to Porto.

When the flight landed in Frankfurt, I received an email with the rescheduled flight for the next day. Customer support provided me with a voucher for the hotel, dinner, and transfer. The next day, I returned home safe and sound.

Everything you need to know before traveling on Lufthansa Airlines

What is it like to travel in Lufthansa Business Class?

Viajar em classe Business da Lufthansa.
Traveling in Lufthansa Business Class.
Pequeno-almoço na classe Business da Lufthansa.
Breakfast in Lufthansa Airlines Business Class.
Refeição na classe Business da Lufthansa.
Meal in Lufthansa Business Class.
Lugares Business da Lufthansa.
Lufthansa Business Class seats.

Those traveling in the higher classes, such as Business and First Class, have a differentiated experience.

For instance, First Class passengers have a Personal Assistant, Valet Parking Service, and limousine service at Frankfurt and Munich Airports, in addition to the benefits included in Business fares.

Business class perks include priority boarding at the airport, additional free baggage, meals onboard, and access to lounges.

Refeições no Lounge do Aeroporto de Munique, Alemanha.
Meals at the Munich Airport Lounge, Germany.
Jantar no Lounge do Aeroporto de Munique.
Dinner at the Munich Airport Lounge.
Trabalhar no Lounge do Aeroporto de Frankfurt, Alemanha.
Working at the Frankfurt Airport Lounge, Germany.
Snacks e café no Longe do Aeroporto de Frankfurt.
Snacks and coffee at the Frankfurt Airport Lounge.

I must say that access to the lounges is particularly interesting for those planning a long layover or needing a quiet place to work.

I had the opportunity to visit the lounges at Frankfurt and Munich airports, and I must say they are both very useful.

In addition to food and drinks at your disposal, there are work areas with tables and sofas to rest. I found several outlets to plug in my laptop as well as charge my phone.

If I’m not mistaken, entry to the lounges for those without a premium ticket is around €30, which honestly seemed quite reasonable to me.

When can online check-in be done?

Cockpit de um avião da Lufthansa.
Cockpit of a Lufthansa airplane.
Viajar à janela num voo da Lufthansa.
Flying by the window on a Lufthansa Airlines flight.

The Lufthansa online check-in can be done from 30 hours before departure and you can use the booking reference or ticket number to do so.

These details are usually on the voucher you receive when you purchase the flight.

Additionally, at some airports, the pre-check-in option is available, which is very convenient for those who prefer to drop off their luggage in advance (up to 30 hours before) and go directly to security on the day of the flight.

This tip is particularly interesting for those with a late-day flight who don’t want to carry their bags on the day of departure.

You can leave them at the airport the day before and have more time to enjoy every minute of your trip at the destination.

Where does Lufthansa Airlines fly from the UK?

Aviões da Lufthansa no Aeroporto de Frankfurt, Alemanha.
Lufthansa planes at Frankfurt Airport, Germany.

Flying from the UK, you can travel to 285 destinations in 102 countries, typically with a layover at one of the main hubs of the airline, usually at Frankfurt Airport or Munich Airport.

However, here are the following direct flights from the UK with Lufthansa:

  • From London Heathrow (LHR): Munich (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA), Salzburg (SZG);
  • From London Gatwick (LGW) to Frankfurt (FRA);
  • From London City (LCY) to Frankfurt (FRA);
  • From Birmingham (BHX) to Munich (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA);
  • From Manchester (MAN) to Munich (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA);
  • From Newcastle (NCL) to Frankfurt (FRA);
  • From Edinburgh (EDI) to Munich (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA);
  • From Glasgow (GLA) to Munich (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA);

Is it expensive to travel with Lufthansa?

Voo noturno em classe económica da Lufthansa de Munique para Tbilisi.
Night flight in Lufthansa’s economy class from Munich to Tbilisi.

The ticket prices depend a lot on when you buy them, meaning if you purchase the tickets well in advance, you can find very affordable prices.

For example, I flew from Porto Airport to Tbilisi, Georgia, for less than €200, which seemed reasonable to me.

What are the airlines that are part of the Lufthansa Group?

Viajar na Air Dolomiti.
Traveling on Air Dolomiti.

Part of this group are Germanwings, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti, and also Swiss International Airlines.

Do they serve complimentary meals on Lufthansa flights?

Água de oferta na Lufthansa.
Complimentary water on Lufthansa.

Lufthansa’s complimentary meals depend on the type of ticket purchased and the distance of the flight.

For short and medium-haul flights in economy class, passengers receive one (or more) chocolates and a bottle of water. Snacks and beverages must be purchased separately in this case.

On long-haul flights, meals and beverages are provided free of charge.

Passengers traveling in Business or First Class always receive complimentary meals, snacks, and beverages.

Where does Lufthansa fly in Europe?

Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO), Porto.
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), Porto.
Aeroporto de Lisboa
Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisboa.
Chegadas do Aeroporto de Ponta Delgada João Paulo II (PDL).
Azores: Ponta Delgada João Paulo II Airport (PDL).
Aeroporto da Madeira.
Madeira Airport (MAD).
O que fazer em Copenhaga: visitar Freetown Christiania.
What to do in Copenhagen (Denmark): visit the free town of Christiania.
Grand-Place Bruxelas.
Grand-Place in Brussels, Belgium.

This list is not exhaustive, but for your reference, these are popular flights of Lufthansa in Europe: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Greece, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, Albania, Czech Republic, Serbia, Norway, Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria, and France.

Where does Lufthansa fly to in the rest of the world?

Visitar Erevan, a capital da Arménia.
Visit Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
Visitar Downtown Miami
Explore Downtown Miami, United States of America.
Visit Thailand.

The most popular destinations worldwide are as follows: United States, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, China, South Korea, India, Singapore, Egypt, Thailand, Israel, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Angola, Namibia, Vietnam, Mauritius, Armenia, and finally, Kenya.

What are the aircraft used by Lufthansa?

Viajar na Lufthansa.
Traveling on Lufthansa.

Lufthansa’s aircraft depend on the duration of the flight. For long-haul flights, you can expect Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-600, Airbus A350, Boeing 747-8, Boeing 747-400, or Airbus A380-800.

On the other hand, for medium-haul flights, you can expect the following types of aircraft: Airbus A321-100, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, and Airbus A320neo.

Finally, for short-haul flights, the aircraft typically used are from the following models: Embraer 195, Avro RJ85 BAe 146, Bombardier CRJ900, or Bombardier CRJ700.

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