The Best Ways to Book Lufthansa First Class Using Points [Step-By-Step]

Lufthansa First Class

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Without a doubt, the most famous first class experience from Europe is the Lufthansa first class cabin. Their service inflight is tough to match, and the lounge experience in Frankfurt is simply stunning!

Carriers from the Middle East and Asia continue to provide amazing first class experiences, but the Lufthansa first class cabin remains one of the best experiences in the sky.

Let’s look at what you’ll get when you book Lufthansa first class, and then dive into booking this amazing flight using points.

A Look Inside Lufthansa First Class

Let’s say you’re flying out of Lufthansa’s hub in Frankfurt, Germany. When you arrive at the First Class Terminal, you will be greeted by a personal assistant and a valet parking service.

If you arrive in your own car, the valet parking service will take care of parking it for you. Have a rental car? They will return it to the agency on your behalf. Your personal assistant will then be with you through check-in and security.

With these formalities complete, you can start enjoying the amazing First Class Terminal experience. Many airlines provide great first class lounges, but Lufthansa takes it to another level!

Sit back and relax in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. Image courtesy of

The Wining & Dining area is complete with food from expert chefs and your choice of beer, wine, and liquor. Cigar aficionados can also enjoy a fine smoke with their drink in a dedicated cigar lounge.

If you’d like to relax before your flight, you can choose from one of the famous Relax chairs or a quiet room with a daybed. Perhaps you’d prefer to relax by taking a bath? Well, you’re in luck! One of the 4 shower rooms also has a bathtub for you to enjoy.

As you can see, Lufthansa goes out of its way to ensure you have a fantastic experience upon arriving at the airport. Now, let’s talk about the flight.

Enjoy an amazing lie-flat seat with direct aisle access in Lufthansa first class.

For maximum comfort, each first class suite includes a lie-flat seat with direct aisle access. If traveling with a companion, the middle section has a divider that can be raised when you need some quiet or lowered when you’d like to have a chat.

Lufthansa First Class Champagne
Enjoy some champagne on your Lufthansa first class flight.

On board, the amazing Lufthansa service only continues in first class. From fine wine and champagne to high-end scotch like Johnnie Walker Blue to more amazing cuisine, you won’t be disappointed. Just ask your flight attendant for whatever you need!

From start to finish, the Lufthansa first class cabin makes flying fun and relaxing.

How to Book Lufthansa First Class With Points & Miles

Now that you’ve had a taste of what to expect from this amazing cabin, let’s talk about how you can book this flight and try it yourself!

Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance, which is the largest airline alliance in the world. This provides plenty of options for booking Lufthansa first class, but we’re going to focus on 3 of the best ways.

Miles & More

Miles & More is the frequent flyer program for several European airlines including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss Air, Brussels Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, and Croatia Airlines.

Lufthansa Miles & More Award Chart from May 9, 2019.
Lufthansa Miles & More Award Chart from May 9, 2019. Image courtesy of

You will need 7,000 miles in your Miles & More account to search for award availability online. If you don’t have the required miles to search online, call Lufthansa’s U.S. customer service center at 800-581-6400.

The main benefit of this method is that you will have access to first class award availability more than 15 days in advance. Partner bookings typically will only receive award inventory in first class around ~2 weeks before departure, making planning in-advance difficult.

With Lufthansa’s own Miles & More frequent flyer program, you will be able to book first class up to 355-359 days before departure!

To complete a booking online, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Miles & More
  2. Log into your Miles & More account
  3. Select your desired travel dates and route
  4. Select “First” as your class of service
  5. Select your desired flight
    • Make sure you select a Lufthansa flight, as the search results will show other Miles & More partners

You will be required to pay the carrier-imposed surcharges on award tickets when booking with Miles & More. The fees can be steep, but they are lower on flights from Europe rather than the U.S.

If you want to book a round-trip itinerary, search for both round-trip tickets and one-way tickets. Booking 2 one-way tickets might have lower combined surcharges than the round-trip option.

Hot Tip: We’ve got an entire post dedicated to the best ways to utilize your Miles & More Miles for max value if you need more ideas.

United MileagePlus

United MileagePlus has long been the go-to method for many people in the U.S. when booking Lufthansa First Class. Unlike Miles & More, United does not pass on the carrier-imposed surcharges on award bookings.

Award prices are a little steep with United miles, but you won’t be hit with carrier-imposed surcharges.

You can book your flight online by following these steps:

  1. Visit United’s website
  2. Sign in to your account
  3. Select “Search for award travel”
  4. Select your travel dates and your desired route
  5. Select your cabin of choice
  6. Select your flight (make sure it is operated by Lufthansa!)
  7. Review your flight choice

Hot Tip: Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio if you need some United miles to complete your booking.

When you search on United’s site, confirm award availability before you transfer any Chase Ultimate Rewards. Once you have selected your flights, you will be able to review your choice.

Occasionally, United will show phantom space — this means that the flight will show as an option, but after selecting it you will be notified that space no longer exists.

Asiana Club

Our third option isn’t the most commonly used method of booking, but Asiana Club provides another great way to book Lufthansa first class.

If you want to fly in the first class cabin for the fewest miles, look no further than Asiana Club.

You will be required to call Asiana to book the award, as they do not allow partner bookings online.

Also, you must reserve and have your ticket issued 3 days prior to departure, which prevents snagging last-minute awards.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Search for availability using United’s site (see above for the steps)
  2. Call Asiana at 1-800-227-4262
    • The U.S. call center is open between 8:30am-5:30pm PT (Monday-Friday)
  3. Tell the phone representative you’d like to book an award with their Star Alliance partner Lufthansa
  4. Provide your travel dates and flight numbers
  5. Once you confirm space, you will be prompted to give your credit card for any necessary taxes and fees

Asiana Airlines will pass on surcharges when booking award tickets, so include that in your calculation.

Air Canada Aeroplan

Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is another great option to book first class awards on Lufthansa.

Aeroplan Award Chart
If you have Membership Rewards points, Aeroplan can help you book a first class ticket on Lufthansa.

The booking process is simple and can be done online. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Visit Aeroplan’s site
  2. Log into your Aeroplan account (you’ll need your account number)
  3. Under “Use Your Miles” select “Travel”
  4. Select your travel dates, cities, and class of service
  5. Select your flight and complete your booking

Be aware that Aeroplan passes on carrier-imposed surcharges for many partner award bookings, which can be steep.

Hot Tip: Check out our Aeroplan region definition guide to make it easy to find out how many miles you need to book your award.

If you are short on Aeroplan miles, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio. Transfers are almost instant.

Other Options for Booking First Class

Several other Star Alliance partners you might want to consider when booking Lufthansa first class are Air Canada Aeroplan, Avianca LifeMiles, Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus, and ANA Mileage Club.

Great Lufthansa First Class Redemptions

Lufthansa First Class Seat
Enjoy a comfortable flight in your amazing Lufthansa first class seat!

If you’re looking for the cheapest mileage cost, Asiana Club might be your best bet. While you’ll still have to pay the surcharges, a one-way first class flight on Lufthansa is only 50,000 Asiana miles.

Air Canada Aeroplan is another great opportunity at 70,000 miles one-way, as there are more ways to earn Aeroplan miles.

On a one-way award from the U.S., you can expect $500+ in taxes and fees, while a one-way from Germany to the U.S. will be roughly $400. Depending on your origin in Europe, the taxes and fees will vary.

Visiting Europe from Asia? You can book Lufthansa first class from Hong Kong to Frankfurt or Munich for 105,000 Miles & More miles. Thanks to Hong Kong’s prohibition on surcharges, the taxes and fees on this booking are very low.

To fly between Europe and the U.S., you can use 110,000 United miles for a one-way flight without carrier-imposed surcharges.

How to Earn Enough Miles for Lufthansa First Class

Earning Lufthansa Miles & More Miles or Asiana Club Miles

Barclays provides a co-branded card with Miles & More, and Bank of America provide a co-branded card with Asiana Airlines.

You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to Lufthansa or Asiana at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive a bonus of 5,000 Lufthansa or Asiana miles.

Recommended Marriott Cards

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card - earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. A solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Business Card, click here.

Earning United MileagePlus Miles

If you need United miles, you can transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards, which can be earned through the following cards:

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card which has a 60,000 point bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

This sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia. The bonus alone could get you multiple round-trip flights or hotel stays.
Chase Sapphire Reserve® - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $450 annual fee.
Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you 3% cash-back on all purchases in your first year (up to $20,000 spent), then 1.5% on all purchases after that. Just know that you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and comes with a whopping 80,000 sign up bonus after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This bonus is worth $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (flights, hotels etc). Also, if you pay for your cell phone bill with this card, you can get up to $600 in cell phone insurance coverage per year.
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Chase also provides co-branded cards that earn United miles directly:

Recommended United Cards

Earning Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

If you want to take advantage of Air Canada’s award chart, you have plenty of ways to earn Membership Rewards that can be transferred to your Aeroplan account.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year.

Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.

With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus points. We get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging as many of the benefits/perks card which more than offsets the higher annual fee. It's also a card we use for larger transactions ($5k or more) as it earns unlimited 1.5X points.

Get access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, $200 in airline fee credits for incidentals (e.g. baggage fees) and more. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a real simple card that earns you 2x points on business purchases up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). There's no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.

When Should You Search for Award Space?

Lufthansa First Class Cabin
If you use Miles & More, you can book much earlier than when booking via a partner airline.

Unlike Lufthansa business class award space, Lufthansa restricts first class award availability to its own Miles & More members until roughly 2 weeks before departure.

If you need to make sure you are booked on a flight ahead of time, the Miles & More program is your best bet. If you are more flexible and using a partner program to book, start looking for Lufthansa first class award space 15 days prior to your departure.

What Do You Get With Lufthansa First Class?

Lufthansa provides a luxury first class cabin experience that you won’t want to miss. With amazing service, a great lie-flat seat, and a wonderful lounge experience, there’s no doubt you will love flying on Lufthansa.

Lufthansa and Star Alliance First Class Lounges

As part of Star Alliance (the largest airline alliance), you will have access to many first class lounges across the globe when flying Lufthansa first class.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

When you fly first class from Frankfurt, you’ll experience one of the world’s best first class lounges.

The Lufthansa First Class Terminal is an experience like few others. Travelers from around the world love this lounge so much, it has almost become a destination in and of itself.

This lounge does all the little things right: hot pretzels, dining from Michelin star-rated chefs, numerous beverage options, and much more. During your visit, you will have access to 130 types of whiskey!

Lufthansa Welcome Lounge in Frankfurt

Start your vacation or business trip with a shower in the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge at the Frankfurt airport.

If you are flying into Frankfurt, check out the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge, where you can take care of a little work or have a nice meal before heading into the city. If you need to freshen up after a long flight, you can have a quick shower to prepare for the day.

Final Thoughts

If there is a bucket list for out of this world flight experiences, Lufthansa first class is definitely on it!

From the moment you arrive at the airport, you will be blown away by the service Lufthansa provides. A Porsche or Mercedes ride to your flight plus champagne and amazing meals in the lounge and on the plane…what more could you want?

If you didn’t already stop reading this article to go book your Lufthansa first class flight — what are you waiting for? Get to it!

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Best Ways to Book Lufthansa First Class Using Points


What’s the best way to book Lufthansa first class?

The best way to book Lufthansa first class depends on your current points and cash situation.

If you want the cheapest cost in miles, Asiana Club is a great option. If you’d like to book Lufthansa business class without the carrier-imposed surcharges, United MileagePlus is an excellent choice.

Air Canada is another great option as there are so many ways to earn Membership Rewards that can be transferred to your Aeroplan account.

What credit cards can help me earn miles to fly Lufthansa first class?

To earn Miles & More miles, use the Lufthansa card from Barclays.

You can also use Amex cards that earn Membership Rewards to get more Aeroplan miles.

To earn United miles, use cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards or Chase’s co-branded United cards.

What do I get when I fly Lufthansa first class?

Lufthansa first class has a great lie-flat seat with direct aisle access. You can enjoy champagne throughout the flight, caviar as an appetizer, and a great meal.

Additionally, you will have access the famous First Class Terminal if you are flying out of Frankfurt Airport.

Throughout your experience, you can expect top-notch service in the lounge and during your flight.

Spencer Howard

About Spencer Howard

Always a fan of flying, it was only natural that Spencer was drawn to finding a way to improve the travel experience. Like many, he started this journey searching for cheap flights to take him around the world. This was fun for a while, but Spencer was intrigued by the idea of flying in business and first class! Throwing himself into what became an extensive research project, Spencer spent 3-4 hours per night learning everything he could about frequent flyer miles over the course of several months (he thinks this is normal).


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