- Beaches and Mountains: Introduction
- Beaches and Mountains: Tampa to Charlotte to New York in US Airways First Class, US Airways Club Charlotte
- Beaches and Mountains: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York, Swiss Business Lounge New York
- Beaches and Mountains: Singapore Airlines First Class New York to Frankfurt
- Beaches and Mountains: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt, Hotel Kempinski Gravenbruch
- Beaches and Mountains: Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
- Beaches and Mountains: Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Bangkok
- Beaches and Mountains: Le Meridien Bangkok
- Beaches and Mountains: Thai Airways Business Class Lounge Bangkok, Thai Airways Business Class Bangkok to Phuket
- Beaches and Mountains: Westin Siray Bay Phuket
- Beaches and Mountains: Le Meridien Khao Lak
- Beaches and Mountains: Thai Airways Business Class Lounge Phuket, Thai Airways Business Class Phuket to Bangkok
- Beaches and Mountains: Thai Airways First Class Lounge Bangkok, Thai Airways First Class Bangkok to Paris
- Beaches and Mountains: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Paris, Star Alliance Lounge Paris, Lufthansa Business Class Paris to Munich
- Beaches and Mountains: InterContinental Berchtesgaden
- Beaches and Mountains: Exploring Berchtesgaden and surroundings
- Beaches and Mountains: Schloss Fuschl Hotel Salzburg
- Beaches and Mountains: Sheraton Arabellapark Munich
- Beaches and Mountains: Exploring Munich
- Beaches and Mountains: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich, Lufthansa Business Class Munich to Frankfurt
- Beaches and Mountains: Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt, Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Chicago
- Beaches and Mountains: Conclusion
After a 45 minute train ride from Munich we made it to the airport at around 10:15AM, a little under 90 minutes before our flight.
Airport entrance from train station
We proceeded to the other end of the terminal where Lufthansa’s partitioned off first class check-in is located. One thing I love about many airports in Europe are the flight status boards that still have the “flipping” letters and numbers instead of being electronic.
First class check-in
There was no line at first class check-in and we were promptly helped by a friendly agent that checked our bags all the way to Chicago, which was our final destination for the day, since we were flying from Munich to Frankfurt to Chicago (we wanted to connect through Frankfurt so we could go to the First Class Terminal and also fly the 747 instead of an Airbus 330 given the superior product).
There’s a dedicated security entrance from the first class check-in area, where there was virtually no line.
First class security corridor
Once through security we proceeded straight to the first class lounge, which was only a few minutes away.
First Class Lounge entrance
We were greeted at the entrance and informed of the “great news,” which was that our flight was leaving from the gate right by the lounge. To “normal” people that might sound like good news, though to me it certainly wasn’t. If you leave from a remote stand Lufthansa drives you there in a Mercedes or Porsche, so I was secretly hoping that would be the case. Oh well, we knew we’d get our car ride in Frankfurt at least.
The first class lounges are all designed in a similar fashion. The Munich one isn’t especially big given how many people it accommodates, so it was quite crowded given that it was “rush hour.”
Since we hadn’t had breakfast we grabbed a table in the restaurant. We were approached within a minute by a waiter offering us drinks. I went with freshly squeezed orange juice.
The breakfast buffet is probably a bit better than what you’d find in the club lounge of a nice hotel, with several cold options, pastries, breads, and also eggs.
I went with muesli with blueberries and strawberries and was just going to go with a croissant on the side, though couldn’t resist the pretzel that was at the buffet. After all, it would be one of my last on the trip!
After breakfast we headed over to to our departure gate at around 11:10AM, as boarding was scheduled to begin. As it turns out the flight was delayed by a bit and the inbound aircraft was just arriving, so we headed back to the lounge for a few minutes. I guess there’s at least some benefit to leaving from a gate close to the lounge.
Once there the agent apologized profusely for not checking on the status of the flight again, though promised to monitor closely and let us know when the flight was ready for boarding, which was about 10 minutes later.
As we headed back down to the gate, boarding was underway and our boarding passes were quickly scanned.
As I walked away from the podium, though, the gate agent stopped me and said my bag was too big.
The funny thing is that I’ve flown well over 100 segments in international premium cabins, and not once have I been stopped, despite most airlines having insanely low baggage allowances. I’ll admit I have a standard sized US carry-on that’s usually stuffed,so in a way I’ve been surprised that I’ve never been stopped. It’s probably a function of being in a premium cabin.
I’ve always found Lufthansa to be pretty good about looking the other way when it comes to cabin baggage for first and business class passengers. Heck, I remember checking in at the First Class Terminal once where the agent said that I could carry on three bags if I wanted to, since she thought it would be easier for me (and they weren’t small bags either).
Anyway, the agent asked what my final destination was, and I said Chicago. I showed her my boarding pass with the flight number, and while she didn’t say anything, her colleague’s eyes got wide and he said “he’s in first class, just let him go.”
She didn’t listen and still printed a checked bag tag for me and told me to leave my bag at the jet bridge. I pushed back a little bit, and at that point she told me to ask the flight attendants, and if they said it was okay I could take it aboard.
So I simply covered up the tag and boarded as I usually would and there weren’t any issues. There were even empty bins as we pushed back.
Munich (MUC) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Thursday, August 11
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Seat: 5C (Business Class)
At the door the flight attendants were handing out Milka Nussini chocolates to all passengers.
Air Canada 777
Boarding finished up fairly quickly and the captain announced our flight time of one hour, anticipating an on-time arrival despite our late departure.
We taxied to the runway quickly and were airborne in no time with amazing views of the beautiful countryside.
Shortly after takeoff
Cabin after takeoff
As we climbed through about 10,000 feet the seatbelt sign was turned off and meal service began.
I’ve gotta say, Lufthansa’s intra-Europe meals have gotten borderline inedible, and that’s coming from someone that used to like them. The only part of the meal that was decent was the dessert, and even that wasn’t great.
Just around the same time that all the passengers had been served meals we began our descent, and 30 minutes later touched down in Frankfurt, where we taxied past a bunch of 747s before making it to our gate in the A concourse.
Another nice (though more senior) bird!
This is where the real fun begins!
The boards are made by the Italian company Solari, and are called Solari Boards. Many train stations had them in the US, thought most are being replaced by electronic ones. The Route 128 Station in suburban Boston still has one!
I love the flipping flight status boards too. One of my favorite things about the wonderful Qantas First Lounge in SYD. These days I mostly see them in Italian train stations.
though I share the enthusiasm about the flipping flight status boards, I find it strange that you would mention it while talking about MUC airport. Since the new MUC opened in 1992, the status boards are fully electronic. I think FRA has some flipping boards left, though, maybe you've seen them on your way to the FCT.
Great trip report, can't wait to read the rest! Good choice on the pretzel, I miss them. Oh, and I like the flipping letters and numbers in Europe too!
@ Levi -- In order to use the Lufthansa First Class Lounge/Terminal you have to be traveling Lufthansa or Swiss in transatlantic first class (you can use it on the inbound or outbound segment). Flying United transatlantic in first class and Lufthansa intra-Europe wouldn't get you access, unfortunately. I'd say the Frankfurt lounges (and First Class Terminal!) are better than those in Munich, so that's what I'd go with.
Hi Lucky, I travel back and forth between the UK and US regularly on *A. This now tends to be via Germany. What are the requirements for making the most out of LH first class? DO I need to fly LH or does a local LH then connecting to UA TALT work? What abut inbound with same connections? Should I transit MUC or FRA? To get the car experience I assume it is only on the outbound and not the inbound transit to intra-EU flight. Many thanks.
@ NYBanker -- I'm referring to the more human aspect of the plane, if you catch my drift.
Why do you say the UA plane is "more senior?" That, and the LH plane immediately preceding it, are both 747-400s.
@ PapaSmurf -- Nope, the cooler is there all day. It's immediately to the left of the bar.
@ Murphy -- I was just testing y'all. Nice catch. ;)
Arrive: 12:55PM (+1 day)
I was in the Munich lounge few days ago, but I don't remember seeing the ice cream. Do they only have it at certain times (I was early in the morning)?
Thanks for the shot of the AC...Always makes me nostalgic for home when I see them overseas :)
Whoa, even after being informed that you were a first class passenger, she still didn't back down. I thought that kind of attitude would get you shot at dawn at Lufthansa :P.