One should not talk about such things, but I must confess that we flew 1st class on the trip home. It was not the first time, not will it be the last. We sampled business class on the new A380: the seating is not different from any other Lufthansa plane, but the ride seemed better.
The experience was compliments of Number One Son being employed by Lufthansa (finally getting a return on our investment!). Of course, we still had to pay the ridiculously low price and had to endure the nerve-tickling wait associated with having a stand-by ticket (after the excitement of attempting to return a rental car with an empty tank). The airline does not release seats to stand-by passengers, until the flight closes and they are certain no full-fare passengers have turned up at the last minute, even if there are plenty of non-booked seats (N1S can check bookings, so we picked a day with plenty of open seats). We were once downgraded from 1st to economy on a flight to Dubai (do I detect a hint of Schadenfreude?), so the deal is not foolproof. We never know how many company employees or dependants with a higher priority on the company pecking order will turn up on any given day.
Anyway, I highly recommend the experience, if you win the lottery or can convince someone else to pay. The food is better than in business class, but the main appeal is space, tranquility, and the ability to lie flat. Unfortunately, all classes are treated to the same turbulence and the same wait at immigration control. The cheap ticket comes with some limitations: one is not allowed to use the lounge or eat caviar. I can live with those restrictions to get the main advantages listed above.
I recall seeing a poster in a travel agency window (for young readers, that was where one booked travel before the Internet). It read: “If you don’t fly 1st class, your children will.” I have informed by children that I plan to die poor; travel is helping me to keep that promise.
NB. Because we enjoy such a favorable prices, I should not write anything negative about N1S’s employer. So, I will not compare the entertainment system to that of Asian airlines…
Another NB. Our first choice of airlines continues to be Lufthansa, because of its reliability, quality, and service. It is Miles and More better (wordplay intended) better than any American or EuopeanI don't care about entertainment, but some people do.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.