A while back Lufthansa announced that they would introduce the A380 on the Miami to Frankfurt route, which came as as a shocker to many. While Europeans love the sun, the fact that there will be virtually zero connecting traffic in Miami due to Lufthansa’s lack of partners there seems to make it a tough route to sustain, in my opinion.
Anyway, the frustration with the A380 is that Lufthansa blocks first class award redemptions on that aircraft for those booking through Star Alliance partners.
Well, for whatever reason, they haven’t blocked all of the space between Miami and Frankfurt, at least for later in the year. I’m looking at dates in December, and there’s pretty decent first class award availability, even for two people some days.
This raises the question as to whether this is an oversight or whether Lufthansa is actually starting to release first class award space on the A380. I can’t imagine the premium cabin yields to Miami are all that great, given that it’s primarily a leisure destination, so maybe this is a conscious decision. Or maybe Lufthansa doesn’t plan on keeping the A380 on the route through the end of the year. On one hand I can’t imagine they would just temporarily introduce the A380 on a route, but on the other hand I can’t imagine that Miami will be able to sustain the yields they want for the A380. Who knows, I’m probably wrong.
I’m sure at least one person will comment “so Lucky, how many of these did you book?” The answer is zero. I hate to say it, but the lure of the A380 is starting to get lost on me a bit. Lufthansa’s new hard product on the 747 actually looks better than the product on the A380. And after spending this past Christmas in Germany, you’d have to pay me to go there again in winter.
Simply put, I’ve flown most of the best products out there, and while I’m always on the hunt for a great product, at the end of the day I’m getting a ten hour flight with the same food, service, and a flat bed, regardless of which aircraft I’m on. Get me a decent product to a warm destination and I’m a happy camper!