While we may lament the decay of comfort in air travel today — for the super elite (pointy) end of the plane, things are getting better and better. Airlines around the world are turning their long haul first and business class seats into ‘lie flat’ beds. Which seems a bit redundant doesn’t it? A bed should be flat.
But all of these ‘beds’ have one problem. They also serve as your seat, and you’re essentially sleeping on a series of seat cushions. Much better than being stuck in cattle class, but still not a true bed.
Enter Lufthansa, the national airline of Germany.
Fly one of their newly refitted 747-400 aircraft in first class, and you’ll be whisked upstairs to their one of a kind cabin.
There are only 8 seats (other airlines like United try to fit up to 20 seats up there). And the best part. Next to each seat is a personal, real, honest to goodness bed. No seat contorting into something ‘flat’ – just a soft, flat bed. With duvet, down pillow and all. Oh, and you have a row of 4 windows adjacent in case you want to check out the view. There’s a video here.
On top of that, they’ll serve you an over the top meal, with caviar, 3 appetizers (you can take all 3), soup, a salad, main course, cheese plate, and separate dessert. Yup, you may spend so much time eating you might not ever get a chance to sleep.
So how can you enjoy this?
Well you can pay $8,000 in cash (but who wants to do that).
Or, you can pony up 67,500 United Airlines miles for a one way journey (you can spend 30,000 miles to travel in coach on the way over or way back…hey we’re trying to help you try it just once). Lufthansa flies the 747-400 on select flights out of New York, Chicago, Miami, and others. And lots of connections to Asia via Frankfurt.
And earning 67,500 United miles isn’t tough. Just two credit cards – the United Explorer and Chase Sapphire
Then, if you’re flexible – you can check United.com for availability using their Award Flight search. No guarantees, but seats definitely pop up, usually a few days before departure. And for a bed in the sky at 35,000 feet for free, well who isn’t willing to be a little flexible.