Updated on January 11, 2018
Quick Flight Review: Lufthansa Premium Economy: IAH-FRA
After a long stay in the IAH Centurion Lounge, it was time to head to the gate for a 9.5 hour flight to Germany!
Here’s where we stand on this miniature trip report:
By the time I got to gate D9 the whole area was a complete madhouse but it was pretty much what I expected for economy on an international flight.
However, I couldn’t help but notice signs advertising for Lufthansa’s Premium Economy product and the ability to upgrade. Given the fact that I didn’t pay for this flight, I didn’t feel too bad paying a bit of cash ($275) for a much more comfortable transatlantic flight!
Seeing that this is just a premium economy flight I didn’t do a full review, but here’s my quick rundown of the rest of the experience.
After purchasing my Premium Economy seat I was able to to board a bit earlier, essentially at the front of the economy line. I’ll take it.
I boarded through the 2nd lower level door as the first door was being used (see the picture above) and turned left into the premium economy section.
Lufthansa’s Premium economy on the A380 is on the lower level in the nose of the plane, immediately below the first class cabin. The cabin layout is a 2-4-2 configuration with 52 seats and is quite spacious.
Compared to the normal economy seats, premium economy have another seven inches of pitch (38 vs 31) and a less than an inch more in width (19 vs 18.1).
I was up front on the left side of the plane in row 52A.
I won’t give a ton of commentary as this is a quick review, but I’ll run through the rest of my pictures then give you my opinion at the end.
I had a really pleasant flight, honestly. This was my first time ever flying premium economy for a transatlantic (or transpacific for that matter) flight and it was really nice to get a perspective of the “in between” from coach to business. The biggest pros of the flight were that the service was prompt, the seat recline was substantial, and the IFE was more than enough for the 9.5 hour flight. The question is always, “Would you do it again?”. If I was in the same situation, by myself for a work trip, then yeah, I probably would. But if I was on a personally-paid economy flight with my wife, I don’t know if it would be worth ~$550+. Overall, I definitely recommend giving Lufthansa’s Premium Economy a try!
Up next: My review of the Westin Hamburg – what a beaut!