I never actually thought that Lufthansa would accept the myOffer bid I put in for an upgrade from economy to business class as the business class seats were selling for almost $9,000 USD and my bid was less than 10% of that price. Although I suppose I should take into account the money already spent on economy tickets and the surcharge for seats with extra legroom.
Getting the myOffer Upgrade
The myOffer upgrade option is available through the Lufthansa website after you have already booked your tickets. When I checked a couple of months before the flight I didn’t have the option to upgrade, but two weeks before the flight, eureka! There it was.
As our flight from Vancouver to Munich is slightly over 10 hours, and I know how I react to jet lag, I decided to go for it. The lure of a seat that lies flat was just too much for me to resist. I didn’t bother with the Munich to Prague following flight as it’s only an hour long.
I kept checking the Lufthansa site via a private/incognito window to see how many business class seats were still available. I used the private window as I had read somewhere that a site will store your IP address and know how interested you are. Maybe so, maybe not, but I did it anyway. Availability held steady at 14 seats out of 42, so I felt pretty good about my bid until three days before the flight when it dropped to four seats available. I was disappointed but unsurprised.
But lo and behold, about 60 hours before the flight I received an email telling me my upgrade was successful! I cannot tell you how thrilled I was. I’ve never before flown business class and this long-haul overnight flight may be the best excuse to try it for the first time. I’m fine in economy for the most part but I have a very difficult time sleeping on planes and I arrive at my destination exhausted, nauseated, and cranky.
I dashed onto the Lufthansa website to choose our seats right away. Researching their business class had informed me that we did not want to be in the middle of the 2-2-2 configuration as those two centre seats are angled towards each other which leads to potential footsie playing. I can’t stand my own feet let alone anyone else’s. Oddly, there were more than the four seats available that I had been lead to believe, but not too many. I chose seats 5H and 5K, aisle and window respectively, in the last row of the main business class cabin and felt good about those even though SeatGuru says they may be too near the lavatory and galley. Pfft.
The Lounge Perk
When we arrived at Vancouver International Airport, Mike walked to the Economy check in/bag drop counter and looked very surprised when I waved him over to the Business Class desk. I had actually managed to keep it a secret! Bags dropped off we proceeded through (expedited!) security to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge where Business Class customers from several airlines may pass the time until their flight.
We enjoyed the buffet and had a couple of drinks from the open bar. That was nice and the two hours until boarding flew past.
Our flight boarded on time and we went to our seats. I didn’t have much time to grab a photo as Mike was in a hurry to sit down. And who can blame him?
The absolute best thing about these seats is the many many ways you can configure them. I especially liked the recliner position for just relaxing. Amenity kits and bottled water were in one of the storage bins by our feet. The kits had sleep masks, earplugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, lip balm, lens wipes, headphone ear covers, and socks in a sturdy little bag. There were Bose headphones for our use attached to the side of the seats, hence the headphone ear covers.
After our three course dinner, we watched a bit of TV and it was time for bed. With a press of a button, the seat went flat and I snuggled into my pillow and wrapped myself in the rather good quality blanket and got at least three hours solid sleep.
The cabin lights came on about two hours before landing and they served us breakfast. Cold cuts, cheese, fruit, bread, and coffee. I declined the omelette, but Mike had one. The coffee was quite good.
A little about the Business Class service; the flight attendants were excellent. Friendly, helpful, available for anything you may need, and they called us by name. The lavatory was kept clean and stocked with amenities; anyone who flies knows full well how gross it can get in there.
I was actually sad when the flight was over; that has never happened on a long-haul flight before. Our flight home in Economy (with purchased leg room) made me long for the reclining seats up front as I did not sleep a wink.