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Just last week, we had the chance to tour Lufthansa’s brand-spanking-new Airbus A350 at the airline’s Technik hangar in Munich. The carrier will begin flying its new aircraft between Munich (MUC) and Delhi, India (DEL) this week, and soon it’ll bring the plane to the US. It’s set to replace the current mix of A330s and A340s Lufthansa currently flies between Munich (MUC) and Boston (BOS) on March 14.
Flight LH 424 departs MUC at 3:55pm and arrives in BOS at 6:35pm. It’ll spend just a couple of hours on the ground in Boston and then depart as LH 425 at 8:20pm, landing in Germany at 9:45am the next day. The flight will operate daily, just as it does now. On board the aircraft, you’ll find 48 lie-flat business-class seats arranged in a 2-2-2 pattern, 21 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 arrangement and 224 economy seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.
Two of your best options to book this flight are to use Aeroplan (transfer from American Express Membership Rewards) or United MileagePlus (transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards). Here’s what you’d have to pay booking a round-trip ticket with each program:
- Economy: 60,000 miles + ~$400 in taxes and fees
- Business: 110,000 miles + ~$1,100 in taxes and fees
- Economy: 60,000 miles + ~$100 in taxes and fees
- Business: 140,000 miles + ~$100 in taxes and fees
As you can see, you’d use fewer miles if you booked a business-ticket with Aeroplan, but you’d have to pay a frankly astronomically high amount in taxes and fees. So, if you have the United miles (or Chase points) to spare, that’s probably your best bet.
Note that we’re seeing cash rates for economy tickets starting at around $409 round-trip, which is essentially what you’d pay in taxes and fees alone if you booked an Aeroplan award.
A premium economy ticket will set you back almost $1,800 round-trip — more than four times the price of a normal economy ticket.
Business-class tickets seem to start at around $3,800 round-trip, which is certainly a lot to pay, especially considering the layout in the business-class cabin only guarantees some seats will have direct aisle access.
The A350 is generally known as being very quiet and comfortable for long-haul flights, and the economy and premium economy cabins look clean and modern. Unfortunately, Lufthansa chose to equip this brand-new aircraft with a less-than-ideal business-class cabin, but if you’re dying to get on board an A350 in the near future, this is a great option to consider.
Know before you go.
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