How we finished my mom’s $120k Birthday Trip: Lufthansa First Class A330 Frankfurt to Dallas

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How we finished my mom’s $120k+ Birthday Trip: Lufthansa First Class A330 Frankfurt to Dallas

ICYMI: My mom had a big birthday this year…so my dad and I planned a crazy trip around the world using points. I just finished tallying up every cabin and hotel and it was between $120-130k family vacation. For all those premium cabins and 5 star hotels we paid $1500-1600 each. Yeah, not bad for 24 night vacation around the world! The final piece: Lufthansa First Class A330 Frankfurt to Dallas fell into place just 10 days before we were supposed fly home from Cannes, France. These seats retail for roughly $11k each and we got 3 of them for 80k Singapore Krisflyer and $300 each. To put that in perspective…the Champagne we drank on the flight would cost almost the same. #Ballers.

The Cabin is drop dead GORGEOUS and filled with light.

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Lufthansa First Class is arguably the best way to fly across the Atlantic. I was fortunate enough to fly from Frankfurt to LA last year on the 747-8i, had the 2 nose seats all to myself and left the flight a fan for life. It was an incredible experience and I wanted my folks to experience Lufthansa First Class for themselves and compare it to all the other First Class products experienced on our jaunt around the world for my mom’s birthday(!!!). When availability opened up to Dallas 10 days before we were to fly back to the States, I was ecstatic; Not only would that mean they would be able to fly First Class around the World, but I’d get to fly their final leg in the same cabin with them. We had a ball. Here’s a quick look at Lufthansa First Class A330 Frankfurt to Dallas.

Originally I had seat 2A.

2A and 2K are the best seats for single travelers. Even though Lufthansa doesn’t offer fully enclosed Suites there is a partition that can be raised to provide a great deal of privacy. But, we wanted to be all together. Luckily, the gentleman sitting across the aisle switched with me, thanks man!
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Out of the 8 seats in First Class…we snagged 3 of them. Our home for the 11 hour flight. Not. Bad.

The middle seats are great for those traveling together. My mom and I ended up sitting in the middle and my dad took the window. He loves looking out the window.

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Middle seats in the front row get a bit more traffic as the bar is set up in front of them. Still…gorgeous.

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Lufthansa’s PJs are light and UBER comfy. The new amenity kits from Jil Sander are stylish as well. And allll freeeeeee!!

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We made Caviar a family affair 😉

The Champagne…1998 Henriot Cuvee des Enchateleurs. $180 a bottle.

Not going to lie…I’d never heard of it. But once I found out it cost that much I thought it was more delicious. Is that wrong?

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Lufthansa’s bed is one of the most comfortable.

They not only put down a thin mattress pad, but they top it with an incredibly soft comforter. Add a pretty soft pillow and the fact you’re literally sleeping on the clouds – you’ll never want to return to landing/take-off position again.

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The service, food, and hard product lived up to every bit of praise I’d given it last year on the 747-8i. I was so happy to enjoy it with the fam. It was also THE PERFECT way to end the trip

I have a MEGA trip report coming as well as video content. Stay tuned…this epic trip is well documented and I’ll teach you how to do exactly the same thing.

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 


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  • dotti m cahill May 2, 2017

    luv first class Lufthansa!!!!!!!

  • ss May 2, 2017

    Can we get a selfie of Miles and your mom?

  • Nd May 2, 2017

    That article made my day. I flew LH first class from FRA to IAH and it was baller. Definitely want to do what you are doing someday! Do you offer a travel booking service or consultancy? Just wondering for future…

    • Miles May 2, 2017

      Thanks Nd! Yeah it’s been a blast and my parents were blown away. I kinda want to plan another one all over again 🙂 LH was the icing on the cake.

  • Cathy May 2, 2017

    Bet your mama was thrilled! Wonderful memories you helped make for her! 🌎✈️👏🌹

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