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First time First: night or day flight?
Flying to Chicago next month with LX with my wife.
We are booked in C-class but was thinking to upgrade one sector to F-class.
What would you recommend to fully enjoy the First class for the first time; upgrade the outbound ZRH-ORD day-flight or the inbound ORD-ZRH night-flight?
Day flight. Excellent catering ex ZRH, full, elaborate lunch service (vs. an abridged dinner service), better lounge in ZRH, plenty of "awake time" to enjoy the flight - which is also a bit longer westbound.
As others have mentioned, the fully-flat C seats are perfectly comfortable for sleeping, so you'll be fine on the overnight.
As someone who flies this route frequantly, I would advise you also of taking the day flight from ZRH to ORD. It is the best way to maximize your F experience and also cutting down the waiting time upon arrival at ORD immigration and customs inspection.
Well, I personally prefer flying F instead of C on the way back from ORD. Especially if you are a grown up man
Departure is 7 pm, you can still enjoy the great full dinner service and then get a very comfortable sleep in your newly refurbished F cabon on the A333.
C is for me absolutely ok westbound, decent food, good seat, good service and the chance for a short 1-2hour nap after the meals service.
I agree, Food is better out of ZRH compared to the returns from the US. But a good restaurant still has better food than you will get on an airplane.
My main point is: i am able to sleep well in F, arrive more relaxed and it is far easier for me to get over jetlag (especially on eastbound flights).
This way i would try to upgrade on the return, eat before boarding and maximize sleeping time.
Another vote for the night flight - much better opportunity for a good nights sleep in nice Swiss PJs than C in your travel clothes, and that's what's really worth it. AVOD is the same in both, and you board in ORD early enough to still enjoy the F food for dinner before crashing.
Try from ORD in F the earlier flight LX 2609 leaving 2:40pm and arriving ZRH 6:20 am. Use the arrival lounge with 28 showers and enjoy a full day in ZRH or hop on one of the short haul connecting flights.
This week I had one of the best steaks above the clouds ( I agree with the poster above it still can not match Smith & Wollensky's or Kinzie's).