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LisaH May 19, 17 3:18 pm

SFO-CPH: Lufthansa or Swiss?
 
As a *G member and in consideration with lounge access, which airline would you pick given approximately the same layover time? For Lufthansa the stopover is at either FRA or MUC, while Swiss has the stopover at ZRH. Both are Economy class.
Also ,how is Lufthansa's business class? Are seats with flatbed feature? I can get reward seats on its Airbus A380-800.

malmostoso May 19, 17 11:11 pm

As far as airports go MUC > ZRH > FRA.

LH C is flatbed for years now, and I like the product.

If you find availability, the direct flight on SK is also a good choice.

vbroucek May 20, 17 3:07 am

LH's "new" C is not as "private" as other airline's C, but I personally do noty mind... Again, personally, I do not think FRA transit is that bad... I actually like FRA... (Here it goes, beat me Scotty!) So, I would pick based on connection times, total flying times and schedules generally...

Kacee May 20, 17 10:19 am

I would look for the SK nonstop.

If you can get business class on LH, or economy on everything else, then LH is the best option :)

lhrsfo May 20, 17 11:51 am

In economy, then SAS will be much less painful as it's only one flight. MUC and ZRH are much nicer airports than FRA and I slightly prefer LX to LH in economy (and in business also) but I will admit I haven't flown either in longhaul economy.

mevr May 20, 17 12:11 pm

I'd stay away from SAS, I personally find it to be a mediocre airline with terrible service. I rather have a stop somewhere else than to fly with them.

sbm12 May 20, 17 4:54 pm

Swiss is 10-abreast on the 777 SFO-ZRH. I'd skip that if at all possible. SK is the A340 and LH is an A380 to FRA and an A340 to MUC. Based on that if flying Y I'd vote in order:
  1. SK nonstop to CPH
  2. FRA (quieter, better ride)
  3. MUC (smaller airport, easier to transit)
  4. ZRH (worst pax comfort in the air)

zeer0 May 21, 17 8:55 pm

I would say SK for any class of service. Business class is as good as Swiss and far better than Lufthansa, as it has direct aisle access. Economy is better on SK than on Swiss or Lufthansa by a mile. First of all, the 2-4-2 layout is very comfortable as there are very few middles, and second, any *G gets to select any SK seats for free, including exit rows. Also, if we're talking economy, earnings on SK tend to be far better than LH or LX, especially with the cheaper fares.

1kBill May 21, 17 11:46 pm

If you can't go in business class, would LH premium economy be an option? There is a price differential, but sometimes it isn't so bad.

If in Y, I'm with a previous poster who said to avoid LX with its awful 10 abreast seating in the back.

Kacee May 22, 17 12:04 am


Originally Posted by zeer0 (Post 28342495)
I would say SK for any class of service. Business class is as good as Swiss

The SK J seat is miles better than the LX seat.

zeer0 May 24, 17 1:09 am


Originally Posted by Kacee (Post 28342925)
The SK J seat is miles better than the LX seat.

Fair enough, but soft product is way better on Swiss. So I see them as equal, even considering that hard product is the most important factor.

Kacee May 25, 17 3:22 pm


Originally Posted by zeer0 (Post 28352377)
Fair enough, but soft product is way better on Swiss. So I see them as equal, even considering that hard product is the most important factor.

Personally, I'm not a fan of LX soft or hard product. I think UA soft product is better (except for the 10% of the time you get a crappy UA crew).

LisaH Jul 29, 17 9:35 pm

Sorry for the late reply. We ended up booking on LH Business class, very nice service. The only issue was our outbound flight from SF was delayed by more than an hour, and we barely made the connection at FRA. Unfortunately our luggage did not arrive when we got to CPH in the afternoon. We filled out the form and was told they would do everything to deliver our luggage before the ship took off. Luckily, our cruise did not leave until 11 pm. By the time we finished dinner and went back to our cabin, bags were indeed there waiting for us. Great services by both Holland America and LH. All's well that ends well but next time we will not take the chance and fly out at least one day in advance for cruise.

drvannostren Aug 4, 17 2:43 am

You could've flown SAS :) booked myself on the direct SFO-CPH in Oct just for an interesting way to get to BKK


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