Liebe fellow A.netters,
Do you know the feeling of making a commitment after being affected by a personal event?
Believe it or not, even though the A.net meeting on last 9th July in Frankfurt was music to my ears, I was in two minds about my participation.
Firstly, an important exam in June was claiming most of my attention. Secondly, my first A.net meeting ever on 12th July 2010 in Paris got smashed up because Air France decided to deploy the A380 elsewhere on that particular day, most probably for the sake of World Cup. Thankfully, I met P. (FlyingFinn76) and Tim (Vandenheuvel).
If you are interested in my experience, allow me to invite you to read: Paris, Le Bourget And Outward Mission 12th July (by akhmad Jul 16 2010 in Trip Reports)
Then came the turning point. It was the heartbreaking news of departed Sandeep (AI151) on 20th May 2011.
I was devastated as couple weeks earlier, Sandeep unfolded his plan to come over for a visit along with his girlfriend. Something I was looking forward to, meeting both of them together personally, would never happen. Never…
The sad event did set me thinking about 9th July.
My conscious spoke to me, ‘Suryo, you cannot look into the future. If you really want to meet your fellow A.netters in reality, 9th July will be your first upcoming chance to do so,’
‘That is right. But my first upcoming chance? Well, that is not entirely true!’
I had another meeting earlier in February on invitation of Hannah (Infodesk) as she and her husband were in Amsterdam. Eric (Airbuseric) was in on it as well. Thanks to Hannah, it was my first time to get together with Eric outside A.net forum.
Oh, do you know that Hannah even provided Eric and me each with a Swiss most favorite chocolate bar at the end of our gathering?
I cut the knot, ‘I am coming to FRA, no matter by train or by air!’
Well, to be honest, the last option did matter! Thanks to Eric, I decided on Lufthansa.
Yes, Eric has posted his report: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet (by airbuseric Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
How about enlisting services of an online travel agent for a change?
On several occasions it turned out to be cheaper to book a package with an agent like Vliegfabriek than separate airline and hotel arrangements. For EUR 189, a LH return flight to FRA and an overnight stay with breakfast at Manhattan Hotel were secured for me.
‘Why Manhattan Hotel?’
‘Due to price, location and guest reviews. The lower price was a courtesy of Vliegfabriek,’
‘How about the remaining?’ ‘
Though my first acquaintance with LH dates back to 2008, somehow I never paid enough attention to what LH website really has on offer. Let’s change the situation, shall we?
What do you think about dark yellow banner on top of webpage? Attractive and distinguishable. You become aware that you are visiting a LH website. Do you wish to visit your local website or are you curious about other local sites? Change your interface. All countries on LH’s network are represented. Alternatively, you can visit the global website.
So, what can you expect as a LH customer, especially when you have your booking arranged by a travel agent?
First of all, are you a member of LH frequent flyer program Miles & More? Then, let’s see what you have got once you are logged in. No display of your booking? Insert your booking number and it will be automatically registered in your list.
What do you think of advanced seat selection? This feature is however available if your reservation is set on higher Economy or premium fares. In case you book a lower Y class like me, you can state your seat preference in your profile. Furthermore, you can express your meal preference, update your API or request an upgrade. Comparable to Emirates and Skywards, the features are accessible from both LH and Miles & More member page.
As Eric has mentioned in his report, Martijn (CrimsonNL) notified us about the load of our flight from Amsterdam. Only one open seat in Business. Y would be packed to the brim.
Knowing what to expect, I tried my luck at 20.20, though LH website advises that online check-in becomes available 23 hours prior to departure time. In my case, it would not be earlier than 21.15.
Identify yourself with either FF card, credit card, German bank card, booking reference or ticket number. I opted for booking reference.
Once inserting my booking code, I hit ‘Continue’ button and waited anxiously whether I got through. Well, what do you know?
It was indeed worth trying a bit earlier than advised check-in time. But wait! 16A? I had to switch!
Then it was about obtaining my boarding pass.
At the end, my final destination, departure gate, boarding time and baggage drop-off counter were confirmed both on my printout and computer screen.
Perhaps to assure that I made no mistake about the details. Thank you LH, I appreciated it.