Best Ways To Fly Business Class To Germany With Points

Best Ways To Fly Business Class To Germany With Points

Airports


Germany has 3 main airports that have international flights to and from the US:

  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Munich (MUC)
  • Berlin (BER)

BER serves the smallest amount of US traffic amongst the 3 so you will normally be flying into either FRA or MUC.

Main Airlines

Lufthansa is the main international airline of Germany, is part of Star Alliance, and uses both FRA and MUC as its home hubs.

Condor is a subsidiary of Lufthansa that uses Frankfurt as its home hub airport. It is sort of a “budget airline” since it’s generally cheaper than Lufthansa but it offers full service and meals, unlike most budget airlines.

Nonstop Flights


Lufthansa

Lufthansa will have the largest route network for business class flights to Germany since it’s the main airline of the country. However, their business class is comfy but nothing to get excited about.

Best Booking Program

The best way to book Lufthansa business class nonstop to Germany is via Avianca.

Lufthansa A330 business class is comfy but not memorable
Lufthansa Business Class Seats
Alternate Booking Programs

The next best program to book Lufthansa business class is Air Canada Aeroplan.

How To Book

You can book online at lifemiles.com and at aircanada.com.

Cost
RouteCabinProgramCost
US and Frankfurt/MunichBusinessAvianca63,000 + <$200 in taxes
US and Frankfurt/MunichFirstAvianca87,000 + <$200 in taxes
US and Frankfurt/MunichBusinessAir Canada Aeroplan60,000 or 70,000 + <$200 in taxes
US and Frankfurt/MunichFirstAir Canada Aeroplan100,000 + <$200 in taxes
**All prices for one way trip
You can book Lufthansa business class for 63,000 miles via Avianca Lifemiles
Booking Lufthansa via Avianca Prices
You can book Lufthansa business class for 60,000  or 70,000miles via Air Canada Aeeroplan
Booking Lufthansa via Air Canada Aeroplan Prices
Example Routes
US West CoastUS East Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | LH 456/457 & LH 450/451Atlanta (ATL) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | LH 444/445
Denver (DEN) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | LH 7582/7586 & LH 446/447New York (JFK) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | LH 400/401 & LH 404/405
San Diego (SAN) <> Munich (MUC) | LH 466/467Washington DC (IAD) <> Munich (MUC) | LH 416/417 & LH 9290/9051 & LH 418/419
San Francisco (SFO) <> Munich (MUC) | LH 7995/7996 & LH 458/459Boston (BOS) <> Munich (MUC) | LH 424/425
Credit Card Transfer Partners

Avianca is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, and Capital One Miles.

Air Canada is a 1:1 transfer partner with Chase UR, Amex MR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt.

Notes
  • Amex, Citi, and Capital One regularly have 15% transfer bonuses to Avianca (check history here)
  • Chase and Amex occasionally have 20% transfer bonuses to Air Canada
  • Air Canada is currently having issues with partner availability, double check your desired flight is available
  • Avianca’s website is super buggy. I found using Safari to be the best option when searching for flights
  • Avianca charges $25 booking fee in addition to the fees displayed on the website
  • You can also book Lufthansa via United for 88k one way in business and 121k in first (both of which are not good deals)

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines operates a fifth freedom route between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt and this is their only route between the US and Germany. Their product is excellent and I would argue that this is probably the best nonstop business class flight to Germany. If you’re able to take advantage of this route, I’d highly recommend it.

Best Booking Program

The best way to book Singapore Airlines business class nonstop to Germany is via Air Canada Aeroplan.

Singapore Airlines business class from New York to Frankfurt offers are very nice seat
Singapore Airlines Business Class Seats
Alternate Booking Programs

You can book via Singapore Airline’s own program or via United but those will be more expensive

How To Book

You can book online at aircanada.com.

Cost
RouteCabinCost
New York (JFK) <> FrankfurtBusiness60,000+ <$100 in taxes
**Price is for one way trip
You can book Singapore Airlines business class from New York to Frankfurt, Germany for 60,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles
Booking Singapore Airlines via Air Canada Aeroplan
Example Routes
US East Coast
New York (JFK) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | SQ 25/26
Credit Card Transfer Partners

Air Canada is a 1:1 transfer partner with Chase UR, Amex MR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt.

Notes
  • You can actually book First Class for this route only via Singapore Airline’s own program for 97,000 miles at Saver price and 143,500 miles at Advantage price. First Class is just one row of 4 seats on their 777 aircraft.

Condor

Condor only flies to Frankfurt from the US so this limits its usefulness but for 55,000 Alaska miles one way in business class, it’s a great option.

Best Booking Program

The best way to book Condor business class nonstop to Germany is via Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.

Condor business class offers a solid hard product
Condor Business Class Seats
Alternate Booking Programs

There are no alternate ways to book Condor.

How To Book

You can book online at alaskair.com.

Cost
RouteCabinCost
US to FrankfurtBusiness55,000 + <$100 in taxes
**Price is for one way trip
You can book Condor business class from the US to Frankfurt for 55,000 Alaska Airlines miles
Booking Condor via Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Example Routes
US West CoastUS East Coast
Las Vegas (LAS) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | DE 2062/2063New York (JFK) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | DE 2016/2017
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | DE 2086/2089
Credit Card Transfer Partners

Unfortunately no credit cards can transfer to Alaska Airlines. The only credit cards that earn Alaska miles are the Bank of America Alaska Visa personal card and business card

Notes
  • It seems that Condor is currently only operating out of JFK for the east coast

United

Best Booking Program

The best way to book United business class nonstop to Germany is via Air Canada if flying from Newark (EWR) and Avianca for all other cities. United is also the only airline on this list that flies nonstop to Berlin from the US (Washington D.C. only).

United Airlines business class Polaris seat is an ok product.
United Polaris Business Class Seats
Alternate Booking Programs

You can book United business class with either Air Canada Aeroplan or Avianca. Air Canada will either show 60,000 or 70,000 depending on the route. I saw 60,000 between EWR and FRA but 70,000 for the other US cities.

How To Book

You can book online at lifemiles.com and at aircanada.com.

Cost
RouteCabinProgramCost
US <> Frankfurt/Munich/BerlinBusinessAir Canada Aeroplan60,000 or 70,000 + <$200 in taxes
US <> Frankfurt/Munich/BerlinBusinessAvianca63,000 + <$200 in taxes
**Price is for one way trip
You can book United Airlines business class from the US to Germany for 60,000 or 70,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles
Booking United Business Class via Air Canada Aeroplan
Booking United Business Class via Avianca
Example Routes
US West CoastUS East Coast
Denver (DEN) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | UA 181/182 & UA 8878/8879New Jersey (EWR) <> Munich (MUC) | UA 30/31 & UA 9254/9255
San Francisco (SFO) <> Munich (MUC) | UA 194/195 & UA 8882/8883Chicago (ORD) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | UA 944/945 & UA 8836/8837 & UA 906/907
Credit Card Transfer Partners

Avianca is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, and Capital One Miles.

Air Canada is a 1:1 transfer partner with Chase UR, Amex MR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt.

Notes
  • Amex, Citi, and Capital One regularly have 15% transfer bonuses to Avianca (check history here)
  • Chase and Amex occasionally have 20% transfer bonuses to Air Canada
  • Air Canada is currently having issues with partner availability, double check your desired flight is available
  • Avianca’s website is super spotty. I found using Safari to be the best option when searching for flights
  • Avianca charges a $25 booking fee in addition to the fees displayed on the website
  • You can book United business class with United’s own program for 80k one way but Avianca and Air Canada are cheaper

Star Alliance via ANA

I’m throwing this in here last because while ANA is a great program to use, it still has its fair share of downsides that I personally feel make it an inferior option compared to the ones listed above.

ANA is actually one of the cheapest ways to book business class to Europe on Star Alliance members like Lufthansa and United. It will cost you 88,000 miles ROUND TRIP. That’s an incredible deal. But look at the taxes and fees…. $1100!!! That’s really not a good deal anymore.

You can book business class to Germany in a Star Alliance airline for 88,000 miles round trip
Booking a round trip with ANA only costs 88,000 miles but has high fees!
How To Book

You can book online at ANA’s website.

Credit Card Transfer Partners

ANA is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR.

Notes

These are the downsides of booking with ANA that prevent this from being a home run deal.

  • High taxes and fuel surcharges. Expect to pay up to $1000+!
  • Must book a round trip
  • Amex MR does not transfer instantly to ANA (could take up to 3 days)
  • Very hard to use website

It actually took me so long to find the above example. The availability that I saw on Avianca and Air Canada should’ve been able to be found by ANA but for whatever reason, not all of them were showing up.

I think you could call in and feed the agent the flight numbers to get your desired itinerary but that’s a pain to deal with and most people would prefer to just do it online. However, dealing with ANA’s website is a big headache and I’d recommend just paying the extra points and less in fees to book via Avianca or Air Canada.

Cheapest Flights


These flights are not nonstop and will include a layover but they can be much cheaper than the nonstop flight options. If you don’t mind a longer journey with a layover, these are great options to consider.

These flights also allow the possibility of maximizing your award ticket with a stopover, depending on the program.

Air France/KLM

Depending on which airline you fly, you’ll either have a layover in Paris (fly Air France) or Amsterdam (fly KLM). Flying Blue unfortunately uses dynamic pricing so it’s hard to give an accurate price for a given date and route combination. Just make sure to keep checking and find a price that is reasonably cheap.

Best Booking Program

The best way to book Air France and KLM business class is via their own Flying Blue program.

Air France business class to Germany in their A350
Air France A350-900 Business Class Seat
How To Book

You can book online at Air France’s website. Although Air France and KLM share the same program, book through Air France’s website! It’s much better and more reliable than KLM’s website.

Cost
RouteCabinCost
US East Coast <> Frankfurt/MunichBusinessAs low as 41,000 + <$200 in taxes
US West Coast <> Frankfurt/MunichBusinessAs low as 71,000 + <$200 in taxes
**Price is for one way trip
You can book KLM business class from the US east coast to Germany for as low as 41,250 Flying Blue miles
Booking KLM Business Class via Flying Blue
You can book Air France business class from the US east coast to Germany for as low as 55,000 Flying Blue miles
Booking Air France Business Class via Flying Blue
You can book Air France business class from the US west coast to Germany for as low as 71,000 Flying Blue miles
Air France Business Class Can Vary In Price
Example Routes
US West CoastUS East Coast
Seattle (SEA) <> Frankfurt (FRA) with a layover in Paris (CDG)Atlanta <> Munich (MUC) with a layover in Paris (CDG)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Munich (MUC) with a layover in Amsterdam (AMS)Chicago (ORD) <> Frankfurt (FRA) with a layover in Amsterdam (AMS)
Credit Card Transfer Partners

Air France/KLM Flying Blue is a 1:1 transfer partner with Chase UR, Amex MR, Citi TYP, Capital One Miles, and Bilt.

Notes
  • Amex regularly has a 25% transfer bonus to Flying Blue (check history here)
  • Chase and Citi occasionally have 25% transfer bonuses to Flying Blue
  • Capital One occasionally has a 20% transfer bonus to Flying Blue
  • Air France uses dynamic pricing so award prices can be all over the place
  • Allows a stopover on one way awards but you have to call Air France

Turkish Airlines

Best Booking Program

The best way to book Turkish Airlines business class to Germany is via its own Miles and Smiles program. If you can find saver level availability and don’t mind a longer journey, 45k one way in business class is a hard deal to beat.

Turkish Airlines 787-9 business class seats to Germany
Turkish Airlines Business Class Seats
How To Book

You can book online at turkishairlines.com.

Alternate Booking Programs

You can book Turkish Airlines business class to Germany with Air Canada Aeroplan for 70,000 (to/from US east coast) or 90,000 miles (to/from US west coast).

Cost
RouteFare LevelCost
US <> Frankfurt/MunichSaver45,000+ ~$200 in taxes
US <> Frankfurt/MunichStandard105,000 + ~$200 in taxes
**Price is for one way trip
You can book Turkish Airlines business class from the US to Germany for as low as 45,000 miles
45,000 miles one way for Turkish Airlines business class
Example Routes
US West CoastUS East Coast
San Francisco (SFO) <> Frankfurt (FRA) with a layover in Istanbul (IST)New York (JFK) <> Munich (MUC) with a layover in Istanbul (IST)
Seattle (SEA) <> Munich (MUC) with a layover in Istanbul (IST)Chicago (ORD) <> Frankfurt (FRA) with a layover in Istanbul (IST)
Credit Card Transfer Partners

Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles is a 1:1 transfer partner with Citi TYP, Capital One Miles, and Bilt.

Notes

Other Flight Options

British Airways

You can book British Airways business class from the US to Frankfurt via American Airlines for 57,500 AA miles and ~$700 in fees.

You can book British Airways business class from the US to Germany for 57,500 American Airlines miles
British Airways Business Class for 57,500 American Airlines Miles
Other Star Alliance Airlines

You can also book Star Alliance offerings like Swiss Air and Brussels Airlines business class via Air Canada Aeroplan for 60k or 70k miles and <$100 in fees.

You can book Swiss Air business class from the US to Germany for 70,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles
Swiss Air And Lufthansa Business Class for 70k via Air Canada Aeroplan
You can book Brussels Airlines business class from the US to Germany for 60,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles
Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Business Class for 60k via Air Canada Aeroplan

Conclusion


There are a good amount of solid flight options for crossing the Atlantic to and from Germany. The connecting flights will generally be cheaper than the nonstop flights but at the cost of a longer journey time. Let me know what your favorite way to fly between the US and Germany is!

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