This is the fourth post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ibiza for the closing parties. Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. I redeemed 135,000 points for First Class flights from Miami to Ibiza on Lufthansa.
- Ibiza 2013: Part 1 – How I went to the 2013 Ibiza Closing Parties in First Class for $218
- Ibiza 2013: Part 2 – Lufthansa First Class Lounge in New York – JFK
- Ibiza 2013: Part 3 – Lufthansa First Class New York to Munich on an A-330
- Ibiza 2013: Part 4 – The Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich
- Ibiza 2013: Part 5 – Back to the White Isle
- Ibiza 2013: Part 6 – The Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt
- Ibiza 2013: Part 7 – Lufthansa Old First Class Frankfurt to Toronto on an A-340
- Ibiza 2013: Part 8 – The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
I had a pretty tight connection to Ibiza in 1 hour and a half but made it through immigration and customs quickly. When I saw the huge line to go through immigration though I began to panic.
I luckily saw that the Lufthnsa First Class Lounge was right next to the huge line so I stopped in to see if they could skip me to the front of the line since I was traveling first class. But when I went inside and asked them they said “No, First Class passengers don’t have to go through that line. We have a dedicated immigration officer just for our First Class Passengers located right here in the lounge.” Whaaaaat?So I go up to the window and in 30 seconds I was through immigration and actually had some time to enjoy the lounge before my flight! The staff then asked me when my flight was and told me when it was time to board to go downstairs to the limousine department where a car would drive me across the tarmac to my plane. Whaaaaat? 🙂
I decided to take a shower since the I had been flying for hours.They also have some rooms with bathtubs if you would rather have a nice soak to forget all about the stresses of traveling (although First Class is decidedly not stressful). After my shower I wandered around and took a look at the amazing assortment of goodies available for the taking in the lounge.A healthy number of Pretzels (hey, we are in Germany) and a nice assortment of breads and cheeses. They also had some healthier choices such as fresh fruits.Since I have an insane sweet tooth, I was happy to see pastries, all sorts of candies and even candy apples!They even had little glasses of candies spread out all over the lounge (here showcased next to the awesome Bloody Mary they made me).When in Rome……Although I didn’t have time to enjoy it they also had fine dining available.I was still stuffed from all the food on my flight so I just snacked, but it looked like a good assortment of choices.
I took a quick look around and saw the sleeping rooms they have available which comes in handy when you have a long connection or a flight delay and want to work on your jet lag.
When it was time to board, I went downstairs and was whisked into a waiting Mercedes which drove me across the runways directly to my plane. No walking to the gate for this guy!As I flew over the Bavarian Mountains on the way to Ibiza, I reflected on my my First Class flight experience. Flying this way is truly a different way of traveling and I really enjoyed it!The flight from Munich to Ibiza (which FYI doesn’t fly every day of the week) didn’t have a first class cabin so I was in their business class which is just a row of coach seats with the middle seat blocked off so no one is sitting next to you. They still have upgraded food and free drinks. As the island of Ibiza came into view, I started to get the butterflies in my stomach that only Ibiza can bring, full of not expectations, but possibilities.In my next article I will show you the amazing condo we rented in a great location near Pacha.