Just pulled the trigger for outbound leg of my trip to Germany & Switzerland in May. Out of pocket cost – $5.60 (plus 70,000 United MileagePlus miles). Here’s the details:

First Class from Raleigh-Durham to Newark Liberty on a United 737; and
Business Class from Kennedy International to Frankfurt on a Lufthansa A380

The low, low price of free! (Plus September 11 fee)

I could have spent the same amount and arrived in Frankfurt at approximately the same time by routing through DC instead of NY – but opted for inconvenience this time! The schlep from EWR to JFK isn’t ideal, but the layover is more than four hours, I have Pre✓ (courtesy of my free Global Entry), want to check out Lufthansa’s JFK lounge, and am excited for my first trip on an A380.

I’m gambling a bit and waiting to book my return in hopes that Lufthansa opens some first class saver availability. Best case, I get a rubber ducky and a bucket list item checked off; worst case I come home in United’s 8-across business class.