I returned home from Europe on Friday and have not encountered a hint of jet lag. Flying first class certainly helped, but that alone was not enough.
Sometimes I fly first class, sometimes I fly business, occasionally I’ll even fly economy class back to the USA if I am desperate enough to get home. But if I want to avoid jet lag, there is always one thing in common: I must sleep on the flight.
That’s not so easy on daytime departure from Europe, in which you experience light for the duration of the flight. But that’s exactly what I did last week from Munich to Los Angeles aboard Lufthansa 452 in first class. I forced myself to.
When you think of flying first class on Lufthansa, you probably think of champagne and caviar. Perhaps the excellent onboard service and spacious comfort. But I tried something different on this flight.
It was noon when we took off and I had forced myself to stay up the night before. By this time I was exhausted. Rather than partake in any food, I asked the FA to prepare my bed immediately after takeoff. She asked if I wanted to be woken up and I responded affirmatively, requesting a wake-up call 90 minutes before landing. That left me about 9.5 hours to sleep.
With my privacy divider up and the cabin nice and cool, I went to right sleep. And slept for about nine hours. I did get up once to use the restroom, but fell quickly back asleep. How refreshing that was after a night without sleep. And how effectively it prepared me to hit the ground running in LA.
The beauty of flying first class over business class on Lufthansa is that the onboard service is tailored to your needs, not a regimented schedule. That flexibility still allowed for a tremendous multi-course dinner as the flight approached Los Angeles.
Food in Lufthansa First Class is not always great, but I enjoyed an excellent lunch of:
- veal with spätzle
- plum tart
Typically I will enjoy a large meal after takeoff, watch a couple movies, connect to Wi-Fi and work for a bit, then try to take a short nap. Oh what a better arrangement this flight was. I love avoiding jet lag.