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Lufthansa
Overall score based on 27,759 reviews
8.0
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.6
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Food and beverage service was excellent."
Cons: "Cabin temperature was way too hot. Leg room was too small"

Pros: "Lots of entertainment. Everything fine."

Pros: "Heathrow had a lot to offer between flights. Our gate was in the middle of everything."
Cons: "We were late boarding, which left very little time to connect with my next flight in Frankfurt."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight was canceled, no information given, no compensation offered. Next day took the same flight. Bad food, uncomfortable seats, and this was in business class. All around Lufthansa is like a US airline. No thanks."

Pros: "The plane was clean. Some of the attendants were very kind and helpful about our situation (the plane left 35 minutes late from Athens and we were in danger of missing our next flight to the US). Food was pretty good. Small portions as usual."
Cons: "Pretty big delay before departure, ended up in very stressful conditions for the rest of the trip. It became pretty obvious that we were cutting very close to the boarding time for our next flight (arrival scheduled for 4:05 pm and our flight to Chicago barding on 4:20 pm). One of the flight attendants kindly offered us to move up to the front seats of the plane on the last 15 minutes of the flight (with our luggage) so that we can exit as soon as possible. We moved (per his suggestions) and we were treated rudely by the young lady attendant of the Business Class. We explained that we moved after the suggestion of their other flying attendant. She called her supervisor on us, who in return, rudely, arrogantly and loudly started to berate us on how we "dared" to move ourselves to the Business class. After explaining the whole story again and showing her the tickets, she allowed us to stay to those seats for the last 10 minutes of the flight. We asked if an airport cart could be called to transfer us to the next gate, and they said no. We asked for information on the gate for Chicago and they did not provide one. Unfortunately, the plane landed very far from the gates. We had to enter the airport bus, which traveled for about 15 minutes before we got on a gate. There, we faced about 35 minutes of passport procedures and waiting lines. At that point, 5 minutes before our plane for Chicago was supposed to take off, we asked the passport pre-check officer what we should do (we assumed we would be missing the plane at that point) and he told us very rudely "When you REALLY miss your plane, then come back and ask me"!!!!!!!!! Then we passed through passport check and we were told to run to our gate (which by that time was no longer showing on the computer screen, and we knew about the changed number, ONLY because KAYAK sent the update to us-THANK YOU!!!). We ran for about 12 minutes. We arrived at our gate late by about 25 minutes after our flight was supposed to leave. There we were asked why we were running and when we told the guy who screened our boarding passes he responded "Well, running is good for your health..."!!!!! At that point I would have liked to give him a piece of my mind...We were told by the same guy that due to airport security issues, Frankfurt airport had so many delays in the last couple of weeks that planes know to wait for the late passengers. Couldn't someone have told us that before? We have NEVER been treated so poorly by an airline and we will NOT fly with them again. The LUFTHANSA customer service was terrible. We have not encountered such arrogance and lack of information for many years...Shame on them! AND we were not the only Americans running. There were families with little children and older people, etc etc, just because the Lufthansa attendants and ground crew did not feel like giving us the information we needed!!!"

Cons: "Flight was delayed 4 hours and resulted in missing FRA - DEL flight. No help at Air Canada with rebooking missed flight."

Pros: "Smooth flight. No complaints"
Cons: "No complaints."

Pros: "Cabin Crew was very pleasant and supportive of families with children"
Cons: "The seats are designed for individuals who weight less than 100 lbs and no taller than 5'5". Granted, this was an economy seat. However, I should be able to sit in a seat without the seat in front of me literally 6 inches away from my face. I have traveled internationally countless times, but never have experienced such an uncomfortable flight. I will never fly with Lufthansa internationally again.not because of the crew, because their head office insists on squeezing every inch out of their planes without regard for passenger comfort."

Pros: "everything was ok ."

Pros: "טייס מקצועי קדם טיסה נח ומסודר כולל אפליקציה לבורדינג"
Cons: "האוכל לא מציאה"

Pros: "The crew was personable"
Cons: "Not enough recent television"

Pros: "Movies"
Cons: "Small leg space"

Pros: "Despite the tight connection we made the flight to barcelona, a special work around bus was used - very effective."
Cons: "Flight was delayed in take off due to weather and arrived late making connection to barcelona tight. Audio visual system on flight was poorly responsive"

Pros: "The flight attendants were very friendly and welcoming and eager to help. The flight was comfortable and had nice accommodations."
Cons: "The breakfast meal was a little different."

Cons: "A kid next to me keep shifting and kick me and nudge me all the time. His dad was trying to stop him from moving too much but couldn't control entirely. I kept waking up"

Cons: "Food was lousy. I have not flown L for sometime, but the food was lousy. I don't remember it being this bad previously. They ran out of rice and chicken...and served me beef... The chicken was on the bone, instead of being off the bone...so harder to eat in small space."

Pros: "Everything just sort of fell in place. No complaints!"

Pros: "With a long flight, just not enough seat or leg room for coach."
Cons: "Cramped seating."

Cons: "Aircraft not comfortable at all Crew was late (due to storm?), flight landed 30 min late"

Pros: "direct flight"
Cons: "only one type of food offered. presented in a rude way."

Pros: "Nice flight not much disruption, Silent plane for a way back seat Nightflight was excellent handeled"
Cons: "Seats are too close together I had nicer meals on lufthansa flights."

Pros: "Crew was excellent, seats comfortable enough, tons of in-flight entertainment"
Cons: "Flight was overbooked and we nearly didn't get seats - I know this happens but it's especially aggravating and stressful for big international flights, and not worth putting your customers through the worry, IMO. We shouldn't need to worry about whether or not well get on the flight (and I'm sure some folks didn't...) when we paid so much for the tickets."

Pros: "I havd to buy a whole new flight. from mechanical errors. it was horrible. I have no help"

Cons: "thet lost my bag. two days later still not reunited. pasta dinner was horribly pasty"

Pros: "Movie selection was great, food was ok as was the service."
Cons: "Boarding and deplaning was nothing short of a cattle call. No plane ettiquette and no direction from the crew on how to properly deplane. I am a 6'2" tall person stuck in between two 300+ men. Not only did I feel uncomfortable I felt unsafe. When I asked if I could upgrade to premium economy or even business it was a straight no without even looking in the system to see if their were open seats. The girl in front of me ate with her seat reclined which allowed me a whole inch of space to bring my food to my mouth. Terrible airline and terrible experience. If I could cuss in this review I would."

Cons: "terrible flight bad food, the options were finished by the time they reached line 30. the entertainment had 3 old movies in English. wishing the flight will finish because it was very jumpy, after all this it ended in an emergency landing. Lufthansa was very disappointing."

Pros: "first time in the new economy plus, was a pretty good experience-- food comfort, etc."

Pros: "Exceptional service and quality. Flew economy but treated like first class. If I travel abroad again Lufthansa would be my number one choice."

Pros: "Onboard real meal and multi-lingual crew very impressive"

Cons: "Engine malfunctioned. Flight delayed 7 hours. All connections missed. Spent night in marginal hotel in Frankfurt."

Cons: "Food was not satisfactory compare to other airlines like BA Everything was excelent."

Cons: "The AC was set to way too high temperature. Very uncomfortable. Sweaty and smelly Lufthansa style. I asked to adjust the temperature - the flight attendant said she would . Maybe they fixed it next flight. The temperature is set up by sections. All othe sections were ok except the one with the row 79 in it."

Pros: "Most everything"
Cons: "Flight left an hour late and with no explanation"

Pros: "Efficiency, courtesy, professionalism."
Cons: "none"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. No compensation given either"

Pros: "Friendly staff and comfortable trip"

Cons: "I tried to pay for extra luggage online a day earlier, but that function was not possible through the lufthansa website. I called the service center and the representative insured me he had reserved 1 luggage for me and that I could pay for it (the cheaper price) in the airport. That, ofcourse, was not the case. The lady at the checking counter found no evidence of my phone call and reservation, and had to pay the full price."

Pros: "Great people working for luftansa."
Cons: "Television didn't work. Extremely tight seating."

Pros: "great and pleasant service, caring and helpful, frequently offered beverages, delicious vegan option, great movies selection, not much turbulence, overall like Lufthansa the best: reliable, on time,"

Pros: "Best crew ever. By far most friendly staff and excellent service."
Cons: "Nothing that I know"

Pros: "When we fly Trans Atlantic, we always hope it will be with lufthansa! Sometimes they use united as a carrier and it us never as good as lufthansa!"

Cons: "Cabin was cold the entire flight, the blanket was not enough."

Cons: "Did not get the luggage for 4 days! I was asked to purchase clothes etc and that they will only reimburse 50% of it. It is understandable that security may have held the bag, but I cannot understand why Lufthansa could not load it for 3 more days?"

Pros: "Food and eating with proper utensils, Brandy after dinner"
Cons: "Entrainment center glitch. Headphone quality."

Cons: "The connections for audio wasn'y working, false contact..."

Pros: "Food was very good, and the service from flight attendants."
Cons: "Delays, and the lines to board took too long."

Pros: "The crew were amazing; very helpful, polite and caring"
Cons: "Food should be less but better quality"

Pros: "The flight attendants were amazing. I bought the extra legroom seats and they were so worth it! I couldn't even tough the seat in front of me. Free wine. And the movies on your personal screen were all really good. Probably the best flight I have ever been on."

Pros: "The crew was especially great!"

Pros: "Ontime and efficient boarding with polite crew."
Cons: "Nothing to improve. I slept the whole flight so couldn’t evaluate all aspects."

Cons: "No food, no entertainment. Ridiculous!! Not even a damn sandwich!!"

Cons: "Long delay due to weather"

Pros: "The food was amazing"
Cons: "The seats could have more space"

Pros: "I have used Kayak for years without issue. This time I was flying SAS for the first time. The plane broke and so that was the first huge delay SAS had terrible customer service. They reminded me several times that I was not a preferred customer and that I had bought my ticket through kayak. This is the reason they gave for lack of help. It was frustrating to say the least. I’m not sure how they expect to gain repeat customers if they treat first time customers like that."

Cons: "I will never fly with spirits again.. ever"

Pros: "Fairly new plane."
Cons: "Only airline that made us check in our luggage; and charged us an exorbitant amount (+/- $90 per luggage) in doing so. No customer service at all. 1st attendant wouldn’t let us check-in at the counter, and 2nd attendant made us check in our carry-on despite it only being 2kg over. We could’ve moved some items around. When we boarded the plane, we saw multiple people whose carry-on looked suspiciously over the weight limit. We felt singled out. It was obvious that this airline only cares about profit and does not care about the customer. Attendants were rude and not helpful. Needless to say I will nit fly with this airline again."

Pros: "Leg room, bottle of water waiting at seat, as well as pillow and blanket. Large number of entertainment choices."
Cons: "Only one free drink per meal, otherwise only tea or coffee."

Pros: "On time, movies, service staff"

Pros: "No comment since very short flight."
Cons: "My husband was unable to check in on line. SAS when contacted by phone which was difficult to do because it is hard to locate their number had no explanation other than maybe due to security. We missed a tour due to the time spent (unsuccessfully) trying to solve this problem."

Pros: "On Time, Friendly,well maintained equipment"
Cons: "No free drinks inner Europe...except water"

Pros: "Nice staff, comfortable."
Cons: "Not sure why they only have like 20 movies, most of which are not good. Delta has hundreds of movies to choose from. Old and new. When entertainment is included in the high price of these long haul trips, it helps to have a semi-decent selection."

Pros: "Terrible"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "And no video either, power point also did not work. Had booked an aidle, but change of aircraft left me in tje middle :("

Pros: "premium economy"
Cons: "nothing, it was great!"

Cons: "I had requested an aisle seat and on both flights to and from Stockholm and Chicago had to sit on the very last row in the middle seat between 2 people who seemed to exceed the "weight allowance" that seem so important now when you flight unless you spend a lot a money on the ticket and it then becomes irrelevant !!"

Pros: "My Plus ticket brought me an excellent cold lunch despite the shortness of the flying time (only 1:10). The seats need more recline!"

Cons: "The flight was good but it seemed like the heat was on instead of the a/c. besides that it was fine."

Cons: "ended up having to put both of our large carry-on items under the seat in front of us while the flight attendants stuffed people's coats and jackets into the overhead"

Pros: "They did what they could..."
Cons: "Delay change of tire. Missed next flight Frankfurt- Dallas."

Pros: "Power plugs at all seats"
Cons: "2+ hrs late on departure, could not confirm follow on connecting flight. Could not select seats online. Airbus aircraft ventilation is weak. Movie selection was inadequate. No "free" alcohol and high prices. Pay WiFi in economy but "free" everywhere else"

Pros: "I was only charged half the price for my checked suitcase on the return flight - after I called SAS the day before departure."
Cons: "It doesn't really matter that other aspects of the flight were ok when I had to pay £60.00 for my one regular-size suitcase, and I don't find out until I am standing at the check-in counter. Why do travelers have to pay for checked luggage, at all?"

Pros: "I have no complaints. Will recommend SAS to all my friend. Thank you."
Cons: "I do not like the way they conduct their business from the office never returning phone calls as we are trying to get our questions answered. Would also be nice if the airline would use JFK instead of Liberty in Newark. Thank you."

Pros: "I chose SAS since I have used this airline on most of my travels to Norway. It has been without any problems and I highly recommend it. The staff all try to make you comfortable and do not hesitate to get whatever you ask for. I have no plan to change plane. Thank you."
Cons: "I do not like the way they conduct their business from the office. I know they are very busy like any other airlines but please return our calls and answer questions as we are fully entitled to their attention using their airline. . Thank you."

Pros: "Flights on time"
Cons: "The flight to Sweden was very very bumpy. Lots of turbulence very scary"

Pros: "I had a window seat with a view of New York City as we flew North."
Cons: "The sound quality of the earphones was so poor that I could not understand most of the dialogue of the film that I watched."

Pros: "the food was greqt"
Cons: "the boarding process has no order"

Pros: "Late delay and no service from flight staff"

Cons: "The 70 euro bag check fee"

Pros: "The flight was very comfortable. I came to know this after I feel asleep instantly after take off."
Cons: "N/a"

Cons: "Missed connection was re-routed by United directly to FRA"

Pros: "This flight was also one of the best I have taken. I enjoyed it very much."
Cons: "It was a little upsetting to see and hear one of the crew members be a little nasty with my sister when he asked her about the meal. She misunderstood and asked for chicken andvhe was quite nasty when he corrected her and gave her the two options."

Pros: "Smooth flight with friendly crew"
Cons: "Small plane"

Pros: "It was a pleasant flight with friendly service. Boarding was smooth and efficient."
Cons: "Food choices and limited entertainment. I know that SAS need to remain competitive, but strict limits in drinks seems a bit cheap."

Pros: "The flight wasn't late and didn't crash."
Cons: "I paid for a business class ticket and was jammed in like a sardine no different than economy, then told "you get a lunch for free". Hundreds of dollars more for a $5.00 lunch is NOT why I booked business class!"

Pros: "The seats were comfortable. Two meals offered for the 10.5 hour nontstop flight between San Francisco and Copenhagen."
Cons: "A little more leg room. Ability to change seat once reservation made online. The SAS website does not show your seat relative to entire place seat availability. Would have liked 24 hour customer service by phone option. They are actually closed for phone calls at night."

Cons: "Rated low on food and entertainment because they didn't have any of such items... Not because they were bad."

Pros: "The food and onboard service was excellent THe entertainment was plentiful and varied."
Cons: "The seats were to close together. I am not one to get claustrophobia but 5 hours in I felt it and I nearly bolted off the plane after the 10+ hour flight. UGH. Shoulder to shoulder, knees touching the seat in front of you, and only a few inches to recline. UGH. We tried to upgrade when we arrived at Oslo and again in Stockholm but the personnel at both stations were rude and not helpful. UGH."

Pros: "One of the best we've experienced--very comfortable very spacious seats , The crew is very attentive and accommodating. We were fed three times and was offered beverages frequently."
Cons: "NONE"

Pros: "My seat did not recline."
Cons: "That the staff didn't seem to think it was a big deal."

Cons: "1st class could not board because that area was not cleaned"

Pros: "Good, comfortable plane and friendly crew."
Cons: "The food was mediocre."

Pros: "The flight was on time; boarding was straightforward."

Pros: "Flight was fine, cr"

Pros: "- Good selection of movies and very surprised and happy they're not censored! :-))) - Seats were fairly comfortable. - The boarding/seating process was good because when other people started to cut-in-line, SAS folks reiterated to those cutting in line that they need to go back to the end of the line and wait as others were waiting before them."
Cons: "- Only having one soft drink during the whole 9hr flight for SAS Go. Only coffee, tea and water are free. - Was thinking of upgrading because I had one extra baggage, but was told that I still wouldn't be eligible for one free extra baggage if I upgraded to SAS Plus NOR SAS Business - There was only one option for dinner, which was Meatballs. The meatballs were worse than IKEA ones. I'd rather eat the IKEA meatballs than those. I usually finish my main meal and I didn't eat it because it was that bad."

Cons: "The fight was cancelled due to the on-going Swedish pilot strike."

Pros: "Most flight attendants were very friendly and accommodating. Bathrooms were cleaner than most other airlines. Flight was on time."
Cons: "One male attendant was not so friendly. Seemed to have an attitude that it was beneath him to have to serve us. Food could use some improvement. Thought we would have a choice between two entrees, but were served the chicken without any explanation."

Pros: "Helpful staff."
Cons: "Taking a bus from the airplane to Frankfurt Airport is less than ideal, but it worked fine."

Pros: "The short flight felt like a domestic flight (even though it was going between two countries...one of which isn't in the EU) -- only soooo much easier and laid back than a US domestic flight."
Cons: "Not much not to like...it was a pleasant flight."

Pros: "Seating on the older plane was larger and not as closely jammed together"
Cons: "I had a screaming 2 year old child in the seat next to me and her mother either could not or would not control him. It was the flight from hell ..............."

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