The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review) both provide access to Amex’s Global Lounge Collection, which includes access to Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta SkyClubs, Priority Pass Lounges, Airspace Lounges, Escape Lounges, and more.
One of the lesser known perks with the Amex Platinum is for access to Lufthansa Lounges, and it’s even a benefit that was recently expanded to a lot more locations. In this post I wanted to go over all the details you need to know about how this works.
What is the Amex Lufthansa Lounge access benefit?
American Express and Lufthansa have a partnership whereby those with the Amex Platinum and Amex Centurion (both business and personal versions) get access to select Lufthansa Lounges. Depending on the card you have or the class you’re traveling in, you may have access to the Lufthansa Business Lounge, Lufthansa Senator Lounge, or Lufthansa First Lounge.
What Lufthansa Lounges does Amex get you access to?
As it stands, those with the Amex Platinum or Amex Centurion Lounge can access Lufthansa Lounges at the following airports:
- Berlin (BER)
- Boston (BOS)
- Detroit (DTW)
- Dubai (DXB)
- Dusseldorf (DUS)
- Frankfurt (FRA)
- Hamburg (HAM)
- Hanover (HAJ)
- London (LHR)
- Milan (MXP)
- Munich (MUC)
- Newark (EWR)
- New York (JFK)
- Paris (CDG)
- Stuttgart (STR)
- Washington (IAD)
This list is subject to change, especially with many lounges being temporarily closed, or having limited hours. You can always check up-to-the-date participating lounge locations through the Amex Platinum lounge website.
When can you visit Lufthansa Lounges with an Amex?
Unlike some of Amex’s other lounge access perks, you only receive access to Lufthansa Lounges when flying select Lufthansa Group airlines (including Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian) same day. Flights on Brussels and Eurowings don’t qualify, and neither do codeshare flights.
The lounge you have access to depends on the card you have and what class you’re traveling in:
- Those with the Amex Platinum Card can access Lufthansa Business Lounges when flying economy
- Those with the Amex Platinum Card can access Lufthansa Senator Lounges when flying business class
- Those with the Amex Centurion Card can access Lufthansa First Lounges, regardless of the class they’re traveling in; Lufthansa only has First Lounges in Frankfurt and Munich, and the First Class Terminal is excluded from this agreement
You can’t bring a complimentary guest into the lounge, though it’s said that select Lufthansa Lounges will allow cardmembers to bring in a guest for a fee, which varies by the lounge. So you’ll have to ask when you get there. Furthermore, both primary cardmembers and authorized users on Amex Platinum and Centurion Cards are eligible for access.
Separately from this direct agreement between American Express and Lufthansa, select Lufthansa Lounges can also be accessed with Priority Pass. The benefit there is that you can usually bring guests with you at no additional cost, and there’s no requirement to be flying a Lufthansa Group airline the same day.
The partnership between American Express and Lufthansa has been expanded significantly since first being introduced in 2017. At this point the agreement not only covers lounges in Germany, but also lounges around the globe.
For those with the Amex Platinum or Centurion Cards, this can be useful whether you’re traveling in economy, or are just looking for elevated lounge access when traveling in a premium cabin.
Has anyone used their Amex Platinum or Centurion to access a Lufthansa Lounge? If so, what was your experience like?