Amex Platinum Cardmembers Can Now Access More Lufthansa Lounges

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The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express ($450 annual fee) both get you 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.

Last September I wrote about how American Express added access to Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport for Platinum & Centurion cardmembers. It has just been announced that this benefit is being expanded somewhat.

As of June 1, 2018, American Express is offering expanded Lufthansa Lounge access when traveling through Frankfurt and Munich. With these changes, cardmembers get access to Lufthansa Lounges at Frankfurt Airport for the first time (valid through March 31, 2019), and the access benefit for Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport is being extended through May 31, 2019.


Lufthansa Senator Lounge

Cardmembers will receive access to the following lounges when flying on a Lufthansa Group flight (Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian):

  • Platinum cardmembers have complimentary access to Lufthansa Business Lounges (regardless of ticket class) and Lufthansa Senator Lounges (when flying business class) in the Satellite area of T2 in Munich Airport, and T1 Concourse B in Frankfurt Airport
  • Centurion cardmembers have complimentary access to Lufthansa First Class, Senator and Business Lounges in the Satellite area of T2 in Munich Airport, and T1 Concourse B in Frankfurt Airport, regardless of ticket class


Lufthansa First Class Lounge

You can’t bring a complimentary guest into the lounge, though they say that select Lufthansa Lounges will allow cardmembers to bring in a guest for a fee, which varies by lounge. So you’ll have to ask when you get there.

Bottom line

It’s cool to see this partnership between American Express and Lufthansa extended to Frankfurt, since it was previously just available in Munich. I guess this benefit is especially useful at these airports, given the lack of good Priority Pass lounges there. It would be even better to see them expand this to more Lufthansa Lounges around the world.

Have you taken advantage of this benefit at Munich Airport, or do you plan to at Frankfurt Airport?

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Comments

  1. Shame on LH for that, the lounges are already a nightmare in FRA… hope LX will not follow.
    Those credit cards are a pledge for loyal paying customers.

  2. I visited LH First Class lounge on award ticket last year, best airport lounges ever been into.
    I have Platinum card and looking to upgrade for the Centurion card, do you know the process how to convert to this card? I might get them for a year and if I don’t travel much I will downgrade it the year after. I started with the Amex Delta Sky miles last year as a college student and earlier this year they mailed me an invitation for Platinum Card with 100,000 points offer.
    If I decided to upgrade the card, should I ask for a signup bonus offer? I couldn’t see anything on the amex website about this type of card.

  3. @Arthur, for the Centurion card, you have to have substantial spend and they invite you. You can’t just upgrade the card.

  4. In other Amex Platinum news, in Sweden they announced starting June 4th, Platinum card holders will have access to a premium security line when traveling from Arlanda Terminal 5. Very nice complement to the Amex Lounge cooperation with Pontus in the Air at Arlanda.

  5. I wonder what the point is of adding the lounge benefits to the Centurion card when people who have access to the funds to hold the card will also have access to the funds to easily pay for business or first class.

    Does Lufthansa not allow you to enter a Business/Senator/First lounge upon arrival into MUC/FRA or for intra-European travel?

    @Arthur Please don’t take this as patronizing, but that was adorable.

  6. @Arthur

    You don’t ask for the centurion card, you’re invited. The barrier to entry is high, very high.

    There’s more chance of Lucky marrying Katy Perry than their is of regular people getting that card. Although, I salute your optimism.

  7. I’ll be connecting through FRA in July. My inbound flight will be on LH metal (sitting in coach, but traveling on a UA business class ticket. WAW-FRA on LH, onward FRA-SFO on UA in Polaris business. One ticket, booked via United. I also have the Amex Plat card.

    Does all that get me in their LH Senator lounge in FRA?

    Thanks.

  8. @Super:

    Lots of folks with a Platinum card – my partner and I included – find the differentiation in price between Y and J intra-Europe to be cost prohibitive, especially with such short flight times and subpar/mediocre hard and soft product. One essentially pays for lounge access at that point, and maybe a terrible sandwich and booze aboard. As such, we routinely fly Y intra-Europe on anything less than 3 hours. It would be nice to have an LH Business Lounge to relax in prior to our Y flight. Don’t conflate the ability to afford J with the notion that you must always fly J.

  9. Trying to understand the lounge situation and Shengen/non-Shengen areas in Frankfort.

    Flying in from Chicago (via Toronto) on Air Canada connecting to Luftansa to Krakow, Poland which is Shengen.

    I believe this means no Luftansa lounge access since the relevant buissiness lounge this promo applies to is in the non-Shengen area of the airport, or can the lounge be visited before passing through immigration and going to the connecting gate after getting off the Air Canada flight?

    On the way back flying from Warsaw non-stop to Toronto (and on to Chicago), so won’t need to see if a Luftansa arrival boarding pass, connecting to a star alliance partner would grant access.

    All flights are in economy.

  10. I may have to fly through Frankfurt or Munich to check the lounges out.
    @Arthur On a side note one of my life’s goals is the Centurian card, (I might only have it for a year and say meh its not worth it ) one must aim high.

  11. I have my mother on my Plat card as an authorized card holder, and she used the Munich lounge a couple weeks ago when flying back to Chicago. My parents have always had the means… but never the desire to fly anything but coach. She says she’s rather spend her money elsewhere. Me? I won’t go if I’m in the back of the plane. There are plenty of people who just don’t see the value in it, especially when they’re paying out of pocket full price.

  12. @AdamR there is a big difference between the Platinum card and the Centurion card. I referred to the latter in my post.

  13. Actually, I made use of this perk just last week as I was on a BHX-MUC-HKG business class flight. I was really intrigued to see and compare for myself the difference between the business class lounge and senator lounge at the MUC satellite terminal, as there doesn’t seem to be any direct comparisons of the two on the travel blogs out there. So, even though the gate from which I would take my MUC-HKG leg was exactly next to the gate at which I arrived into MUC, with just 40 minutes until boarding started for my next flight, I decided nonetheless to dash to the lounges!

    Both lounges share a common entrance. Present your boarding pass and turn left for the business class lounge, or turn right for the senator lounge. When I went, the entrance was guarded by a fiercely passive aggressive matronly (yet petite) employee who was simply not interested in engaging with me. She glanced at my ticket and pointed nonchalantly to the left whilst she resumed looking down at her phone.

    I was really looking forward to a shower after a long day in Birmingham, and before my long haul flight to HKG. However, it was not to be. The lounges close at 10:30pm, and the shower facilities close a full hour (!) before that at 9:30pm. I had actually asked to as soon as I put my stuff down and asked my wife to guard them, but alas, I was too late (9:35pm!). Judging from the lovely welcome I got from the admittance process, I decided that pleading for a shower would simply get me nowhere.

    Resigned, I went on to compare the two lounges in the (barely) 15 minutes that I had. I got into the senator lounge with a combination of my business class ticket and American Express Platinum charge card. Not being an avid alcohol drinker and not being able to see the showers, there were just two key differences between the two lounges in my mind.

    Firstly, the business class lounge had more people – certainly not crowded, but enough to mean that I wasn’t able to choose the more private seating available (actually, many of the travellers were actually fellow travellers on the Lufthansa A380 I took on the MUC-HKG leg).

    Secondly (and perhaps more importantly!!), the senator lounge had…weisswurst (German white sausage)! Not being one to visit Germany without eating some German sausage, I nabbed a few and strolled back over to the business class lounge to share with my wife (much to the food envy of other travellers in the business class lounge). Hehe.

    To my mind, the senator lounge didn’t have much more to rave about as compared to the business class lounge next door. Sure, less people therefore more spacious, but the food offering was pretty much on par (save for the weisswurst), though I can’t say for the selection of alcohol. I am certainly not a refined alcohol drinker though, so that wouldn’t make much difference to me anyway. My conclusion is that the business class lounge is more than sufficient, and you wouldn’t be missing much by not being in the senator lounge.

  14. Lufthansa just stated today in Munich that they in fact did not renew the agreement, so no lounge access.

  15. Just flew home from Hawaii on Weds. Stayed in SFO for a night before connecting thru MSP. I have an Amex Business Plat Card. Had a marvelous gourmet meal in the Amex Centurion lounge. And Champagne and Grand Marnier after dinner drinks. Please, more of those lounges. My husband and I both have separate Business Plat cards and we bought our son along with us.

    However, when we got to MSP, we were flying Delta and tried to get in the Delta Sky Lounge, and couldn’t bring in our son without paying. When did Amex change the policy for the DL Sky Lounge to only the cardholder? We decided to skip the DL lounge since we weren’t going to be there long enough. We haven’t been flying Delta lately, so I haven’t used the benefit in awhile, but was a bit surprised.

    So I’m looking at the Amex Business Plat card rewards online and I see that the new fee is $399 now, and that they are only giving $100 travel credit now. So basically the price went up $50. I’m wondering what else they are changing. My card doesn’t renew until next year, but I’m wondering if it’s worth bothering with anymore…. I like this card but find I use my Chase Sapphire Reserve for almost all my traveling since I get 3X points and can get 1.5X for airline and hotels (which sounds like a much better deal). If there were more Centurion lounges like the one in SFO, I might change my mind. But I’ve only been at the ones at LGA and DFW, and that’s only been a few times in the last 5 years or so.

  16. I wonder why no one mentions that a lowly SAGold status gets you in any Senator lounge even on economy ticket. On the Amex plat card, I gave it another year when they raised the fee to 550, but with the whole Chase 4some I will now quit Amex plat (while keeping the Every day card to keep the points valid)

  17. Dear Lufthansa,
    Please stop giving access to First Class Lounge for Amex Cardholders.
    The place will be overcrowded with bunch and I mean bunch of people! Now we have to wait for dining table nap & shower room just like in the United Polaris lounge.
    This lounge is so exclusive and now they are letting Amex folks and their additional cards gaining access, so sad to hear… I just visited the Centurion lounge in SFO and it was like a zoo, now Lufthansa First Class will be in the same situation. This is insane!

  18. Aww, this came four days late for me. Flew through Frankfurt on my way back to Detroit on Memorial Day and was disappointed that my Amex didn’t get me access to any nearby lounges.

  19. Good news for AMEX Platinum and Centurion Card Holders. Maybe because of these, more people will fly LH! Sounds like some great Marketing!

    @Arthur – Don’t let these people crush you dream of owning a Centurion card! Just make sure you work hard in school, hopefully you’re doing your MD Specializing in Brain Surgery or a Criminal/Corporate Law. You “might” get an invite.

    @lovetospendit – You should write a letter to LH telling them how disappointed you are about their service and should let AMEX know to cancel a possible multi-million dollar deal.

    @Alan Smith – You should also a letter to LH as well telling them that you you are disappointed with their decision to allow Centurion Card holders (who are EXTREMELY high spenders) to enter the Senator Lounge. Make sure you remind them you’re an HON Circle Member. That you spend also a minimum of $250,000 a year. Gotta make it clear that you pay your J/F from your own pocket or a company you own. Not a company that you work for that lets you fly because its part of your job.

    I’m a *A Gold holder and I also have AMEX Plat. Thanks to my work I get to travel a lot and J class on Long Haul flights. Unfortunately non of these cards will give me access to the First Class LH Lounge 🙁 my work will never pay for F seats.
    I’m sure a lot of *A Gold Card AND Miles & More Senator Card holders are pissed because they (we) can’t even access the First Class Lounge and suddenly a Centurion Card holder just waltz in, but lets be realistic here folks, do people really think that Centurion Card holders are like every other Credit Card holders in the world? Cause these people spends hundreds of thousands a year and PAY IT OFF! Do these people really fly Y/Economy?!

    What people sometimes fail to realize is that Airlines (most businesses for that matter) is in the business to make money and LOTS OF IT! How they do this is to work with different companies and collaborate to do business together, access and share customer information which is extremely valuable. That’s why you see a lot of them Partner with Banks/Credit Companies.

  20. I used the LH Business Lounge in Terminal 1B with my Amex Platinum card. This is currently the only Lounge accepting the Amex Platinum Card in FRA. I had a companion with me and they charged Eur29 for entry.

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