Amex Platinum Lufthansa Lounge Access Benefit Extended

Filed Under: American Express, Lufthansa
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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.

Lufthansa Lounge Access with Amex Platinum

In September 2017, American Express added access to Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport for Platinum & Centurion cardmembers. Then as of June 2018, lounge access was expanded under this partnership, to include access in both Frankfurt and Munich.

This partnership has technically been limited time, and every few months it has been renewed.

The partnership between American Express and Lufthansa has been extended, so card members can enjoy lounge access through April 30, 2021.

Lufthansa Senator Lounge

What Lufthansa Lounges does Amex get you access to?

To recap cardmembers will receive access to the following lounges when flying on a Lufthansa Group flight (that includes flights operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian — codeshare flights don’t qualify), though do note that lounge openings vary at the moment:

  • 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 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 cards are eligible for access.

Bottom line

It’s cool to see this partnership between American Express and Lufthansa extended once again. This really does seem to be an ongoing thing, rather than a limited-time partnership.

This benefit is especially useful at these airports, given the lack of good Priority Pass lounges there. It would be even better to see this expanded to more Lufthansa Lounges around the world, though I’m guessing that’s not in the cards for now.

Have you taken advantage of this lounge access benefit at Frankfurt or Munich Airport?

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  1. Every time I’ve tried this with a plat card and Lufthansa business class ticket, the lounge dragon has rejected me from the senator lounge. It’s been more than a little annoying.

  2. I’ve used this twice recently when flying Lufthansa Premium economy out of MUC. The first time I was directed to the Senator lounge, the second time to the Business lounge. Both were fine (and to me more or less equivalent from a food, if not alcohol standpoint), but I guess YMMV.

  3. Went through Frankfurt after KLM interlinded me to Lufthansa due to weather in Amsterdam and I took advantage of the AMEX Plat card and used one of the Business Lounges (non-Schengen near Gate B24). While dated in appearance (so dark and 80s!), it was airy, plenty of places to sit, good WiFi and above-average food/drink spread. Frankfurt is an ugly airport IMO and this makes it somewhat more pleasant.

  4. I have used this several times in Munich and a few times in Frankfurt’s first-class lounges. I am Centurian and it works perfectly. I wish they would expand to other first-class lounges in the Frankfurt airport.

  5. @Per the cost is high if you bring a guest. I don’t remember it was around $100. It is not worth it if your stay is one hour or less. For a longer tome you can use sll the facilities have a great meal with first class service. Last flight i had less than an hour, made my friend use senator lounge i went to first class by myself. I was not passing up the chance to go back. Been to the Munich club about 5 times. Frankfurt three times with centurian.

  6. @B: there is no Lufthansa FCL in Munich T1. In fact, there is no Lufthansa in T1

    I guess what you mean is that access is only permitted in the FCL at the T2 Satellite but not in the main terminal – which is true.

    Also: there are Schengen and non-Schengen flights out of both, the main T2 and the T2 Satellite.

  7. I’m wondering if it is possible to enter the MUC Lufthansa Business lounge with Amex Plat and Codeshare United ticket (flight to US but operated by Lufthansa)?
    Sometimes I read Codeshare doesn’t qualify for entering the lounge… But which Codeshare. It seems logical Lufthansa banning United customers from the lounges when coming on a United operated flight but a codeshare Lufthansa ticket. But what about vice versa?

  8. I have the AMEX Platinum and Star Alliance Gold Status. What’s my best option for bringing a guest into a lounge in T1 Frankfurt?

  9. @Andy NO codeshare flights are eligible – ONLY a LH, LX or OS coded flight, flying on LH, LX or OS operated metal

    @Geoffrey – As Ben already stated above, “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.” Star Alliance Gold entitles you to one guest, as per the Star Alliance website.

  10. What grants me the access to the lounge is being a cardholder, regardless of the airline I am flying with?
    Does it work with cards issued in other countries?

  11. Let’s get real! LH negotiated well with this benefit. Many AMEX holders might be flying intercontinental on LH metal, this benefit is barely useful as the lounge is in B and essentially requires going back and reentering security at A or C. There might be a way to avoid this through the tunnel but it is a lengthy trek.
    LH basically wants to offer AMEX holders this benefit if they use LH intra-Europe flights, most of that travel is often done via ICE or other carriers.

    As I understand it, absolutely NOT.
    LH only permits lounge use with this card AND a flight operating on LH group metal, which includes LX and OS. I do not know what happens if the ticket is written on United ticket using an LH codeshare operated by LH metal.

  13. Yes, Donato, that’s what makes sense!
    Would other airlines from the Lufthansa Group be accepted, like Swiss or Air Dolomiti?
    Where does one get all those exact details?

  14. To the best of my knowledge, Yes. This seems to require a ticket written on LH flight and LH metal. In each case when I say LH it includes LX and OS.
    Remember that in some cases it is not worth the trip to the lounge or the time is not sufficient. Your partner also has to have a seperate AMEX card and the time and energy. My wife is still upset about 35 minutes in the lounge followed by backtracking and 55 minutes to our Z gate to JFK.

  15. FYI it does not work when arriving on LH and connecting to another Star carrier. LH group carrier must be the outbound carrier to get in.

    I’m sure these lounges are completely empty now so it makes sense to renew the contract and get any last marginal dollar you can.

  16. I miss traveling and using this option at the Munich and Frankfurt 1st lounge. I would frequently schedule my trips with a long layover to take advantage of the lounges. There are ways to get to B fast and I was only figuring it out on the last few trips. Earlier in the day depending on which gate you landed at (Sometimes I landed at B just a few feet from the lounge) there is a shuttle that takes you to B. When in Munich it is easy and fast to get to that gate. Travel will not return for me until at the earliest 202. My two favorite centurion benefits are in jeopardy. Hertz and Lufthansa lounge.

  17. Frankfurt Main, my nightmare connection airport and LH makes its harder to connect with inaccessible lounges to PLAT members.

  18. MUNICH Update as of today 16.September2020
    NO ACCESS to A N Y Lufthansa Lounge due to the total closure of the Satellite Terminal in Terminal2 at Munich airport.
    According to Munich Airport, won’t open before November 2020, if at all as more and more Departures from Terminal 2 are cancelled (UNITED, SunExpress, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti and Lufthansa) due to demand.
    So NO need to be excited!
    NO lounge in Terminal 2 for either Centurion OR Platinum AmEx Holders if flying LH, LX or OS!!!

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