Lufthansa Reopening First Class Lounge, But…

Lufthansa Reopening First Class Lounge, But…

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Premium airline services in Europe are (very slowly) starting to return to normal.

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt opens its doors

As of today (June 1, 2021), the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Terminal 1 Concourse A of Frankfurt Airport has reopened. The lounge is now open daily from 6AM until 9:30PM.

As Lufthansa describes the reopening of this lounge, this is being done as summer approaches, as the desire to travel continues to grow, and as declining infection rates and easing of travel restrictions are increasing the number of passengers. The lounge can be accessed by Lufthansa and SWISS first class passengers, as well as top-tier Miles & More HON Circle members. On top of that, access to the lounge can now be purchased.

Lufthansa closed all of its First Class Lounges (including the First Class Terminal Frankfurt) last spring, as demand for international travel plummeted. The airline has progressively been opening some of its other lounges, but this will be the first time that we see a Lufthansa First Class Lounge reopen.

For now the First Class Terminal Frankfurt and limousine service continue to remain unavailable, but it’s stated that this will be restarted soon. Who knows whether that means a few weeks or a few months, though.

This update from Lufthansa comes just a month after Air France reopened its spectacular La Premiere Lounge in Paris.

The Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt has reopened

There’s a major catch, though

While it’s great to see Lufthansa reopen its First Class Lounge Frankfurt, there’s a major catch. For the time being, there will be no food and beverage consumption allowed in the lounge. Rather guests can get food & drinks to go, but inside the lounge they can’t even have a cup of water.

The airline says it will resume full food & beverage service as soon as local regulations allow it. Germany has been in lockdown since last fall, and for almost the entire time dining outside the home (including at airports) has been banned. We’re slowly starting to see restaurants reopen, so I imagine dining in the First Class Lounge will resume in the not-too-distant future.

For all practical purposes the First Class Lounge will just be a place to sit — there will be no waiter service with excellent drinks, and no extensive a la carte dining. I’m curious if the to go food will be elevated compared to what’s being offered in other lounges. Perhaps a tin of caviar to go? 😉

Don’t expect any food & beverage service for now

Lufthansa’s current first class fleet

Currently only a small percentage of Lufthansa’s fleet features first class. Specifically, the carrier will likely only have first class on Boeing 747-8s in the next couple of years, as Lufthansa plans to retire its Airbus A380s and Airbus A340-600s. It does appear like some future delivery A350-900s may feature first class, as those planes will be based in Munich.

For the past several months, Lufthansa hasn’t offered first class on any routes to the United States. It looks like that will be changing soon:

  • As of June 11, 2021, Lufthansa has scheduled a Boeing 747-8 daily between Frankfurt and Chicago
  • As of July 1, 2021, Lufthansa has scheduled a Boeing 747-8 daily between Frankfurt and Los Angeles
  • As of July 4, 2021, Lufthansa has scheduled a Boeing 747-8 daily between Frankfurt and Newark
Lufthansa will soon resume first class service to the United States

Bottom line

The Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt has finally reopened. It’s exciting to see things slowly return to normal, but don’t get too excited. For now no food & beverage service will be allowed in the lounge (not even water), but rather customers will be offered something to go. Furthermore, there will be no limousine transfers available for the time being.

The airline plans to soon reopen the First Class Terminal and resume its limousine service. As of June 11 we can expect the return of Lufthansa first class to the United States, specifically on the Chicago route.

What do you make of Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge Frankfurt reopening?

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  1. Endre

    Frequent First class traveler here. Used spend quite some time in this lounge back in 2016. I had weekly 1st Class flights to HKG (Paid tickets only, no points tricks).

    I later ditched Lufthansa for Air France La Premiere or Cathay 1st class service.

    1. Jesse

      Dude, you must have SDS (small .... syndrome), because you have for years always made comments about how you only fly paid first class. NO. ONE. CARES.

    2. Julia

      Oh, you’re back again? We all used to laugh at your posts back then, it’s fun to have you back again. We all thought you only flee paid non-points first class on Cathay and Singapore. I guess your back story changed lol

    3. Another Steve

      For a guy who only flies in first and only pays for tickets with personal income (not miles tricks or expense report games right Endre?), you seem to spend a lot of time on a website that is focused on optimizing travel using points and miles.

    4. Sir Walter Raleigh

      Peasant — I only fly paid chartered private 787 flights.

    5. Sir Walter Raleigh

      Peasant — I only fly paid private 797 chartered flights. You haven't experienced luxury until you have a 797 to yourself

  2. keitherson

    So people will end up eating in the terminal at the gate or on crowded planes. These policies are ridiculous.

    1. Steve

      "Germany has been in lockdown since last fall"

      If lockdowns worked why are they still having lockdowns...

  3. Roberto

    You mention the FCL in FRA, but you forgot to mention which one is open, A or B ?

  4. SaschaVIE

    It seems as though they will also be flying 748s to EWR/JFK in July as well.

  5. Endre

    It’s in A. The one large lounge next to the senator lounge.

  6. JBM

    I’m cautiously optimistic, but unlike my other flights this year from FRA-ORD where they later switched out the 747 for an A350, they did allow me a paid upgrade to first for once. A subtle but appreciated change.

  7. Tas Parafestas

    Travel First Class on Lufthansa when traveling to Europe (or back from the Far East). Both Frankfurt and Munich Frist Class Lounges are just fine.

    Had to sit in a Senator Lounge for a few hours with no food or drink for a few hours two weeks ago.

    Not sure what the government there is trying to do.

  8. pavlajs

    Very logical rule. Similar to recently opened dance clubs, with no dancing allowed (in the Czech Republic).
    ‍♂️

  9. JoeC

    I think you're spot on. They're getting the lounges open and employees back in because they probably expect the service to be able to start again soon (I'm guessing within the month).

    Also, in case everyone didn't know, Endre doesn't use "points tricks". Definitely not pretentious at all!

    1. Jesse

      I loved the snide reference to Endre! I bet the dude actually sits in the back of economy and just talks big online.

  10. Francisco C

    We need a guest post from endre regarding his top 5 first class products. I had missed his “paid first class ticket” posts.

  11. James

    so what does Endre do with all those points and miles he gets from all his "paid first class tickets"?? maybe he should write a guest post on how it is to get so many miles!!!!

  12. AdamH

    What's your guess Lucky when Polaris and Flagship lounges open up domestically? Think they will open at all this summer with travel returning to Europe for vax pax?

  13. dvmzhu

    Any idea when will Swiss re-open their lounge in Zurich? The two lounges at ZRH remained closed at the moment and one of them is operating as a COVID test centre. Got a ticket connecting through there during August so I was wondering whether I will have a lounge by then.

  14. Julia

    Any news when they are planning to reopen travel to Japan?

  15. David

    To go food choices in the LH business lounge are a pretzel, some small horrible cheese sandwich, but not as bad as you had on UA, a banana, bottle of water, and maybe coffee. But as noted, all of it has to be consumed outside of the lounge. You get thirsty in the lounge, you can either go to the bathroom and use the sink, or go outside the lounge. It's ridiculous on so many levels.

  16. Creditcrunch

    You know things are starting to get back to normal when our favourite Endre posts, which always brings a smile to ones face.

  17. Icarus

    I totally get the restrictions, however not even water. Ridiculous Meanwhile in France which has equally draconian limitations, Air France offers a far superior first class / La Premiere product with Michelin starred catering in a refurbished lounge. With a considerable drop in the number of passengers , one or two in La Premiere can make more revenue than all the passengers in economy.

  18. Maxn

    Been in the LH SEN lounge Munich four days ago and you CAN sit in the lounge and get (respectively you are being served) and drink fresh cappuccino (in a to-go cup), and eat sandwiches and pretzels.

    Not super fancy, but hey, it's in the lounge!
    Another small step into the normal :-)

  19. Sir Walter Raleigh

    The new website layout sucks

  20. flyingrohit

    It’s definitely a start. Great to see you again in the comments Endre you’ve been missed!

  21. Emmanuel OBI

    Is covid-19 testing required for transit travellers in June who have been fully vaccinated?

  22. guflyer

    Regulations that prevent airport dining but allow food to be brought out into the airport do not make any sense (both in the US and other countries). If one is unable to eat in the lounge but can eat in the airport terminal, one is still eating in an indoor area with others. In some instances in the US, it seems that the terminals are more crowded with others than the airport would be.

  23. Randy

    Hardly enough F seats in the inventory to justify a separate terminal, but HON Circle members get access - so this is the likely reason LH is keeping it. I have used it about a dozen times and it usually was not very crowded - maybe 15 to 30 people max. But it does provide an excellent service for those in F or those that achieve HON.

  24. Carol

    Can Passengers from US make connecting flights in Frankfurt without quarantine? If they meet Covid test and vaccine requirements? I’m hearing conflicting reports from Lufthansa and Frankfurt Airport.

  25. Larry Lawrence Abrams

    I am on Lufthansa's 747-8 on June 12 ORD-FRA with a 3-hour layover; not knowing that the First Class lounge is nothing more than a fancy lobby right now--terribly disappointed--I had been looking forward to my layover. I am back through there on the 19th, again in July and two more times in August--Maybe I will have "breaking news" to share!

    1. Florian

      As of today Lufthansa requires a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination for lounge access. This is in line with most states' rules incl. Hessen (FRA) and Bavaria (MUC) on indoor dining. That said there is no excuse not to offer food & beverages inside the lounges from now on.

  26. JvdB

    Does anyone know whether Endre is single, and might like a tall, nordic man whose Grindr profile states he is only 45 years old? He seems like such a catch..

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Endre

Frequent First class traveler here. Used spend quite some time in this lounge back in 2016. I had weekly 1st Class flights to HKG (Paid tickets only, no points tricks). I later ditched Lufthansa for Air France La Premiere or Cathay 1st class service.

Another Steve

For a guy who only flies in first and only pays for tickets with personal income (not miles tricks or expense report games right Endre?), you seem to spend a lot of time on a website that is focused on optimizing travel using points and miles.

Julia

Oh, you’re back again? We all used to laugh at your posts back then, it’s fun to have you back again. We all thought you only flee paid non-points first class on Cathay and Singapore. I guess your back story changed lol

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