American Express Extends Lufthansa Lounge Access in Frankfurt and Munich Airports

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Update: On September 24, 2020, Amex extended Lufthansa lounge access for The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and Centurion cardmembers to December 31, 2020. This post has been updated to reflect these changes.

Back in 2017, American Express and Lufthansa announced a new partnership to grant Lufthansa lounge access to Amex cardmembers in Munch (MUC) airport. Amex and Lufthansa expanded this program in 2018 to include Lufthansa lounge access at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Now, Amex and Lufthansa have extended this partnership—but only through December 31, 2020.

Lufthansa Lounge Entrance

How It Works

Access to the lounges is available to holders of The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express as well as holders of a Centurion card. The level of access you have is dependent on which card you hold and your class of travel:

  • Centurion cardholders have access to the first class, Senator, and business class lounge regardless of their class of travel
  • Amex Platinum and the Business Platinum Card cardmembers have access to the Business lounge when traveling in economy
  • Amex Platinum and the Business Platinum Card cardmembers have access to the Senator lounge when traveling in business class
  • Cardmembers will need to show a valid Platinum Card or Centurion Card, government-issued photo ID, and confirmed seat on a same day Lufthansa Group boarding pass.
  • Access is currently valid through December 31, 2020

Participating Lufthansa Lounges

  • Munich: the participating business, Senator, and first-class lounges are located in the satellite area of Terminal 2
  • Frankfurt: the participating business, Senator, and first-class lounges are located in Terminal 1 Concourse B

Our Take

It makes sense for American Express to utilize Lufthansa's existing lounges rather than building its own lounges. That's especially true during the downturn in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It's great to see this lounge access partnership being extended. But, it's puzzling that the extension is for such a short amount of time. Hopefully, the partners will be extended again and it won’t just expire again at the end of the year.

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  • RosieTravels says:

    Nice to see Amex adding some lounges (temporarily), but I have to imagine this won’t affect a large portion of cardholders, between current travel restrictions and it being in limited locations. Ever since Amex significantly reduced domestic lounge access a few years ago, it’s been a difficult perk to use and a big loss of value for the card (my frequent airports do not have Centurion lounges but did have others). Hope they can bolster this more widely as travel resumes!

  • I wonder when the lounges will have hot food again?

  • Have never been go to Frankfurt, but i am ready to go to there. Hope i can use this benefit then.

  • It is good that they are doing that, but wonder how many are actually using them

  • I have go to Frankfurt last year, and have enjoy that’s Lounge with my AE platinum card, Good Lounge and have many type of Ice cream.

  • Very nice perk if your flying through frankfurt! Well done Amex for the customer service!

  • Lufthansa is one of my favorite airlines, I would love to visit the VIP lounge.

  • At least they got it extended. I have been toying with the idea of the Amex Plat card, of course right now isn’t the time for me to get the card. I do see the value but I think once I would travel more. Now the question is once you’ve had the card and experienced the benefits how addicted do you get to those that you have a hard time giving up the card?

  • Not sure many people will be able to take advantage with most americans not allowed to enter the EU atm.

  • Nice perk for those who are traveling in Europe. I do appreciate that many of the lounges are open now, though with fewer amenities than before. Any access to lounges is always appreciated and I’ve heard the Lufthansa lounges are very nice.

  • My trip to Germany for 2020 has been cancelled 🙁

  • I didn’t know about this benefit, but all my trips have been canceled this year, so I won’t be able to take advantage of it. Thanks for the heads up nonetheless!

  • Hi Howie, any info for Amex Platinum issued by a NOT-US Country? I didn’t find any specification.

    Thanks

  • Does this also apply to amex cards issued by banks or it’s only for those issued directly by amex?

  • Sebastian says:

    Ok, thanks for clarifying – so no First Lounge for me then.

  • so these days, a regular amex can get me into a lounge? or just a lufthansa lounge?
    i tried to enter one (not lufthansa) with friends in japan a few months ago but was denied because my cc was not a japan cc.
    i have an spa amex. does that give me a good shot at lounges outside of japan at least?

    • Not sure what a spa amex is. Do you mean SPG Amex? Either way, that card will not get you into an airport lounge — neither will most American Express cards. Each lounge has its own policy — I’d suggest you review policies before attempting to visit to make sure you know the requirements.

  • It does not really matter what a certain policy is if it does not translate down to the person working the desk when you walk into any lounge

  • Sebastian says:

    So with Platinum i won’t have access to First Lounge, regardless of class of travel?

  • Darshak Thakore says:

    I’m still not sure what the difference between the Business and the Senator lounge is

    • Business lounges are for travelers in business class, or if you have Lufthansa status, or for those with Star Alliance Gold.
      Senator lounges are for travelers in first class, or if you have LH Senator status, or Star Alliance Gold.
      First lounges are for travelers in first class or if you have HON status.

      • The First Class Terminal in Frankfurt and First Class Lounge in Munich are reserved for those who fly LH intercontinental first class.

  • miskocina says:

    Great for Amex cardholders, but perhaps not so good for Miles&More status passengers or business/first ticket holders. The lounges are getting less ‘exclusive’ everyday!