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Update: On March 30, 2021, Amex extended Lufthansa lounge access for The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and Centurion cardmembers to April 30, 2021. 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 April 30, 2021.
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 April 30, 2021
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
This is a partnership that's been extended multiple times, but usually only for a short time period each time. Lounge access was originally only valid through March 31, 2019. It was later extended to July 31, 2020.
Then, in August 2020, access was extended through September 30, 2020. Again, in late September 2020, the partnership was renewed again through December 31, 2020. Then in December 2020, lounge access was extended through March 2021. Now, it's only being bumped out through April 2021.
So, we have seemingly entered a pattern where this partnership seems to only be extended by 1-3 months at a time.
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 a bit disappointing that the extension is for such a short amount of time. Hopefully, the partners will be extended yet again in April!
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