American Express Extends Lufthansa Lounge Access in Frankfurt and Munich Airports

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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.

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 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

Extension Timeline

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.

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 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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    Jorge A. Diaz says:

    I hope that AMEX improves the service of its lounges around the world, the last time I tried to use one of them, in Miami, there were more people inside, than outside in the terminal, very crowded, due to the comments of other passengers it was not an exception, it happens every day.

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    More lounge access is always nice but many are becoming increasingly crowded.

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    Free lounge access is always nice, but it comes at a cost.

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    Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    It seems this partnership will be extended til further notice.

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    It is a tricky situation for AMEX to build its own lounges in the European Skyteam and Star Alliance fortresses in Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Munich.

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    Good to know. Hope we can take advantage of this in the near future.

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    I wonder if Lufthansa is seeing whether it’s worth it for them to keep the partnership. I would think that Amex could make this a more solid partnership with the annual fees the customers pay for the cards that give access to the lounges.

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    I am wondering if this offer from American Express is only for US Amex Platinum members or is it available to all members worldwide? It would be great if it did. Thank you for highlighting this

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    Well done, AMEX! In contrast, CSR is losing access to various lounges and must step up its game.

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      Managing lounge access – both establishing and maintaining the airline relationships and striking the right balance of who exactly gets in and how – must take a fair bit of time for these financial companies. But, no doubt banks gain expertise across a lot of areas that aren’t banking.

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    Hopefully, LH will maintain its decent catering offerings in its lounges to reward its frequent flyers.

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    Jorge Gonzalez says:

    This is a great news.
    Amex lounges are nice and confortables.
    Next time I travel to Germany, I would like to try it!

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    I understand that there are three tiers of lounge: first class, senator, and business – is that correct?
    Is first class the highest tier, and if I am flying business class on Lufthansa and I also have an Amex Platinum card, can I access the first class lounge or just the senator lounge?

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      Unfortunately just the Senator lounge. But, it never hurts to check-in at the first class lounge to see if they could make an exception.

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        hmmm – it would a good try but as they want to keep 1st class lounges very exclusive, in my opinion, it s 99% certain that they will deny access to it

        i m sure you know thate there are very few real 1st class lounges in europe – muc, fra, lon, zrh, cdg, all the others are combined first and business

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          Certainly agreed. But since the lounges are typically near each other, I figure it can’t hurt to ask. Worst case you end up where you’d end up going anyways.

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      I was confused. Now, I know for sure that the first class lounges are off-limit to all AMEX members.

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    Great news to have access with Amex Platinum to Frankfurt airport lounge!

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    Pablo Quilis says:

    Amex is always these things simple and good to travelers.

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    Juan Ignacio says:

    Lufthansa lounges are very nice. Nice perk for those who are AMEX Platinum cardholders, I think Lufthansa and *A FF members won’t be happy to share lounges…

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    Great news! Lufthansa lounges at Frankfurt airport are one of the best I’ve ever been! I hope we are back to normal business soon and take advantage of them.

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    American express is always thinking about giving the passenger more confort Its a great notice and hope will be soon in airports again

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    I’d like to see this expand globally to more high quality lounges.

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    I’ve used this perk a number of times but honestly it doesn’t make any sense that this is limited to one specific lounge each. Plus Frankfurt has been under construction forever and the way it is set up is so confusing with the Schengen and Non-Schengen areas. Last year I nearly missed two flights because I headed over to B to go to the lounge and then needed to go through security TWICE to get to my departure gate.

    A real perk would be access to ANY LH lounge in the airport.

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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!

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    I wonder when the lounges will have hot food again?

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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    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?

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

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    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.

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    My trip to Germany for 2020 has been cancelled 🙁

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    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!

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

    Thanks

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

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    Sebastian says:

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

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    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?

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      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.

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    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

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    Sebastian says:

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

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    Darshak Thakore says:

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

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      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.

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

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    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!