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Without much fanfare, Lufthansa has started selling lounge access to its airport lounges across the globe. Prices start from €29 (~$34) per person per visit for the business class lounge in Dusseldorf. Lounge visits at other German airports cost €39 (~$46). For airports in the US, the prices we found starting at just $39 per person per visit.
Here's how to book access to a Lufthansa lounge — even if you aren't flying Lufthansa.
Lufthansa Paid Lounge Access Key Terms
- Search and book Lufthansa lounge access on this webpage.
- Travelers need to present a same-day boarding pass from any airline.
- Children under 2 are free when accompanied by an adult.
- Passengers in airline uniforms are not allowed access.
- Lounge access for entrepreneurial purposes is not permitted. Perhaps this means that you can't book a visit to film inside?
- COVID-19 protocols are in place, including face masks and social distancing in the lounges.
A Note About the First-Class Terminal In Frankfurt
Initial data points showed that Lufthansa was selling access to its flagship first-class terminal in Frankfurt for as little as €149 (~$176) per visit. Unfortunately, this is no longer available now. We have been unable to find space available in the first-class lounge deep into 2022.
While all the first-class lounge space available may be sold out over a year ahead of time, we don’t think that is the case. It seems after the initial excitement swept the internet about accessing Lufthansa’s first-class terminal in Frankfurt for a mere €149, the company has had second thoughts and pulled the lounge from the available collection.
Have you been able to find availability? Let us know in the comments below!
Access Lufthansa Lounges Using Amex Cards
If you are passing through Frankfurt or Munich and hold the The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or the Centurion® Card from American Express, you can access the following lounges free of charge using your American Express Card:
- Frankfurt (FRA): Business class, Senator, and first-class lounges in Concourse B Terminal 1.
- Munich (MUC): Business class, Senator, and first-class lounges located in the satellite area of Terminal 2.
Amex Centurion Card cardholders can access all three lounges regardless of the class of travel. While Amex Platinum and Business Platinum Card cardholders can access the business class lounge when flying in economy and the Senator lounge when flying in Business class.
Access Lufthansa Lounges Using Priority Pass
In addition to selling access to its lounges, Lufthansa recently added three more of its U.S. lounges to Priority Pass. That means you can access 4 of Lufthansa's 5 U.S. lounges for free with a Priority Pass membership — which comes as a perk of many premium credit cards:
|Credit Card||Complimentary Cardholder Access||Number of Free Guests||Digital Priority Pass Card||Card Annual Fee||Authorized User Lounge Access||Authorized User Fee|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||Unlimited lounge access||2 guests||Yes||$550||Yes||$75|
|The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card||Unlimited lounge access||2 guests||Yes||$450||Yes||$0|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Unlimited lounge access - No F&B credits at non-lounge restaurants, bars, and eateries (Enrollment Required)||2 guests||Yes||$695 - Rates & Fees||Yes||$175 total for first 3 AU's then $175 each - Rates & Fees|
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express||Unlimited lounge access - No F&B credits at non-lounge restaurants, bars, and eateries|
|2 guests||Yes||$595 - Rates & Fees||Yes||$300 - Rates & Fees|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||Unlimited lounge access |
|Citi Prestige® Card||Unlimited lounge access|
|2 guests or immediate family||Yes||$495||Yes||$50|
|Crystal® Visa Infinite® Credit Card||Unlimited lounge access for the primary cardholder and one additional member.||$32 per guest||Yes||$400||Can gift access to one other person - doesn't have to be AU||$95|
|Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card||10x free passes then $32 per person|
|$32 per guest||Yes||$95||No||N/A|
|U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card||4x free passes then $32 per visit||1 guest free for first 4 visits, then $32 per visit||No||$400||No||$0|
|Hilton Honors American Express Card||10x free passes then $27 per visit||Must use a 2nd pass for a guest||Yes||$95||No||$0|
*Enrollment is required for select Amex benefits.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. With most airlines struggling financially due to the loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 travel disruption, airlines across the globe have been trying to upgrade and create more revenue streams, and Lufthansa is no different.
While it is an excellent option for an infrequent traveler to purchase lounge access as a one-off, this feature may soon be discontinued as passenger volumes return and overcrowding could become an issue. More regular flyers will typically use their status or credit card to receive complimentary lounge access when on the road. For now, more options for lounge access are always welcome.
For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees)
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