How to access some Lufthansa airport lounges with an American Express Platinum card

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with a lot of airport lounge access benefits:

You get two Priority Pass cards, each of which allows two people unlimited access to 1,300 airport lounges globally (so a family of four is covered)

You get access to all Plaza Premium lounges with a guest, even those not in Priority Pass, by showing your Platinum card

You get access to Delta lounges, when flying with Delta, by showing your Platinum card (no guests allowed)

You and your guests get access to American Express’s own network of Centurion airport lounges, which are primarily in the US but which is also coming to Heathrow Terminal 3 in mid 2020

You can access 13 other American Express-brand airport lounges in Stockholm, Delhi, Mumbai, Mexico City x 3, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Monterrey x 2 (Mexico, not CA!), Melbourne, Sydney and Toluca – full details are here

You also get Eurostar lounge access by showing your Platinum card.

You can learn more about these benefits in our full American Express Platinum review here.

Access Lufthansa lounges with Amex Platinum

You can also access select Lufthansa lounges with The Platinum Card

A lesser known benefit is the relatively recent deal that American Express has with Lufthansa in Germany.

Here are the participating lounges if you are flying Economy:

Frankfurt: Business Lounge, T1 Concourse B by Gates B44-B48

Frankfurt: Business Lounge, T1 Concourse B by Gates B24-B28

Munich: Business Lounge, Terminal 2 Satellite (Non-Schengen area)

Munich: Business Lounge, Terminal 2 Satellite (Schengen area)

Here are the additional participating lounges if you are flying Business:

Frankfurt: Senator Lounge, T1 Concourse B

Munich: Senator Lounge, Terminal 2 Satellite (Non-Schengen area)

Munich:  Senator Lounge, Terminal 2 Satellite (Schengen area)

Access is NOT a total free-for-all:

You must be flying on a Lufthansa Group airline (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian)

You cannot bring a guest, although obviously your partner can come with you if they have a free supplementary Platinum card on your account

If you have a Centurion Card, you can also access the First Class lounges in the satellite area of T2 in Munich Airport and T1 Concourse B in Frankfurt Airport and there are no rules over the class of your ticket.

The offer is rolled over year to year.  At present, American Express is only guaranteeing that it will continue to run until 31st March 2020.  It has been rolled over in the past, however, so it may well carry on.

You can find out more on this page of the American Express website.

PS.  In case you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the UK Miles & More Diners Club and Mastercard credit card.

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

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  1. What’s the difference between the business and Senator lounges?

    • Better selection of food at the Senator lounges but overall both very solid.

      Issue is however that both are very crowded at peak times of the day, at least in FRA.

    • Senator is for all Star Gold cardholders flying economy or biz. Business is for non-status holders flying biz and for Lufty Silver.

    • They are similar to Galleries Club and Galleries First with design and food offerings being significantly more German. MUC T2 Schengen SEN lounge is my regular lounge and I like it. At times it can be very crowded, though.

  2. I’ve flown through frankfurt 8 times. Never found the correct senator lounge to Get in.
    Walk from 1 end to the other then just go in ordinary lufthansa lounge as flying business..
    Asked at many desks just to be pointed away.

    • It’s not rocket science. Terminal 1 Concourse B. Next to gate B43 if you need someone to hold your hand…

  3. A word of caution if you plan to make use of this offer in the first few days of April. Even though this offer has been rolled over for some time now, you will only be granted entry when the rulebook in the lounge has been updated. This can take a few days once the offer has been renewed.

    Also the “no guest allowed rule” is enforced pretty strictly. You might haver leeway with a 3-year-old child, but your wife or partner will be turned away unless they have their own platinum or centurion card. Just a week ago the guy in front of my made a fuzz about being rejected when he wanted to guest his wife in.

    At least that is my experience as someone who uses the MUC lounge in the Schengen area every other week with my the platinum card.

  4. I came through FRA T1 recently and attempted to use Amex Plat to gain access to the Senator lounge at B44 using a Lufthansa business ticket (Z). This is what happened.

    Mobile boarding passes, produced by Lufthansa’s own app, truncate the displayed fare class from “Business Saver” to just “Saver”. The lady at the entry desk (located outside the lounge) claimed not to have access to passenger or fare information and instead relies on a barcode scanner to permit entry. As I don’t have status with LH, the scanner said no, and a visual check of my boarding pass didn’t show “business” even though I was seated in 1A. In the end, she politely but reluctantly accepted my assurances and permitted entry. It took me until exiting the lounge to find any reference to my ticket class deep inside the app.

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