If you are travelling through Frankfurt or Munich Airport in September, American Express Platinum has extended its deal with Lufthansa to allow cardholders into its lounges.
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 2020/21
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.
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 has been rolled over multiple times. At present, American Express has rolled it over again until 30th September 2020.
You can find out more on this page of the American Express website.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2021)
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 comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a 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.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.