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How to access some Lufthansa airport lounges with American Express Platinum

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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:

Using Lufthansa airport lounges with American Express Platinum

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.

Using Lufthansa lounges at Frankfurt with American Express 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)

Accessing Lufthansa lounges with American Express Platinum

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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list 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

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

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