AMEX expands Lufthansa lounge access for Platinum, Centurion

By Chris Chamberlin, June 2 2018
AMEX expands Lufthansa lounge access for Platinum, Centurion
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American Express customers with a Platinum Charge Card or the invitation-only Centurion Card can now access selected Lufthansa business class, Senator and first class lounges at its Frankfurt Airport hub, joining Lufthansa’s Munich lounges which were already open to AMEX cardholders.

Covering the Concourse B lounges at Frankfurt’s Terminal 1, and the Satellite Building in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2, Platinum cardholders are invited to visit the next-best lounge than what their ticket would otherwise provide, with Centurion members always getting first class lounge access.

For example, a Platinum Charge Card holder flying business class with Lufthansa – or other Lufthansa Group airlines including SWISS and Austrian – can flash their AMEX for access to Lufthansa’s Senator Lounges, positioned by the airline as a rung above business class, but separate to the first class lounges.

Platinum Charge Card customers flying in economy class with the same airlines will be granted access to the Lufthansa Business Lounges instead, while Centurion Card members flying these airlines in any class of service can always visit the Lufthansa first class lounges.

Lufthansa's first class lounge, which welcomes Centurion Card holders
Lufthansa's first class lounge, which welcomes Centurion Card holders

Access to all lower-tier lounges is available as well: so Centurion members may visit the Senator and business class lounges in addition to the first class lounge, and a Platinum cardholder flying business class can visit either the Senator or business class lounge.

While that’s handy if you’re flying with companions who can’t access the same tier of lounge as you, solo business travellers would have the best pre-flight experience by visiting the highest-tier lounge available to them – whether that’s the first class, Senator or business class lounge (in descending order).

AMEX cardholders aren’t able to visit Lufthansa’s lounges in other airports or outside of Terminal 1 in Frankfurt and the Satellite Terminal in Munich, nor can they bring a complimentary guest into Lufthansa’s lounges.

In some locations, Lufthansa will allow one guest subject to the payment of a fee at reception – which varies from lounge to lounge – but if travelling with your partner, and that partner has a supplementary Platinum or Centurion card under your account (or vice versa), you could each present your own AMEX card to gain access.

This perk will run until March 31 2019 in Frankfurt and May 31 2019 in Munich, unless extended

Lufthansa lounge access is not available to American Express Platinum credit card holders, such as with the AMEX Platinum Edge card or higher-tier credit cards like the Qantas Ultimate, Velocity Platinum or AMEX Explorer: only with the $1,200/year Platinum Charge Card, and the Centurion Card.

Also read: Five secret lounge perks of the AMEX Platinum charge card

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Do you get access with the AMEX Platinum Business charge card?

It's not on "the list" that I've received from AMEX USA (as this is a global card perk, not just one for Australian Platinum and Centurion cardholders), but this is something you could certainly ask of AMEX if you were interested in applying for the card or are an existing cardholder.

04 Dec 2013

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Assuming you mean "or outside of Terminal 1 in Frankfurt"?


I'm also guessing they phrase it like that to exclude the first class terminal - hardly surprising. Even so, I'm wondering if I can justify applying for one...

04 Dec 2013

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And just to clarify - "Platinum cardholders are invited to visit the next-best lounge than what they’d otherwise be entitled to access."


Is your "base case" lounge entitlement determined on the basis of both cabin class and LH (or *) status? So as a LH FTL (*S) but TK Elite (*G) flying economy, would I be in the Senator or First lounge?

Next-best lounge for Platinum is based on the entitlements of the ticket, not status - if you already have status, you'd not be accessing the lounge using AMEX Platinum, you'd be accessing the lounge as a frequent flyer, and thus, this article wouldn't be relevant to you.

04 Dec 2013

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In that case it wouldn't give access to the first class lounge at all. Next best for a J ticket holder is Senator. So if you're flying J and *G, you'd be in the Senator lounge in any case.

It's clear in the article that first class lounge access is only for Centurion and not Platinum - and again, if you're already entitled to visit the lounges available to AMEX Platinum cardholders, you wouldn't be using the AMEX Platinum card for access.

13 Aug 2015

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This is actually great.. well done AMEX/LH.. it also doesn’t really affect Status pax as the FRA FCL B (non-Schengen) is usually empty and the MUC T2S FCL hardly ever gets busy.


The excluded lounges are he busy ones (FRA FCL A as this serves Schengen departures, and MUC T2 FCL).

FRA FCT is specifically excluded, as it should be.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Dec 2017

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My wife and I are flying out of Frankfurt in F with Thai airways later in the year.

 
Star alliance first class get senator lounge access. Am I right I’m assuming that even as platinum card holders we won’t be able to access a higher lounge as the ticket is with another airline even though it’s star alliance?

Star Alliance has nothing to do with this benefit. As in the article, you need to be flying a Lufthansa Group airline: Lufthansa, Austrian or Swiss. However, you may be able to visit a different lounge courtesy of the Priority Pass membership that comes with your Platinum Charge Card, or provided by your Thai Airways ticket or status.

08 Jun 2018

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I’m in the T1 concourse B business lounge now. They did allow my wife and infant baby in. Was turned away from concourse A lounges and directed to Concourse B or T2


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