Lufthansa is changing its lounge access policy on May 3, 2021, making it more restrictive than the current Star Alliance wide policy.
Previously, Star Alliance Gold members have been able to guest one person who must have been on any Star Alliance flight (not necessarily on the same) to allowed access. Starting on May 3, 2021, both passengers must be on the same flight.
Whether it’s a business partner or a family member, HON Circle Members, Senators and Star Gold passengers may continue to take travel companions with them into Lufthansa Group lounges and Star Alliance lounges worldwide in accordance with the current rules. From 3 May 2021, these travel companions must travel on the same flight.
Information at a glance
- Valid for all Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and SWISS lounges
- Valid for all Star Alliance airline lounges worldwide
- Applies to HON Circle Members, Senators and Star Gold passengers
- All travel companions must travel on the same flight
Here’s the Star Alliance Gold-lounge access policy as of today:
Star Alliance Gold Customers travelling in any class of travel
As a Star Alliance Gold customer travelling in any class on a Star Alliance member airline operated flight, you have access to any member airline lounge at the airport where your flight departs, if the following conditions are met:
- You present your boarding pass of a Star Alliance member airline operated flight which departs at the same day as your visit or latest by 05:00 AM the next morning.
- If your boarding pass does not carry the Star Alliance Gold indicator, you will need to also show your valid Star Alliance Gold card.
- The lounge displays the Star Alliance Gold logo at the entrance.
You are entitled to bring one guest travelling on any Star Alliance flight departing from the same airport on the same day.
If you are a United MileagePlus Star Alliance Gold customer, you may only access the United Clubs within the U.S. when departing from that airport on an international Star Alliance flight, not when departing on a domestic flight with United.
It is unclear at the time whether this is a Lufthansa or Star Alliance wide policy update. In either case, it won’t affect that many.
How often do you guest in someone who is not traveling with you to spend some time in the lounge? I have done this only once in recent memory, and it was British Airways lounge access at London’s Heathrow.