Lufthansa and American Express now had an ongoing relationship for a few years allowing Platinum Cardholders access to Business and Senator Lounges as well as select (not al) First Class Lounges for Centurion Cardholders.
Unfortunately Lufthansa ccut quite a few of their lounges during the pandemic and they still haven’t brought them back online despite high demand.
Especially the Centurion access for First Class Lounges at Frankfurt Airport became pretty much a nonexistent feature as the designated First lounge Centurion members were allowed to use, located inside the B Concourse has now been closed ever since Lufthansa shut down lounge facilities during the pandemic.
Concourse B is the non-Schengen departure area and there are quite a few Lufthansa flights departing from there which means the very nice FCL benefit for Amex Centurion cardholders is now taken away.
This is the original partnership which has been made permanent in May of 2021:
Amex Platinum cardholders can enjoy Busines / Senator Lounge access and Centurion members may also access the First Class Lounges prior to their flight with an eligible Lufthansa Group ticket (Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS).
Usual access policy for said lounges is being Star Alliance Gold for the Senator Lounge or holding a Star Alliance airline First Class ticket. The Lufthansa First Class Lounge is usually reserved for Lufthansa Miles&More HON Circle members as well as Lufthansa/Swiss First Class passengers (including connecting flights).
As part of The American Express Global Lounge Collection, we invite Platinum Card and Centurion Members to enjoy access to select Lufthansa airport lounges.
- Platinum Card Members may enjoy access to Lufthansa (LH) Business Lounges (regardless of LH Group ticket class) and Lufthansa Senator Lounges (when flying LH Group business class). For the mostcurrent list of participating lounges and access requirements, please use the Lounge Finder feature in the American Express App or visit www.americanexpress.com/findalounge.
- Centurion Members may enjoy access to Lufthansa First Class, Senator and Business lounges regardless of LH Group ticket class. For the most current list of participating lounges and access requirements, please use the Lounge Finder feature in the American Express App or visit www.americanexpress.com/findalounge.
To enter, show your valid Platinum Card or Centurion Card, government issued photo I.D., and confirmed seat on a same day Lufthansa Group boarding pass.
This benefit is available to Centurion Members. Additional Gold Cards and Additional Green Cards on your Centurion account are not eligible for complimentary access. Centurion Members have complimentary access to select Lufthansa First Lounges
(where available), Senator and Business lounges (regardless of ticket class). To access the Lufthansa lounges, Centurion Member must present a government issued I.D., a same-day departure boarding pass showing confirmed reservation on a Lufthansa Group flight (Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian airlines) and a valid Centurion Card. For the most current list of participating lounges and access requirements, please use the Lounge Finder feature in the American Express App or visit www.americanexpress.com/findalounge. Members must adhere to all rules of participating lounges. Participating lounges and locations subject to change without notice.
When you look up the directory, the First Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport is no longer listed.
Lufthansa has made a First Class seating area avaiable at the Senator Lounge B for the LH Group First Class and HON Circle guests but Centurion has no access to this. Some people have received access to the FCL in Concourse A but that’s totally on a goodwill basis and I wouldn’t trek all the way over there just to be sent back.
For Munich, the directory doesn’t show the First Class Lounge anymore either (see here).
It’s unclear what American Express and Lufthansa are doing right now and maybe it’s time for them to clarify the benefit for Centurion cardholders. The access for Platinum members is definitely still available as I was able to witness today at the B Concourse. Unfortunately the FCL was no longer an option.
I’m not sure why American Express continues to advertise this partnership in a way that suggests Centurion members have access yet the facilities are either closed or no longer available per listing. The advertisement should be corrected if necessary.