Lufthansa opens its first-class lounge to everyone … for 150 €
Lufthansa allows passengers from all airlines to use its lounges. This sees the airline opening the doors to its lounges around the world. The catch is that passengers will have to pay for the privilege of using the lounges, with the airline’s most exclusive lounges clocking in at € 149 ($ 177).
Airline lounges are generally limited to those traveling in the premium airline cabins or those with frequent flyer status. However, many airports around the world have paid lounges, with programs like Priority Pass offering membership plans for these lounges. In what is perhaps an attempt to explore additional sources of income, Lufthansa sells access to its lounges worldwide.
Variable lounge prices
Lufthansa’s lounges have been designed with the airline’s frequent and premium travelers in mind. As spotted by A thousand at a time, the airline has started selling lounge access for ineligible people. It could be for Lufthansa economy passengers or even Ryanair passengers. According to the airline’s lounge booking portal,
“Lounge access is limited to the date of booking confirmation and requires a valid same-day boarding pass from any airline.”
It appears that any lounge operated by Lufthansa is included in the offer. The cheapest lounge appears to be the Lufthansa Business Lounge at Newark Liberty International, priced at just $ 29 (€ 24). Most airports only offer one lounge. This is not the case at the airline’s stronghold in Frankfurt, where a total of six lounges are offered,
- Lufthansa A26 Business Lounge
- Lufthansa A13 Business Lounge
- Lufthansa A lounge
- Lufthansa Lounge Z
- Lufthansa B lounge
- Lufthansa A13 First Class Lounge
In Frankfurt, each of the lounges is priced at € 39 ($ 46), with the exception of the first class lounge, which is priced at € 149.
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A word of warning
Lufthansa reopened its first class lounge in Frankfurt earlier this month. However, as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to drag on, potential passengers should note that it will not be business as usual in lounges.
Sticking to the example of the first class lounge, the airline warns that it currently only offers a “Quality take-out offer” of food and drink. A la carte dining will only resume once local regulations allow, although it could be very soon as restaurants in Frankfurt have been able to open with some restrictions since June 7.
The airline applies social distancing and the wearing of masks in its Frankfurt lounges. Additionally, passengers wishing to use the lounges must present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination / recovery to access the facility. As most destinations will require such proof to allow travel, this should not be a problem for passengers.
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