Lufthansa has some of the world’s best First Class Lounges in Frankfurt and Munich, with an extensive bar, delicious à la carte restaurant and buffet, shower rooms, sleeping rooms, personal assistants, limousine transfer to the aircraft, the list goes on and on. With such high quality, comes a high price: Lufthansa First Class tickets generally start at $6k USD and up, there have been occasional promotions and discounts, though. The best way to experience Lufthansa First Class is by redeeming miles through several Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Programmes.

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Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Lounge (Pier A) Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Lounge (Pier B) Frankfurt

 

Having said all of that, Lufthansa maintains a strict access policy for the First Class Lounges and First Class Terminal. Lufthansa needs to ensure the privacy of the passengers and their comfort is maintained at all times.

The general rule to access the lounges and terminal: You must be arriving/departing on a same-day Lufthansa or SWISS First Class flight OR hold Miles & More HON Circle Status. The flight needs to arrive or depart same-day but doesn’t have to be from the airport you are using the lounge at. Other Star Alliance First Class passengers are not eligible to access Lufthansa First Class Lounges or Terminal.

This means that you could fly from Frankfurt to Munich in Business Class and then from Munich to Los Angeles in First Class and you would be able to access the First Class Lounges or Terminal in Frankfurt and the First Class Lounge in Munich. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the access policy for the First Class Terminal vs. the First Class Lounges.

note: I won’t mention the rules for HON Circle Members since it is simple: you must fly either Lufthansa, Austrian, or SWISS (in any class) to access the First Class Terminal.

 

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

The access policy for the First Class Terminal is a bit different than the First Class Lounges:

You can only access the Lufthansa First Class Terminal if BOTH of the following is true:

  • Your onward flight is operated by either Lufthansa, Austrian, or SWISS (You can only be driven to a Lufthansa, Austrian, or SWISS flight)
  • You arrived or are departing on Lufthansa or SWISS First Class on the same-day (doesn’t have to be to/from Frankfurt)

Let’s take a look at some itineraries that will allow you access into the First Class Terminal:

  • SFO-FRA in First, FRA-MUC
  • MUC-FRA, FRA-SFO in First
  • FRA-MUC, MUC-SFO in First
  • FRA-ZRH, ZRH-ORD in First

The short-haul segments can be in any class and I know it can be a bit confusing, so feel free to ask me in the comments and I would be more than happy to clarify. The rule is that you must be 1) arriving/departing in Lufthansa or SWISS First Class (doesn’t have to be to/from Frankfurt) AND 2) You must be departing from Frankfurt on either Lufthansa, Austrian, or SWISS. If you don’t have an onward flight from Frankfurt the same-day as your First Class flight, you won’t be allowed access into the First Class Terminal since it is for departing passengers only.

 

Lufthansa First Class Lounges

Lufthansa First Class Lounge - Pier A

Lufthansa First Class Lounge – Pier A

Lufthansa First Class Lounge - Pier B

Lufthansa First Class Lounge – Pier B

The access policy for the First Class Lounges is a bit different because from the lounge you can walk to the gate of your onward flight, something you can’t do while in the Terminal.

You have access to the Lufthansa First Class Lounges IF:

  • You arrived or are departing on Lufthansa or SWISS First Class on the same-day (doesn’t have to be to/from Frankfurt)

The key difference between the First Class Lounges and Terminal is that you CAN access the lounges if terminating your journey in Frankfurt, while you can only access the First Class Terminal if you are connecting or originating in Frankfurt. You also CAN access the First Class Lounge if the above applies to you and if you have an onward flight from Frankfurt on any airline.

Here are some sample itineraries that allow you access:

  • SFO-FRA in Lufthansa First
  • SFO-FRA in Lufthansa First, FRA-ATH on any airline
  • SFO-MUC in Lufthansa First, MUC-FRA on any airline
  • ORD-ZRH in SWISS First, ZRH-FRA on any airline

 

The key that determines whether or not you have access is:

  • You arrived or are departing on Lufthansa or SWISS First Class on the same-day (doesn’t have to be to/from Frankfurt)

You must have a same-day First Class boarding pass from any airport in Lufthansa or SWISS to access the First Class Lounges. If you would like to access the First Class Terminal, you ALSO need to have an onward flight in either Lufthansa, Austrian, or SWISS from Frankfurt. If you are terminating in Frankfurt but meet the first condition, you can access the First Class Lounges.

If you are NOT flying Lufthansa or SWISS First Class you don’t have access.

Feel free to post your access questions below and I will help you determine whether you have access or not.