Miles & More HON Circle Members travelling with an international Business Class ticket on Lufthansa or United can now access United Global First Lounges. The HON Circle status can be achieved by flying 600k HON Circle miles over the course of two years, these miles differ from status miles in that you can only earn them on a Business or First class ticket on certain Star Alliance airlines. HON Circle requirements are extreme, but the benefits that come in return are really worth it. As a HON, you can access Lufthansa First Class Lounges and the Lufthansa First Class Terminal regardless of your class of service on a particular flight.

Lufthansa and United are two of the five founding members of the Star Alliance and partner together on a couple of things. The new benefit introduced recently is that HON Circle Members can now access United Global First Lounges when flying Lufthansa or United Business Class. No guests allowed. United’s Global First Lounges aren’t anything to be over-excited about but they are definitely better than regular United Clubs. In general, you must have a Star Alliance First Class boarding pass to access a United Global First Lounge, however with HON Circle – it is just Business class.

HON Circle members received the following memo from Miles & More:

Now, as a HON Circle Member traveling in Business Class on a scheduled intercontinental flight operated by Lufthansa or United Airlines you can access the United Global First Lounges. Show your boarding pass together with your HON Circle service card and you will be able to access the lounges at eight international airports on the day of departure of your Lufthansa- or United Airlines-operated flight:

  • Chicago
  • Hong Kong
  • London: Heathrow
  • New York: John F. Kennedy and Newark
  • San Francisco
  • Tokyo: Narita
  • Washington

There are, however, a few services offered by the United Global First Lounge that you will not be able to use with a Business Class boarding pass:

  • Because of limited capacity in the lounges, access is restricted solely to you as the HON Circle Member, i.e. you cannot take a companion into the lounge with you.
  • For operational reasons and because of limited capacity, you will also not be able to use the limousine service with a Business Class boarding pass.
  • In the event of an irregularity of your Lufthansa flight or if you wish to change your booking, you need to call your HON Circle Service Team to receive assistance, because the respective airlines can only access their own reservation systems.