The American Express Platinum Card is widely considered “the” premium travel credit card, as it was the first to include lounge access, airline credit, premium concierge service, and more. In the past few years, many banks have created their own premium travel credit card which features lounge access, airline credits, point transfers to airlines, etc. and AMEX has been enhancing the Platinum Card more and more.
The one area where the AMEX Platinum Card will always be better than any other premium travel card is lounge access. With the prestigious AMEX card, each passenger can access AMEX Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs, Priority Pass Lounges, and even more. The Platinum Card is gaining even more value as access to select Lufthansa Lounges is now included.
AMEX Platinum and Centurion members may access:
- Frankfurt: Lufthansa Lounges (in Terminal 1 Concourse B)
- from 01 June 2018 to 31 March 2019
- Munich: Lufthansa Lounges (in Terminal 2 Satellite)
- from 01 June 2018 to 31 May 2019
AMEX Platinum members may access Lufthansa Business Lounges, regardless of ticket class and may access Lufthansa Senator Lounges, if flying Business Class on LH/OS/LX. AMEX Centurion members may access Lufthansa First Class, Senator, and Business Lounges, regardless of ticket class. Keep in mind that AMEX members may only access lounges in select areas of each airport, as noted above.
All cardmembers must have a same day Lufthansa Group boarding pass, this includes Lufthansa, Austrian, and SWISS. Some locations will allow guests for an additional fee.
My only issue with this is that Lufthansa Business and Senator Lounges are already crowded as it is since all Star Alliance Business Class passengers have access to LH Business Lounges and all Star Alliance Gold Members and Star Alliance First Class passengers can access LH Senator Lounges… however, it is smart of Lufthansa to only allow access to select lounges at each airport and not all lounges. For now, you can expect lounge access for up to a year, at which point I’m assuming AMEX will extend the contract if Lufthansa allows them to.