Lufthansa has opened the doors to its lounges around the world to passengers of any airline. Travellers will have to pay for the privilege of using the lounges, with access to the airline’s most exclusive lounges at €149 ($177).
Usually, airline lounges are restricted to those who are flying in the airline’s premium cabins or those with frequent flyer status. However, several airports across the globe have pay-per-use lounges, with schemes like Priority Pass that offer membership plans for such lounges.
Lufthansa has started selling access to its lounges around the world, in a bid to explore additional revenue streams. The airlines lounges were designed keeping in mind the airline’s frequent and premium flyers.
As noticed by One Mile At A Time, the airline is already selling access to the lounge for those not eligible. This maybe for one-time Lufthansa economy fliers or even Ryanair passengers. According to the airline’s lounge booking portal,“Access to the lounge is restricted to the date on the booking confirmation and demands a valid boarding pass for the same day from any airline.”
It appears as though the offering includes any lounge operated by Lufthansa. The least expensive lounge seems to be Lufthansa Business Lounge in Newark Liberty International, priced at just $29 (€24). Although most airports have just one lounge on offer, the airline’s Frankfurt stronghold has a total of six lounges on offer, where each of the lounges is priced at €39 ($46), except for the first-class lounge, priced at €149.
Lufthansa reopened its Frankfurt first class Lounge at the beginning of this month. However, passengers should note that it won’t be business as usual in the lounges as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to drag on.
Sticking with the first-class Lounge example, Lufthansa warns that it is currently only offering a “high-quality take-away offer” of food and drinks. Á la carte dining will resume only once local regulations permit it. This could happen in the near future as Frankfurt’s restaurants have been allowed to open their doors with some restrictions since June 7th.
Social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced within the airline’s Frankfurt lounges. Additionally, passengers who wish to use the lounges must carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination/recovery from COVID-19 to access the facility. This should not be a problem for passengers, as most destinations require such evidence to travel.