February 1, 2013
Join me as I travel in style to Bangkok and back.
Greetings from Lufthansa’s first class lounge in Frankfurt!
I stumbled off the plane at about 8:30 this morning Frankfurt time. Unlike my iPhone which quickly figured out what time zone we were in, my body argued that it was just 2:30 in the morning, and presented me with a pounding headache as proof. Luckily, Lufthansa’s first class lounge was just a short walk from the plane.
For info about getting access to this lounge, see the Lounge Access section at the bottom of this post.
When I checked in at the lounge, the desk agent apologized that I wouldn’t be chauffeured to my next flight since I wasn’t flying onward on Lufthansa. Um, really, that’s OK, especially since my departure gate is just a few hundred feet away…
I found my way to the lounge bath room. And, I really mean “bath” room, not toilet room. I took a Jacuzzi bath and then a rainfall shower. The combo made me feel much better. My body was now willing to consider the possibility that it really was after 8:30 in the morning. And, yes, I took the rubber ducky.
Next stop was the dining area and the critical cup of coffee…
Food in the lounge was quite good. Just FYI, most food is served from the buffet despite the fact that the menu makes it appear to be sit-down service. I’m OK with that.
The lounge itself is nice too:
This has been my office all day:
I still have a few more hours to spend here, and another meal to eat before boarding for my final leg to Bangkok. More later.
Lufthansa has quite a tiered system of lounges at the Frankfurt airport. Here are the rules for access as I understand them:
- First Class Terminal: Yes, they have an entire terminal for the hoity-toity. Unless you have super-elite HON status, you get into this terminal only if you are departing Frankfurt on Lufthansa in first class. This wasn’t the case for me, so I wasn’t invited to that party.
- First Class Lounge: These lounges are supposedly very similar to the First Class Terminal. You can get into one of these with a first class Lufthansa boarding pass regardless of whether you are arriving or departing. Since I arrived via Lufthansa first class, I was allowed in.
- Senator Lounge: I took a look at one of these and, in my opinion, it was a big step down from the first class lounge. You can get into these if you have a first class ticket on any Star Alliance flight, or if you have Star Alliance Gold status and a ticket on any Star Alliance flight (first class or not).
- Business Lounge: This is yet again a step down in the hierarchy, but the one I looked at seemed quite similar to the Senator Lounge I visited briefly. All you need here is a Star Alliance business class ticket.
Here’s a tip. If you qualify for the First Class Lounge, be careful not to accidentally enter the Senator Lounge. Take a look at this sign:
I know its blurry, but do you see how there’s a little “First Class” box on the left? This makes it appear to be the First Class lounge, but it’s not. You should really look for a sign that specifically mentions the “First Class Lounge” like this:
I visited all three types of lounges, and believe me, the First Class lounge is worth looking for. FYI, here’s a photo of the Senator Lounge. It’s nice, but nothing like the First Class lounge: