What has normally been ‘verboten’ has become a reality, at least for the time being.
Lufthansa is offering paid access to ‘SOME’ of the First Class Lounges if you meet certain criteria. This criteria requires that you be a Miles & More ‘Senator’ and be booked on a intercontinental flight in Business or Premium Economy Class.
However, before you get excited about walking into the hallowed grounds of the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, and all the joys that one derives from being treated like an uber VIP, not every lounge is part of this promotion.
Qualifying passengers can access the First Class Lounge in Concourse ‘B’ in Frankfurt, or the First Class Lounge in Munich. The First Class Terminal, and the lounge in Concourse ‘A’ in Frankfurt are not accessible with this promotion.
Restrictions not withstanding, it’s still a great opportunity to experience Lufthansa’s First Class services on ground when normally you would not be eligible to do so.
The promotion is in place until October 29, 2017 and pricing is as follows:
Senator flying in Premium Economy Class: €299, plus €199 per guest (including children)
Senator flying Business Class: €249, plus €149 per guest (including children).
You’ll need to show your boarding pass when you arrive at the lounge, and pay the Lounge receptionist upon entry.
Ducks are included with your purchase! 🙂
Lufthansa has updated their timetable for the Fall/Winter to reflect a new A350 destination.
Beginning on September 12, 2017 the A350 will replace the A346 on daily flights between Munich and Hong Kong.
The flight details remain the same except for a minor time adjustment:
LH730 will depart Munich at 10:30p, arriving in Hong Kong at 15:35p the following day.
LH731 will depart Hong Kong at 11:15p, arriving in Munich at 5:20a the following day.
Lufthansa has updated their Winter 2017/18 timetable with new European routes focused on getting passengers to warmer destinations.
In all, six new destinations will be added taking passengers to warm weather destinations in Spain, France, and Italy:
Frankfurt – Bari:
3 weekly flights will begin on October 30. Flights will take place on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday and will be flown by CRJ-900 aircraft.
Flight LH294 will depart Frankfurt at 3:35p, arriving in Bari at 5:35p.
Flight LH295 will depart Bari at 5:15p, arriving in Frankfurt at 8:20p
Frankfurt – Catania:
2 weekly flights will begin on October 29. Flights will take place on Wednesday and Sunday and will be flown by A320 aircraft.
Flight LH306 will depart Frankfurt at 10:05a, arriving in Catania at 12:30p.
Flight LH307 will depart Catania at 1:30p, arriving in Frankfurt at 4:10p.
Frankfurt – Genoa:
3 weekly flights will begin on October 29. Flights will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and will be flown by CRJ-900 aircraft.
Flight LH260 will depart Frankfurt at 9:00a, arriving in Genoa at 10:25a.
Flight LH261 will depart Genoa at 11:00a, arriving in Frankfurt at 12:30p.
Frankfurt – Pamplona:
4 weekly flights will begin on November 6. Flights will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and will be flown by A319 aircraft.
Flight LH1118 will depart Frankfurt at 9:30a, arriving in Pamplona at 11:30a.
Flight LH1119 will depart Pamplona at 12:20p, arriving in Frankfurt at 2:30p.
Munich – Nantes:
Daily service will begin on October 29, with varying times during the week. A319 aircraft will fly the route.
Flight LH2242 on Monday and Thursday will depart Munich at 6:40a, arriving in Nantes at 8:35a. The return flight, LH2243, will depart Nantes at 9:15a, arriving in Munich at 11:00a.
Flight LH2242 on Tuesday and Saturday will depart Munich at 8:35a, arriving in Nantes at 10:30a. The return flight, LH2243, will depart Nantes at 11:05a, arriving in Munich at 12:50p.
Flight LH2242 on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday will depart Munich at 3:35p, arriving in Nantes at 5:35p. The return flight, LH2243, will depart Nantes at 6:10p, arriving in Munich at 8:00p.
Munich – Santiago de Compostela:
One weekly flight will begin on October 29. The flight will take place on Sunday, and will be flown by A320 aircraft.
Flight LH1866 will depart Munich at 8:30a, arriving in Santiago de Compostela at 11:20a.
Flight LH1867 will depart Santiago de Compostela at 12:10p, arriving in Munich at 2:50p.
Booking is now open for these flights on Lufthansa.com.
Due to the ratcheting up of security measures instituted by the TSA at airports worldwide, passengers bound for the USA are being asked to arrive at the airport earlier than normal to account for the extra scrutiny.
Specific to Lufthansa, it is asking passengers flying to the USA from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Munich to be at the airport at least an hour prior to their flight if flying in Economy or Premium Economy, and 40 minutes prior if flying in Business or First Class. LH is referring to this as the minimum time needed for ‘Check-In Acceptance’.
It may be a good idea to make sure you check in to your flight before coming to the airport. Easy to do via Lufthansa.com or the LH App. This way you can bypass the check-in process at the airport and head straight to your gate.
According to LH, this additional time requirement is not being instituted at any other airport where Lufthansa Group flights depart for the USA. Their press release also suggests that your small electronic devices may be subject to additional scrutiny before you are allowed to board your flight. That however, is a small price to pay for the ability to at least take your electronics on board.
Minimum connection times at the affected airports will not change.
The release did mention SWISS flights from Zurich, and is asking passengers bound for the USA to show up in ZRH at least 3 hours ahead of departure.
Lufthansa has announced that it will make life a bit easier for passengers flying from Munich’s Terminal 2 to a handful of German cities.
For passengers flying to Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, or Dusseldorf, they will be able to bypass the main security screening checkpoints and go to the gate area for the flights where security screening will take place.
Dubbed ‘SmartDepart’, this new screening process is now in place during peak travel times of 6:00a to 8:30a and from 4:00p to 6:30p. In addition to the security ‘shortcut’, the gates for these flights will be located in the central area of Terminal 2, further reducing the amount of time passengers need to take to make their flights. In fact, the aircraft will park at gates closest to the exits of the destination airports as well.
But there is one theoretical restriction to the program. Signage indicates that passengers traveling with ONLY ONE carry on piece of luggage will be allowed to use SmartDepart. But in practice I find it hard to believe that passengers will be penalized if they have a purse or small briefcase in addition to their carry on bag. We’ve come to know that barks have always been worse than bites when it comes to such things.
If you are traveling on one of these flights, look for signage that reads ‘Smart Depart Fast Lane’ inside of T2 in Munich. That will take you to the express security check point.
The service is open to all passengers on these flights regardless of Miles & More status or class of travel.
If I understand LH’s press release correctly, it appears that this program will be expanded to more LH flights starting on October 31.