Starting tomorrow, passengers traveling on Lufthansa (or other eligible carriers / status holders) can enjoy a new lounge opening in Milan’s Malpensa Airport.
The lounge continues the introduction of a new look in Lufthansa lounges that focuses on privacy, comfort, and casualness. With the lounge in Milan, the focus will be on Italian flavors and inspirations such as locally sourced foods as well as beverages that are Italian favorites.
For those of you familiar with the SWISS Lounges in Terminal E in Zurich, the look of the new LH lounge may remind you of the Swiss Lounges when it comes to having food prepared in front of you as well as having a large selection of beverages available to you. There is even a dedicated Barista that will be available for custom coffee specialities.
The lounge, located in Terminal 1A, will afford fantastic view of the airport thanks to glass walls that reach from floor to ceiling. The lounge will have seating for 117 guests and will cover nearly 6,000 square feet (550 sq. meters).
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! 🙂
In another week or so, Lufthansa will be opening new Senator and Business Lounges at Boston’s Logan Airport (Terminal E).
The new lounge is part of a wider renovation that has been taking place in ‘BOS’ and the new lounges promise to be substantial upgrades over the previous versions.
What will be new is the fact that passengers can now board their flights directly from the lounge, similar to what is in place at airports like Washington Dulles. So you can see your A350 from your seat in the lounge!
The 6,800 square foot lounge will also introduce a new concept to Lufthansa Lounges which focuses on separate ‘Living Areas’. For example, this lounge will offer a separate Bar, Bistro, and rest areas. The view promises to be fantastic as well as the lounge will over look Boston Harbor.
Lufthansa has rolled out a new pilot program that will test the the ability of using smartphones and their bluetooth technology as a ‘key’ to gain entry into LH Lounges.
The trial began on October 27 specifically at the BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE located near gate A26 in Frankfurt. Passengers who have downloaded the Easy Access app from their respective App Stores will now have the ability to simply tap their phone to a tablet next to the Lounge Entrance and have the doors automatically open.
No longer will passengers have to stay in line outside the lounge while passengers fumble to find their boarding passes or frequent flyer cards. Nor will they have to wait in that line while the Lounge Attendant explains time and time again to passengers in the line as to why their economy class ticket on Aeroflot doesn’t give them the ability to enter the Lounge.
Remember, the trial ONLY COVERS the Business Class Lounge near Gate A26 in Frankfurt. Nowhere else at this point. If the trials go well, I suspect this will be expanded to cover other lounges in the network.
In order for the process to work, you’ll have to install both the Lufthansa app as well as the Easy Access app. The 2 will coordinate their data and using the bluetooth function on your phone, allow you to communicate with the Tablet at the ‘A26 Lounge’. You can find both Apps in your App Store by searching for Lufthansa and Easy Access.
I’m not sure why they are going to all the trouble of a separate app and requiring bluetooth technology in order for everything to work. I would think it would have been a lot easier to use an existing Electronic Boarding Pass that contains the ‘QR Bar Code Square’ that is scanned when boarding a flight. It seems that it would be easier to have that kind of a scanner at Lounge Door and allow passengers simply to use their Electronic Boarding Pass as the key to the lounge. After all, it’s what the lounge attendants are currently using when checking in guests. But as they say in my neighbor, it’s not my circus and it’s not my monkey so I don’t have any insights to the decisions!
At the end of the day, it’s still a far better way to bypass the sometimes long lines when trying to get into a Lounge.
To learn more about this new initiative, please visit www.LH.com/easyaccess.
Brussels Airlines has opened a newly refreshed Lounge in Terminal B in Brussels.
The new lounge, dubbed ‘The Suite’ offers passengers of Brussels and other Star Alliance member airlines twice as much space as the previous edition of the Terminal B Lounge, with room for up to 160 passengers. The lounge also draws inspiration from ‘The Loft’, the lounge that ‘SN’ opened in Terminal A back in 2014. Passengers can enjoy Quiet Rest Areas, a variety of Food Stations, Business Areas as well as a dedicated Reading Area. For more details, visit Brussels’ dedicated webpage for the new lounge.
The lounge will serve Non-Schengen departures to the United States, Africa, Russia, and the UK among others. It will be open from 5:00a to 10:15 daily, and is located at the end of the ‘Lounge Corridor’ in Terminal B.
Here is a look at the new lounge (All photos courtesy of Brussels Airlines):