Burn, United (Miles), Burn: Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt (FRA)

Introduction
Planning
United Global First Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)
Lufthansa Business and Senator Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)
ANA First Square Class Washington Dulles to Tokyo Narita
ANA Suite and Business Class Lounges Tokyo Narita (NRT)
ANA Business Class Tokyo Narita to Beijing
IBIS Beijing Capital Airport Hotel
Air China First Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)
BGS Premier Business Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)
Business Traveler’s Lounge Beijing (PEK)
Lufthansa A380 First Class Beijing to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa B747-400 First Class Frankfurt to New York JFK
United PS Business Class New York JFK to San Francisco


In the frequent flyer community, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt has a hallowed status. It’s often cited as one of the best airport lounges in the world, if not the very best, so I was really excited to finally get my chance to see it.

But honestly, I think that it’s a little overblown. It’s classy and nice and sophisticated and has some great amenities, but I think the Emirates First Class Terminal in Dubai is more aspirational/ridiculous. I can see why people like this place, though.

To get to the First Class Terminal, you need go through immigration and baggage claim, and then walk a short distance to the separate building. At immigration, the officer questioned why I was entering Germany when I was already in the non-Schengen area and heading to New York, but I told him I wanted to visit the First Class Terminal and he waved me through. The First Class Terminal wasn’t a far walk from where I exited baggage claim.

Lufthansa's First Class Terminal

Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal

As you enter, you surrender your passport, which you’ll get back once it’s time to board the plane, and you go through security, which is quick and private but still more intrusive than something like TSA PreCheck.

I first took a lap around the lounge to see everything that was an offer. I was expecting a larger space, but everything that was there was well-furnished and nice, and given the entrance requirements, it’s unlikely that the lounge will ever be very busy.

Sleeping room

Sleeping room

Cigar Lounge

Cigar Lounge

Individual working rooms

Individual working rooms

Loungers

Loungers

Seating area

Seating area

I put down my stuff at a seat and decided to make my way to the dining area and check out the food and drink options. There is an extensive selection of drinks–including many, many different kinds of water–with everything from kombucha to whiskies. For food, there’s a buffet with a lot of options, but there actually aren’t that many food options made-to-order.

Food menu

Food menu

Very well-stocked bar

Very well-stocked bar

Water bar

Water bar

Massive cheese selection

Massive cheese selection

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Desserts

Desserts

Candy!

Candy!

Maybe it’s because I was the only non-white, under-40 person there, but I felt like the service was a little lacking at times for such a celebrated lounge. For example, the attendant in the dining room was pretty cold and aloof and not very helpful when I asked questions. She seemed to provide more attentive service to the other lounge guests and took quite a while to even notice me.

The food selection was fine, but catered to German tastes. The made-to-order option was wiener schnitzel, which I did not try. The attempts at Asian food (e.g. the fried noodles) were not very good, but I imagine people who are bigger fans of cured meats and cheese would be ecstatic at the offerings.

After eating, I made a compulsory trip to a bath room to grab a Lufthansa First Class rubber duck, and since I was there anyway, I figured that I might as well take the first bath I’d taken in at least 10 years (I’m of course not counting my brief jacuzzi time in the Qatar First Class Premium Terminal in Doha).

Hello, Mr. Blue Ducky

Hello, Mr. Blue Ducky

Rainfall shower head

Rainfall shower head

I then spent some time catching up on the internetz before being told that I should make my way to the elevators to grab a car to my plane. There were 5 of us headed to New York from the First Class Terminal, so we were transported in a van, and the plane was located at the closest gate possible, so within a minute or so we were getting out of the car to board.

Cars to the planes

Cars to the planes

All in all, this was definitely one of the best, classiest, most well-appointed lounges that I’ve been in, but I think I prefer the Emirates First Class Terminal in Dubai.

7 thoughts on “Burn, United (Miles), Burn: Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt (FRA)

  1. Adam

    Just came across this while I was searching for info regarding the first class terminal.

    I’m flying from the US to Asia with a 4 hour layover in FRA. Is that plenty to make it through immigration and walk to the FCT? Do the officers give you a hard time if your only reason for entering Germany is to go to the FCT?

    Is it much of a mission to make it to the FCT (as opposed to the FCL inside the airport)?

    Reply
    1. EfficientAsianMan

      4 hours is more than enough time to use the First Class Terminal–I think my layover was about 2.5 hours. The immigration officer thought that I was really lost at first, but after I told him that I wanted to go to the First Class Terminal, he waved me through. It’s really not hard to get there. Note: If you’re trying to maximize your rubber duck haul, you should hit up the First Class Lounges prior to going to the First Class Terminal…

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  2. Chun Kuo

    Hi,

    If I fly Thai First or Asian First from Frankfurt, will I be able to use Lufthansa First Class Terminal or it ‘s limited to LH passengers only?

    Regards,

    Chun

    Reply
    1. EfficientAsianMan

      You need to be departing on a Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian flight in order to get access to the First Class Terminal, so no, flying Thai or Asiana First out of Frankfurt will not allow you access to the First Class Terminal. If you’re arriving in Lufthansa or Swiss First Class, you will have access to the Lufthansa First Class Lounges, which are nearly identical except for the car transfers.

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  3. gpks00

    I just want to verify, I believe your reply above might have answered it, but as long as you either Fly TO FRA OR Fly FROM FRA in First class then you will have access to the FCT?
    It has nothing to do with international flights?
    I am looking at a flight from USA to FRA in First on United followed by a Business in Lufthansa to another German city, which I assume wouldn’t work?
    If I just have a domestic German First can I gain access to the First Class Terminal?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. EfficientAsianMan

      You need to be flying three-class First class on Lufthansa to use the First Class Terminal. I am unsure about about whether or not there are any domestic flights that have three-class First Class.

      If you arrive in First Class on United and connect to Lufthansa in Business, you will NOT have First Class Lounge or First Class Terminal access. If you were to arrive in Lufthansa First Class and connect to Lufthansa in Business, you will have First Class Lounge and First Class Terminal access.

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