Your airline status, ticket class, club memberships, and route can affect what lounges you are able to access while traveling.
So how do you know what lounges you have access to while waiting out a long layover?
Star Alliance Lounges
If you have a club membership, airline status, or a business/first class ticket, you can use the Star Alliance Lounge Finder to see what lounges you have access to.
If you have a United Club Credit Card, that counts as a club membership.
For your flight information, the place where you want to find a lounge should be in the “From” section. So if I have a Newark(ERW) to Frankfurt(FRA) to Paris(CDG) flight and want to find a lounge in the Frankfurt Airport for a five hour layover, I should put FRA in the From and CDG in the To.
You can use the search to see what your cabin class, frequent flyer program, or membership card will get you–but don’t try all three at once! I’ve found that confuses the lounger finder. Just do one column at at time.
When you do Cabin Class, make sure you also select your airline too.
When I search my Business Class ticket on Lufthansa for a lounge access…
I get all the business class lounges:
When I search my US Airways Club Membership…
I find out I have the same access as my business class ticket:
But, I could have this access if I was also flying on United or another Star Alliance carrier through the airport.
The best access comes from my Star Alliance Gold Status:
I searched my Chairman status, but this would be the same if I were US Airways Gold, Platinum, or Chairman (sorry Silvers!)
I can go to all the Lufthansa Business Class Lounges, Senators Lounges, plus an extra lounge — the LuxxLounge.
I could also do this if I were flying another Star Alliance carrier.
Out of all my choices, I’d go to the Senators Lounge. (Though I may want to go to the LuxxLounge just to see what it is like for a little!)