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There’s no question that lounge access is one of the top perks of The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN — but even with a growing Centurion Lounge network, soon to include a new international location, Amex’s reach is limited.

The Platinum cards include a Priority Pass membership too, of course, but that access comes along with other premium cards as well, leaving customers with less incentive to go with an Amex specifically just to get into those lounges.

Some new additions have me especially excited, though. Per One Mile at a Time, four lounges at Munich Airport (MUC) are now accessible to Amex Platinum cardmembers, including two Senator Lounges and two Business Lounges. Even more exciting, Centurion cardmembers will have access to Munich’s outstanding Lufthansa First Class Lounge, but with a $5,000 initiation fee and $2,500 in annual dues, that invite-only card probably isn’t worth having for lounge access alone.

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According to the app, you’ll need to show a same-day boarding pass for travel on Lufthansa, Swiss or Austrian Airlines to gain admission. Guests are not included, but “certain locations will allow guests for a fee.”

I’ve visited several of the Lufthansa lounges in Munich, including the First Class Lounge when flying first class last year, and I think they’re definitely worth a visit if you have the time — and a way to get in.

An outstanding sit-down meal at Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge in Munich.

If you don’t have The Platinum Card from American Express or The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, you can access a Lufthansa Business Lounge when flying LH or a partner airline in business or first class, while Star Alliance Gold members have access to the Senator Lounge, even when flying economy.

Have you used your Amex Platinum card to access a Lufthansa lounge?

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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