The FRA F/HON First Class Terminal FCT FAQ

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Do I have entitlement to access the First Class Terminal (FCT) in FRA?
- Yes, if you are departing from FRA on a flight operated by LH/LX/OS, and at least one of the following is true:
  • The class of service on your departing flight from FRA is F.
  • You have arrived on a confirmed F segment on LH or LX metal, on the same day, even if the ticket of that F segment is different from the ticket of the segment from FRA.
  • You will be departing on a confirmed F segment on LH or LX metal, on the same day from a connecting station, even if the ticket of that F segment is different from the ticket of the segment from FRA. For example, if you were to fly FRA-MUC in Y or J, connecting on the same day to an ex-MUC flight in F on LH, you would be entitled to FCT access.
  • You hold HON status.
  • You are invited as a guest by someone who meets the above criteria, and you meet the requirements of a guest as discussed later in this FAQ.
But the LH website contradicts the above:
"Access to the First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport is only possible with a confirmed same-day departing First Class flight on Lufthansa or SWISS. HON Circle Members may access the First Class Terminal with a same-day departing flight on Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian Airlines. Access to the First Class Terminal is not permitted for arriving passengers."
- The above has been on the web site for some time, and does not appear to be the actual policy, as many here attest from personal experience.

What are the opening times of the FCT?
- 0530 to 2200 daily

Where is it located?
- About 200 metres to the west of Terminal 1

If arriving in FRA on a LH operated flight in F, will I get a car transfer from the arriving flight?
- Ordinarily, no. However, if you hold HON status, you're arriving / departing from an apron position and your onward flight is operated by LH / LX / OS, LH aims to send a car to meet you from your arriving aircraft. See for more info. NB If you do get the car service on arrival, you will be driven to the main arrivals area and not the FCT, as this does not offer immigration and customs facilities for inbound passengers.

How do I get to the FCT in FRA?
- The First Class Terminal at Frankfurt is located close to Terminal 1. You can reach it by car via the access road to Terminal 1: the entrance to the First Class Terminal is off this road, approximately 200 metres before you get to Terminal 1. When arriving on public transport, the First Class Terminal is only a few minutesí walk from Terminal 1.

Locations of Lufthansa lounges at Frankfurt Airport

The FCT is a departure terminal/lounge and is not meant for transfer pax. Transfer pax can use the FCLs located in the main terminal building which offer the same amenities as the FCT. There is no transfer or shuttle to the FCT. You can walk to the FCT, though.

If on departure level take the escalator down to arrival, walk out of the terminal and turn left. You will pass the bus shuttles to the airport hotels and taxis. Cross the street - whilst waking under the access road above to departures - you will see taxi divers' coffee shop to the right - and more taxis parked to your left. You will see the First Class Terminal across the street. Cross the street in front of the coffee shop, turn right and the First Class Terminal is on your left. Go through the automatic doors and take the elevator to the main reception area.

Pictorial guide may be found here.

If the FCT is not meant to be a transfer lounge then why do some people use it as such?
- Aside from the experience, there are practical reasons for you to consider using the FCT for a connection:
  • If you have a long layover, the FCT will be less crowded than the FCL B (but more crowded than the even newer FCL A by A13).
  • If your connection requires clearing passport controls, it is faster to do it at the FCT where you will surrender your passport upon admittance and get it back moments before you are driven to your plane. Presumably if immigration has questions they will deal with it while you are lounging in the FCT versus waiting until you depart for your plane. Note that permanent residents of the USA who are heading back to the USA from FRA or a connecting airport should also surrender their green card, but gently but firmly request it be returned quickly. The German immigration people don't need your green card, and LH only needs it to enter into the passenger record, so there is no reason why your personal assistant cannot return it to you soon after.
  • You do not have to waste time walking from the FCL to a gate position that is potentially more distant from the lounge than your arriving gate, or worse yet, is actually a bus to a plane parked at an apron position in the middle of the tarmac. You will leave the FCT after boarding starts and a driver will take you to the plane wherever it is.
  • If your plane is parked at a jetway, you will be whisked to the front of the line of pax boarding in the jetway, saving even more time.
  • If your connection requires going through security, you are guaranteed to have a much faster and gentler screening at the FCT than going through security in the main terminals, and if you are carrying valuables, the FCT checkpoint eliminates all angst about theft or forgetting them.
How many guests am I permitted in the FCT?
- One, assuming a lower cabin class and that they will be travelling on the same flight as you. If they also are confirmed to travel in F, they too will be entitled to a guest, meeting the same criteria
- Anyone with a confirmed segment in F is also entitled to bring in their spouse/partner and/or children, provided they are departing on the same flight, irrespective of the cabin class they are travelling in

Iím arriving on LH/LX/OS C and departing TG/SQ/etc. F, do I get in to the F terminal?
- No, but you will have access LH Senator (Star Alliance Gold) Lounges which are designated as First Class Lounges for Star Alliance carriers.

I'm arriving on TG/SQ/etc. F and departing on LH, Swiss, Austrian C do I get in to the FCT?
- Not unless you hold HON status, otherwise you will have access LH Business Lounges unlesss you hold Star Alliance Gold status and access to LH Senator (Star Alliance Gold) Lounges. Certain airlines (e.g. SQ) have arrangements for arriving F passengers to access LH Senator Lounges regardless of their status.

Iím arriving on any carrier in any cabin class and departing same day on LH/LX F do I get in to the FCT?
- Yes.

I'm arriving on LH / LX F and departing same day on another carrier in any cabin class, will I have access to the FCT?
- Yes, if your onward flight is operated by LH, Swiss or Austrian Airlines Group. Otherwise, you will only have access to the LH First Class Lounges or (if eligible) the lounge of the airline operating your onward flight.

What is the minimum connect time between flights in order to use the FCT?
- 90 mins is recommended, however some have observed that 60 mins is acceptable, while others still have got away with just 20 mins. Bear in mind, if in transit, that you will need to factor in the time between arrival and departure

Do I need to tip the staff in the FCT?
- According to LH policy, FCT staff are not allowed to accept gratuities.

What's the food like in the FCT?
- Well above the standard of anything you might expect from any airline in the air, a cut above lounge food of any other airline and equivalent to a smart restaurant in any major city

VAT Refund
- Yes, but there is a $75 trip fee and CC refund only.
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Old Oct 30, 10, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by cmiller2600 View Post
I am going to the FCT experience and make a day of it with a long bath and massage!!!!!
9 hours in a lounge?

Sorry to spoil your plan but there's no spa in the FCT. You'll have to go to the FCL B for the spa and massage but with 9 hours you'll have time for both the FCL B and the FCT.
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Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
Yep, plan about 6 hours somewhere outside the airport. 3 hours in the FCT is the maximum without getting bored.
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This is about access to the FCL/FCT

I will have two flights in C and F on LH metal:
10 December NCE to FRA (C) lands at 8.40 PM
11 December FRA to SFO (F) dep. at 10.10 AM

Will they allow me in the FCL after landing although I have the second LH flight (F) in the morning?

I will be in one of the nearby airport hotels with a airport shuttle service although I would like to spend some time in the FCL after landing - environment less dull than a chain airport hotel.

I will see if I can get the two boarding passes in the evening. I will go to the FCT in the morning before the flight.

Thank you very much in advance for your answers.

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Old Oct 31, 10, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by CDG1 View Post
I will have two flights in C and F on LH metal:
10 December NCE to FRA (C) lands at 8.40 PM
11 December FRA to SFO (F) dep. at 10.10 AM

Will they allow me in the FCL after landing although I have the second LH flight (F) in the morning?
I don't think so as you don't hold a same-day First Class boarding pass.
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Thanks to those who replied to my previous questions a while ago!

I'm travelling this time MCO-FRA on LH F, arriving on the next day, then FRA-ICN on OZ F. If I remember correctly, when I checked it before, the FCL entry regulations allowed me in if I simply had an arriving LH F pass... has this changed now to a same-day boarding pass? I know FCT was always same-day departure boarding pass...

Which means, I wouldn't be able to access the F lounge if I left MCO at night and arrived at FRA the morning after?

Thanks heaps
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You can use the FCL (arrived on LH F) but not the FCT (not departing on LH, LX, OS, SN).
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my mom and dad are arriving at FRA in F on LH from HKG in the evening and connecting to MUC in C 1.5 hours later.
Will a car collect from the 747? and do they have time to go to the FCT? both are EU citizens (if that makes any difference re: immigration wait)
thus will they also get a car service to the MUC bound plane?
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Originally Posted by charlotteimmigration View Post
my mom and dad are arriving at FRA in F on LH from HKG in the evening and connecting to MUC in C 1.5 hours later.
Will a car collect from the 747? and do they have time to go to the FCT? both are EU citizens (if that makes any difference re: immigration wait)
thus will they also get a car service to the MUC bound plane?
It might sound bizarre, but all your questions are pretty much answered in the first post of this very thread you posted them.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles...-fct-faqs.html

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Newbie FCT Question

Newbie to FCT and M&M forum, so please kindly be gentle . I have a trip coming up, flying UA to ZRH on C, then LX ZRH to FRA in C and LH FRA to BLR in F (all same day connecting flights).

Questions:
1. I want to confirm if I get FCT?
2. How does the transfer work? Does LH arrange for a car to get me from my arriving flight (LX from ZRH to FRA) to take me to FCT? Or how else do I get to FCT?
3. Will I be able to board from FCT for my FRA-BLR (747 flight)?
4. Any cool perks, amenities, service that I should be aware of and possibly make reservations or be on the look out for.

Thanks so much!
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Originally Posted by Cheerfulflyer View Post
Newbie to FCT and M&M forum, so please kindly be gentle . I have a trip coming up, flying UA to ZRH on C, then LX ZRH to FRA in C and LH FRA to BLR in F (all same day connecting flights).

Questions:
1. I want to confirm if I get FCT?
2. How does the transfer work? Does LH arrange for a car to get me from my arriving flight (LX from ZRH to FRA) to take me to FCT? Or how else do I get to FCT?
3. Will I be able to board from FCT for my FRA-BLR (747 flight)?
4. Any cool perks, amenities, service that I should be aware of and possibly make reservations or be on the look out for.

Thanks so much!
Let me be the first one to say, please use the search function.

2) No there is no car that takes you there. Well if I guess you could get a car that takes you there if you exit the airport and hire a car or get a taxi.
3) if you are in the FCT they will drive you to your gate where you board the plane again on your own 2 feet.
4) please check FCT threads, before I start writing something sarcastic.
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Cheerfulflyer, please understand you will not be driven to FCT as it is a departures terminal only and has no provision to accept you from a connecting flight. You would as has been stated need to leave the airport and take a cab over to the terminal as though you started your trip from FRA. With this is mind, and as someone who did a C -> F connection in FRA, may I say that the FCL in the A terminal was completely delightful, met all our needs/expectations, and did include a private car to the aircraft where we were escorted aboard and introduced to the entire crew. It was a lovely experience and I don't regret not physically being able to use the FCT building at all.

Edit to add - we also had access to the FCL in ZRH (Swiss operated) and were driven from the FCL over to our aircraft privately as well. A nice amenity.
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Originally Posted by SFO 1K View Post
Cheerfulflyer, please understand you will not be driven to FCT as it is a departures terminal only and has no provision to accept you from a connecting flight. You would as has been stated need to leave the airport and take a cab over to the terminal as though you started your trip from FRA. With this is mind, and as someone who did a C -> F connection in FRA, may I say that the FCL in the A terminal was completely delightful, met all our needs/expectations, and did include a private car to the aircraft where we were escorted aboard and introduced to the entire crew. It was a lovely experience and I don't regret not physically being able to use the FCT building at all.

Edit to add - we also had access to the FCL in ZRH (Swiss operated) and were driven from the FCL over to our aircraft privately as well. A nice amenity.
Thanks SFO 1K!
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Originally Posted by SFO 1K View Post
Cheerfulflyer, please understand you will not be driven to FCT as it is a departures terminal only and has no provision to accept you from a connecting flight. You would as has been stated need to leave the airport and take a cab over to the terminal as though you started your trip from FRA. With this is mind, and as someone who did a C -> F connection in FRA, may I say that the FCL in the A terminal was completely delightful, met all our needs/expectations, and did include a private car to the aircraft where we were escorted aboard and introduced to the entire crew. It was a lovely experience and I don't regret not physically being able to use the FCT building at all.

Edit to add - we also had access to the FCL in ZRH (Swiss operated) and were driven from the FCL over to our aircraft privately as well. A nice amenity.
Hi SFO 1K- you must have been in the FCL B Gates, as in A there is no car service at all.
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Old Nov 15, 10, 8:57 am
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is my memory wrong that someone said that FCT is now possible for transfer?

example >
LH F IAD-FRA
LH J FRA-TXL
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
is my memory wrong that someone said that FCT is now possible for transfer?

example >
LH F IAD-FRA
LH J FRA-TXL
it is possible to access the FCT with your routing just keep in mind the distance away from you arrivals gate & the time that you have for the connection...FCL A is a very good choice for your connection
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