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I have a flight booked from London to Rzeszow, connecting in Warsaw. I booked it on one ticket in business class but the flight from WAW to RZE on LOT doesn't have a business class cabin, so on the ticket it says economy. Will I have lounge access in WAW?

On the first flight from London to Warsaw I do have lounge access. What about the connecting flight? Can I use my boarding pass from London?

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  • Did you ask the airline? Feb 15 at 22:22
  • Yes I called them and they said that they don't know... They say that as far as they know, I can only enter a business class lounge before a business class flight, but I can try and show my business class ticket and they might let me in.
    – Shmiel
    Feb 15 at 22:42

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Yes, you will - probably!

The LOT website contains the details for eligibility to access the lounge, which includes :

  • e) Passengers in Business Class in transfer to domestic flights – if passenger has a boarding pass for a domestic flight in economy class and the previous or next leg of the journey (to/from WAW) is in business class with Star Alliance carrier, passenger has an access to the Lounge. In this case, the journey must be made on one ticket issued for the entire route in business class.

The wording here is a little confusing as it talks about the entire route being in business class, but the flight being in economy. Most likely this is referring to the details of the way the route is priced, and matches what you've described where you basically have a business class ticket, but are seated in economy due to the lack of a business class cabin on that flight.

Realistically the fact you arrive on a business class flight is almost certainly going to be enough to get you in, without even worrying about the way the ticket was priced/purchased.

Note that in general across Star Alliance carriers the above conditions are NOT always the case. Star Alliance lounge access rules are based on the departing flight only, and as your departing flight is not in business class you would not be eligible. However individual airlines are able to extend these rules - and many do for this particular case (arrive in international business, depart in domestic economy), as LOT has done.

Having said all that, don't set your expectations too high for this lounge. Whilst there's nothing wrong with it, and it's far better than spending your time in the general area of the airport, it's certainly not going to come up to the standards of the lounges you'll have access to in London Terminal 2 where you'll have access to any/all of the United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air Canada lounges!

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  • Great. Will let you know if the lounge staff also accept this rule...
    – Shmiel
    Feb 16 at 10:21
  • They did accept the rule and gave me lounge access. As you say, the Lot lounge in WAW is rubbish...
    – Shmiel
    Feb 29 at 20:38

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