We just bought our tickets from Ottawa-Frankfurt-Basel. We have several hours stopover in Frankfurt in both directions. My husband is star alliance gold. We aren't flying first class. I have researched their websites and do know there are two types of lounges available for star alliance gold members. My question relates to the number of people permitted with the member in actual practice. For these two lounges, it states that the member can bring a companion. For other lounges it states the traveller can bring a companion and family. I realize that technically, our family (2 adults and 3 children) will not be permitted in the star alliance gold lounges. But in practice, has anyone been permitted to enter with family members? The rule is similar in many lounges but we've always been permitted to enter. Does anyone have any experiences in similar situations?