Complimentary Centurion Lounge Access for Amex Platinum Cardholders

by on October 8, 2013 · 22 comments

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.

Some great news for cardholders of the Platinum Card, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cards from American Express traveling through Las Vega or Dallas – the Centurion Lounges at McCarran Internationl Airport and Dallas Fort Worth Airport are now allowing them access for free.

Mommy Points wrote about it this morning and an Amex rep on the American Express Community forum that: “Platinum Card Members now receive free access to the Centurion Lounge as part of their Card benefits. You may bring your spouse or domestic partner and children under 18 or 2 traveling companions as complimentary guests.”

The entrance to the lounge.

The entrance to the lounge.

I have had the Platinum Card from American Express for a few years now and think it’s one of the most valuable cards in my wallet thanks to the extensive array of perks and benefits the card comes with. I actually switched over from the personal Platinum Card to the Mercedes-Benz Platinum card which comes with all of the same benefits and an increased sign-up offer of 50,000 points after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months (though Amex has since restricted the ability to earn the bonus on one of the personal Platinum cards if you have already had the other, so if you are applying for a card now, you can only get the bonus on one or the other of these) including the lounge access benefit (which includes access to American, Delta and US Airways clubs in addition to Priority Pass Select membership) that the personal Platinum and Business Platinum cards confer.

Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members will no longer be able to gain complimentary access to the American Airlines airport lounges (known as Admirals Club lounges) or the US Airways Club airport lounges as a benefit of their Platinum Card Membership. Cardmembers will continue to receive access to participating Delta Sky Club lounges, Priority Pass Select (enrollment is required), and Airspace lounges in JFK, CLE and BWI airports.

I wrote up a review of the Centurion Lounge in back in March when TPG reader Dave sent over some pictures and thoughts after his first visit. Originally, only Global Centurion Cardmembers were able to access the lounge for free and all other American Express cardmembers (who held a valid American Express credit or Charge card product) could purchase an access key at the lounges, space permitting. An access key cost $50 per person per day and cardmembers who purchased an access key could only be accompanied by their children under 18 years of age.

The welcome desk attendant was shy.

The welcome desk in the lounge.

The new access terms state that Amex Platinum cardholders can bring their spouse or domestic partner and children under 18 into the lounge with them or 2 traveling companions as complimentary guests, which I think is pretty generous. I didn’t think this lounge was necessarily worth the $50 access fee, but I would have checked it out the next time I was flying out of Las Vegas just to experience it for myself. Luckily, I hadn’t made it over there yet and can now get in for free along with whoever I’m traveling with the next time I’m in Sin City, and I do think this provides an extra bit of value to carrying the Platinum card – in addition to other great benefits like Global Entry application fee reimbursement and the annual $200 airline fee credit – especially since Amex says that more Centurion Lounges are on the way, sand hopefully all will grant complimentary access to Platinum cardholders.

For more information on the Platinum Card from American Express and its benefits, check out these posts:
The Amex Platinum Card Review
Is the Amex Platinum Worth the $450 Annual Fee?
Maximizing the Amex Platinum $200 Annual Airline Rebate
Understanding the Amex Platinum Lounge Access Benefit
The Amex Platinum Fine Hotels & Resorts Program
My Experience Getting Refunded for the Global Entry Application Fee With My Amex Platinum Card

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  • sethm

    what if i have a buisness platinum card. can i get the signup bonus for the personal platinum benz card?

  • james

    Is this new? I have the business platinum and Amex sent me a complimentary centurion lounge unlimited pass earlier this year. I assumed all platinums hot this.

  • UrbanPhoenixInjunCAM

    This is perfect! Doing Mileage run on Delta from LAS to BOS early next month!! $198.00 roundtrip ticket price thanks to this blog… and now I get to check out Centurion Lounge as well? AWESOME!!

  • Jeff

    Been to this lounge and it is by far the nicest lounge I have been in.

  • Matthew Smith

    Great added feature (FOR ONCE!) for the AMEX Platinum.

  • Dhurd

    Amazing!! This lounge is comparable to any lounge in Asia. As LAS is my home airport that I fly out of every week, this makes my Amex Plat card double in value. I just hope that the lounge dosn’t get too crowded or start to cut back as a result of this.

  • TJ

    The exact same happened to me, pretty nice lounge to visit

  • Danny

    TPG, can you confirm that this also works with the Corporate Platinum? The corporate platinum does work to get into airline lounges like Delta et al and also provides Priority Pass membership, so I’d imagine it also will be included here.

  • Slee

    And just missed being able to take advantage of this by 48 hours. Maybe next year…

  • Fat Ted

    I signed up for 100k offer this past January and have loved the lounge access, but have found the points less useful than Ultimate Rewards (haven’t redeemed any yet). This definitely makes the decision to pay the $450 again difficult.

  • Fanfoot

    You might want to mention where this lounge is. Its near the US Air/American D gates, so great if you’re flying one of those airlines in/out. Not so easy if you’re using Southwest for example, which is typically how I’d get to Vegas from the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • SuperKirby

    Previously, only some Platinum members received the passes.

    Ive had the Platinum for almost two years and never got the free passes. I fly into and out of LAS about 20 times a year (I even used my Plat card to purchase airfare to/from LAS on the Amex website in hope of receiving passes!). I called Amex and they said the passes were given out at random or sometimes targeted.

    Now, as of yesterday, its complimentary for ALL Plat members.

  • Juno

    This benefit just sold me on getting the Mercedes Platinum card!! I’ll see you in 4 months Vegas!

  • nyctraveler

    i just checked the Amex Centurion lounge web site and it does not say Platinums have free access. Do you have a sense of when they will change this or is this just a limited time offer?

  • Seshy

    What about the Centurion members who feel this will dilute their membership value? The lounge will be less exclusive now due to the larger number of guests. In turn I’m sure this will mean in the longer term the quality of food/drink will also be diluted.

  • Michael

    Went there this past Sunday amazing they actually have real food

  • joeypore

    Haha, I was just in Las Vegas…. bummer :/ haha

  • VO1Reason

    Heading to Vegas in 2 days … talk about perfect timing!

  • Kevin

    Never traveled outside of North America?

  • Kevin

    Once again, another dilution of benefits.

  • shay peleg

    What about delta?

  • NYCTaxiDriver

    I believe Delta is also in the same are. Gate D.

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