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A few years ago, Amex announced that it would begin opening its own airport lounges in the US, stocked with fantastic food, custom cocktails and smiling attendants (how refreshing!). Now, there are Centurion Lounges throughout the country, with locations at Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, San Francisco and Seattle, with a Houston lounge set to open in 2016.
That of course leaves a few major hubs unaccounted for, but it appears that another West Coast gateway may soon have a lounge of its own — if an airport newsletter is to be believed. According to aviation journalist Brian Sumers, LAX’s “Terminal Operations Center” newsletter confirms that a Centurion Lounge is coming soon. The newsletter states: “In preparation for Amex Centurion Lounge is soon coming to the south side terminals (between terminals 6 & 7), JCDecaux have begun advertising the lounge seating behind screening at the TSA check-point. For those interested in the Amex Centurion Lounge, please stop by and check out the furniture displays.”
An Amex spokesperson suggested that the Los Angeles lounge isn’t quite a done deal, though it’s certainly on the company’s radar, saying: “There isn’t an active deal signed yet but we absolutely want to be in LAX.”
This is great news for Amex cardholders who fly through Los Angeles — you can access the Centurion Lounge for free (with two guests) with The Platinum Card from American Express (including the The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN), as well as the Amex Centurion card. If you have another Amex card, such as the SPG Amex, you can pay $50 per person to enter.
The lounge will reportedly be located between terminals 6 and 7, which would make it accessible to both Delta and United travelers. It typically takes Amex up to a year to renovate a space after signing a lease, so if LAX is really happening, we may still not see a Centurion Lounge before 2017. While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.