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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 LaGuardiaSan 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.”

TPG at the MIA Centurion Lounge.
TPG at the MIA Centurion Lounge.

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 Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN), as well as the Amex Centurion card. If you have another Amex card, such as the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, 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.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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