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One of the most appealing perks of Amex’s premium cards, including The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, is the ability to access the issuer’s network of airport lounges around the US and abroad. I’ve made dozens of Centurion Lounge visits over the years, and with limited exception, these are easily some of the most appealing pre-flight hangouts in the world.
Currently, the lineup includes:
- Dallas (DFW)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
While we’ve been hopeful that Amex would soon announce a location at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the next major launch is planned for a top East Coast hub, instead.
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In 2014, American Express opened its first Centurion Lounge in the New York City area, at La Guardia Airport (LGA), pictured above. Now, sometime in early 2019, Amex will launch a location at New York’s JFK Airport. At 15,000 square feet, the JFK lounge will be the largest in Amex’s global network, occupying two levels at JFK’s Terminal 4.
T4 is home to Delta in addition to many of JFK’s top international carriers, including Asiana, Avianca, China Airlines, Copa, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and others. That’s where you’ll find one of Delta’s most appealing Sky Clubs, Etihad’s top-notch NYC lounge, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and more. While Amex clearly has some competition on the lounge front, the Centurion Lounge will be accessible to all Platinum and Centurion cardmembers, regardless of airline or destination.
While details are still light at this point, we do know that Amex is targeting an early-2019 opening. Located on Level 4 (the departures level), the lounge will sport “spectacular airfield views and exceptional amenities,” though those won’t be detailed until we approach the opening date. We do know that there will be a complimentary bar and food, showers, “noise-buffering workspaces” and other spaces.
Access to Amex’s Centurion Lounges is now limited to cardmembers with a Centurion Card, The Platinum Card from American Express or The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. Eligible cardmembers will be able to bring two guests and purchase $50 day passes for additional guests.
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.
- 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.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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