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Most people keep travel rewards cards in their purse or wallet because of the bonus points they earn in certain categories. And while two of Amex’s top cards — The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express — do have 5x categories for certain airline (booked directly with the consumer card and prepaid flights for the business) and prepaid hotel bookings on amextravel.com, they’re somewhat limited when it comes to earning lots of points. Yet, these cards are still extremely valuable as membership cards and the most talked about perk is the lounge access you get with these cards.

So, today let’s consider all the types of lounge access you get through The American Express Global Lounge Collection when you have the Platinum Card or Business Platinum Card.

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Types of Lounge Access

The American Express Global Lounge Collection provides lounge access to you — and sometimes your guests — in the following lounge networks:

During your travels, you can find participating airport lounge locations by using the search function on the Global Lounge Collection website. American Express states that the Platinum cards give you access to more than 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries through The American Express Global Lounge Collection, but Priority Pass alone claims to have over 1,200 lounges in more than 500 cities across 143 countries. So even if American Express’ numbers are slightly outdated, that still means most of the lounges you have access to through The American Express Global Lounge Collection are Priority Pass lounges.

As a Platinum or Business Platinum card holder, you’ll get access to many of the lounges in these networks just by showing your card and a valid boarding pass — with Priority Pass being a notable exception. But there are some restrictions, so below we’ll consider the access guidelines, guest policies and more for each of these lounge networks.

American Express Centurion Lounges

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Miami Airport.
The Centurion Lounge in Miami. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

The Centurion Lounges are the most talked about lounges accessible with an Amex Platinum card, but there are currently only nine Centurion Lounges:

But, Centurion Lounges are coming soon to Denver (DEN), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), London Heathrow (LHR)Charlotte (CLT) and likely Phoenix (PHX).

Access Policy: Platinum Card members may only access the lounge within three hours of scheduled departure with a same-day, confirmed boarding pass — access upon arrival is no longer allowed. The one exception is if a Platinum Card member is able to show that they’re currently in transit, in which case the three-hour rule doesn’t apply. Centurion Card members aren’t held to these rules.

Guest Policy: Platinum Card members may enter with up to two guests at no additional charge, while Centurion Card members may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge. Children under two are allowed into the lounge free of charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian who can show either proof of age for the child or a “lap infant” boarding pass. Platinum or Centurion members can purchase day passes for additional guests at the time of entry for $50 per guest.

Delta Sky Clubs

With an Amex Platinum, you’ll get access to all 35 Delta-operated Sky Club lounges. Here’s a map of these lounge locations, but you can also search for eligible lounges on Delta’s website.

Access Policy: You may access Delta Sky Clubs when you’re flying on a Delta-operated or Delta-marketed WestJet-operated flight. You need to show your Platinum card and same-day boarding pass.

Guest Policy: No guests are included. You may purchase guest access for your immediate family (spouse and children under 21) or up to two other traveling companions for $29 per person.

Priority Pass Select Lounges

(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)
The SATS Premium Lounge in Singapore. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Platinum cardholders, including Platinum Card authorized users, are entitled to complimentary membership in Priority Pass. This provides access to more than 1,200 Priority Pass lounges around the world, but as of Aug. 1, 2019, Priority Pass restaurants won’t be included in the program for Amex cards.

Access Policy: You’ll need to enroll in Priority Pass Select on Amex’s website or by calling Platinum Travel Services. Do this as soon as you get your Platinum Card, since your Priority Pass card will then need to be mailed to you. Once you get your card, you simply need to hand it and your boarding pass to the front desk attendant at Priority Pass lounges to gain access. Note that some Priority Pass lounges have limited hours for Priority Pass guests, and you may also be turned away if the lounge is at capacity.

Guest Policy: You may bring two guests with you for free per visit, as long as the individual lounge accepts guests. If you have additional guests, you’ll be charged $32 per guest.

Escape Lounges

(Photo by Brian Biros/The Points Guy)
The dining area at the Oakland Escape Lounge. (Photo by Brian Biros/The Points Guy)

As a Platinum Card member, you’ll only get access to US Escape Lounges. You can access the following locations:

  • Bradley International Airport (BDL)
  • Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP)
  • Minneapolis Saint Paul (MSP)
  • Oakland International (OAK)
  • Ontario (ONT) Terminals 2 and 4
  • Providence (PVD)
  • Reno-Tahoe (RNO)
  • Sacramento (SMF) Terminals A and B (opening soon)

Access Policy: Platinum Card members can access US Escape Lounges by showing their Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and confirmed same-day boarding pass.

Guest Policy: You can bring two guests with you at no additional cost. Any additional guests may purchase a day pass, which is $40 if you purchase online before reaching the airport and $45 at the lounge entrance.

Airspace Lounges

Photo courtesy of Airspace Lounges.
The bar at the Cleveland Airspace Lounge. (Photo courtesy of Airspace Lounge)

There are currently two Airspace Lounge locations after the one in New York (JFK) closed: San Diego (SAN) and Cleveland (CLE). When you access either lounge with your Platinum Card, you gain access to all of the benefits that would come with purchasing a lounge pass. This includes a $10 credit toward premium menu items at the SAN lounge and a $7 menu credit at the CLE lounge.

Access Policy: Platinum card members can access these lounges by showing their Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and confirmed same-day boarding pass.

Guest Policy: You can bring up to two guests at no additional cost. To bring additional guests beyond two, you’ll be responsible for the guest fees. Currently, the CLE location charges $20 and the SAN location charges $35.

Plaza Premium Lounges

The bar at the Plaza Premium lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 2. (Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

Many, but not all, Plaza Premium lounges are included in Priority Pass. However, you can access all Plaza Premium lounge locations worldwide with your Platinum Card.

Access Policy: Platinum card members can access these lounges by showing their Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and confirmed same-day boarding pass. You are limited to three hours of lounge access, although in practice this isn’t always enforced.

Guest Policy: You can enter with up to two guests for no additional cost. Additional guests will need to purchase a day pass, but the cost to do so varies. Children below the age of two may accompany you free of charge.

International American Express Lounges

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Seating at the American Express Lounge in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ajay Awtaney/The Points Guy)

International American Express Lounges are a small collection of American Express Lounges, Centurion Clubs and a Centurion Lounge that are located outside the US. Currently, there are 13 of these lounges:

  • Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) — American Express Lounge by Pontus
  • Mumbai, India (BOM) — American Express Lounge
  • Delhi, India (DEL) — American Express Lounge
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) — The Centurion Lounge
  • São Paulo, Brazil (GRU) — American Express Lounge
  • Melbourne, Australia (MEL) — American Express Lounge
  • Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) — three Centurion Clubs
  • Monterrey, Mexico (MTY) — two Centurion Clubs
  • Sydney, Australia (SYD) — American Express Lounge
  • Toluca, Mexico (TLC) — Centurion Club

Access Policy: Platinum card members receive unlimited, complimentary access to these lounges. You need to show your Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and a same-day boarding pass.

Guest Policy: Guest access and cost for additional guests varies across these lounges, but at least one complimentary guest is allowed at each location.

Lufthansa Lounges

A Lufthansa Airbus SE A380 (Registration D-AIML) lands at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. © 2019 Patrick T. Fallon for The Points Guy
You can get lounge access in Frankfurt or Munich when flying Lufthansa Group regardless of ticket class with your Platinum Card. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/The Points Guy)

In a partnership that began in 2017 and has been extended multiple times, Platinum Card members can access Lufthansa lounges when flying Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines) from Munich or Frankfurt. The current iteration of this partnership is scheduled to end on October 31, 2019, but based on the last couple extensions, it will hopefully be extended yet again.

Access Policy: You may access Lufthansa Business Lounges (regardless of ticket class) and Lufthansa Senator Lounges (when flying business class) in the Satellite area of T2 in Munich Airport and in T1 Concourse B in Frankfurt Airport when flying with Lufthansa Group airlines. You’ll need to show your Platinum card, a government-issued photo ID and a confirmed seat on a same-day Lufthansa Group boarding pass.

Guest Policy: No guests are included, although certain locations may allow guests for a fee.

Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s a lot more to the lounge access that comes with the The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express than just Centurion Lounges. Platinum Card authorized users get the same lounge access as the primary cardholder, although this only applies to authorized users with Platinum Cards — not authorized users with complimentary Gold Cards. So, if you have The Platinum Card and there are a few trustworthy people in your life that could use the lounge access described in this article, consider adding them as authorized users on your card.

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