Guide to lounge access with the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum
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When you think of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express — two of the top travel rewards cards — you probably associate the cards with the long list of benefits that come from being a cardholder. Each card offers extensive perks, including elite status with Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors and access to elite-like perks when booking hotel stays through the Fine Hotels and Resorts program. Enrollment required for select benefits.
One of the most popular perks provided by these two American Express cards is access to Amex’s Centurion Lounges. Many travelers don’t realize that Centurion Lounges are just one type of lounge you can enter as a Platinum cardholder. So, today I’ll go through all the types of airport lounges you can access when you have the Amex Platinum Card or Amex Business Platinum Card.
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What lounges can I access with the Amex Platinum Card?
- American Express Centurion Lounges
- Delta Sky Club lounges
- Priority Pass Select lounges
- U.S. Escape Lounges
- Airspace lounges
- Plaza Premium lounges
- International American Express Lounges
- Lufthansa Lounges
You can find participating airport lounges during your travels by using the Global Lounge Collection website’s search function. American Express states that you’ll have access to more than 1,300 airport lounges across 140 countries. But Priority Pass alone claims to have over 1,300 lounges in more than 600 cities across 148 countries. So, even if American Express’ numbers are slightly outdated, that still means most of the lounges you can use are Priority Pass lounges.
As a Platinum cardholder — including authorized users issued a Platinum Card but not authorized users issued a Gold Card — you’ll get access to most of the eligible lounge networks by showing your card and a valid boarding pass. But each lounge network has different access requirements and guest policies, so let’s take a look at each.
American Express Centurion Lounges
Amex’s Centurion Lounges offer a wide variety of drinks, high-quality dining, high-speed Wi-Fi and a mixture of seating for relaxation and work. Some Centurion Lounges provide additional complimentary amenities that truly set them apart, such as well-stocked family rooms and spa services.
However, in March Amex closed all of its Centurion Lounges due to coronavirus. In early October, Amex began reopening its Centurion Lounges with modified service and amenities. Information on which lounges are open and what to expect changes frequently, though. So, check out Zach Griff’s Centurion Lounge reopening post for current information.
Related: A guide to Amex Centurion Lounges
Centurion Lounge locations
Centurion Lounges are the most talked-about and exclusive lounges available to Platinum cardholders. Amex has also been working hard to open new Centurion Lounges. Currently, there are Centurion Lounges in 13 airports:
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Dallas (DFW)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- New York (JFK)
- New York (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Miami (MIA)
- Seattle (SEA)
- San Francisco (SFO)
However, two more Centurion Lounges are scheduled to open by the end of 2020 in Denver (DEN) and London Heathrow (LHR). With many card issuers cutting benefits, it’s encouraging to see Amex add trip protections and new Centurion Lounges.
Access policy for Centurion Lounges
Platinum cardmembers may only access the lounge within three hours of a scheduled departure with a same-day, confirmed boarding pass. Access upon arrival isn’t allowed unless you’re in transit, in which case the three-hour rule doesn’t apply. If you have the invite-only Centurion Card, you aren’t held to these rules.
Some Centurion lounges may allow access via the Amex app in place of showing your card. But, you’ll still want to have your Platinum Card on hand for the locations that don’t accept entry via the app. Plus, I find it easier to just hand over my physical card along with my boarding pass and I.D.
Guest policy for Centurion Lounges
Platinum cardmembers may enter with up to two guests at no additional charge. Centurion cardmembers 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 and Centurion cardmembers may purchase day passes for additional guests at the time of entry for $50 per guest.
Access to other lounge networks
Centurion Lounges are wonderful to visit. But most airports don’t have a Centurion Lounge. So most of the lounges you can visit with an Amex Platinum or Amex Business Platinum card are in other lounge networks.
As with Centurion Lounges, some lounges in these networks may be temporarily closed or offering reduced services. Luckily, the lounge search function on Amex’s website notes which lounges are closed as well as current operating hours for lounges that are open.
Delta Sky Clubs lounges
You’ll get access to Delta-operated Sky Club lounges in 34 airports with your Platinum Card. You can search for eligible lounges on Delta’s website by selecting “Platinum Card Members from American Express” as your membership type.
You can access Delta Sky Clubs when you’re flying on a Delta-operated flight — or a Delta-marketed, WestJet-operated flight (your ticket will start with 006) — by showing your Platinum Card and same-day boarding pass.
No guests are included, but you may purchase guest access for up to two traveling companions at the discounted price of $39 per person.
Priority Pass Select lounges
Platinum Card members are entitled to complimentary membership in Priority Pass Select. This membership provides access to more than 1,300 lounges around the world but doesn’t include Priority Pass restaurant lounges. The quality of each Priority Pass lounge varies, but there are some excellent Priority Pass lounges. Here are some of our favorite Priority Pass lounges in the U.S.
To gain access, you’ll need to enroll in Priority Pass Select on Amex’s website or by calling Platinum Travel Services. I recommend enrolling as soon as you get your Platinum Card since your Priority Pass card will need to be mailed to you. Once you get your Priority Pass card, simply 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 a lounge is at capacity.
You can bring up to two guests with you on each visit, as long as the individual lounge accepts guests. If you have additional guests, the lounge will charge you $32 per guest.
U.S. Escape Lounges
Platinum cardmembers may use Escape Lounges in the U.S. free of charge. Escape Lounges provide complimentary food, drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), high-speed Wi-Fi and comfortable seating. The following U.S. airports have Escape Lounges:
- Bradley International Airport (BDL)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG)
- Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP)
- Minneapolis Saint Paul (MSP)
- Oakland International (OAK)
- Ontario (ONT) Terminals 2 and 4
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Providence (PVD)
- Reno-Tahoe (RNO)
- Sacramento (SMF) Terminals A and B
You can access U.S. Escape Lounges by showing your Platinum Card, government-issued identification and a confirmed same-day boarding pass. You may bring two guests with you for no additional cost, but any additional guests will need to purchase a day pass. Day passes cost $40 per guest if you purchase online at least 24 hours before your visit and $45 per guest at the lounge entrance.
There’s currently only one Airspace lounge location: San Diego (SAN). When you visit the lounge with your Platinum Card, you gain access to all of the benefits that would come with purchasing a lounge pass.
You can access the Airspace lounge by showing your Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and confirmed same-day boarding pass. You may bring up to two guests at no additional cost. Any additional guests will need to pay the normal entry fee, which starts at $25 per person.
Plaza Premium lounges
Many, but not all, Plaza Premium lounges are included in Priority Pass. However, you may be able to access additional Plaza Premium lounge locations worldwide with your Platinum Card.
You’ll need to show your Platinum Card, government-issued identification and a confirmed same-day boarding pass to enter. You may enter with up to two guests for no additional cost. After the first two guests, other guests will need to purchase a day pass. However, the cost to buy a day pass varies.
International American Express Lounges
International American Express Lounges are a small collection of American Express Lounges, Centurion Clubs and a Centurion Lounge that are located outside the U.S. Currently, there are 13 International American Express 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
As a Platinum cardmember, you’ll receive complimentary access to International American Express Lounges with your Platinum Card, government-issued identification and a same-day boarding pass. Guest access and cost for additional guests vary across these lounges, but at least one complimentary guest is allowed at each location.
In a partnership that began in 2017 and has been extended multiple times, Platinum cardmembers can use 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 Dec. 31, 2020. But, I suspect Lufthansa and Amex may extend this partnership again.
You may use 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. 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. No guests are included, but certain locations may allow guests for a fee.
Frequently asked questions
Can I access Delta Sky Club lounges with the Amex Platinum?
Does the Amex Platinum get you into United Clubs?
The Amex Platinum doesn’t provide access to United Clubs.
Is Priority Pass free with the Amex Platinum?
How many Centurion Lounges are there?
How do I get an Amex Platinum Priority Pass?
After being approved for an Amex Platinum Card, you’ll need to enroll in Priority Pass Select. You can sign-up on Amex’s website or by calling the number on the back of your card. After enrolling, a Priority Pass card will be mailed to you.
The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express provide access to more lounges than any other card. This is why these cards routinely sit at the top of The Points Guy’s list of best cards for airport lounge access.
But it’s not all about quantity. The quality of the lounges accessible with the Amex Platinum Card and Amex Business Platinum Card is also excellent. For example, I love enjoying locally influenced dining at Centurion Lounges and relaxing spaces at Escape Lounges. Plus, as Amex adds more Centurion Lounges to its network and other partner lounge networks continue to expand, lounge access with the Platinum Card and Business Platinum Card should only continue to improve.
Featured photo of the Centurion Lounge in Miami by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.
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