Guide to lounge access with the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum

Aug 25, 2021

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Many of the best travel rewards cards offer valuable benefits. For example, some cards provide hotel elite status while other cards offer airport lounge access. And The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express each offer some of the best travel perks you can get from a premium travel rewards card.

One of the most popular perks provided by these two American Express cards is access to Amex’s Centurion Lounges. But, many travelers don’t realize that Centurion Lounges are just one type of lounge you can visit as an Amex 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?

Amex Centurion Lounge JFK
Amex Centurion Lounge JFK (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

With the Amex Platinum Card or Amex Business Platinum Card, you have access to the following types of 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 So, even if American Express’ numbers are slightly outdated, that still means most of the lounges you can use are Priority Pass lounges. (Enrollment required)

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.

Related: The best credit cards for airport lounge access

American Express Centurion Lounges

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

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.

Centurion Lounge locations

Centurion Lounges are the most talked-about and exclusive lounges available to Platinum cardholders. Amex recently rebranded its international lounges as Centurion Lounges and is currently updating these lounges to reflect the premium Centurion Lounge experience.

Some Centurion Lounges are still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, while others are open with reduced hours. Here’s a list of all of the current Centurion Lounges:

Additionally, Amex plans to open one more Centurion Lounge by the end of 2021 in London Heathrow (LHR).

Related: The Amex Platinum Card keeps getting harder to ignore: Here’s why

Access policy for Centurion Lounges

Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport
Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

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 have a layover or connecting flight, 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 hand over my physical card along with my boarding pass and I.D.

However, note that access policies may vary from country to country in international locations.

Related: One TPG staffer’s experience using Amex’s Centurion Lounge app check-in

Guest policy for Centurion Lounges

Currently, Platinum cardmembers may enter with up to two guests at no additional charge. And Centurion cardmembers may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner and children under 18) at no additional charge. Platinum and Centurion cardmembers may purchase day passes for extra guests at the time of entry for $50 per guest.

But, effective Feb. 1, 2023, U.S. Platinum cardmembers will need to pay $50 per guest age 18 or older (or $30 per guest age 2 through 17 with proof of age). However, U.S. Platinum cardmembers can qualify for complimentary guest access for up to two guests per visit after spending $75,000 in eligible purchases on their card between Jan. 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022 (and in each calendar year thereafter).

Even after the new guest policies begin, children under two will still be 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.

However, note that guest policies may vary from country to country in international locations.

Related: Solo travelers rejoice: Why I’m in favor of new Amex Centurion Lounge guest rules

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

Delta Sky Club in Salt Lake City
Delta Sky Club in Salt Lake City (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

You’ll get access to Delta-operated Sky Club lounges 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.

Platinum cardmembers don’t get any complimentary guests but may purchase guest access for up to two traveling companions.

Related: The best Delta Sky Club lounges in the U.S.

Priority Pass Select lounges

SATS Premium Lounge in Singapore
Enjoy complimentary access to Priority Pass lounges like the SATS Premium Lounge in Singapore. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Platinum Card members are entitled to complimentary membership in Priority Pass Select. This membership provides access to more than 1,300 lounges worldwide 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 registering as soon as you get your Platinum Card. Once you get your Priority Pass card, simply hand it and your same-day 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, lounges can turn you away if they’re 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.

Related: The best credit cards for Priority Pass lounge access

Escape Lounges – The Centurion Studio Partner

Escape Lounge at Minneapolis Saint Paul (MSP)
The bar area at the Escape Lounge at Minneapolis Saint Paul (MSP). (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

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:

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 — or immediate family members (spouse or domestic partner and all children under the age of 18) — with you for no additional cost, but any other guests will need to purchase a day pass.

Related: Best credit cards for airport lounge access

Airspace lounges

Airspace Lounge in San Diego
Airspace Lounge in San Diego (Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy)

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 a confirmed same-day boarding pass. You may bring up to two guests at no additional cost. Any other guests will need to pay the standard entry fee, which starts at $36 per person.

Related: What one TPG writer loved about visiting the San Diego airport

Plaza Premium lounges

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

Some, but not all, Plaza Premium lounges participate in Priority Pass. However, you can 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.

Related: Here’s why one TPG staffer skips the airport lounge and heads straight to the gate

Lufthansa lounges

Unmanned desk inside the Lufthansa Business Lounge, FRA Concourse C
Check-in desk at a Lufthansa Business Lounge in Frankfurt (Photo by Paul Thompson/The Points Guy)

In a partnership that began in 2017 and was extended multiple times before finally becoming permanent in May 2021, Platinum cardmembers can use Lufthansa lounges when flying Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines) from Munich or Frankfurt.

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 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 some locations may allow guests for a fee.

Related: 3 Lufthansa lounges in the US join Priority Pass

Additional Global Lounge Collection partner lounges

Additionally, Platinum cardholders get access to other Global Lounge Collection partner lounges as indicated by the lounge search function on Amex’s website. To gain access to participating lounges, you’ll need to show your Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier. However, guest access and guest fees will vary.

Related: The 7 do’s and don’ts in an airport lounge

Frequently asked questions

Can I access Delta Sky Club lounges with the Amex Platinum?

When flying on a Delta-operated flight (or a Delta-marketed, WestJet-operated flight), you can access Delta Sky Club lounges by showing your Platinum Card and same-day boarding pass.

Related: Delta’s opening a snazzy new Sky Club in Fort Lauderdale — take a look inside

Does the Amex Platinum get you into United Clubs?

The Amex Platinum doesn’t provide access to United Clubs.

Related: United accelerates lounge reopenings, aims for end of summer

Is Priority Pass free with the Amex Platinum?

Cardholders of the Platinum Card from American Express and Business Platinum Card from American Express get complimentary Priority Pass Select membership as a cardmember benefit. However, enrollment is required.

Related: Priority Pass continues to single-handedly offset my credit card annual fee with this overlooked benefit

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 registering, you’ll get a Priority Pass card in the mail.

Related: Why you should add authorized users on your Amex Platinum

Bottom line

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.

Want complimentary access to all these lounges? Here are the official application links for The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express.

Featured photo of the Centurion Lounge at New York JFK by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

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