American Express will open the world’s largest Centurion Lounge in Atlanta

Mar 9, 2022

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American Express has confirmed that the world’s largest Centurion Lounge is coming to the nation’s busiest airport.

The issuer is building a roughly 26,000-square-foot club at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), an Amex spokesperson told TPG. The lounge will open next year and will be the first in the network to feature multiple outdoor spaces.

Amex is teasing some additional amenities that’ll be unique to the Atlanta outpost, including Southern design influenced by the city’s local landscape and culture. Travelers can expect a full buffet, as well as a modern bourbon bar, a first for a Centurion Lounge.

Perhaps most exciting is that the Atlanta outpost will be the first to feature terraces. Amex describes the “multiple outdoor areas” as being inspired by the “city’s rich tree canopy.” Aviation enthusiasts will undoubtedly appreciate open tarmac views from the outdoor deck.

(Rendering courtesy of American Express)

But that’s not all. More unique amenities will be announced closer to opening, an Amex spokesperson told TPG.

The new Centurion Lounge will be located in Concourse E at the ATL airport. All concourses in Atlanta are connected after security by an underground train, so any departing or connecting traveler could visit the Centurion Lounge before their flight.

At 26,000 square feet, the Atlanta Centurion Lounge will be nearly 11,000 square feet bigger than the largest Centurion Lounge to in New York-JFK — the largest to date.

In addition to the Centurion Lounge, travelers with The Platinum Card® from American Express can access the Delta Sky Club when flying with Delta. However, with Amex’s new flagship Centurion Lounge, most savvy travelers will likely prefer to relax in the Centurion Lounge compared to the Sky Club due to the more extensive offerings.

Additionally, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express cardmembers (when flying Delta on a ticket paid for with an eligible Amex card) can access the Centurion Lounge.

Since Atlanta is Delta’s largest hub, there will almost certainly be a plethora of Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve cardmembers passing through the airport — and eligible to use the lounge.

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Time will tell if the new space will be large enough to handle the passenger volume that passes through the nation’s busiest airport. (Atlanta was temporarily unseated as the country’s busiest airport during the pandemic due to airline schedule adjustments.) But, kudos to Amex for making the space as large as it can to handle the crowds. 

While Amex is just now confirming the move, this Centurion Lounge has been in the works since (at least) the middle of last year. The finance committee of the Atlanta City Council reviewed a proposed ten-year lease to American Express for a dedicated lounge space at the airport in June 2021.

As part of the deal, Amex is responsible for building, constructing and maintaining the Centurion Lounge. The issuer will receive two five-year lease renewal options at the city’s discretion.

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The airport currently only has one lounge (The Club in the international terminal) that’s open to passengers flying on any airline. There are currently nine Delta Sky Clubs, one American Admirals Club and one United Club at ATL, but you must be flying on those carriers or their partners to access those lounges.

With an Amex Centurion Lounge, the airport will offer a more premium experience to travelers flying with any airline.

Amex recently opened a new outpost in the Denver airport (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Atlanta isn’t the only airport with a new Centurion Lounge in the works. A new outpost is coming to Washington’s Reagan National Airport, while expansions are underway in San Francisco and Seattle.

Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

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