Amex is finally reopening the Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles

Jun 14, 2022

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After a saga of more than two years, American Express is finally ready to reopen the (blue) doors to its flagship West Coast Centurion Lounge.

The Amex-branded lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will reopen at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday, June 15, according to an Amex spokesperson.

When it reopens, the Centurion Lounge will welcome flyers between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. “We aim to expand these hours over the next couple of months,” according to an Amex statement shared with TPG.

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The in-lounge Exhale Spa will remain closed due to continued building maintenance and construction work. However, until the dedicated spa area reopens, American Express will offer complimentary chair massages and self-guided Theragun treatments in the lounge’s special sunrise- and moonrise-themed relaxation areas.

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Sunrise room. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

These chair massages will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Related: First look: The brand-new Amex Centurion Lounge at LAX

Chef Nancy Silverton will continue to curate the menu at the LAX Centurion Lounge, and the new menu is as below.

  • Breakfast: avocado toast, uovo in purgatorio, croissant bread pudding, puffed French toast.
  • All-day dining: gem salads with fresh herbs, roasted chicken thighs, grilled broccolini, roasted carrots, brownies.

American Express first opened the flagship Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles on March 9, 2020, just days before the pandemic brought travel to a halt. Amex proceeded to shutter its entire lounge network days later, which included the recently opened LAX location.

LAX Centurion lounge
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

It took Amex about six months to begin reopening the Centurion Lounge network, but the LAX location never fully reopened. Instead, the card issuer began offering grab-and-go food and beverage options for those visiting the lounge, but there wasn’t any seating available.

Then, in the middle of 2021, Amex confirmed that the lounge would be shuttered through the end of the year due to construction. The lounge remained closed as the calendar flipped to 2022 and stayed that way for the first five months of 2022, as Amex worked on the so-called “building repairs.”

Details emerged earlier this year as to why the brand-new lounge had to undergo such a lengthy closure. According to public records filed with the airport’s governing body, the Centurion Lounge at LAX needed HVAC repairs to fix a problem that led to jet fumes getting into the lounge.

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

Those repairs are finally complete, and the location is ready for its big reopening. Amex cardmembers based on the West Coast or those passing through the busiest airport in California can finally visit the new Centurion Lounge.

With the LAX reopening, Amex has just one Centurion-branded lounge location that remains closed: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). It’s anyone’s guess when this location will reopen given the strict coronavirus measures in the region.

Meanwhile, the issuer continues to build out its network of premium lounges, with new and expanded outposts planned in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a place to relax when passing through LAX, holders of The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American Express or The Centurion Card® from American Express can access the Delta’s brand-new SkyClub in Terminal 2 (but only when flying with Delta).

The information for the Centurion Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

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