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Amex's Seattle Centurion Lounge is closing to prep for upcoming debut of bigger, better space

Jan. 23, 2023
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Amex's Seattle Centurion Lounge is closing to prep for upcoming debut of bigger, better space
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There's some exciting news on the horizon for travelers passing through Seattle.

After a short delay, American Express is gearing up to open a massive, brand-new Centurion Lounge at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in the coming weeks. As part of the transition, the issuer is closing its existing location in Seattle starting on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. local time.

The company shared the news in a statement that will be posted on the Centurion Lounge website.

As we get ready to open the new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the current Centurion Lounge located in Concourse B will close at 7:00 p.m. on January 29 so we can complete the lounge relocation and construction. We look forward to welcoming eligible Card Members to our new lounge on the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal in the coming weeks. Card Members can use the Amex Mobile app or visit www.TheCenturionLounge.com for up-to-date information.

Though there'll be a short period with no Amex lounge in Seattle, most flyers should be looking forward to the new space.

The existing Seattle Centurion Lounge is one of the smallest in the entire network. It first opened as a “Centurion Studio," and it quickly outgrew its tiny footprint. Amex worked to add more space back in 2017, but the issuer’s Pacific Northwest flagship still remained overcrowded, even during the demand downturn associated with the pandemic.

Amex Centurion Lounge Seattle. ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

Now that travel is back in full swing, the Seattle outpost has been busier than ever, operating with a waitlist during peak travel times.

The good news is that help is on the way. First announced back in February 2021, Amex is building a brand-new club on the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal. The best part? At more than 13,800 square feet, this new space will triple in size.

Amex also announced on Monday that it'll partner with Chef Kristi Brown, a James Beard Award semifinalist and owner of Seattle-based Communion, to develop the menus for the new Seattle location. At launch, the menu will include "Seattle Soul" food, including tuna croquettes with remoulade, peach cobbler French toast and blackened chicken cobb salad.

Other amenities at the new lounge include improved airfield and Olympic Mountain views, added restrooms, phone booths, cozy nooks and more. While the current lounge lacks even the most basic amenities like plentiful and clean restrooms, the new space should bring the offerings up to par with the rest of the Centurion Lounge network.

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Amex Centurion Lounge Denver. ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

While Amex first promised to open the new Seattle outpost by the end of 2022, it quietly delayed the debut by a few months to finish some last-minute punch-list items. Amex isn't ready to provide a firm opening date for its new Seattle space, but it's expected to open in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned to TPG for more updates!

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
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Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

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  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees