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Getting back to business as usual; Some American Express Centurion lounges back to regular hours

March 05, 2022
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Getting back to business as usual; Some American Express Centurion lounges back to regular hours
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Good news for early birds. It's looking like some American Express Centurion® lounges are getting closer and closer to business as usual. The American Express Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is now open beginning at 5 a.m.

It had been welcoming travelers at 8 a.m. since it re-opened back in June in a fabulous new space. An eagle-eyed reader pointed out the new hours Saturday morning on Instagram.

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That's a big change from just a couple of months ago when TPG's Scott Mayerowitz snapped this photo at LaGuardia on Jan. 11.

The American Express Centurion Lounge at LGA old hours of operation. (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)

As Zach Griff reported back in June, the new and improved LaGuardia lounge got a new location and a brand new look at LaGuardia.

Related: Amex to start charging $50 for most Centurion Lounge guests

The Centurion® Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens at 6 a.m., and the Centurion® Lounge at Philadelphia International opens even earlier at 5:30 a.m.

Not all Centurion® lounges are back to early hours, however.

The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Miami International (MIA) lounges still only open at 7 a.m. and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) lounge doesn't open until 8 a.m. still.

Related: Your complete guide to Amex Centurion Lounges

If you want to get into The Centurion Lounge, you'll need to have The Platinum Card® from American Express ($695 annual fee. See rates & fees), The Business Platinum Card® from American Express or The Centurion® Card.

You can also get in if you have the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card when flying Delta with a ticket purchased on any American Express card, but keep in mind you won't really be able to access the new lounge at LGA if you are flying Delta since it is in Terminal B which is not accessible to airlines outside of American, Air Canada, JetBlue, Southwest and United unless you are willing to clear security twice.

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.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here

Featured image by (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases