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Amex's newest Centurion Studio lounge opens in Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 14, 2022
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Travelers flying out of Ohio’s capital city will have a new place to refuel and relax in the airport. Today American Express and its Centurion Studio partner Escape Lounges is opening the doors on a new lounge inside Columbus John Glenn International Airport (CMH), providing an airport respite for select cardmembers.

Located at Columbus’ B concourse near Gate 32, this lounge is just the latest expansion of Amex’s partnership with Escape Lounges, as part of its growing list of Centurion Studio locations that have sprung up in recent years at mostly mid-sized airports. Just a few weeks ago, TPG got a first look at another recently-opened Escape Lounges Centurion Studio location at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

As Amex continues to scale up its Centurion Studio portfolio, this addition to its network in Columbus figures to be good news for Ohio travelers waiting to catch a flight.

Inside Escape Lounges' Columbus location

At 2,800 square feet, this lounge is certainly smaller than what travelers will find when visiting some full-scale Centurion Lounges; the future largest-in-the-world location at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) will be a whopping 26,000 square feet upon its expected opening in 2023.

Still, this Escape Lounge location in Columbus is a great place for guests to escape the chaos of the concourse and enjoy some great amenities anchored in Ohio’s food and beverage scene.

“From a curated menu to excellent customer service, this lounge will help travelers unwind and recharge as they await their flight,” Escape Lounges U.S. president Kevin Shier said.

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Lounge amenities

Inside the lounge, there are plenty of tables for members to sit and have a meal, along with high-top bar seating that’s a prime spot for some planespotting.

You can also relax in one of the club’s dark leather chairs with an easy view out the window.

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On top of plenty of power outlets, high-speed Wi-Fi and a digital library for guests, the Escape Lounge in Columbus will have activity packs for children available.

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However, there's a good chance that what you'll come away from this lounge remembering most is the food and beverage, as is often the case with Centurion Studio locations. On top of premium wine, beer and spirits, this Escape Lounge will feature coffee from Columbus area coffee shop and retailer One Line Coffee.

Meanwhile, visitors will get to enjoy some dishes the lounge is featuring in collaboration with well-known Columbus area chef and restaurant owner Avishar Barua — recognized by many from past appearances on the television series Top Chef. Barua owns local restaurants Joya’s and Agni.

COLUMBUS JOHN GLENN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Accessing this lounge

Columbus serves nearly 50 destinations with nonstop service. While mostly serving domestic destinations including key airline hubs, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines fly nonstop from Columbus to Cancun and Air Canada has flights to Toronto.

The B concourse where this Escape Lounge is situated is served by Air Canada, American, Spirit and United.

Certain cardmembers have complimentary access to this lounge, including those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card members also receive complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge when flying with Delta.

Amex Platinum card members can currently bring in two free guests, though the guest policy is changing in 2023.

On top of complimentary access for Centurion members, one thing that makes the Escape Lounges different from Centurion Lounges is that even non-member travelers can purchase a day pass, which goes for $40 if booked in advance or $45 at the door.

This Escape Lounge in Columbus will be open each day from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023