A switcheroo at Palm Beach Airport means new lounge access for Amex Platinum, Centurion members

Dec 29, 2020

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With its tony clientele and a wealth of luxury hotel options nearby, you might think that Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) — a favorite among TPG staffers for its manageability and excellent location — would likewise have lots to offer in terms of airport lounges.

Until very recently, though, that wasn’t exactly true. Palm Beach’s focus on leisure travel meant fewer lounges than you’d find at an airport that caters to higher numbers of business travelers.

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Delta fliers and Platinum Card® from American Express cardholders had the Sky Club at Concourse C, but devotees of other airlines were stuck. (Unless, of course, like many high-end customers heading to or from PBI, they were flying private.)

That changed in January 2020, when a Primeclass lounge opened on the concourse near the A and B gates after security. But the identity of this space has recently changed again. Here’s what we saw on a recent trip to Palm Beach.

(Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)

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In early December, following a refresh that included a full revamp of the food and beverage menu, the Primeclass lounge switched over to a new brand — Escape Lounge. The color palette remains the same — aqua blues and gold with tropical green accents — and the lounge is the same size as before, comfortably accommodating about 65 people.

The lounge is open to all fliers and has an entry fee of $40 if you book in advance and $45 at the door. The best part, though, is that, like the Delta Sky Club, it’s also open to The Platinum Card® from American Express and American Express Centurion cardholders, and two of their guests. So if the Sky Club is crowded or you’re just looking for a change of scenery, you have another choice at Palm Beach.

Featured image courtesy of Palm Beach International Airport

 

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