Tip: Access Eurostar Business Premier Lounges With Amex Platinum Cards

Jun 11, 2018

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American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders have access to a plethora of airport lounges around the world, including Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass lounges and Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta). However, airport lounges aren’t the only places that Platinum and Centurion cardholders can sneak away to while in transit.

Access to Eurostar Business Premier Lounges located at four major train terminals in Europe is a benefit of the European version of the Amex Platinum card, but multiple reports from TPG readers and others indicate that Platinum cards from other countries, including The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express can also sometimes (though not always) get you in.

It’s a case of “your mileage may vary,” but presenting one of the above eligible Amex cards and a same-day ticket in any class can grant you or any authorized users (no guests, unfortunately) access to Eurostar Business Premier Lounges at London St. Pancras International Station, Ebbsfleet International, Paris Gare du Nord and Brussels Midi/Zuid.

Don’t let the idea of a lounge inside of a train station fool you — this is no Amtrak lounge. TPG himself has visited the Paris Eurostar Lounge and found it to be a terrific spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of Gare du Nord.

Eurostar Business Premier Lounge Paris. (Photo courtesy of Eurostar)
Eurostar Business Premier Lounge Paris. (Photo courtesy of Eurostar)

Eurostar Business Premier Lounges are typically spacious and high on style. Despite being train station lounges, the complimentary food and beverage selections far outshine those of many Priority Pass lounges. Think brie and manned bars, not cheese cubes and boxed wine (ok, this one might be a bit of an exaggeration). Traveling by train in Europe is also a much different experience than traveling by train in the US, with modern cars and high speeds that will get you from Paris to London in just two and a half hours.

Frequent travelers will find value in many ways with Amex’s premium credit cards, not only through their points-earning potential, but also preferred lounge access and many other travel benefits. As a reminder, besides Eurostar lounges, Platinum and Centurion cardmembers now have access to select Lufthansa lounges as well.

This story has been updated to clarify that while this is a confirmed benefit of European Amex Platinum cards, cardmembers with Amex Platinum cards from other countries — including the US — have also had success getting into Eurostar lounges, though at times they have also been turned away.

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