Amex reveals updated opening dates for new Centurion Lounges
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This post has been updated with new details about the opening dates of the upcoming Centurion Lounges. It was last published on Aug. 29, 2019.
American Express has spent several years building a network of premium Centurion Lounges in airports that people really want to visit. And, recently, that network has been steadily expanding across the country — and beyond. Fortunately, even more are on the way.
Three brand-new lounges have already opened this year, and there are three more scheduled to welcome their first visitors by the end of this year.
Here’s a roundup of the latest details and opening dates of the hotly anticipated upcoming Centurion Lounges. Please note, though, that these opening dates are subject to change, especially in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
While we’ve known where these new lounges will be opening, we sat down with Rachel Stocks, Amex’s EVP of Global Premium Products and Benefits, last summer to learn more about the upcoming lounges.
New lounges that already opened
The location in Phoenix was the first to open this year. At 9,500 square feet, it’s of average size and features award-winning southwestern inspired cuisine by Doug Robson. It’s located in Terminal 4, on the upper level across from Gate B22. It’s adjacent to a brand-new Escape Lounge too.
The Charlotte Centurion Lounge is welcome news for the myriad of American Airlines travelers transiting through the airport. It’s located past security and accessible by all passengers. It features a 30-foot-long stunning mural by Amanda Moody, as well as jaw-dropping new design elements throughout.
The latest Centurion Lounge to open is the LAX location. This is Amex’s flagship West Coast outpost, with seats for 530 in a 13,900 square-foot space. It’s also the first to debut one-of-a-kind sunrise and moonrise rooms. In an effort to create a holistic wellness space, there’s also an Exhale spa here.
Estimated opening date: First half of 2020
Amex will open its second international Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the first half of 2020, with the first international location having opened in 2017 in Hong Kong. While details are light, we know that the lounge will be located in Terminal 3 at LHR and will be on the smaller side at 7,000 square feet. There will be showers, private workstations and other amenities.
Estimated opening date: First half of 2020
Amex has also confirmed that the JFK lounge will also open in the first half of 2020. The bi-level lounge at New York’s JFK Airport will become an extension of the existing Terminal 4, jutting out close to the apron and air-traffic control tower. The lounge will be the largest in the network at 15,000 square feet.
(And don’t tell your friends, but it’ll feature a hidden speakeasy.)
Estimated opening date: Sometime in 2020
The Denver lounge was supposed to open in 2019 but has been pushed back to this year. The lounge will be in Terminal C (primarily serving Southwest Airlines) and will hold the title of the second-largest Centurion Lounge at 14,650 square feet. While we don’t have an opening date, Amex has been building excitement in recent weeks with a pop-up Centurion Lounge in Vail.
The three new lounges join the company’s existing lineup of 12 lounges, including:
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Dallas (DFW)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
How to access the Amex Centurion Lounge network
Customers can access a Centurion Lounge by flashing The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express or the Centurion Card. Those with the Platinum card can bring up to two included guests into the lounge.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card cardmembers also receive complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge when flying Delta with a ticket purchased on any American Express card issued in the U.S. You’ll be able to bring up to two guests for a fee of $50 each.
2020 promises to be an exciting year for the American Express Centurion Lounge network. With 15 top-notch lounges set to be in operation by the end of the year, there’s no better time to make sure you’ve got the Platinum card in your wallet.
Mock-ups provided by American Express. Featured image by Zach Honig.
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