Latest details on the upcoming new and expanded Amex Centurion Lounges
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new details about the opening dates of the upcoming Centurion Lounges.
American Express has spent several years building a network of premium Centurion Lounges in airports that people really want to visit. And that network has been steadily expanding across the country and beyond.
Four brand-new lounges opened in 2020, making it a blockbuster year for the network despite the pandemic. Amex opened outposts in Charlotte, Los Angeles and Phoenix, as well as a flagship, two-story space in New York’s JFK Airport in 2020.
But Amex isn’t resting on its laurels.
Here are 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 pandemic.
New and expanded lounges that opened in 2021
The location in Denver was the first to open this year. At more than 14,500 square feet, it’s the second-largest outpost to date. The Denver Centurion Lounge sports a thoughtful design, chef-inspired meals with a live-cooking station, game room and craft-beer bar. It’s in Concourse C, on the upper level across from Gate C47.
As part of the LaGuardia redevelopment project, the airport’s newest building — the Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall — opened in summer 2020. The old terminal, home to the original Centurion Lounge at LGA, is no longer operational.
As such, Amex built a brand-new Centurion Lounge in the new LGA Terminal B. The outpost doubled in size, going from roughly 5,350 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet. The new lounge features a multipurpose family room, additional workspaces, private telephone rooms and sweeping views of the terminal and New York City.
But the best news? The new location is after security (whereas the original location was pre-security).
The Las Vegas lounge was the issuer’s first location and opened roughly seven years ago. Given its popularity, it’s been subject to overcrowding. Fortunately, Amex expanded the location by about 50% — from nearly 9,000 square feet to more than 13,400 square feet — making it one of the largest lounges in the network.
The newly designed lounge offers additional multipurpose rooms, new private telephone booths, reimagined workspace areas and a redesigned reception area.
Amex opened its second international Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on Oct. 12.
In Terminal 3, the 7,000-square-foot space is appointed with an eye-catching bar and dining area, a large relaxation room, a unique-to-London tea cart and more.
The lounge is light on amenities — you’ll find just two shower suites, two phone booths and a wellness room inside.
Washington, DC, Reagan National
Amex has confirmed that a brand-new Centurion Lounge will open in Washington, D.C.’s Reagan/National Airport (DCA) in the refreshed National Hall near Terminal B after the airport’s $1 billion capital improvement program is completed. Located airside, the 11,500-square-foot space will be on the larger side. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows, airfield views and unique, locally inspired design touches.
Estimated opening date: Unknown
American Express is working to bring one of its top-notch Centurion Lounges to the nation’s busiest airport. Though the issuer hasn’t explicitly confirmed the move, the Atlanta airport has awarded Amex a lease for a space to build a Centurion Lounge.
Amex told TPG to expect more details “later this year.”
Estimated opening date: Unknown
Amex will build its largest-ever Centurion Lounge in Newark’s Liberty International Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the region’s airports, recently awarded Amex a lease in the new Terminal A.
Some of the proposed amenities include an outdoor terrace overlooking the airfield, with views of the Port of Newark, New York and Newark Harbor and the Manhattan skyline; a piano lounge; a Jersey jazz-themed bar; and a speakeasy-themed cocktail lounge. Amex is also proposing wellness rooms, workstations, multiple food buffets and “world-class” restroom facilities as well.
The four new lounges bring the company’s lineup to a whopping 15 total locations, including:
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Dallas (DFW)
- Denver (DEN)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- London (LHR)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York (LGA)
- New York (JFK)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
Estimated opening date: Late 2022
The San Francisco lounge is one of the most popular in the network. Before the pandemic, it was often subject to overcrowding. Fortunately, Amex confirmed a much-needed expansion is coming soon, boosting the footprint to nearly 16,000 square feet. The expansion will introduce a new seasonal menu from chef Ravi Kapur, as well as a second bar and cafe area, additional restrooms, phone rooms and private workspaces.
Estimated opening date: Late 2022
Amex’s existing Seattle lounge first opened as a boutique “Centurion Studio.” It’s already been expanded once, but it still suffers from overcrowding. Fortunately, the issuer is building a brand-new outpost on the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal to replace the existing lounge.
The best part? At more than 13,800 square feet, this new space will triple in size. Other amenities include improved airfield and Olympic Mountain views, added restrooms, phone booths, cozy nooks and more.
How to access the Amex Centurion Lounge network
Platinum cardmembers can bring up to two guests into the lounge, though the guest policy is changing in 2023.
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.
Mock-ups provided by American Express. Featured image by Zach Honig.
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