Latest details on the upcoming new and expanded Amex Centurion Lounges

Feb 21, 2021

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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.

Related: The ultimate guide to American Express Centurion Lounges

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.

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New lounges that opened in 2021

Denver

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The location in Denver was the first to open this year. At over 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 located in Concourse C, on the upper level across from Gate C47.

Upcoming Lounges

London Heathrow

(Rendering courtesy of American Express.)

Estimated opening date: 2021

Amex has postponed the opening of the second international Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) until this year. While details are light, we know that the lounge will be located in Terminal 3 and will be on the smaller side, at 7,000 square feet. There will be showers, private workstations and other amenities.

Washington D.C. Reagan National

(Rendering courtesy of American Express)

Estimated opening date: Late 2022

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.

The two new lounges join the company’s existing lineup of 14 lounges, including:

Upcoming Expansions

New York-LaGuardia

Estimated opening date: 2021

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.

(Rendering courtesy of American Express)

As such, Amex is building a brand-new Centurion Lounge in the new LGA Terminal B. The outpost will double in size, going from roughly 5,350 square feet to over 10,000 square feet. The new lounge will feature a family room, additional workspaces, private telephone rooms and sweeping views of New York City.

But the best news? The new location will be after security (whereas the original location was pre-security).

Las Vegas

Estimated opening date: 2021

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 has committed to expanding 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 will offer additional multipurpose rooms, new private telephone booths, reimagined workspace areas and a redesigned reception area. According to the company, the expansion and redesign should be completed in 2021.

(Concept courtesy of American Express)

San Francisco

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.

Seattle

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.

(Rendering courtesy of American Express)

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

Customers can access a Centurion Lounge by flashing The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American Express or the Centurion Card. Those with the Platinum card can bring up to two 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.

Mock-ups provided by American Express. Featured image by Zach Honig.

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