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Latest details on the upcoming new and expanded Amex Centurion Lounges

May 12, 2022
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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, and very popular, Centurion Lounges in airports across the country and beyond.

Three new lounges opened in 2021, making it a blockbuster year for the network despite the pandemic. The issuer opened outposts in Denver International Airport (DEN), Heathrow Airport (LHR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as a (much-needed) expansion at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

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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Upcoming Centurion Lounges

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Estimated opening date: 2023

Amex has confirmed that a brand new Centurion Lounge will open at this Washington, D.C., airport. It will be constructed in the refreshed National Hall near Terminal B after the airport’s $1 billion capital improvement program is completed.

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(Rendering courtesy of American Express)

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.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Estimated opening date: 2023

Atlanta will soon be home to the world's largest Centurion Lounge. At 26,000 square feet, the space will hopefully be big enough to accommodate all the eligible travelers passing through one of the nation's busiest airports.

(Rendering courtesy of American Express)

The Atlanta space will also be home to some unique amenities, including multiple outdoor terraces, and a Southern design influenced by the city’s local landscape and culture. Travelers can expect a full buffet, as well as a modern bourbon bar — a first for a Centurion Lounge.

The new lounge will be located in Concourse E. All concourses in the airport are connected after security by an underground train, so any departing or connecting traveler could visit the Centurion Lounge before their flight out of ATL.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Estimated opening date: Unknown

Amex is planning to build a Centurion Lounge in this New York City-area 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 and the Manhattan skyline. Visitors can also expect a piano lounge, a Jersey jazz-themed bar and a speakeasy-themed cocktail lounge. Additionally, Amex is proposing wellness rooms, workstations, multiple food buffets and “world-class” restroom facilities as well.

The three new lounges will bring the company’s lineup to a whopping 18 total locations, including the 15 existing outposts in:

Upcoming Centurion Lounge expansions

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Estimated opening date: Late 2022

This 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-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

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 views of the airfield and Olympic Mountain, added restrooms, phone booths, cozy nooks and more.

Upcoming Centurion Studio locations

In July 2021, Amex rebranded the Centurion Lounge network with two big implications.

The first is that international Centurion Lounges have been folded into the larger "Centurion Lounge" network, even though these locations (except for those in Hong Kong and London) offer a more basic airport lounge experience.

The second is that Amex is now in the process of rebranding and refreshing several Escape Lounge locations in the U.S. with a new "Escape Lounges – The Centurion Studio Partner" concept.

Generally, Escape Lounges are located in smaller, secondary airports (but there are exceptions, such as Phoenix). As this new network of Escape Lounges grows, Amex's premium cardmembers will have additional lounges to enjoy, including:

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Estimated opening date: 2022

The new Escape Lounge in Fort Lauderdale will be over 5,000 square feet and will be located in Terminal 3.

(Rendering courtesy of Escape Lounges)

The lounge is expected to boast expansive tarmac views, multiple relaxation areas and a tropical-themed bar.

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)

Estimated opening date: 2022

Spanning 2,800 square feet, this new Escape Lounge will be located in Concourse B near gate 32. Travelers will enjoy chef-curated food options, a full bar and coffee service, along with multiple seating options and ample power outlets.

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.

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.

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It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

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  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

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  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
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