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You can now access these 5 Virgin Clubhouses with your Amex Platinum

Feb. 22, 2022
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You can now access these 5 Virgin Clubhouses with your Amex Platinum
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Cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express have access to one of the most robust lounge networks in the world, thanks to the American Express Global Lounge Collection.

Your card acts as a golden ticket for entry to Amex Centurion lounges, Priority Pass Select lounges, Escape lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (when flying on a same-day Delta ticket) and more. Enrollment is required for select benefits.

But if you've been finding waitlists and long lines at the Centurion lounges or are left unimpressed with the other lounge options, you're not alone.

Fortunately, there are even better lounges for you to enjoy — if you know where to look.

Now, Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders can access select Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse locations, most of which are in the U.S.:

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  • Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB).
  • New York (JFK).
  • Newark (EWR).
  • San Francisco (SFO).
  • Washington D.C. (IAD).

There's also a Clubhouse in Boston (BOS) — though it's temporarily closed.

(Photo courtesy of Virgin Atlantic)

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses are arguably one of the finest lounges within the U.S., as you can find a complimentary, à la carte menu to order tapas and a great assortment of alcoholic (and nonalcoholic) beverages.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Here are the current hours and locations for each Virgin Clubhouse:

LoungeHoursLocation
Johannesburg (JNB).9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., every day.International Terminal A (Mezzanine Level).
New York (JFK).5:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., every dayTerminal 4 (above boarding gates A4 and A5).
Newark (EWR).3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., every dayTerminal B (after security, near gate B51).
San Francisco (SFO).10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., every day.International Terminal A (after security).
Washington D.C. (IAD).2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., every day.Concourse A (between Concourses A and B, in front of Gate A32).

To enter, you’ll need to present your Amex card, confirmed boarding pass for same-day travel and a government-issued ID to enter the Clubhouse, and you can bring one guest, plus children under 2 can enter free of charge — until the guest policy changes in early 2023.

Bottom line

Virgin Atlantic handed over management of its Clubhouses outside of the United Kingdom to independent lounge operator Plaza Premium in 2021. Since Platinum cardholders already have access Plaza Premium lounges, it doesn’t come as too big of a surprise that they can now enter these locations — but is still an exciting new option worth exploring on your next trip.


Official application link: Amex Platinum with a 80,000-point welcome offer after spending $6,000 in the first six months of card membership.
Official application link: Amex Business Platinum with a 150,000-point welcome offer after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases in the first three months of card membership.


Featured image by The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023