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In a matter of hours, American Express will open the doors to the newest addition to the Centurion Lounge portfolio at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
American Express is currently on a big expansion course to make more Centurion lounges available to their Platinum and Centurion cardholders as they have announced they are expecting to open a total of six new lounges this year.
The Centurion Lounge Phoenix opened in January, the Centurion Lounge Charlotte opened in February, and the Centurion Lounge Los Angeles, one of the most anticipated locations, will open today.
Additional 2020 locations include:
- London Heathrow
- New York JFK
WHERE IS THE LOUNGE LOCATED?
The Centurion Lounge will be located in Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and appears to be located on the 4th floor. If you’re familiar with TBIT, this is directly underneath the Qantas First Lounge.
WHAT IS THE LOUNGE SIZE?
The Centurion Lounge LAX will be nearly 14,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Centurion Lounges to date. It will have seating for over 200 people.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE LOUNGE?
There are a few ways to access Amex Centurion Lounges:
- Those with Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Platinum Card from American Express can access Centurion Lounges with two guests when departing on any airline
- Those with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card can access Centurion Lounges when departing on Delta
NOTE: Each Platinum cardmember is entitled to two complimentary guests and children under 2 do not count towards this total.
In all cases, Centurion Lounge access is limited to three hours before departure. The exception is if you’re connecting, in which case you can access the lounge earlier (should your connection be more than three hours).
It’s worth noting that those with the Amex Centurion Card (aka the Black card) can access Centurion Lounges, and they can use the lounges on departure or arrival, with no time limit.
WHAT ARE THE CENTURION LOUNGE HOURS?
The Centurion Lounge will be open daily from 6:30AM until 11PM.
I don’t want to go so far as to say those hours are limited, though that doesn’t nearly cover all departures from the airport:
- There are all kinds of flights leaving prior to 6:30AM, though primarily from terminals other than TBIT (so perhaps they assume people wouldn’t make the trek anyway)
- The 11PM closing time seems early for TBIT, given that there are plenty of flights leaving at 1AM, or even later
Maybe they are trying to strike a balance as it does cover the majority of flights??
The dining options feature dishes from the famous local Osteria Mozza and their chef-owner Nancy Silverton:
Same as the other Centurion Lounges the LAX one will also feature a full bar, serving cocktails and mocktails plus a variety of other beverages.
Currently Centurion Lounges are currently available at:
- Hong Kong
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York LGA
- San Francisco
The Centurion Lounges are EXTREMELY popular and considering how strong Amex has pushed their Platinum card in the last few years I can imagine why they now want to expand their lounge networks, especially after upping the annual membership fees in various markets.
Amex members have anticipated the opening of this lounge for quite some time though due to the location in TBIT, I am curious to see how busy this lounge will be.
For those flying domestically it’s quite a trek (and a bit of a hassle) to go to the international terminal. And for those that are flying internationally (and thus out of TBIT), they may already have a premium ticket or elite status to utilize another lounge. In either it may reduce the number of members utilizing the lounge.
Nevertheless I’m a big fan of the Centurion Lounges and am glad to see this one finally opening because it dramatically improves the options at LAX and competition is always a good thing.
You can access American Express website for the LAX Lounge here.
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