American Express Reopens Centurion Lounges Next Week, Expands Several More

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One of my favorite aspects of traveling is having access to various lounges. Some lounges are phenomenal, some are unexpected surprises (in a good way), while others need a bit of love.

However, if I am departing from (or transiting through) an airport with an American Express Centurion Lounge, I can guarantee that I’ll spending the majority of my time enjoying the delicious food, beverages, showers, family rooms, and relaxing vibe of this lounge over most other lounges.

But, similar to most airport lounges, they’ve been closed for several months due to the pandemic.

If you are disappointed, there is good news on the horizon, as the credit card company intends to reopen and expand several lounges soon.

THE CENTURION LOUNGE COMMITMENT

As you can see above, two Centurion lounges will reopen on 5 October 2020; Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

And in order to improve the health and safety of members, several visible measures have been implemented including requirements to wear a face covering when entering the lounge, socially distanced seating, reduced capacity, and increased cleaning frequency.

Additionally, food will be served at the table, instead of at the buffets and some spa facilities are available, but showers remain closed until further notice.

Interestingly, the lounges have also implemented contactless check-in through the Amex App which I am extremely excited to experience.

EXPANSION PLANS

American Express has also announced their plans to expand two current Centurion Lounges – New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Las Vegas (LAS) – and reopen in 2021.

The Centurion Lounge at LGA, specifically, is relocating to the brand-new Terminal B, will double in size, and offer some amazing views of the New York City skyline.

CENTURION LOUNGE – THE BASICS

Centurion Lounge – Miami

If you’re unfamiliar with the American Express Centurion Lounges, let’s talk about details.

At the moment, there are 12 (closed) Amex Centurion Lounges located at the following airports:

  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Dallas (DFW)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Las Vegas (LAS) – Currently expanding from 9,000 sq ft to 13,000
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • New York (LGA) – No longer operational but will reopen in 2021 in new Terminal B
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Seattle (SEA)

As noted above, American Express has announced they plan to reopen 2 existing lounges next week (5 Oct 2020), and will open 3 brand new lounges by the end of 2020 including:

REOPENING LOUNGES (OCTOBER 5)OPENING BRAND NEW LOUNGES
Seattle (SEA)Denver (DEN)
Philadelphia (PHL)New York (JFK)
London (LHR)

HOW DO I ACCESS THE CENTURION LOUNGE?

Access to Centurion Lounges is generally limited to American Express cardholders with a Centurion (aka the black card), Platinum Card from American Express [READ MORE ], Business Platinum Card from American Express [READ MORE], or one of the various flavors of Platinum card like the Schwab or Ameriprise.

NOTE: Each Platinum cardmember is entitled to two complimentary guests and children under 2 do not count towards this total.

Additionally, Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card also added access to the Centurion Lounges as a benefit, so cardmembers can now access these lounges when flying Delta tickets booked with the card.

It’s worth noting that unlike many other lounges, you can’t purchase access even if you carry another American Express card.

Centurion Lounge – Las Vegas

FINAL STAMP

Personally, Centurion Lounges are some of my favorite lounges, so it’s exciting to see the reopening and expansion of several lounges given their popularity.

The company states that – after Seattle and Philadelphia – more Centurion lounges will reopen in the coming months, but the company has been coy with additional details concerning reopening dates.

However, if your itineraries include travel through any of the airports listed above, and you have the access to the lounges (given they are open), I would highly recommend breezing through. You won’t be disappointed.

Have you visited an American Express Centurion Lounge? What was your experience?

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