American Express’ Centurion Lounges are some of the most popular airport lounges in the country. They also have an expanding international presence with their Hong Kong lounge that opened in 2017. In August 2019, The Points Guy (H/T) reported that American Express announced the dates for the new Centurion Lounge openings. However, they updated their reports as new lounges have opened since then.
Unfortunately, all Centurion Lounge locations are currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a total of 11 locations will reopen upon further notice. Plus, three new locations are scheduled to open in the latter half of 2020. And one location is currently under construction until 2021.
What’s Going On?
Scheduled Lounge Openings
A total of three new lounges are scheduled to open in the second half of 2020, assuming travel is safe again. Three of them are opening in the United States and one is opening in the United Kingdom.
Amex’s second international lounge scheduled to open at London’s Heathrow Airport in the second half of 2020. I am glad that American Express is increasing their international presence with this lounge. Many of its premium cardholders are international travelers. Plus, having access to more of their lounges will increase the value of their top cards.
Furthermore, the lounge at JFK Airport in New York City is also scheduled to open during the latter half of 2020. This lounge will have two levels and will be in Terminal 4. The title of “Largest Centurion Lounge” will go to the JFK Lounge when it opens. The JFK lounge will also make New York City the only city in the world with two Centurion Lounges. The other New York lounge is at LaGuardia Airport.
Finally, the Denver lounge is scheduled to open some time in 2020. However, Amex did not give an exact month or date for this lounge. And the Denver lounge can be found in Terminal C near the Southwest Airlines gates.
All three locations’ openings might be delayed into 2021 given the current travel conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic. Do not be surprised if such delays occur.
Las Vegas Revamp
Lucky from One Mile At A Time (H/T) reported that the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge is currently being expanded and revamped. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
The new Las Vegas lounge is expected to be 13,400 square feet, which is 50% larger than the old lounge. It will include many multi-purpose areas for work, phone calls, and business. Plus, it will include a new reception area when you walk in.
The total number of Centurion lounges will increase from 12 to 15 when American Express opens the lounges. Amex’s existing lounges are in the following airports:
- Charlotte – Douglas (CLT)
- Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS) – currently under construction until 2021
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York – LaGuardia (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
American Express Centurion Lounge access is only available to Centurion and Platinum cardholders. Primary cardholders can bring up to two guests each for no extra cost. Furthermore, prospective Platinum cardholders can use the above list to help determine if getting a Platinum Card is worth the high annual fee. People who travel often and live near one of the airports on the list might consider this card.
Nonetheless, I am delighted to see that American Express is expanding their lounge network. The new lounges will hopefully bring value to the Platinum card. After all, Amex did increase the Platinum Card’s annual fee to $550 within the last three years.