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. The Points Guy (H/T) reported that American Express announced dates for the new Centurion Lounge openings in 2019. Fortunately, they have been updating their reports as new lounges have opened since then.
Recently, American Express announced that all Centurion Lounge locations will open or reopen starting on October 5, 2020. They were closed for most of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And two locations are currently under construction until 2021.
What’s Going On?
Two new lounges are scheduled to open by the end of October 2020: Denver and Heathrow (in London).
The Denver lounge can be found in Terminal C near the Southwest Airlines gates.
Plus, the second international Centurion Lounge will be at Heathrow Airport in London. Fortunately, American Express is increasing their international presence with this lounge. Many Platinum and Centurion cardholders are international travelers. Therefore, having access to more lounges will increase the value of American Express’ top charge cards.
Lucky from One Mile At A Time (H/T) reported that the Las Vegas lounge is being expanded and remodeled. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Furthermore, 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, as well as a new reception area.
Plus, the LaGuardia Lounge (in New York City) is expected to double in size. It will be also relocated to a new space after security in Terminal B. This lounge is expected to open in 2021 after its revamp is finished.
The Centurion Lounge Commitment: COVID-19 Changes
Miles to Memories (H/T) also reported that American Express announced a new COVID-19 initiative called The Centurion Lounge Commitment. This initiative is intended to keep lounge-goers safe and healthy in light of the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Centurion Lounge experience will be a little different than before the pandemic. Some of the new changes from the Centurion Lounge Commitment include the following:
- Socially distanced seating
- Required face coverings upon entry
- Reduced capacity
- Served food (in lieu of buffets)
- Contactless check-in (via the Amex mobile app)
American Express will have 15 Centurion lounges once they all open. There are currently Centurion lounges at the following airports:
- Charlotte – Douglas (CLT)
- Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW)
- Denver (DEN) – expected to open in late 2020
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS) – currently under construction until 2021
- London – Heathrow (LHR) – expected to open in late 2020
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York – JFK (JFK)
- New York – LaGuardia (LGA) – currently under construction until 2021
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
Overall, I am delighted to see that American Express is expanding their lounge network. Hopefully, the new lounges will add value to the Platinum and Centurion Cards.