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 yesterday as two new lounges have opened since then.
What’s Going On?
A total of five new lounges are opening between now and the end of 2020. Three of them are opening in the United States and one is opening in the United Kingdom.
Amex’s second international lounge is opening at London’s Heathrow Airport in the first 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 will also be opened in the first 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.
Plus, the lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is due to open soon. It will be located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal on the far side of the airport. And travelers (with the correct Amex cards) who are traveling in Terminals 4-7 will have access to the lounge without having to go through security again.
Finally, the Charlotte and Denver lounges will open in 2020 as well. However, Amex did not give an exact month or date for these lounges. The Charlotte lounge can be found in between Concourses D and E in a new airport extension. And the Denver lounge can be found in Terminal C near the Southwest Airlines gates.
The total number of Centurion lounges will increase from 10 to 15 if American Express sticks to their schedule. Amex’s existing lounges are in the following airports:
- Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- 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.