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The Platinum Card® from American Express will get you into any of 1,200 airport lounges in 130 countries (Terms apply). But only a small handful of those — nine, to be precise — are American Express Centurion Lounges, hailed as some of the most luxurious and amenity-rich lounge spaces anywhere.
Now, there are about to be more of them around. American Express has announced that six new Centurion Lounges will soon come online, with the first one in Phoenix set to open before the end of this year. Then, before 2020 wraps, Centurion Lounges are slated to open in Denver, New York-JFK, Los Angeles, London-Heathrow and Charlotte.
Who’s allowed in?
So who will be able to get into these lounges? Only cardholders of the following credit cards from American Express can enter:
Cardmembers follow the same process to get into a Centurion Lounge that they do for most other airport lounges in the AmEx network: Show their card along with a government-issued I.D. and a boarding pass for travel that day. Members can bring up to two guests into the Centurion Lounge at no extra charge.
In these lounges, cardmembers can sit back and enjoy plenty to eat and drink, including fresh seasonal menus created with local chefs, signature cocktails, premium liquors, and beer and wine.
Business amenities include semi-private workspaces, copy/fax/print capabilities, Wi-Fi, TVs, magazines and newspapers — as well as plenty of space to relax as you wait for your next flight. At select Centurion Lounges, cardmembers can find even more luxurious amenities like showers, spa services, lockers and even wine tastings.
Lounges open now
If you can’t wait to get inside the newest Centurion Lounges, check out one of the existing ones in Dallas-Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, San Francisco or Seattle.
And if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express but don’t plan to depart from a city with a Centurion Lounge, you still have a wide range of options. American Express partners with other providers to facilitate access to hundreds of lounges for cardmembers, including Delta Sky Clubs, lounges in the Priority Pass Network and regular American Express lounges. You can find options at your airport as well as entry/guest requirements at the AmEx lounge website (Terms apply).
Is The Platinum Card® from American Express for me?
So why, you may be wondering, doesn’t every traveler carry The Platinum Card® from American Express to get into these lounges? Two words: Annual fee.
This card costs $550 per year for regular cardmembers and $595 for the business version.
Yes, there are lots of perks to justify those fees, like earning 5X American Express points per dollar on flights and hotels booked with AmEx Travel (Terms apply). But for non-luxury travelers, that annual fee still could be way out of reach.
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