Everything You Need to Know About AmEx Centurion Lounges

June Casagrande, Elina GellerOctober 22, 2020
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Do you have The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, the Centurion® Card from American Express, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card? If so, there’s a top-shelf cocktail, premium snacks and a comfortable lounge with free Wi-Fi and other luxuries waiting for you at 13 airports.

These cardholders have access to AmEx’s Global Lounge Collection, which includes more than 1,300 lounges across 130 countries.

Although the network includes Centurion Lounges, International American Express Lounges, Delta Sky Club and Priority Pass Select lounges, you'll find Centurion Lounges are the swankiest. These locations offer custom drinks created by a nationally renowned mixologist, a member services desk that can help with travel plans and semi-private workspaces — some locations even have shower suites, a spa and a wine-tasting area.

Centurion Lounge access is exclusively available to holders of the cards listed above (premium American Express credit cards and premium Delta credit cards), as well as Centurion members. (Centurion membership is a privilege reserved for folks who spend somewhere in the six figures on an American Express card in a prior year and either got an invitation to join or requested access for their high spending). You can’t purchase a membership or a day pass to Centurion Lounges; they're for cardholders and members only.

How do I get into a Centurion Lounge?

To get in, present your eligible credit card, your boarding pass for travel that day and a photo ID. You can bring up to two guests for free and additional guests for $50 per person. Pets are allowed in carriers, service animals are allowed on a leash or harness and admittance for emotional support animals varies from lounge to lounge.

In addition to those who hold the Centurion® Card from American Express, other AmEx cards that offer Centurion Lounge access, not surprisingly, carry steep annual fees. They include:

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express has a $550 annual fee and the following welcome bonus: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months. Terms Apply.

  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express has a $595 annual fee. Its welcome bonus is as follows: Earn 75,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms apply.

  • The American Express Corporate Platinum Card has a $395 annual fee.

  • The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card has a $550 annual fee and the following welcome bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Terms Apply.

  • The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card has a $250 annual fee and offers the following welcome bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months, Offer Expires 10/28/2020. Terms Apply.

  • The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card has a $550 annual fee and this welcome bonus: Earn 45,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in the first 3 months. Terms Apply.

  • The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card has a $250 annual fee and the following welcome bonus: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in the first 3 months. Offer ends 10/28/20. Terms Apply.

Where can I visit a Centurion Lounge?

All Centurion Lounges come with some basic perks, including gourmet snacks, a premium bar, high-speed Wi-Fi, power stations, large flat-screen TVs and are staffed. Some lounges come with extras, including hot meals.

There are the 13 airports where you’ll find designated Centurion Lounges. But AmEx also operates 10 other lounges worldwide that offer similar amenities, and more Centurion Lounges are slated to open soon in Denver and London.

Here are the details for the 13 Centurion Lounges. Note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, some lounges are closed. For lounges scheduled to reopen, we’ve included a note below; however, the usual hours of operation are listed below for all lounges:

  1. Seattle-Tacoma. Concourse B, across from Gate B3. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Snacks, premium bar, showers. (Now open).

  2. San Francisco. Terminal 3, near Gate 74. Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fresh seasonal cuisine, family room, wine-tasting area, shower suites. (Now open).

  3. Las Vegas-McCarran. Concourse D, opposite Gate D1. Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fresh seasonal fare, family room, conference space, shower suites.

  4. Dallas-Ft. Worth. Terminal D, across from Gate 12. Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fresh seasonal cuisine, spa, family room, shower suites, conference space. (Now open).

  5. Houston. Terminal D, access via elevators near Gate D6. Open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Locally inspired cuisine, family room, shower suites. (Now open).

  6. Miami. Concourse D, fourth floor near Gate D12. Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fresh seasonal cuisine, family room, shower suites, spa.

  7. Philadelphia. Terminal A West, near Gate A14. Open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Locally inspired cuisine, shower suites. (Now open).

  8. New York-LaGuardia. Terminal B, pre-security on the third floor. Open 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Fresh seasonal cuisine.

  9. Hong Kong. Terminal 1, take the escalator just before Gate 60. Open 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Locally-inspired cuisine, shower suites.

  10. Los Angeles. Terminal TBIT, which is accessible from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Lounge is on Level 2 and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  11. Phoenix. Terminal 4 across from Gate B22 on the upper level. Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  12. Charlotte. Located at the intersection of Concourses D & E, mezzanine level. The lounge is accessible airside to all gates at the airport and is open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Now open).

  13. New York-JFK. The lounge is in Terminal 4 and is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. This is AmEx's newest and largest Centurion Lounge at more than 15,000 square feet, including two floors and six unique rooms, each inspired by a different New York City landmark or design era. (Now open).

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