The Ultimate Guide To Amex Centurion Lounges: Locations, Opening Status And More

The Ultimate Guide To Amex Centurion Lounges: Locations, Opening Status And More

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For frequent travelers, there may be no greater airport oasis than an American Express Centurion Lounge. Centurion Lounge locations cover a number of hub cities for domestic US airlines, with some additional locations (Las Vegas) set in popular vacation spots. While business travelers have different needs from leisure travelers, the Centurion Lounges cater to both groups.

All the Centurion Lounges were closed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but the network is now mostly back on its feet. Of the 12 lounges that existed before the pandemic, 10 are currently open. The Hong Kong location remains closed, and the lounge in Los Angeles recently closed again due to building repairs.

In addition to the 10 reopened lounges, two new lounges were added to the network in the last year. A new lounge at New York’s JFK airport opened for the first time last October, while the new Denver lounge is now also open to the public. A brand-new location in New York’s LaGuardia airport was recently opened to replace the previous one in the now-demolished old terminal building.

As a result of the pandemic, Amex has implemented a set of health and safety protocols and practices meant to protect travelers in its lounges. Called the “Centurion Lounge Commitment,” the procedures include the option for contactless mobile check-in, capacity restrictions and reconfigured seating to allow for social distancing. Guests and employees are also required to wear masks while in the lounge, and surfaces are cleaned more frequently.

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Contactless mobile entry is used as part of the Amex Centurion Lounge safety protocols.

Many lounges already had issues with overcrowding before the pandemic, and while travel volume is still down significantly, reduced seating capacity may lead to some card members getting turned away. However, the issuer is utilizing a waiting list tool for customers who cannot be immediately accommodated due to capacity restrictions. Upon check-in, guests are given guidance on how long to expect to wait, and the tool notifies them via text as soon as there’s capacity in the lounge.

Under the current safety protocols, buffets in the Centurion Lounges are temporarily manned by lounge representatives who serve food from them to guests upon request. The famous Centurion Lounge bars are open but feature a shorter cocktail menu in order to reduce wait times and bar crowding.

When it comes to spa services and showers, it will be a while before the full experience returns. The lounge spas are limited to services without person-to-person contact. Theragun massages are taking the place of traditional massages for now, and treatment areas are sanitized between appointments. Unfortunately, showers remain temporarily closed as well.

Access to the Centurion Lounges is one of the key benefits of both The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express as well as the invitation-only Amex Centurion cards. These personal and business luxury cards carry high annual fees and are geared toward road warriors and small-business owners.

Related: Increase your point balance with these American Express Platinum cards.

You can also access the Centurion Lounges with the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, but you must be traveling on a Delta flight on the same day you enter the lounge in order to be admitted with one of the Delta credit cards.

As a general rule, Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve cardmembers can access the Centurion Lounges up to three hours prior to departure of their first flight, and at any time between connecting flight itineraries of 24 hours or less. Only invite-only Centurion cardmembers can use Centurion Lounges upon arrival at their final destination.

You may find the enforcement of the 3-hour rule selective based on crowds. Smaller Centurion Lounges, such as Seattle, are frequently overcrowded and more restrictive on entry requirements, while bigger lounges with more space can be more generous with time.

Amex Platinum card members are currently entitled to bring two complimentary guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) into a Centurion Lounge with them, and may purchase access for additional guests at a rate of $50 per guest, per visit (subject to capacity). Note that these rules are slated to change in February 2023, when the guest policy will become much more restrictive. Delta Reserve card members don’t have complimentary guest privileges, but may bring up to two guests at a rate of $50 per guest, per visit.

For large families, the best deal right now may be to get an Amex Platinum card and then add authorized user cards to the account. You’ll pay a fee of $175 to add up to three authorized users (see rates and fees), but each of those users not only get Centurion Lounge access of their own, but two additional complimentary guests as well. So if your family travels often, the cost could easily be worth it.

American Express Centurion Lounges can cover you in some of the largest international airports in the world, though the Centurion Lounge footprint itself is focused in the United States. Here’s the list of current and announced future locations:

Centurion Lounges that are currently open Charlotte (CLT) Dallas (DFW) Denver (DEN) Houston (IAH) Las Vegas (LAS) Miami (MIA) New York (JFK) New York (LGA) Philadelphia (PHL) Phoenix (PHX) San Francisco (SFO) Seattle (SEA) New lounges scheduled to open in 2021 London Heathrow (LHR) New lounges scheduled to open in 2022 Washington, DC (DCA) No reopening information currently available Hong Kong (HKG) Los Angeles (LAX) Here’s a detailed look at each Centurion Lounge, including where you can find them in each airport and the current status and pandemic restrictions for each location.

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The Amex Centurion Lounge in Charlotte features over 13,000 square feet of space.

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: Between concourses D and E on the Mezzanine level.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major domestic hub for American Airlines. There are some international flights, but the airport serves primarily to move tens of thousands of passengers around the US for American.

So aside from the Centurion Lounge, you won’t find much in the way of premium lounges in Charlotte. American’s own Admirals Clubs, while sizable, tend to be crowded, making the Centurion Lounge at Charlotte by far the most upscale option for travelers.

The Charlotte Centurion Lounge originally opened for the first time in February 2020, so crowds were a bit hard to gauge before the pandemic temporarily closed everything down. But this is one of the larger Centurion Lounges at more than 13,000 square feet.

Still, many of the seating options in the lounge aren’t suited for long stretches with a laptop. There’s a large common table if driving a desk is on your list, though you may find the seating in the cafe a bit more conducive to working. Phone rooms can provide privacy and a quiet place to dial into a conference call.

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The Amex Centurion Lounge in DFW has plenty of food and drink options.

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: Terminal D, across from gate D12 on the Mezzanine level.

The Dallas/Fort Worth airport housed the largest Centurion Lounge for quite some time, and while it can no longer lay claim to that title, it’s still one of the bigger lounges at over 12,000 square feet. There are plenty of semi-private seating options with small desks and power sources if you need a place to work in between flights.

The DFW lounge has one of the largest dining and bar areas amongst the Centurion Lounges with plenty of food and drink options, and you should be able to find a seat even when it’s busy. (Don’t forget about upgraded complimentary champagne if you hold the Amex Centurion Card.)

There are normally multiple showers in the Dallas Centurion Lounge to help feel refreshed after a long flight, but they’re currently closed due to the pandemic. And DFW is also one of the Centurion Lounges that normally offers complimentary spa services, but lounge spas are currently limited to services without person-to-person contact. Theragun massages take the place of traditional massages for now, and treatment areas are sanitized between appointments.

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The Denver Centurion Lounge has games and a craft beer bar with local brews.

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: Concourse C, just past gate C46 on the Mezzanine level.

The Denver location was the first brand-new Centurion Lounge opened in 2021, and it’s the second-largest Centurion Lounge location to date, covering more than 14,000 square feet. Features include geometric ceiling installations that mimic the mountainous Denver area, a mural of the Rocky Mountains and a two-sided living wall visible from within the lounge and from the concourse below.

According to the issuer, this lounge is the first in the network to include a live-action cooking station with a daily rotating menu of breakfast and lunch items, where guests can get dishes prepared à la carte and customize them to their personal preferences.

The lounge also hosts a variety of locally inspired amenities, including American Express’ first-ever Craft Beer Bar, which offers rotating selections of some of Colorado’s best local brews, a locally-sourced Italian-inspired menu curated by award-winning Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and more.

Visitors to the lounge will find a game room with a variety of options, including pool and shuffleboard tables, as well as custom, large-scale classics such as Connect Four and Checkers. As part of the Centurion Lounge Commitment, games are cleaned and sanitized after each use.

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The Amex Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong has a “lounge within a lounge” for Centurion card members.

Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: Terminal 1, near gate 60.

The Hong Kong Centurion Lounge is the first Amex Centurion Lounge outside the United States, and it faces a lot of competition from Cathay Pacific’s world-renowned Hong Kong lounges (most of which are currently closed due to decreasing travel demand from the coronavirus). It’s also currently the only Centurion Lounge to feature a “lounge within a lounge” exclusively for Amex Centurion card members.

Before the pandemic, this lounge got crowded quickly, so when it reopens, be prepared to table stalk a bit to find the right spot, as the space is less geared toward the business traveler who needs a desk to get some work done. A massive bar welcomes weary travelers in need of a drink, as well as a substantial buffet. Shower services are limited when they’re available, so put your name on the list early.

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It’s not hard to find a seat at the Amex Centurion Lounge in Houston.

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: Terminal D, elevators near gate D6.

The Houston Centurion Lounge is generally on the quieter side. While the airport normally hosts plenty of international flights, the spread-out nature of the terminals probably dissuades some travelers from making the hike over to the D Terminal to visit this lounge, and with the current dropoff in travel, finding a seat here shouldn’t be difficult once it reopens.

You can usually find a quiet place to work in this lounge, and food and beverage offerings are solid, on par with the rest of the Centurion Lounges (it’s an area where they consistently shine). There’s normally no wait to grab one of the showers, but they’re currently closed due to the pandemic.

Even outside of the pandemic, you won’t find spa services here, but you’ll find pretty much everything else you’re hoping for in a lounge experience. With the possible exception of United’s Polaris Lounge, this is the best lounge at IAH.

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The Amex Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas is easily the best lounge in the airport.

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: Concourse D, opposite gate D1.

While Vegas may be filled with every VIP experience imaginable, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas isn’t exactly swimming in upscale lounges. In fact, you won’t find many lounges at all. That means the Centurion Lounge here is easily the best option.

This Centurion Lounge location features some semi-private workspaces, but you may have trouble finding a seat during peak times. The bar is also on the smaller side, as is the dining area.

Amex recently announced plans to expand the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge from its current size of nearly 9,000 square feet to over 13,400 square feet, an almost 50% increase. The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021, will also feature additional multi-purpose areas, new private telephone rooms, newly-designed workspace areas and a new reception.

For now, the only sure way to get a seat here is to carry the Centurion Card, as a section in the quietest part of the lounge is reserved exclusively for these elite members.

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Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: Tom Bradley International Terminal, entrance on the departures level right after security, then take the elevators two floors down.

At nearly 14,000 square feet, this is a spacious lounge, but in person, it doesn’t feel huge because the space is cut into many smaller rooms, which may make finding a seat easier. As with other Centurion Lounges, the LAX location features private workspaces for business travelers who need a spot to put down their laptop and get some work done before their flight.

Premium wine selections at the LAX Centurion are curated by wine director Anthony Giglio, and specialty cocktails partially inspired by L.A.’s cocktail culture by Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given its location, the LAX Centurion Lounge focuses on wellness, with two tranquility rooms to assist travelers arriving in a new time zone. The location also normally features spa services by Exhale, but they’re currently suspended due to pandemic restrictions.

A recent expansion of the Amex Centurion Lounge in Miami has helped with overcrowding.`

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: In Concourse D, elevator near gate D12.

American Express completed an expansion of this lounge in 2019, which was incredibly welcome, as the Miami lounge has notoriously struggled with overcrowding.

However, the vast majority of added space is in bar seating and the dining room. While sitting in the bar area and watching the planes taxi back and forth is a relaxing way to kill some time, you may have to settle for a chair in the dining room if you need to get work done.

Outside of the pandemic restrictions, showers are available, which is especially handy if you just got off a long flight from South America (though that’s also less likely right now during the pandemic). And if you’re stressed from a long flight, the complimentary spa service should be your first stop once spa services resume.

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The Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s JFK is the only one that spans two full floors.

Lounge status: Open — click here for current operating hours.

Where to find it: Terminal 4, Departures level, to the far left of the TSA checkpoint past the escalators.

At over 15,000 square feet, the JFK location is the largest Centurion Lounge in the world, and it’s also the first one that has two complete floors open to guests. The main seating areas are relatively narrow but very long, with all types of different seats, couches and tables available.

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