Amex announces 2020 opening dates for five new Centurion Lounges

Last August, American Express announced their plans on adding five Centurion Lounges to their network at the following airports: Los Angeles, Denver, Charlotte, New York-JFK, and London Heathrow.  The new Centurion Lounges, which are accessible to Amex Platinum and Centurion card holders, would represent a 50% increase to their total network footprint.  And Amex has now released the anticipated opening dates for their five new lounges this year.

Los Angeles - soon

The 13,900-square foot LAX lounge will be located at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which is accessible post-security from terminals 2-8.  Amex is likely putting up the finishing touches on this one, which will include a spa, family room, and a new “tranquility area”.

Denver - sometime in 2020

The proposed 14,650-square foot Denver Centurion Lounge was supposed to open in late 2019, but underwent numerous delays and Amex is just disclosing that it will open sometime in 2020.  The lounge will be located in Terminal C, which primarily serves Southwest, but is accessible post-security via tram from all the other terminals.

Charlotte - sometime in 2020

Amex has yet to announce a general timeframe for their proposed 13,000-square foot Centurion Lounge in Charlotte, but it will be sometime in 2020.  The lounge will be located post-security at the intersection of concourses D and E, which is accessible airside from all the other gates and will be easily accessible for American Airlines passengers at their fortress Philadelphia hub.

New York JFK - first half of 2020

The 15,000-square foot New York-JFK Centurion Lounge would be the largest lounge in their network, and is scheduled to open in the first half of 2020.  The bi-level lounge would actually be an extension of Terminal 4, which serves an array of Sky Team, Star Alliance, and non-alliance international carriers.  With the JFK lounge, New York would be the only city with two Centurion Lounges, complimenting their existing lounge at LaGuardia Airport.

London Heathrow - first half of 2020

The 7,000-square foot London Heathrow lounge is scheduled to open in the first half of 2020 and would be the second international Centurion Lounge, complimenting the Hong Kong Centurion Lounge.  The lounge, which will feature showers, private workstations and other amenities, will be located in Terminal 3, which serves mostly long-haul international flights and is the base of operations for Virgin Atlantic.

Total lounge count

With the five new lounges that are scheduled to be open this year, the Centurion Lounge network will expand from the existing 10 to the following 15 lounges:

  • 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)

How to access the Centurion Lounge network

Passengers can access any Centurion Lounge with an Amex Platinum, Business Platinum, or Centurion card.  Platinum card holders can bring up to 2 guests for free, and Centurion members may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.  Amex SkyMiles Reserve card holders can now also access Centurion Lounges when flying on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight, though guests will be $50 per person.  In an effort to curb overcrowding which has become commonplace at many of their Centurion Lounges, Amex has recently imposed new restrictions on lounge access rules, and Delta Reserve and Platinum card holders can now only access the lounge 3 hours prior to their scheduled departing flight (not on arrival) unless they are connecting.

Bottom line

It's great to see Amex continuously expanding their Centurion Lounge network by 50% for this year alone.  Overcrowding has always been an issue at many of their lounges, but the hope is that the new access restrictions and larger lounges may help alleviate some of these issues.  If you frequent or live close to any of the airports with Centurion Lounges, you may want to consider getting an Amex Platinum or Business Platinum card via my referral link.


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