Tired, hungry, and cranky before your flight or during a layover? Or just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the airport? There’s nothing better than an airport lounge. And if you’re in the U.S., you can’t do better than the American Express Centurion Lounges.
With nine locations and counting, these lounges have set the bar high for domestic airports. They offer food curated by celebrity chefs, beer, high-end wine, cocktails, and even spa services in some locations. There is comfortable seating, power outlets, quiet space to work, and more.
The best part? It’s all complimentary if you hold the right credit card.
How To Get Amex Centurion Lounge Access
In order to access an Amex Centurion Lounge, you need to hold the Platinum Card from American Express, the Business Platinum Card from American Express, the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card (and be flying Delta) or the Amex Centurion Card, which is an invite-only credit card reserved for Amex’s top spenders.
Head to the lounge and simply present your Platinum, Reserve, or Centurion card along with a same-day boarding pass on any airline. There is no requirement that you purchased the flight with your Amex Platinum card. However, if you are entering the lounge with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve card, you will need to be flying with Delta on a ticket purchased with your Reserve card.
Additionally, each Platinum cardholder can bring two guests into the lounge for free. Children under two will be admitted free of charge, and won’t count towards the two complimentary guest count as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with a “lap infant” boarding pass, birth certificate or any other proof of age. If you wish to bring in more than two guests, each additional guest costs $50 per person. Delta Reserve cardholders will not receive any complimentary guests.
To combat crowding, Amex has tightened the times during which you can get into Centurion lounges. As of March 2019, guests will only be able to get into a Centurion Lounge within three hours of their originally scheduled departure flight. Additionally, flyers will no longer be able to get in upon arrival to their final destination – only departing flights will qualify for a lounge visit.
Trying to get in during a layover? You’re in luck, as these policies are relaxed if you’re trying to visit between flights.
These lounges are popular, and Amex is doing what they can to prevent overcrowding. Read more about these restrictions in our recent post.
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Centurion Lounge Amenities
Exactly which amenities you find in the Amex Centurion Lounge will depend largely on which location you are at. All Centurion Lounges offer complimentary drinks and food, Wi-Fi, private workspaces, and comfortable furniture to unwind before your flight. And in nearly every regard, it’s all a step above what you’ll get in standard airport lounges – at least in the U.S.
Much of the cuisine is designed by James Beard award-winning chefs with a local connection to the city you’re in. Food is served buffet-style, with different selections during breakfast, lunchtime, and dinner. Some lounges – like the Philadelphia (PHL) Centurion Lounge – are known for their top-notch food. But in general, you can usually count on a tasty meal – not just finger food.
The same is true for cocktail lists, as Amex works with some of the nation’s top mixologists to curate the selections. For example, check out this outstanding cocktail list from the Las Vegas (LAS) Centurion Lounge.
Some of the lounges like Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) are even equipped with spa services and private shower suites. If you have enough time, you can take advantage of a complimentary massage.
Thrifty Tip: Download the LoungeBuddy mobile app. This is a great way to navigate the benefits available at each of the individual Amex Centurion Lounges.
Domestic Amex Centurion Lounge Locations
Charlotte International Airport (CLT) – Coming Soon – In November 2018, American Express announced plans to open a new Centurion Lounge at Charlotte International Airport. Once this lounge is open, we will update this post with location and other important info.
Denver International Airport (DEN) – Coming Soon – In April 2018, American Express announced plans to open a new Centurion Lounge at Denver International Airport. Once this lounge is open, we will update this post with location and other important info.
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) – The Dallas Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal D, across from Gate 12 on the mezzanine. The lounge can be reached from any other terminal via the Skylink train. The lounge is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Houston-Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – The Houston Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal D. It is accessible via the elevator located in the duty-free shop near Gate D6. You can access Terminal D from other terminals without going through security via the SKYWAY (upper level) train. The Subway (lower, basement level) train connects all terminals outside of security. The lounge is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
New York JFK International Airport (JFK) – Coming Soon – In January 2018, American Express announced plans to open the world’s largest Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s JFK International Airport. The lounge is set to occupy two levels in JFK’s Terminal 4. Once this lounge is open, we will update this post.
Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) – The Las Vegas Centurion Lounge is located in Concourse D, opposite Gate D1. Concourse D is accessible from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 via the airport’s transit system. The lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Coming Soon – In June 2018, American Express announced plans to open a Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. Once this lounge is open, we’ll update this post and review this brand new lounge.
New York – LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) – The New York – LaGuardia Centurion Lounge is located before security in Terminal B on the third floor between concourses B and C. If your flight departs from another terminal, you can take the purple, red or blue airport shuttle on the departures level. The lounge is open daily on Sunday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Miami International Airport (MIA) – The Miami Centurion Lounge is located in Concourse D near Gate D12 on the fourth floor. If you are coming from another terminal, you must re-enter through security with either a connecting or onward boarding pass. The lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – The Philadelphia Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal A West, near Gate A14. It can be reached from any other terminal by walking or via shuttle bus. The lounge is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) – In early 2020, American Express finally opened a brand new Centurion Lounge in Phoenix (PHX). This new lounge is on the small side, at just under 5,000 square feet. It shares an entrance with a new Escape Lounge in Terminal 4.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – The Seattle Centurion Lounge is located in Concourse B, opposite Gate B3. Because all terminals are connected airside, the lounge is accessible from any security checkpoint. The lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – The San Francisco Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 3, Near Gate 74 past security. The terminals at SFO are not connected airside. If you are departing out of a different terminal, you will need to pass through security in Terminal 3 and then re-enter security out of your departure terminal. The lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
International Centurion Lounge Locations
On top of the Centurion lounges scattered throughout airports across the United States, they also have ten lounges exclusively for Platinum cardholders across the globe. These lounges won’t be quite as impressive as the Centurion Lounges you are used to in the US (with the exception of Hong Kong (HKG) and London-Heathrow (LHR), which should open soon), but they are still a quiet oasis away from your departure gate.
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) – The Centurion Lounge in Buenos Aires is located in Terminal C on level 2 near gate 15. The Lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) – The Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong is located in Terminal 1 on Level 7. Take the escalator just before gate 60. The lounge is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) – Coming Soon – In December 2018, American Express announced plans to open a new Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow International Airport at some point in 2019. Once this lounge is open, we will update this post with location and other important info.
Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) – The Centurion Club in Mexico City is located in International Terminal 1 by the entrance of the international security filters. The Lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. There is also another Centurion Club located in the International area past security on floor 2 by Gate K.
Monterrey, Mexico (MTY) – The Centurion Club in Monterrey is located in Terminal A on the departure level near gate 4. There is a second Centurion Club located in Terminal B on the departure level in front of door 4. The hours at these lounges vary.
Toluca, Mexico (TLC) – The Centurion Club in Toluca, Mexico is in Terminal 1, before security in front of doors 3 and 4. The lounge is open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and closes at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
There is no better way to improve your airport experience than by having access to a lounge network. The American Express Platinum Card is far and away the best card in the marketplace when it comes to lounge access. If you frequent any of the airports on the list above, do yourself a favor and grab the card.