American Express shuttered all its wildly popular Centurion lounges way back in March. And with the pandemic wreaking havoc on travel, there was no sign of when they may reopen. Until now.
American Express announced Wednesday it will reopen select Centurion lounges as of Oct. 5, starting with locations in Philadelphia (PHL) and Seattle (SEA). Amex’s 10 other locations like Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and expanded lounges in Las Vegas (LAS) and New York City-LaGuardia (LGA) will follow, though that timeline is unclear.
Centurion Lounges are easily some of the best airport lounges you can find in the U.S. Getting into any of these lounges is one of the best parts of holding the Platinum Card from American Express. You can treat yourself to top-notch cocktails or wine, great meals, and a snazzy (if somewhat overcrowded) setting.
But that was before the pandemic. They’ve all been closed for months, leaving Platinum Card members wondering about the value of their cards.
As these popular lounges reopen their doors, just what you’ll find inside these lounges will change, too.
- Amex is launching a new mobile-check in process for Centurion Lounges through the Amex smartphone app – though you’ll still need to show your Platinum Card and boarding pass at reception.
- American Express says they will limit capacity with socially distanced seating inside.
- Face masks will be mandatory inside all Centurion lounges.
- Buffets are out – Amex says pre-portioned plates will be available.
- Wine lists remain unchanged, but Amex says it will serve a “shorter cocktail menu”
- Many Centurion Lounges are equipped with showers, but they will remain closed.
American Express Centurion Lounge Reopening Dates
To date, just two of the 12 worldwide Centurion Lounge locations are set to reopen.
- Charlotte (CLT): No opening date.
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): No opening date.
- Hong Kong (HKG): No opening date.
- Houston-Intercontinental (IAH): No opening date.
- Las Vegas (LAS): No opening date.
- Los Angeles (LAX): No opening date.
- New York City-LaGuardia (LGA): No opening date.
- Miami (MIA): No opening date.
- Philadelphia (PHL): Reopens Oct. 5, 2020
- Phoenix (PHX): No opening date.
- Seattle (SEA): Reopens Oct. 5, 2020
- San Francisco (SFO): No opening date.
And there’s also no final word on when new locations in the works may open. American Express is still planning to open Centurion lounges in Denver (DEN), New York City (JFK), and London-Heathrow (LHR) “later this year.”
Meanwhile, the LaGuardia location is getting a significant facelift. American Express says it will move to a new location behind airport security, doubling in size with new workspaces, a family room, and views of New York City.
It’s a start. While travel numbers are way down – and will likely stay that way for a while – it’s nice to see that American Express is starting to reopen its Centurion Lounge locations as travel slowly resumes. Stay tuned for future reopening announcements!
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