American Express shuttered all its wildly popular Centurion lounges way back in March. Now, nearly half of the Amex Centurion Lounges nationwide are set to reopen – and a new one is on the way, too.
The first few American Express Centurion Lounges opened in Philadelphia (PHL) and Seattle (SEA) earlier this month. On Monday, Oct. 12, Centurion lounges in Charlotte (CLT) and San Francisco (SFO) also reopened.
And they’re not done yet: American Express said Monday, Oct. 19 that its location at Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) was open again. Meanwhile, the lounge at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) will reopen Wednesday, Oct. 21.
But that’s not all. American Express has also finally opened its brand-new lounge in New York City (JFK). Announced way back in early 2018, it’s Amex’s largest Centurion Lounge, spanning two floors and 15,000 square feet. The lounge in JFK’s Terminal 4 even has a speakeasy-style bar, dubbed “1850.”
The JFK location is the fourth new Amex Centurion Lounge to open in 2020 alone, after Phoenix (PHX), Charlotte (CLT), and Los Angeles (LAX). The timeline for reopening Amex’s other locations like Los Angeles (LAX) and Las Vegas (LAS) 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 14 worldwide Centurion Lounge locations are set to reopen.
- Charlotte (CLT): Oct. 12
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): Oct. 21
- Hong Kong (HKG): No opening date.
- Houston-Intercontinental (IAH): Oct. 19
- Las Vegas (LAS): No opening date.
- Los Angeles (LAX): No opening date.
- New York City-JFK (JFK): Oct. 9.
- 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): Oct. 12
And there’s also no final word on when other new locations in the works may open. American Express is still planning to open Centurion lounges in Denver (DEN) 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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