American Express Eyes Charlotte for its Next Centurion Lounge
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American Express Eyes Charlotte for its Next Centurion Lounge

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American Express keeps adding to its collection of Centurion Lounges, and it’s a win for frequent flyers. The next airport to get one of these outstanding lounges: Charlotte (CLT).

View from the Wing confirms that the Charlotte city council will vote next week on approving a new outpost at the airport, expected to open sometime in fall 2019. The lounge will clock in at 13,295 square feet, situated on the third level between concourses D and E.

American Express is on a tear building more of these Centurion Lounges. It already has lounges at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston-Intercontinental (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Miami (MIA), Seattle (SEA) and San Francisco (SFO). Plus there’s one international Centurion lounge, at Hong Kong (HKG).

New Centurion lounges in Los Angeles (LAX)Denver (DEN) and New York City-JFK (JFK) are expected to open in 2019. So this new lounge at CLT will be its 13th overall.

There aren’t many details on the features of this new lounge. But Centurion lounges generally put other domestic airport lounges to shame.  Every lounge has high-speed WiFi and free food and drinks that far outpace the standard lounge fare.

On the flipside, the popularity of these lounges comes at a cost: crowding. Like many airport lounge operators, American Express has struggled with overcrowding at Centurion Lounges nationwide.


Get Into Centurion Lounges with the Platinum Card from American Express

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with one of the richest sets of travel perks of any premier travel rewards card. Along with top-dollar travel credits and up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, the Platinum Card opens up thousands of airport lounges worldwide for you. You get into Centurion Lounges for free. You can bring two guests as well.



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The card also comes with a membership to Priority Pass, which has a global network of 1,200 lounges as well as partnerships with many airport restaurants. Again, two free guests can accompany you into the lounges.

You can also get into Delta SkyClubs with the Platinum Card so long as you’re flying Delta that day, though that comes with no guesting privileges. And finally, you can access some one-off independent lounges like the fantastic Escape Lounge at MSP.


Bottom Line

Any new Centurion Lounge is good news in our book. These lounges are always worth a stop during a layover or before departure. Stay tuned as we will provide updates on this story as more information becomes available.


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