The Ultimate Guide to Amex Centurion Lounges: Locations, Access & More

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In the U.S., there are airport lounges … and then there are Amex Centurion Lounges. It's really that simple.

American Express's signature collection of airport lounges scattered across the U.S. put most other lounges to shame. With 13 U.S. locations (and two abroad) and counting, these lounges have set the bar high. After closing in the early stages of the pandemic, they're open again – and Amex is doubling down with major expansion plans.

Each and every Centurion Lounge offers food curated by local celebrity chefs; free beer, high-end wine, and cocktails; and even spa services in some locations. There's comfortable seating, power outlets, quiet spaces to work, and more. Best of all? The right credit cards can get you (and friends!) in for free.

But what are these lounges like? Where can you find them? And how can you get in? Let's take a look.
 

 

Current Amex Centurion Lounge Locations

In all, there are currently 15 Amex Centurion lounges that have opened: 13 in the U.S., one in Hong Kong (HKG) and the newest location in London-Heathrow.

Here's a quick rundown of where you can find Centurion lounges today. As of publication, all but the Hong Kong (HKG) location has reopened after shutting during COVID-19, though the Los Angeles (LAX) lounge is closed intermittently for repairs.

 

 

In the last two years alone, American Express has opened up six brand new Centurion lounges in Charlotte (CLT), Los Angeles (LAX), New York City-JFK (JFK), Phoenix (PHX), Denver (DEN), and London-Heathrow (LHR).

Meanwhile, Amex completely relocated and expanded its overrun New York City (LGA) location and drastically expanded its Las Vegas (LAS) lounge. The company plans to do the same in both Seattle (SEA) and San Francisco (SFO).

Read more: Amex Doubled Down on Centurion Lounges During COVID-19, What's Next?

And they're not done yet…

 

Upcoming Amex Centurion Lounges

The credit card company has at least three more Centurion Lounge locations in the works in the U.S.

  • Atlanta (ATL): Amex hasn't said much about a potential location in the world's busiest airport, but it's clear they're working on it.
  • Newark (EWR): Amex is working on an 18,000-square-foot lounge in Newark's expanded Terminal A, with aims to open in the summer of 2023.
  • Washington, D.C.-Reagan (DCA): If all goes well, an 11,500-square-foot Centurion Lounge is set to open in the nation's capital by the end of 2022.

 

How To Get Amex Centurion Lounge Access

These are premium airport lounges. To get in, you'll need a premium travel credit card in your wallet.

In order to access an Amex Centurion Lounge, you need to hold The Platinum Card® from American Express, or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. 
 

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You can also get in with the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express CardDelta's top-tier card. But there's a hitch: You have to be flying Delta that day, and you must have paid for your ticket with your Reserve card.
 

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Finally, you can get in with the American Express 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. You can also now “check-in” ahead of time using the Amex app and simply show your ID and boarding pass upon arrival.

But Amex has tightened up on when you can get into Centurion lounges to combat crowding. As of March 2019, you can only get into a Centurion Lounge within three hours of your originally scheduled flight departure. Luckily, this policy doesn't apply if you're at the airport during a layover.

And you can no longer get into the lounge upon arrival. Only departing flights will qualify for a visit.

 

Centurion Lounge Guest Access

Want to bring a friend or family member? You're in luck … at least for now.

Each Amex Platinum cardholder can currently 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.

But that generous guest policy is changing: Starting in February 2023, Platinum cardholders will no longer get complimentary guests. Instead, they'll have to pay $50 per guest – or a reduced $30 rate for minors. The only way around that additional fee is by charging a whopping $75,000 or more to your Platinum Card each year.

Delta Reserve cardholders do not currently receive any complimentary guests.

 

Amex Centurion Lounge Food, Drink & Amenities

Wondering what you'll find at your next Centurion Lounge? It depends on which location you visit.

But 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.

 
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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 or cold snacks.
 

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Chicken milanese, carrot soup, and potato salad from the JFK Centurion Lounge

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.
 

centurion lounge las vegas cocktail menu 

Amex has taken its emphasis on cocktails to a new level in New York City (JFK), where they built a speakeasy bar on the lower level dubbed 1850. And there are some seriously tasty cocktails there, like this Boulevardier complete with an 1850-branded ice cube.
 

jfk centurion cocktail 

The new Denver Centurion Lounge has not one but two bars, including a craft beer bar pouring specialty brews from the area.
 

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In most (but not all) lounges, you can find shower suites. Newer locations have other amenities. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) lounge has a spa, where you can take advantage of a complimentary spa. In New York City (JFK), you'll find an Equinox Body Lab, where you can pick from a handful of therapies, treatments, exercises, and massages – all free.
 

JFK Centurion Lounge Equinox chair 

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.

 

A Glimpse at Each Amex Centurion Lounge

While each Amex Centurion lounge is fantastic, they're all a bit different. Here's a quick glimpse at all the current Centurion lounges.

Charlotte (CLT)

Opened in early 2020, the Charlotte Centurion lounge is among the newest locations in Amex's portfolio. The new space in Charlotte clocks in at 13,000 square feet, located on the top floor between Concourses D and E above “The Plaza,” the airport’s new space.
 

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Photo courtesy of American Express

The lounge has two shower suites for travelers who need to freshen up. It has a dedicated room for families with children. And acclaimed local chef Joe Kindred is behind the wheel, serving up dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, grilled cauliflower steak, and milk bread french toast.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

The Dallas Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal D, across from Gate 12 on the mezzanine. After moving to a new location in 2018, it now clocks in at 12,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest Amex Centurion Lounges.

Still, the lounge can get very busy.
 

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Read our full review of the Dallas Centurion Lounge!

 

Denver (DEN)

Denver is one of Amex's newest Centurion Lounges. And it's outstanding.

Amex took everything that makes Centurion Lounges great and kicked it into a higher gear here. It's 14,650 square feet, bigger than most other Amex lounges. But it's also got a unique, local flair thanks to a mountain-themed game room, a craft beer bar pouring Denver-area brews, and views of the Rocky Mountains beyond the tarmac.

The Denver Centurion Lounge is located in Concourse C – home to airlines like Southwest, Alaska Airlines, and Spirit – near Gate C46.
 

denver centurion lounge 

Check out our full review of the Denver Centurion Lounge!

 

Hong Kong (HKG)

Hong Kong airport is full of great lounges, and the Hong Kong Centurion Lounge is no exception. The lounge is located in Terminal 1, just up an escalator or elevator around Gate 60. The lounge is perched over the terminal, with great views of the tarmac.

That said, the Hong Kong Centurion lounge is certainly on the small side. And in our experience, the food offerings aren't on par with what you can get from U.S. Centurion lounges. It's a great spot to stop for a cocktail or glass of wine between flights, though.
 

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Houston-Intercontinental (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.
 

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The kitchen is run by local chef Justin Yu, the brains behind Houston restaurant Theodore Rex.
 

Las Vegas (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 Las Vegas Centurion Lounge was the company's very first lounge, with all the usual amenities. But Amex has expanded the space from its old, 9,000-square-foot footprint to more than 13,000 square feet. Amex added a few multi-purpose areas, new private telephone rooms, a newly designed reception area, new workspace areas, and freshened up the entire space.
 

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Read our full review of the Centurion Lounge Las Vegas!
 

London-Heathrow (LHR)

London was calling, and Amex went there.

This is Amex's newest Centurion Lounge and just its second bonafide international location. The new London-Heathrow (LHR) Centurion Lounge opened in October 2021.

The new lounge clocks in at 7,000 square feet, located in Heathrow’s Terminal 3. That means flyers with Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Emirates, Japan Airlines, and a handful of other carriers can easily access the lounge when it’s open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
 

centurion lounge london heathrow 

Aside from the normal Centurion flourishes, the London location has some quintessentially British flair. That includes a menu curated by Michelin-starred chef Assaf Granit with dishes like homemade Kubalah bread and an olive oil cake with pistachio anglaise and rose water diplomat, plus a special British tea cart for guests. There are also London-inspired art installations scattered throughout the lounge.

 

Los Angeles (LAX)

Opened in early 2020, the Los Angeles (LAX) Centurion lounge is located in Tom Bradley International Terminal.

At 14,000 square feet, it's one of the biggest Centurion lounges to date – all built around a stunning centerpiece bar. But you can also find unique amenities like an onsite spa, nap rooms, and relaxation rooms.
 

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Photo courtesy of American Express

Amex tapped local chef Nancy Silverton to cook up some signature meals for the lounge like mozzarella meatballs, farro salad with herbs and feta, and roasted beets in a horseradish vinaigrette.

 

New York City-JFK (JFK)

The newest Centurion Lounge is one of the biggest and best yet.

Opened in October 2020 in Terminal 4, the JFK Centurion lounge clocks in at 15,000 square feet, spanning two floors. It's located just past security.

The JFK Centurion has tons of seating space, special fitness and yoga rooms, shower suites, and even a speakeasy dubbed “1850.”
 

jfk centurion lounge 

Check out our full review of the JFK Centurion Lounge!

 

New York City-LaGuardia (LGA)

The New York City-LaGuardia (LGA) Centurion lounge is back and better than ever.

It was old and undersized, and confusingly located before passing through airport security in Terminal B. Now, it's behind security and more than twice the size, with a dedicated family room, more workspace and phone rooms, and features soaring views of the New York City skyline.
 

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A rendering of the new LaGuardia Centurion Lounge, courtesy of American Express

 

Miami (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's standout feature is a spa with complimentary massages and manicures. but James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein also whips up some delicious food.
 

miami centurion lounge 

Read our review of the Miami Centurion Lounge.

 

Philadelphia (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.

While fairly small at 6,300 square feet, the Philadelphia Centurion Lounge is renowned for its food thanks to local chef Michael Solomonov, who has designed a special Israeli menu for the lounge.
 

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Photo courtesy of American Express

 

Phoenix (PHX)

Another addition in early 2020, the new Phoenix Centurion Lounge is one of the smallest, period – it clocks in under 5,000 square feet.

You can find it in Terminal 4 across from Gate 22 on the upper level, where it shares an entrace with the new Escape Lounge.
 

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Read our review of the Phoenix Centurion Lounge.

 

San Francisco (SFO)

The San Francisco Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 3, Near Gate 74 past security. The terminals at SFO are not connected airside, which could make getting into this lounge a challenge if you're not departing from Terminal 3 or Terminal G.

The menu is designed by local chef Ravi Kapur, with a focus on California flair.
 

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Photo courtesy of American Express

This lounge, too, is set to get some substantial improvements. Amex is expanding it to 16,000 square feet, adding a second bar and even a cafe area.

 

Seattle (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.

Long one of the smallest lounges in American Express's network, it's just 4,500 square feet. And the food and drink offerings aren't on par with what you find elsewhere. But American Express is aiming to build a brand new space, at more than 13,700 square feet.
 

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Photo courtesy of American Express

 

Other International Amex Lounge Locations

On top of the Centurion lounges scattered throughout airports across the United States, they also have several other lounges exclusively for Platinum cardholders across the globe.

Recently, American Express has brought these lounges under the banner of the Centurion Lounge name. These lounges typically aren't quite as impressive as the locations in the U.S. – though that should change over time. But they're still a quiet oasis away from the busy terminal.

You can get in with the same card you use to access other Centurion Lounges – though some of these lounges have different guest policies.

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.

Delhi, India (DEL): The Centurion Lounge in Delhi is located in Terminal 3, near gates 27 and 28. It's open 24 hours a day.

Melbourne, Australia (MEL): The Centurion Lounge in Melbourne is located in Terminal 2, down the escalators across from gate 7. At time of publication, it remains closed.

Mexico City, Mexico (MEX): The Centurion Lounge 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 location located in the International area past security on floor 2 by Gate K.

Monterrey, Mexico (MTY): The Centurion Lounge 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.

Mumbai, India (BOM): The Centurion Lounge in Mumbai is located in Terminal 2 on the third level in the domestic departures area. It's open 24 hours a day.

Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU): The Centurion Lounge in Sao Paulo is located in Terminal 3, after security and passport control. It's open daily from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m.

Stockholm, Sweden (ARN): The Stockholm Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 5 between the A and F piers. It's open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, though it closes at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sydney, Australia (SYD): The Sydney Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 1, near gates 50-63. At time of publication, it remains closed.

 

Bottom Line

There is no better way to improve your airport experience than by having access to a lounge network. And when it comes to the airport lounges you can get into with a credit card, none are better than Amex Centurion lounges.
 

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