American Express Centurion Lounges are some of the best airport lounges in the nation – though they're all currently closed due to coronavirus. But it seems Amex is using this downtime to chart some massive improvements.
The Las Vegas (LAS) Centurion Lounge will undergo a significant expansion over the coming months. And now, American Express is planning to make the puny Seattle (SEA) Centurion Lounge one of the largest in its network.
One Mile at a Time reports on the lounge plans submitted to the Port of Seattle for approval this week. Rather than expand the existing space at Concourse B, Amex apparently plans to lease a whole new space on the upper level of the new Central Terminal.
And the plans drawn up would bring the lounge from its current 4,500 square feet to roughly 13,700. There's no indication what amenities this new space might have, but that's among the largest of Amex's Centurion Lounges.
In addition to the expansion at LAS and new lounge at SEA, Amex is currently working on completing lounges at Denver (DEN), New York (JFK), and London Heathrow (LHR). These lounges were originally expected to open this year but it is likely that will be delayed due to the coronavirus.
Getting Into Centurion Lounges
If you want to get into the Seattle Centurion Lounge when it re-opens, you’ll want one card in particular.
It’s the Platinum Card® from American Express. You can get into any Centurion Lounge with your boarding pass and Platinum Card. But you can no longer bring guests in free: As of Feb. 1, 2023, guests cost $50 apiece (or $30 for minors) unless you charged a whopping $75,000 to your Platinum Card in the last year. Guests two years and younger are still complimentary.
You can only get into Centurion lounges within three hours of your flight departing (unless you’re on a layover.) The Business Platinum Card® from American Express will also get you in.
These cards are king when it comes to airport lounge access, as you can get into all 11 (and counting) Centurion Lounges, Escape Lounges, 1,300-plus Priority Pass locations, and even Delta Sky Clubs if you’re flying Delta that day. The card comes with a $695 annual fee (see rates & fees), but perks like lounge access and annual credits for airline fees, streaming services, and Uber rides can easily offset that.
Another option is the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card. Delta recently added Centurion Lounge access to this card, although you have to be flying Delta that day to get in. Unlike the American Express Platinum Card, you can’t bring any guests with you at no additional cost (terms apply).
Click Here to learn more about the Delta Reserve Card from American Express.
The Seattle Centurion Lounge has been a real dud thanks to its small size. If these plans to build a nearly 14,000-square-foot space move ahead, it could be on par with Delta's excellent Seattle SkyClub.