The Phoenix Centurion & Escape Lounges Will Open in November

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Earlier this year, we wrote that Phoenix (PHX) would be getting both an Amex Centurion & Escape Lounge in late 2019 or early 2020. Then in June, the first renderings of the space were released. And now, American Express has now confirmed that the lounges will open in November, as was first reported by The Points Guy.


What You Need to Know

These two lounges will occupy the space previously used by The Club, the airport’s lone Priority Pass lounge in PHX’s Terminal 4. Both will be rather small: under 5,000 square feet each. That’s on par for what most Escape Lounges nationwide are like, including our hometown favorite, Escape Lounge MSP.

But for Centurion lounges, it’s quite small – only the Seattle (SEA) lounge is smaller.


Phoenix Centurion Lounge

This new Centurion lounge in Arizona is one of many in the works for the growing network of Centurion lounges.

Nine are already open, like in Las Vegas (LAS), Seattle (SEA), Philadelphia (PHL), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Seattle (SEA), and Miami (MIA). More are on the way, including New York City-JFK (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Denver (DEN), Charlotte (CLT), London-Heathrow (LHR), and more.

American Express says this Centurion lounge will have many of the same features as its existing locations: a free cocktail menu and meals specially created for Phoenix, a few “semi-private” working areas, and help from agents with travel or card issues.


Phoenix Centurion Lounge

Rendering provided by American Express


Phoenix Escape Lounge

Right next door to the Centurion lounge, you’ll find the latest Escape Lounge. It’s a small but impressive collection of lounges, with locations at Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP), Reno (RNO), Sacramento (SMF), Oakland (OAK), Hartford, Connecticut (BDL), and more.

Much like Centurion lounges, you know what to expect with Escape lounges – and this latest addition looks no different. American Express says it will offer Phoenix-inspired cocktails, local beers and wines, activity packs for kids, and a “silent digital library” – a reading spot with Bose noise-canceling headphones.


Phoenix Centurion Lounge

Rendering provided by American Express


How to Get into Phoenix’s Two New Lounges

There’s only one credit card that will get you into both of these lounges: The Platinum Card from American Express.

No card opens more airport lounge doors than the Amex Platinum card. And as the sole Priority Pass option disappears from PHX, that makes this credit card invaluable for Arizona-based travelers.

For starters, it will get you and two guests into all Centurion and Escape lounges for free. You also get a Priority Pass Select membership, which gets you and your guests into 1,200-plus lounges worldwide. And finally, you can access Delta Sky Clubs so long as you’re flying Delta that day (and pay $29 per guest).

Then there are all the other benefits in addition to lounge access, including $200 in airline credits, $200 toward Uber rides doled out in monthly stipends, $100 to cover a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application, and more.

And make sure to check if you’re eligible for the 100,000 point welcome offer.


Phoenix Centurion Lounge


Click Here to learn more about the Platinum Card from American Express.


Bottom Line

This is a huge upgrade for one of the busier airports in the nation, and we finally have a more exact opening date. Stay tuned for updates as the exact date in November is announced.


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