These lounges are for the most part significantly better than what’s offered by US airlines, as the lounges have complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple of them even have spas.
We’ve heard all kinds of rumors about other airports that are in the running for a Centurion Lounge, though it looks like we now know the next airport where Amex is actively working on securing space and finalizing a contract, and it’s not one I necessarily expected.
Charlotte is expected to get an Amex Centurion Lounge in 2019. According to the agenda for the City of Charlotte meeting on Monday, they’re expected to approve a 10-year lease for American Express to build a Centurion Lounge.
According to the agenda, here’s what they’re going to be approving:
- The East Terminal Expansion Phase II project is located at the Airport between Concourse D and Concourse E with an anticipated opening of summer 2019 (Council District 3). The project includes an upper level containing approximately 13,295 square feet of leasable space.
- American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. will lease this space for a Centurion Lounge, which is expected to open in fall 2019.
- This lease includes a one-time payment of $5,000,000 and a minimum of $3,000,000 of on-property advertising expenditures over the initial 10-year term.
- The annual rent is $525,701 with a total 10-year lease value of $10,500,000, which includes annual price adjustments.
So as you can see, the lounge will be 13,295 square feet (which is quite big), and the lounge is expected to open in fall 2019.
It’s logical for American Express to largely focus on American Airlines hubs for Centurion Lounges in order to offer the most comprehensive lounge access benefit possible. Those with the Amex Platinum Card have access to Delta SkyClubs when flying Delta same day, so it’s logical that they’re not focused on building these in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, etc., where cardmembers already have lounge access.
Anyone excited at the prospect of an Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte?