Amex Plans To Open Centurion Lounge In Charlotte

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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express ($450 annual fee) is access to Centurion Lounges.

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.

As of now Amex’s US Centurion Lounge locations include DallasHoustonLas VegasMiamiNew York LaGuardiaPhiladelphiaSan Francisco, and Seattle.

American Express also plans to open Centurion Lounges at Los Angeles Tom Bradley International TerminalNew York JFK Terminal 4, and Denver Concourse C.

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?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit and View from the Wing)

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Comments

  1. And I was wrong again, thought ORD would be next…

    Hopefully there would be one in the new “Global Terminal” plan.

  2. Can someone please tell me when their will be one at ORD I have been waiting to get the card just for that

  3. i haven’t seen every . . . single centurion lounge, but i can honestly say the HKG one was so underwhelming i actually left it and ran back to the HKG United Club (yes, THAT bad)

  4. I frequently transit through CLT, and for the times that I’ve passed through, the Admirals Club at both B/C gates has been crowded and the departure gates and corridors overflowing as flights come and go. The expansion is good news, and I’m hoping it will alleviate a lot of the pedestrian traffic as it can be quite chaotic at peak travel times. I’m glad that Centurion Lounge is opening – I imagine that it will be very popular in CLT, as it has proven to be in other locations. I’ll be there, for sure.

  5. I was consistently mocked in these comments when I suggested that Charlotte was a logical place for Amex to build a lounge. Everyone said that AA controls CLT and would not allow it.

    This is huge news for southeast AA flyers. Tough decision now to either stick with my AA Executive card or ditch it for the Plat. I am sure the Centurion lounge will force AA to up their game at their CLT lounges and will lead to less than crowding at the Admirals Clubs.

    What decision would you make?

  6. Yay! Charlotte doesn’t have any lounges for non premium cabin passengers (unless you like Minute Suites from Priority Pass) so this is a huge benefit!

  7. @henry LAX: I still don’t understand the Hong Kong lounge, considering that every other lounge in that airport is amazing so the AmEx one just seems ordinary. The AmEx lounges in the US, however, are on par with the Hong Kong lounge, which equates to significantly better than other club level offerings in the US.

  8. CLT is a virtual bus terminal, not much better than the old CVG remote terminals.

    I’m with plenty of the other commenters – why would AMEX chase the crappy former USAir stuff in Charlotte and not be doing something in a serious place like Chicago?

    I actually chose another airline just last month flying back from Europe rather than fly AA into CLT.

  9. This is great news for me a CHS based flyer. I generally avoid American because I don’t want to connect through CLT. This will allow me consider American as an option. Fare wars also sometimes make driving to CLT to catch a Delta or United flight a possibility.

  10. Best benefits of AMEX? How untrue. These lounges are packed with ravenous people interested in copious amounts of free food and drinks. They are anything but a good experience. That will be the case in CLT too.

    Instead of opening new lounges AMEX need to develop a strategy to keep people out and do more to limit their time hanging around While they have tried various policies such as outbound only passengers 3 or less hours before departure, current efforts are not working.

  11. Anyone here got the Centurion card? I have been invited but not sure I should consider it. Currently having Platinum

  12. @ ron check it out:

    https://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/5-reasons-i-got-the-amex-centurion-card/

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnnyjet/2017/07/28/american-express-centurion-black-card-review/#17a89e8f7055

    Not that much better than the platinum, but it will cost you quite a bit just to get it once invited. The most useful is automatic platinum medallion with Delta, but not useful if you do not use Delta/SkyTeam or you are already platinum, diamond, or diamond 360. Although, you get Hilton diamond, but it would still cost less to get it with the Hilton Aspire Card and AMEX platinum for almost the same benefits and perks. My friend has it and he does not feel any special with the AMEX Centurion charge card.

  13. @Stanley

    Thanks for that. Seems not worth the extra fee. Delta would be interesting if I used it but I don’t. Platinum FB and quite satisfied with it so no reason to change.

  14. Just came from several hour layover in SFO — any chance Centurian can similarly find a place to locate in CLT where the majority of eligibles can’t get to it?

  15. Poor argument about Plat cardholders having access to SkyClubs, only the cardholder has that access while there’s a better guest access to the Centurion lounges. Calling it a good benefit is misleading.

  16. @Peter: I would stay with the AA Executive card. Despite Lucky’s love for the Amex Plat card, I think the AA Lounge network is much bigger and better, not to mention that when you go to an Admiral’s Club, you have better access to AA rep during IRROPS.

  17. Although I think Amex Lounges are far too generous with access (should only be one guest), the Delta access with no guest is pretty poor and I don’t think comparable.

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