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.
American Express has now announced their next Centurion Lounge location, and it’s not where I was expecting.
American Express will be opening a Centurion Lounge in London Heathrow in 2019. The lounge is expected to be around 7,000 square feet, and will be in Terminal 3. This will be the first Centurion Lounge in Europe, and only the second Centurion Lounge outside the US, after the one in Hong Kong.
The Amex Centurion Lounge Hong Kong
Here’s how the new lounge is described:
Opening in 2019, the new Centurion Lounge at Heathrow will be located post-security in Terminal 3 and span 7,000 square feet. In addition to the amenities found across other Centurion Lounge locations – such as premium showers and private noise-buffering work stations – the Centurion Lounge at Heathrow Airport will feature specially curated amenities influenced by London’s distinctive food, drinks, and design.
This is a very interesting choice. Terminal 3 at Heathrow is the terminal used by American Airlines, British Airways (for select flights), Virgin Atlantic, and more. Terminal 3 is also home to some phenomenal lounges, including the Cathay Pacific Lounge, Qantas Lounge, and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is also at LHR Terminal 3
I find the concept of opening Centurion Lounges at non-US airports to be interesting for a couple of reasons:
- In the US, many people use Centurion Lounges because they’re superior to the lounges available directly from US airlines, while internationally that’s not the case
- Internationally just about all first and business class passengers, as well as all status passengers, receive lounge access, while that’s not the case when traveling domestically within the US
Sure, there are definitely some Amex Platinum cardmembers flying economy out of Terminal 3, but for those who otherwise have access to a lounge, chances are that the Centurion Lounge won’t actually be better, unlike in the US.
Based on the fact that it will only be 7,000 square feet, I’d also guess it won’t have a spa or any other major frills.
What do you make of the Centurion Lounge coming to London Heathrow? Do you see as much value in international Centurion Lounge locations?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing, featured image courtesy of American Express)