Over the past several years we’ve seen American Express open several of their own lounges, available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express
Up until now their smallest lounge has been in Seattle, which opened in mid-2015. The lounge has been roughly 3,100 square feet in size, and didn’t have all the same services as the other lounge — there was no hot food or full bar, but rather only cold snacks, along with wine and beer. As a result, they’ve referred to it as a Centurion Studio rather than a Centurion Lounge.
However, American Express has planned on expanding this lounge significantly. Last August I wrote about how they were planning on adding 1,400 square feet to the lounge, with the goal of eventually making the lounge 10,000 square feet, which would make it their biggest lounge yet. Per an airport memo at the time:
To support its growing operations at the Airport, Delta is constructing a new centrally located Delta SkyClub Lounge located between Concourses A and B. As part of this project, Delta’s Lounge project construction obstructs all existing windows of the existing Amex Lounge, but is also constructing a separate HVAC tower that provides for the opportunity of approximately 1,400 square feet of expansion space for Amex to grow into and regain some of their exterior windows. Although this expansion opportunity gives them only a fraction of their desired expansion area, they are interested in the incremental buildout until the Port can find a long-term solution that meets their desired lounge requirement of 10,000 square feet. But because this area has never been occupied by a tenant, it is in a raw condition which requires basic improvements to allow for occupancy and lease. Using the Port’s Tenant Reimbursement Policy/Guidelines, the Port would reimburse Amex the cost to construct basic utilities and other occupancy related improvements. Amex’s leased premises would expand 1,400 square feet and would return some of the windows and daylight hidden by the current Delta construction project.
Well, the good news is that the expanded Centurion Lounge in Seattle is now open. Because of the expansion, it’s now a Centurion Lounge rather than a Centurion Studio.
The Points Guy has pictures of the expansion. Here’s what we know about the new space:
- The lounge’s capacity has been increased from 61 people to 103 people, so that’s an increase in capacity of 42 people
- The lounge is now a total of ~4,500 square feet
- The lounge now has a full service bar with cocktails, while previously it only had wine and beer
- The lounge has two additional restrooms, one of which has a shower; before it only had two restrooms, which wasn’t enough
- There’s no change to the food selection
It’s great that Amex has substantially expanded their footprint in Seattle. Not only is the lounge bigger, but it has improved offerings, including a better drink selection. This is especially well timed, as the Alaska Lounge Seattle seems to be denying more Priority Pass members access.
In the case of overcrowding, there’s always still The Club at SEA, which is accessible through Priority Pass. While the offerings there aren’t great, at least crowding is typically not an issue.
I’m looking forward to checking out the expanded Amex Centurion Lounge Seattle soon.