US Open Amex Centurion Suite Returning In 2019

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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (review) is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are at airports, and 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.

With the US Open right around the corner, Amex is bringing back a concept that they first introduced last year — Amex will be operating a Centurion Suite at the 2019 US Open. It’s located within the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, and will be a great place to relax and recharge.

The Centurion Suite will be open from 12PM until 8PM on August 26 through September 4, 2019. It will be closed from September 5 through September 8, as matches will no longer take place in Louis Armstrong Stadium on those days.

As far as access restrictions go:

  • Platinum cardmembers will be able to bring two guests, and will be allowed to visit for a two hour time period with no re-entry
  • Centurion cardmembers will be able to bring two guests or immediate family, and will have no time limit on visits, and will be allowed re-entry

The Centurion Suite at the US Open will offer the following amenities:

  • Complimentary premium snacks, small bites, and water
  • One complimentary drink (beer, wine, cocktail or mocktail), with additional drinks available for purchase
  • A preview of 1850, the speakeasy-inspired bar that will be featured inside the upcoming Centurion Lounge at JFK Terminal 4; cardmembers will be treated to an exclusive cocktail, “The Centurionside,” created by Jim Meehan, Head Mixologist of the Centurion Lounge Network
  • Phone charging stations and dedicated wifi network
  • Air conditioning, restrooms, and spacious seating
  • Special card member takeaways including a travel cocktail kit and travel pouch

This year American Express has shared some pictures of the lounge, which looks nicer than I was expecting:

Obviously, this doesn’t have quite as many amenities as usual Centurion Lounges, though the reality is that it’s nice to get any place that has air conditioning at the US Open, let alone to get a free alcoholic drink, soft drinks, and even some food.

We see a lot of brands trying to interact with US Open fans, though this is definitely one of the more valuable opportunities. This even sounds a bit better than Chase’s lounge at the US Open.

If you’re going to the US Open this year, do you plan on checking out the Centurion Suite?

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Comments
  1. I respectfully disagree that the Centurion Lounges are “one of the best perks of the AMEX Platinum Card.

    I have been to several and other than Hong Kong lounge, I have consistently found them to be packed, almost standing room only, families and kids spread out all over the floor, and those using the facility acting as if they have not had a meal in weeks. The behaviors I have seen are anything but relaxing.

    Despite trying AMEX has been unable to control the crowds and I don’t have an answer, other than they need to keep raising the price of the card, which at some point would thin the crowd.

    I believe access to the Delta lounges are one of the better benefits of the AMEX Platinum as they are much quieter.

  2. The US Open centurion lounge is a joke. The lines to get in are insane and at some point they had to restrict people from spending too much time in there because the space is so small. Having been to both I can say that the Chase lounge at the US open is miles better. It’s a huge space with amazing food options.

  3. Put me in the crowd (get it) that thinks Centurion lounges are way overrated. As a new Platinum AMEX holder I took my son to the SFO Centurion while my wife and daughter got stuck with the 2 United Club passes we had from the Explorer Card. The girls got windows for plane spotting, high ceilings and better food (the club near gate ~71 IIRC). The boys got a narrow, cramped, awkward layout where the best decor was on the outside of the club with the green wall. The cookies were really the only redeeming part about the heavily touted Centurion experience…

  4. @Mike

    “I have been to several and other than Hong Kong lounge, I have consistently found them to be packed”

    I’m not surprised at all, HK like to amass (and brag) premium cards they carry. I think HKG is probably one of the most densely populated premium card airport (AMEX Platinum included) in the world. And even US Centurion lounges are always packed.

  5. Hmmm… have to disagree at least a bit with the Centurion lounge complaints.

    Been to Philly and Miami a number of times. Philly is almost always uncrowded, the bartenders are great and the food very good. Miami can definitely be a bit of a zoo, but the expansion along with the second bar and additional food stations has made it reasonable.

    The one time I was at the DFW lounge it was about 2/3 full but the food was fresh and tables were available. At SFO, we arrived just before closing one night but the staff prepared extra food and cookies for specifically for us (they delivered it to the table) and the bar staff was awesome.

  6. Been to a few, never crowded a few brats and blowhards on their phones talking about deals. I do miss not being able to go to them on arrival. It was nice to grab a quick bite and coffee after a morning flight

  7. You must have never been to the US Open Centurion Lounge; it’s a joke. Tried to get in last year around 1-2pm on the second day of the tournament (I.e. when it’s not even busy yet). Was told it was at least two hour wait and would be notified. Ended up not getting in that day before it closed.

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