Amex Is Opening A Centurion Lounge (With Spa) At LAX In 2019

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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 has already formally announced that a Centurion Lounge will be opening at New York JFK (specifically, in Terminal 4) in early 2019. A Denver lounge is in process as well.


Amex Centurion Lounge Miami

There have been rumors of a Centurion Lounge coming to LAX for years, and in mid-April I wrote about how that seemed to finally be happening. At the time the Los Angeles World Airport Authority Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a Centurion Lounge. Up until now American Express hasn’t publicly acknowledged that, though.

That has finally changed.

American Express has announced today that they’ll be opening a Centurion Lounge at LAX in 2019. The lounge will be located in Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is accessible airside from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. The lounge will be 13,900 square feet, which is large. As a point of comparison, the current Dallas Centurion Lounge is 9,000 square feet, and will soon be expanded to 12,000 square feet. The largest Centurion Lounge will be the one under construction at JFK, which is about 15,000s square feet.

Amex says that LAX is the second most popular airport in the country for Platinum Cardmembers to travel through, so this should be a very popular lounge. Here are some of the amenities you can expect at the new Centurion Lounge:

For the first time, American Express will be introducing an enhanced tranquility area, offering both brightly-lit and dimly-lit quiet areas to help global travelers adjust to new time zones as they travel internationally. The new lounge will also feature a spa, a kid and adult-friendly family room, custom, visual wall installations, complimentary chef-crafted food menus, premium wines and specialty cocktails from sommelier Anthony Giglio and mixologist Jim Meehan, enhanced workspaces, access to high-speed Wi-Fi, premium restrooms and showers, power outlets, private noise-buffering work stations and American Express Member Services Professionals to provide onsite Card-related and travel-related services.

Most notable is that the lounge will have a spa, making it one of the few Centurion Lounges where that’s the case.


Amex Centurion Lounge Dallas spa

This will be a great addition for LAX, and I can’t wait for it to open. As of now we don’t yet know exactly when in 2019 the lounge will open, though I guess we’ll have to wait somewhere between 6 and 18 months, give or take.

Are you excited about the new Centurion Lounge LAX?

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Comments

  1. 13,900 SF is large compared to existing Centurion Lounges, but unless they change their access policy it is still too small, especially for LAX. It sounds really nice, but all the amenities will make little difference if there is nowhere to sit. There has been a dramatic increase in the portion of travelers who have lounge access over the past 20years, at least that is my perception (I have no numbers), and Amex has been on the forefront of expanding access – but it seems like they are still sizing their facilities with customer / passenger data from about 2002. Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass, both sound great until you see the crush of humanity when you open the door – unless you get turned away at the door due to capacity issues. THey need to fix that quickly or people are going to get wise to what they are doing. Most of the readers of this website already know, but the general public will figure it out in another 2-3 years.

  2. The solution is clear. Don’t book a flight when most other flights leave. Then you will get the lounge all to yourself.

  3. Even with the air side connector between T4 and TBIT, it will be a pain in the ass if you have to go all the way back to say T6/T7/T8. That’s a lot of wasted time between starting and end points.

  4. @”Another Steve” : i wouldn’t say they’re purposely under-sizing their lounges by using ancient forecasts, but it’s a reflection of the reality that their lounges are mostly in the busiest US airports, where spare real estate is already scarce to begin with, and any prime locations would likely be soaked up by the incumbent of a fortress hub (you think Amex really wanted DEN Concourse C that’s largely the terrain of Southwest ?)

    LAX TBIT is the perfect case for this – everyone and their mother wants to have a flagship lounge there, every airline … every alliance …. it’s impressive that Amex could find large a space at all in TBIT after everyone else

  5. T3 & T2 are also connected via bus to the rest of LAX. I think even Southwest has buses running to TBIT. The DL buses are quite frequent too.

  6. Do we know specifically where in TBIT this lounge will be?

    I’m imagining them taking over the space above the KAL/Skyteam lounge but I’d love a confirmation.

  7. Perhaps they’ll have longer hours at LAX than their other locations given the large number of late night TPAC departures at TBIT?

  8. @Another Steve, you are spot on. AMEX Lounges are a terrible mess. Far from a benefit for cardholders, they have become a haven for groups hanging out, practicing bad manners or no manners. The policy in some locations of “reserving tables” is annoying.
    They are so dramatically oversubscribed that they have become an embarrassment for AMEX and damage their brand….in my humble opinion.
    Like it or not, they need to dramatically alter the access rules.

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