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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 OPEN ($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 Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, San 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?