When The Next 6 Amex Centurion Lounges Open

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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.

Current Amex Centurion Lounge Locations

Amex’s network of Centurion Lounges has grown significantly in the past few years. At this point, there are Centurion Lounges in Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Note that there are also some other Amex Lounges, especially at international airports, though these aren’t technically Centurion Lounges.

Amex Centurion Lounge Miami

New Amex Centurion Lounge Locations Coming

American Express has announced six new Centurion Lounge openings in the past several months. Amex is generally tight-lipped about when they’ll actually open these lounges. They usually announce the lounges in advance, but then don’t provide many details about the timeline until a particular lounge is close to opening.

As of now, Centurion Lounges are officially in the pipeline for the following airports:

  • Charlotte
  • Denver
  • London Heathrow
  • Los Angeles
  • New York JFK
  • Phoenix

So, when should we expect these new lounges to open?

Amex Centurion Lounge Phoenix Opening Date

The Amex Centurion Lounge Phoenix is expected to open in November 2019. There will both be a Centurion Lounge and Escape Lounge, and they’ll be located in Terminal 4. The lounges will feature a combined total of 9,500 square feet.

Centurion Lounge Phoenix rendering

Amex Centurion Lounge London Heathrow Opening Date

The Amex Centurion Lounge London Heathrow is expected to open in the first half of 2020. The lounge will be located in Terminal 3, and is expected to be about 7,000 square feet, so it will be quite small.

Amex Centurion Lounge New York JFK Opening Date

The Amex Centurion Lounge New York JFK is expected to open in the first half of 2020 as well. The lounge will be located in Terminal 4, and will be two levels, with a total of about 15,000 square feet, making it one of Amex’s biggest Centurion Lounges.

Centurion Lounge JFK rendering

Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte Opening Date

The Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte is expected to open at some point in 2020, which makes me believe it will be closer to the end of the year. The lounge will be located between Concourses D & E, and it’s expected to be about 13,000 square feet.

Amex Centurion Lounge Los Angeles Opening Date

The Amex Centurion Lounge Los Angeles is expected to open at some point in 2020, which also makes me believe it will be closer to the end of the year. The lounge will be located in Tom Bradley International Terminal, and it’s expected to be nearly 14,000 square feet, and is also expected to have a spa.

Amex Centurion Lounge Denver Opening Date

The Amex Centurion Lounge Denver is expected to open at some point in 2020, which makes me believe it will be closer to the end of the year. The lounge will be located in Concourse C, and it’s expected to be nearly 15,000 square feet.

New Centurion Lounge Opening Summary

It’s great to see that by the end of the year we should see the portfolio of Centurion Lounges grow by over 50%. I’d note that further construction delays could very well happen. After all, most of these lounges were projected to open in 2019, but those dates slipped.

Still, we can at least expect the Centurion Lounge Phoenix by November, and then the London and New York Centurion Lounges in the first half of next year.

Which of these new Centurion Lounges are you most excited about? Where else would you most like to see Centurion Lounges?

(Tip of the hat to Zach Griff)

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Comments
  1. Already reading reports of overcrowding at these new clubs. Bahahaha. Keep that in mind before you ante up for the shilled AmEx Platinum card.

  2. The JFK lounge probably has the most risk of date slippage of any of these, since it requires building an entire new addition to the terminal building rather than just fitting out existing space.

  3. Good update. I fly to Denver quite a bit and I’d previously read that the Denver Centurion lounge was going to open in 2019. I feel like I’ve read middle 2019? Anyway, end of 2020 lowers the Platinum value a bit. On the other hand, it’s hard to step away from 5X membership rewards points when you’re booking lots of travel.

    When I see that any lounge is packed, I turn around and head for a Vino Volo or some other place where $20 gets me a fab glass of wine and friendly service, albeit without privacy and power.

  4. Would love to see a Centurion lounge at DTW. Loved it when I was based in SFO and would stop by the lounge every time. Sure, they get crowded, but I’ve never had an issue finding a seat and the food is significantly better than any other domestic lounge.

  5. As a Centurian cardholder, the only lounge I have ever liked was the one in Dallas. My home airport is Philadelphia, the lounge is always busy and the food not so exciting. I rarely go to this lounge. In Hong Kong give me the Cathay Lounge any day over the Amex Centurian lounge.

  6. How can they not have a lounge at ORD? No Priority Pass and no Centurion for domestic flyers at all.

    Not sure they are targeting UA/AA flyers by ignoring the busiest airport in the US and UAs biggest hubs.

  7. They missed the deadline on almost about everything. Those who complained about crowded lounge, so what? Its in fact only $50 up to this year when gift card doesn’t work no more and with all fhr benefits I’ve been getting card is definitely worthwhile.
    Most of my travel is in apac region and hence FHR is more than affordable and in fact provide way more service and facilities for the same price or brand paid in overrated europe and americas.

  8. @ Robert, I’ve wondered the same thing about ORD, not sure perhaps they feel the costs at ORD will be too high?

  9. @Jo – flew out of SFO last Thursday and experienced for the first time a lounge employee standing by the entrance downstairs and taking names and numbers for a waitlist because they were at full capacity. Quoted a 20-30 minute wait and my flight was boarding in 40 minutes so I just left. Hopefully that doesn’t become a regular thing.

  10. Seems like AMEX is very American/OneWorld oriented, almost all their hubs.

    SEA needs better food. But generally I get good value out of them.

  11. My last 2 tries, at DFW and SFO, were failures. No seat left in the house. The crowding renders this benefit almost useless.

  12. Need to charge for entry and or raise card price. I’d happily pay $995 but i suspect so would a lot of people in SFO. Add an entry fee of some kind would seem to limit people who think AMEX should be in business to lose money

  13. I was in Stockholm a couple of weeks ago. The AMEX lounge there is branded as a Centurion lounge, at least according to the sign on the wall. It’s quite small but the service was great.

  14. They really should have completed these lounge builds before cutting restaurant access. I’m not waiting another year for them to get their crap in order at LAX.

    “There’s always the Alaska lounge,” said no-one ever. And don’t get me started on the KAL lounge at LAX. It’s like the DMV of lounges.

  15. “Seems like AMEX is very American/OneWorld oriented, almost all their hubs.”

    AMEX is very Delta oriented, as DL is their US airline partner. But they have that covered in the US by offering access to Sky Clubs when flying DL. So their own lounges will tend to be at other airlines’ hubs to attract non-DL fliers (like me). That’s why , for example, the LHR lounge is targeted for T3. There’s already Plaza Premium air side at the other terminals which offers AMEX access ahead of Priority Pass (T3 only has a PP Arrivals lounge). And as AMEX Plat doesn’t get access to the Virgin Clubhouse (even when flying DL or VS) it kills two birds with one stone by benefiting both DL and AA/1W fliers.

    As a UA flier who refuses to get the UA Club card, I’m most excited about DEN. That will leave just ORD and EWR as places not to be stuck on a long domestic layover. And if push comes to shove I can buy a United Club one time pass and get a statement credit (though I’d get less wifi credit).

  16. Anyone who says the card costs $550 a year has never done simple math. Very worth it for SkyClub access alone for those who don’t get SkyClub access from other sources. The Centurion lounges are just an added bonus.

  17. What information leads you to believe that LAX Centurion will not be open until the end of 2020?

    The lawa.org construction updates state “A future AMEX Centurion Lounge is under construction through early 2020”

  18. I think they should consider more Centurion Lounges in Europe, e.g. in Frankfurt or Dusseldorf (as you can use LH Business Class Lounges in FRA but not in DUS).

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