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One of the things that people love about American Express‘ premium credit cards is that they offer access to Amex Centurion Lounges, which are among the best lounges you’ll find at US airports. They feature complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple of them even have spas.
Amex’s network of lounges is expanding significantly in 2020, so in this post I wanted to take an updated look at when we can expect Centurion Lounges to open.
Who Can Access Amex Centurion Lounges
There are a few ways to access Amex Centurion Lounges:
- Those with The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review) can access Centurion Lounges with two guests when departing on any airline
- Those with the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (review) and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card can access Centurion Lounges when departing on Delta
In all cases, Centurion Lounge access is limited to three hours before departure. The exception is if you’re connecting, in which case you can access the lounge earlier (should your connection be more than three hours).
On top of that, those with the Amex Centurion Card can access Centurion Lounges, and they can use the lounges on departure or arrival, with no time limit.
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, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.
The Phoenix Centurion Lounge opened just a few weeks ago, in January 2020.
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
There are five additional American Express Centurion Lounges that are in the pipeline, expected to open in 2020.
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:
- London Heathrow
- Los Angeles
- New York JFK
So, when should we expect these new lounges to open?
Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte Opening Date
The Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte is expected to open on Monday, February 24, 2020.
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 will be opening on Monday, March 9, 2020. 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.
Centurion Lounge LAX nearing completion
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 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 Amex plans to open six Centurion Lounges in 2020. One has already been opened, one is opening Monday, three more are supposed to open in the first half of the year, and one will probably open later in the year.
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.
Which of these new Centurion Lounges are you most excited about? Where else would you most like to see Centurion Lounges?