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’ve historically featured complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple of them even have spas.
Amex has already opened three new Centurion Lounges in 2020, and there are a further three that are set to open this year. However, the opening dates of these lounges have now officially been delayed, so let’s take an updated look at what we should expect.
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, with a dozen locations. At this point, there are Centurion Lounges in Charlotte, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix, 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
There are three 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
- New York JFK
When should we expect these new lounges to open?
Amex Centurion Lounge London Heathrow Opening Date
The Amex Centurion Lounge London Heathrow is now scheduled to open in the second half of 2020, while previously the lounge was supposed 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 now scheduled to open in the second half of 2020, while previously the lounge was supposed to open in the first half of 2020.
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 now scheduled to open in the second half of 2020, while previously we had just heard that it would open at some point in 2020.
The lounge will be located in Concourse C, and it’s expected to be nearly 15,000 square feet.
Amex Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Renovation Schedule
Just last week we learned that the Amex Centurion Lounge Las Vegas is being expanded, and that work is due to be complete in 2021.
The lounge will be increased in size by about 50%, from 9,000 square feet to roughly 13,400 square feet. While the lounge won’t be getting a spa, it will feature additional multi-purposes areas, new private telephone rooms, newly designed reception, and workspace areas.
New Centurion Lounge Opening Summary
Amex has already opened three new Centurion Lounges in 2020, and plans to open a further three this year. Previously at least two of those lounges were due to open in the first half of 2020, but not surprisingly that has been delayed.
It remains to be seen when exactly in the second half of 2020 these lounges will open, though I wouldn’t hold my breath, and wouldn’t be surprised if the opening dates get pushed back further.
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)