Amex Centurion Lounge Access, Locations, And Amenities

Amex Centurion Lounge Access, Locations, And Amenities

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When it comes to airport lounges, Amex’s network of Centurion Lounges is probably regarded as one of the best out there. In this post I wanted to cover everything you need to know about these lounges, ranging from the basics of what they are, to who can access them, to where they’re located.

What are Amex Centurion Lounges?

Lounge access has become an extremely popular perk for premium credit cards. Not only does this come in the form of offering a Priority Pass membership, but credit card companies have also started to build networks of lounges as an exclusive perk for cardmembers.

Amex’s network of Centurion Lounges is the largest network of lounges run by a credit card company, and the lounges are also pretty high quality. Generally speaking, Amex Centurion Lounges feature hot food, complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails, and lots of other awesome amenities. It’s one of the perks of the Amex Platinum that people value most.

Other credit card issuers are trying to catch up in this regard, as we’re seeing the introduction of Capital One Lounges and Chase Sapphire Lounges.

Amex Centurion Lounge New York (LGA)

Amex Centurion Lounge access

Let’s start by talking about everything you need to know about Amex Centurion Lounge access. Which credit card do you need to access Amex Centurion Lounges, what are the restrictions on lounge entry, and how many guests can you bring with you?

Amex Centurion Lounge access credit cards

Amex Centurion Lounges can be accessed by those who have any of the following cards, with restrictions noted next to each card:

Those with Amex Platinum or Amex Centurion cards can purchase day passes for additional guests beyond their allowance for $50 each. Also note that Amex Platinum authorized users have the same lounge access perks as primary cardmembers, so they can access lounges and even bring guests.

Amex Centurion Lounge access restrictions

When it comes to accessing Amex Centurion Lounges, there are some terms to be aware of:

  • You need a same day boarding pass to access Centurion Lounges, and in the case of Delta Reserve cardmembers, the boarding pass needs to be for travel on Delta
  • You can access Centurion Lounges up to three hours before departure, unless you’re connecting, in which case you can access earlier
  • You can’t access Centurion Lounges on arrival, or with a standby or non-revenue standby ticket
  • If you’re guesting people into Centurion Lounges, you need to stay with them the entire time they’re in the lounge

Amex Centurion Lounge guesting privilege changes

Starting next year, Amex will be changing the guesting policy for Centurion Lounge access:

  • These changes kick in as of February 1, 2023
  • Both primary and additional cardmembers on the Amex Platinum will continue to receive lounge access
  • Those with the Amex Platinum will be charged a $50 fee for each guest they bring into Centurion Lounges
  • Amex Platinum cardmembers who spend at least $75,000 per year on the card will continue to receive complimentary lounge access for two guests
  • The Centurion Lounge guesting policy will remain unchanged for those with the Centurion Card
Amex Centurion Lounge Denver (DEN)

Amex Centurion Lounge locations

The network of Amex Centurion Lounges is quite big, and keeps growing. Let’s take a look at the current and future Amex Centurion Lounge locations.

Current Amex Centurion Lounge locations

Currently there are 15 Amex Centurion Lounges, at the following airports (along with the locations and sizes):

  • Charlotte (CLT) — 13,000 square feet, located between Concourses D & E
  • Dallas (DFW) — 12,000 square feet, located in Terminal D
  • Denver (DEN) — 14,500 square feet, located in Concourse C
  • Hong Kong (HKG) — 8,000 square feet, located in Terminal 1 (temporarily closed)
  • Houston (IAH) — 8,500 square feet, located in Terminal D
  • Las Vegas (LAS) — 13,000 square feet, located in Concourse D
  • London (LHR) — 7,000 square feet, located in Terminal 3
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — 14,000 square feet, located in Tom Bradley International Terminal
  • Miami (MIA) — 12,000 square feet, located in Concourse D
  • New York (JFK) — 15,000 square feet, located in Terminal 4
  • New York (LGA) — 10,000 square feet, located in Terminal B
  • Philadelphia (PHL) — 6,000 square feet, located in Terminal A
  • Phoenix (PHX) — 5,000 square feet, located in Terminal 4
  • San Francisco (SFO) — 8,500 square feet, located in Terminal 3
  • Seattle (SEA) — 4,500 square feet, located in Concourse B

Future Amex Centurion Lounge locations

In addition to the 15 current Amex Centurion Lounges, there are some more lounges planned for the following airports:

  • Atlanta (ATL) — while details are very limited in terms of the size or timeline, a Centurion Lounge is planned for Atlanta
  • Newark (EWR) — an 18,000 square foot lounge is planned for Terminal A, and it’s expected that this could be opened around August 2023, give or take
  • Washington (DCA) — a lounge is planned for Terminal B, and it could open as soon as late 2022
  • Historically Amex International Lounges haven’t been branded as Centurion Lounges, but that will be changing; specifically, in the coming months Amex lounges in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, and Mexico, will be rebranded as Centurion Lounges

In addition to the above, two Amex Centurion Lounges in the United States are getting much needed expansions:

  • San Francisco (SFO) — the Amex Centurion Lounge San Francisco is expected to be expanded to 16,000 square feet by late 2022
  • Seattle (SEA) — the Amex Centurion Lounge Seattle will be getting a new location, and will be much larger, at nearly 14,000 square feet
Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte (CLT)

Amex Centurion Lounge food, drinks, and amenities

Amex Centurion Lounges have a pretty consistent food & beverage offering. While they each have their own flair with a local celebrity chef, the general offerings are similar. The good news is that food & drinks are complimentary in Centurion Lounges.

As far as drinks go, Centurion Lounges have the following:

  • There’s a selection of complimentary alcoholic drinks, including signature cocktails, beer, and wine
  • There are also soft drinks, coffee, and water; for those who are coffee snobs, unfortunately there’s no cold brew or barista-made espresso drinks (unlike at the Capital One Lounge DFW)
Amex Centurion Lounges have complimentary cocktails

As far as food goes, Centurion Lounges have the following:

  • First breakfast is served; often around opening time there’s first a continental breakfast, and then a warm breakfast is usually served around 30-60 minutes after opening, give or take
  • For the remainder of the day there’s a lunch & dinner menu, including several hot options
  • Food is typically served from a buffet, so there’s no a la carte dining
  • Centurion Lounge menus are different at each location, though menus at a particular lounge don’t tend to rotate a whole lot

In addition the food & drink selection, some Centurion Lounges feature unique amenities. For example:

  • The Dallas (DFW) Centurion Lounge has an Exhale Spa, though that has been closed for much of the pandemic
  • The Houston (IAH) Centurion Lounge has a wellness area in partnership with Calm, offering Calm content, neck warmers, and a health and wellness cart with healthy beverage choices
  • The New York (JFK) Centurion Lounge has a speakeasy, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail
Amex Centurion Lounge New York (JFK)

Amex Centurion Lounge crowding

Amex Centurion Lounges are on the surface far superior to what you’d typically find in a US airline lounge, and as a result they’re quite popular, especially with so many travelers having the Amex Platinum. If you ask me, Centurion Lounges are largely a victim of their own success, in the sense that they’re consistently quite crowded.

Personally I avoid Amex Centurion Lounges, even though I’m eligible for entry. That’s simply because I value a quiet environment from which to work over a superior food & drink selection (I don’t really drink alcohol when flying domestically, and for that matter I usually bring snacks with me when traveling as well).

Hopefully crowding becomes less of an issue when the new guesting policy is put in place. Amex did recently introduce a new Centurion Lounge crowding tracker. With this, you can get a live look at how busy a lounge is, with one of the following descriptions being displayed:

  • Not busy
  • A little busy
  • Very busy
  • Almost full

This tracker can be accessed through the Amex app, and you can find out how to check crowding here.

Amex Centurion Lounges can get pretty crowded

Bottom line

Amex Centurion Lounges are extremely popular with travelers, given that they offer great food and drinks, as well as some awesome amenities. These lounges are currently located at 15 airports, and can primarily be accessed by those with the Amex Platinum Card. Hopefully the above is a useful rundown of the access requirements, locations, and amenities of these lounges. If I missed anything, please let me know.

What’s your take on Amex Centurion Lounges? Do you love them, or avoid them due to crowding?

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  1. Tyagi Anupam Guest

    Where other airports are these lounges apart from usa please share that list

  2. Eric Kone Guest

    We were at the Seattle airport 6 months ago very early for a flight. The Centurion Lounge would not allow access until 3 hours before flight, and the entry wait was more than an hour. We used a Priority Pass lounge instead.

  3. WorldTraveler312 Guest

    There is also a location at Buenos Aires airport (EZE). It was ridiculously over packed. Good food and drinks. Separate rooms for Centurion members. I will not be going back.

  4. ChadMC Guest

    If they had more than one per airport, they'd probably be much more usable. I look at DFW where A has 5 different Admirals Clubs. Even in MIA, AA has 3 clubs. I was a huge fan of the Centurion Lounges some time ago, but with crowding, BRIGHT LIGHTS (**SPOT LIGHTS AT HUNDREDS OF WATTS**) blasting down on people (particularly at night), and rather inconvenient locations, I just generally pop into the Admirals Club for...

    If they had more than one per airport, they'd probably be much more usable. I look at DFW where A has 5 different Admirals Clubs. Even in MIA, AA has 3 clubs. I was a huge fan of the Centurion Lounges some time ago, but with crowding, BRIGHT LIGHTS (**SPOT LIGHTS AT HUNDREDS OF WATTS**) blasting down on people (particularly at night), and rather inconvenient locations, I just generally pop into the Admirals Club for a much quieter and more peaceful time.

    There should be at least one more in MIA and at least one or two more in DFW to really make them worthwhile. The one-per-airport is clearly not working.

  5. Regis Guest

    Your list of Centurion lounges is missing Sao Paulo (GRU):

    https://global.americanexpress.com/lounge-access/the-platinum-card/GRU/The-Centurion-Lounge-Terminal-3-Jp1RkAL1Td

  6. Robert D Guest

    The lounges at MEX are already branded as Centurion.

    1. xdambox New Member

      We used the one at MEX; it is landside, it was completely empty, and had an a-la-carte menu. It was awesome!

  7. dee Guest

    Don't fly out of Airports with the lounges-most of the time.. I have been to them infrequently and most times have had to wait to access as tooo crowded.

  8. dander Guest

    Phx is lacking on the food. Las is fine

  9. Ole Guest

    There was a time when even a Costco Amex holder had access to these lounges Ahh good old days

  10. Antonio Guest

    More importantly, when will the lounges return to pre-COVID hours of operation?
    Important info here would be to include each lounge's current hours of operation.

  11. xdambox New Member

    Once the new guesting policy will take place (Feb. 2023) the charge for adults will be $50, and for kids (age 2-17) $30...right?

    1. Jan Guest

      the new policy is only for american cards. German platinum cards continues to allow guest at no cost

    2. DFW Knight Guest

      @Jan - are those the national socialist party co-branded cards or the vanilla nazi amex cards?

    3. Nathan Guest

      Mate - you’re offensive, and clearly have a luke-warm IQ. Don’t bring the room down.

    4. Never In Doubt Guest

      xdambox, yes that is correct.

  12. Omar Guest

    Centurion cardholders have no time limit, can use on arrival, and can cut any line if there is a waiting list. Some locations have reserved section (JFK) or reserved seating. They also receive a special welcome drink Champagne (Veuve Clicquot) or Whiskey.

    Those perks make the lounges usable.

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      They’ll be much more usable for everybody come February, 2023.

  13. Reno Joe Guest

    We've seen Amex lounge access requirements evolve over the years. No arrival access. Departure access time restriction. Spend requirement for guest access. Wait list to enter. These restrictions stem from the crowding / over-use of the lounges. Which, seemingly, is due to the swelling in the ranks of Platinum Card holders. In a way, it feels like the swelling in the ranks of loyalty program elite status and the watering down of benefits.

    For...

    We've seen Amex lounge access requirements evolve over the years. No arrival access. Departure access time restriction. Spend requirement for guest access. Wait list to enter. These restrictions stem from the crowding / over-use of the lounges. Which, seemingly, is due to the swelling in the ranks of Platinum Card holders. In a way, it feels like the swelling in the ranks of loyalty program elite status and the watering down of benefits.

    For me, airline loyalty program tier status affords me lounge access at virtually every airport . . . including first class lounges where available. Given my circumstances, Amex lounges don't provide a meaningful pop in experience over what I already have (if any pop at all) and I have never found a compelling reason to use the Amex lounges. But, everyone has a different favorite color . ; . and lounge.

    1. Gareth Morgan Guest

      The Hong Kong lounge has a separate a la Carte dining area for Centurion holders with *excellent* food and wine.

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Jan Guest

the new policy is only for american cards. German platinum cards continues to allow guest at no cost

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Tyagi Anupam Guest

Where other airports are these lounges apart from usa please share that list

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Eric Kone Guest

We were at the Seattle airport 6 months ago very early for a flight. The Centurion Lounge would not allow access until 3 hours before flight, and the entry wait was more than an hour. We used a Priority Pass lounge instead.

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