Several days ago we learned about how an Amex Centurion Lounge was on the horizon for Newark Airport. There’s a positive update on that front, as this project has now been officially approved.
18,000 square foot Centurion Lounge planned for Newark
The construction of an Amex Centurion Lounge at Newark Airport was officially approved today during a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board meeting. For those not familiar, Centurion Lounges are some of the awesome lounges that those with the Amex Platinum have access to — for many cardmembers, lounge access is a favorite perk.
American Express can now finalize a 15-year lease to open a lounge in the new Terminal A building. This is exciting on many levels, not just because it will be the largest Centurion Lounge to date, but also because it means there will be a Centurion Lounge at all three major airports in the NYC area.
Furthermore, Newark Airport lacks exciting lounge options other than from United, so it will be nice to have an alternative. If nothing else, more lounge space is always a good thing in terms of less crowding in other lounges.
Details of the Amex Centurion Lounge Newark
According to the proposal, American Express will open an 18,000 square foot lounge in a 50,000 square foot expansion building of the new Newark Airport Terminal A. The lounge will be located on the third floor of the building, while the areas on the first and second floor will be subleased to third parties.
The lease will start around January 1, 2022, and will continue for around 15 years. Payment is expected to start around August 1, 2023, or when the lounge opens, so it sounds like that’s the closest we have to a timeline for the lounge potentially opening.
American Express will pay a total of $121.5 million over the term of the lease, and will invest approximately $100 million to construct the terminal expansion. The airport itself won’t have to make any capital investments in connection to the lounge.
Per the proposal, the lounge will include a variety of amenities, including:
- A viewing terrace overlooking the airfield, Port of Newark, New York and Newark Harbor, and the Manhattan skyline
- Multiple signature Amex food and bar areas
- A piano lounge
- A Jersey jazz-themed bar
- A speakeasy-themed backstage cocktail lounge
- A wellness room, workstation, and “world-class restroom facilities”
This sounds like a pretty awesome Centurion Lounge to me — not only will it be huge, but those are some cool-sounding amenities.
Unfortunately I’m not as excited as some other people when it comes to these lounges. Amex Centurion Lounges are in a way a victim of their own success — they’re so much better that most other airport lounges, so they often end up getting quite crowded, to the point that they’re not very relaxing.
American Express will be opening a huge Centurion Lounge at Newark Airport. This concept has been approved today at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board meeting. It’s expected that construction could start fairly soon, and hopefully the lounge will open in the summer of 2023.
What do you make of the Amex Centurion Lounge Newark coming to Newark?
The worst USA Airport. Old, crowded, confused staff.
There will not be any problems with transportation between terminal a and terminal C United will be opening backup interminal a and previously previously they had bus transportation from terminal a 2 terminal C there I'm gonna see there is a bus that goes between a &c and it used to go AB &c and then 1 directly 2 terminal C so there should not be any problems and the reason why I know is because I worked in the United club lounge for 33 years
Exact reason they are opening in A is to avoid transferring traffic flowing into the lounge. AMEX is after local market premium customers, who is originating from EWR. Local customer who is loyal to UA may already have access to the UA club/Polaris.
I was excited about this until I saw the date!
That aside, who flies from A? I've never really paid attentions to the terminals there.
Air Canada, JetBlue, American all fly out of A. A is the terminal I fly out of most often as I take AC for my flights to Canada. Really looking forward to having it replaced. It’s a bus terminal.
Any other news on which lounges are going to go in the new terminal A? Will Air Canada build a new lounge or are they moving to another terminal or will they send their passengers to a new United Club there?
It is great that this is in A. This is good for me because I usually fly Alaska or Delta. I have stopped flying United since they reneged on lifetime club memberships in the most dishonest and cowardly fashion.
AS is not moving into the new Terminal A
Newark is my home airport and this could have pushed me to get the platinum card... At the old rate.
Terminal 1 is the project Name. When completed it will be called Terminal A. The demo on the one arm of Terminal A will commence on Sept 30th. The plan is also to create an updated monorail system connecting all terminals on the airside. UA will be getting upto 16 gates in terminal A,which Jetblue is pissed about.
Actually the new airtrain will continue to be in the outside and won't even connect to terminal b. It's a horrendous project and they're setting over 1 billion on fire to build it
Ben, you should try to clarify that the lounge is being built in the new Terminal A rather than the existing one. Many commenters seem to not realize construction is going on in that area.
The new terminal is terminal one not terminal A too!
Terminal 1 is the project name. When completed it will be the new terminal A.
Thanks, I've seen all the bloggers refer to is A but thought it was one.
I agree with Joelfreak. Would be a huge bummer if there isn't post security access to this from Terminal C
For this to be valuable, they really to need connect the terminals airside.
For this to be valuable, they really to need connect to JFK airside.
In A?! Unless they add transport between C and A behind security, I don't understand this... The great majority of people are flying UA at least in or out of EWR...sticking it IN A gets you AC, B6 and assorted others, but not the daily driver.
UA is going to be using a number of the gates at the future (currently under construction) Terminal A formerly known as Terminal One.
Probably the same infestation of terrible E145s that were in A prior to Covid...they aren't going to split up mainline ops between C and A given the embarrassing airside transit between the two, that would be crazy.
E145 are already being phased out and being replaced with 170/175/190
I think there is a shuttle bus that connects A and C
This is correct. It sometimes connects B as well, I think when there are Star Alliance flights arriving/departing and whatnot. Or maybe it's less orderly than that.
There is, and it's a fairly miserable experience all around (but that describes EWR generally I guess)
I guess I have to take a detour to Jersey on one of my future trip just to try this out.
A great addition to EWR which lacks good lounges across the board, except for maybe the Polaris Lounge in C and the Lufthansa Lounge in B.
New united lounge is being built around Gate 132.
Can't come soon enough. I'll believe it when I see it.
That's really exciting news. But please not in terminal A
There’s an airside bus that connects C and A (and sometimes B). I’ve used it many times.
The only downside is the location. Most EWR flyers are on UA layovers in Terminal B, so without a long layover the lounge will not be practical to visit. Nevertheless a great addition to an airport with horrible food options.
Terminal C, best in the country for foodies.
Terminals A and B, I’m pretty sure have to go thru C’s trash for their dining options.
Lol that has to be just about the dumbest article ever if making that claim...nothing from OTG should be ranked as "best in class" other than highest prices
20% off if you have a United branded card which makes it sting less. You don’t have to use the card for the purchase.