Amex Centurion Lounge & Escape Lounge Coming To Phoenix

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Today it has been formally announced that an Amex Centurion Lounge and Escape Lounge are coming to Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the coming months (no exact date has been given yet).

The lounges will have a combined total of 9,500 square feet, and they’ll feature a shared entrance with separate reception areas, lounge spaces, and amenities for each location. You can expect each of the lounges to take up roughly half the space, so each lounge will be just under 5,000 square feet, which is definitely on the small side.

Centurion Lounge & Escape Lounge entrance

None of this actually comes as much of a surprise. Last December we learned that this was in the works. While lounge operators usually wait a while to announce these things, the process of bidding on lounge space and airport development is quite public, so we already knew many of these details.

Amex’s SVP of Global Loyalty & Benefits had the following to say regarding this:

“We are excited to partner with MAG USA to bring our Platinum Card and Centurion Members two incredible lounge spaces to visit when they travel through the Phoenix airport. As Phoenix is a popular travel hub for Card Members, and home to one of the largest American Express offices in the U.S., The Centurion Lounge and Escape Lounge in Phoenix Sky Harbor airport will be the perfect additions to the Global Lounge Collection.”

Centurion Lounge Phoenix details

The Amex Centurion Lounge Phoenix will be open to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. Amex says that the Centurion Lounge Phoenix will feature a curated mix of signature amenities, as well as some locally-inspired offerings, including:

  • Full premium bar with specialty cocktails developed by Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan, and wines handpicked by Centurion Lounge wine director Anthony Giglio, including seasonal wine flights
  • Fresh, locally-inspired cuisine
  • Semi-private and dedicated work areas
  • Flight information display, high speed Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, showers, charging stations, television service, and business services
  • On-site American Express Member Services Professionals to assist Card Members with Card account requests and travel-related inquiries

This lounge will add to Amex’s growing list of Centurion Lounge locations. As of now Amex’s US Centurion Lounge locations include DallasHoustonLas VegasMiamiNew York LaGuardiaPhiladelphiaSan Francisco, and Seattle.

On top of that, lounges are being developed in Los AngelesNew York JFK, and Denver.

Centurion Lounge Phoenix

Centurion Lounge Phoenix

Centurion Lounge Phoenix

Escape Lounge Phoenix details

The Escape Lounge Phoenix will also be open to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express through the American Express Global Lounge Collection program. I imagine there will be broader access requirements beyond that, as the Escape Lounge may partner with some airlines for access as well, may also be part of Priority Pass, and may offer paid access.

The Escape Lounge Phoenix will offer the following amenities:

  • Unique Phoenix-inspired cocktails courtesy of head mixologist Sarah McElroy
  • Local chef-curated menu featuring premium food options and seasonal changes
  • Local wines, beers and spirits, coffee, and espresso
  • Silent digital library, with noise cancelling Bose headphones and free access to over 7,000 publications from over 120+ countries courtesy of PressReader
  • Children activity packs, including Escape Lounge’s Kids Crew puzzles, coloring book and crayons
  • Flight information display, high speed Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, showers, charging stations, television service, and business services

Escape Lounge Phoenix

Escape Lounge Phoenix

Escape Lounge Phoenix

Bottom line

Phoenix Airport is in need of more lounge space, so this is an exciting development. However, given that the two lounges are under 10,000 square feet combined, you can expect that they’ll get really crowded.

In general I’ve found Escape Lounges to be nicer than you’d expect for contract lounges, and based on the renderings and descriptions of the two lounges, it sure seems like there’s not that much of a difference between them.

Are you excited about the new lounges coming to Phoenix Airport?

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  1. Isn’t there also a Centurion lounge being built in Charlotte? Didn’t see you list that but thought I remember reading that a few months ago.

  2. Can’t come soon enough – not sure how many more $12 Blanco Taco margaritas I can get away with expensing!

  3. I actually wouldn’t be that surprised to see the Escape lounge limit access to priority pass during peak times and mostly function as overflow for the Centurion. Thus, if the Centurion hits capacity, they notify the Escape lounge and the only people allowed into the Escape are Centurion redirects.

  4. I’d like to see BA partner with AmEx on this one so BA F pax (and maybe J?) have access to one of them. In no way is free food and drink credit at the Admirals Club remotely a first class experience.

  5. I’m guessing the reason for the split is to provide airlines a lounge option. BA used the old Club or whatever it was that was in this same space (but smaller). I’m guessing for Amex to use it they needed to provide the airlines an option and that’s why the two (as they will be in the same space)

  6. I don’t believe any of the other Escape lounges are open to Priority Pass. They are limited to Amex Platinum, special airline relationships and self-pay.

  7. I thought Denver was coming “summer 2019.” Well, it’s June 2019 and last I heard no lounge at DEN.

  8. Constructions delay’s aside, any idea of the timing? 2019 is still pretty broad, although that window is is becoming smaller. My Admirals Club membership expires at the end of July. I guess I will need to renew 1 last time. Once the new “must fly AA” rules kick in for Admirals Club (November?), it certainly becomes somewhat less useful.

  9. My suspicion is that Escape will be there via Loungebuddy (maybe PP but I’m not confident) until 3:30 PM, and BA will contract it out for their evening flights (the way they treated The Club at PHX).

  10. I’m surprised the Centurion lounge will offer showers. As I remember, the bathrooms for the former Club lounge were outside the entrance and not connected at all.

    I’ll be disappointed if the Escape lounge isn’t PP. There are no other PP options in that PHX terminal.

  11. The Escape Lounge will almost certainly close (in whole or in part) in the late afternoons and convert to a contract lounge for premium passengers on BA and Condor, the way the old Club at PHX lounge used to.

    The Centurion Lounge will likely just operate the same way the others do.

    As a Priority Pass member who lives in Phoenix, it’s too bad there isn’t another PP option anywhere else at the airport. But the Club at PHX was getting so overcrowded in the last year, it was almost always a waiting list situation to get in.

  12. @Louis – the lounge spaces being remodeled into these lounges are in the “high B” gates in terminal 4, the far northeast corner of the terminal. If you look on maps they will be in the same place as the old Club at PHX. That concourse is the only one set up for international arrivals (customs and passport control is in the basement). So that’s where BA, Condor, Air Canada, Volaris, and West Jet operate from.

    It’s currently a weird space up there, with a couple offices and locked doors, plus a room I always peek into that appears to be setup for training – it is full of functional ticket counters and podiums, but not a public space.

    Last I heard, the entire upstairs area there was going to be redone, so it won’t keep its current configuration. But it’s also seems like it would be bigger than 10,000 square feet too…

  13. That is good news. I just moved back to Scottsdale. And geez is this place getting over built. I was out here from 2003-2011 and saw houses sky rocketed and then collapse (50-70% drops). Now they are building everywhere, just sold nearly 100 Ritz Carlton residences at a min of $1M each.

    Another collapse should be coming since I don’t think the economy has really changed out here. Not much high tech or other high income jobs, just a lot of tourism, real estate folks (who were like 25% or more of the people I met until 2008 and then most had no jobs), and some wealthy retirees.

    BTW, the Delta lounge in the redone Terminal 3 is really nice.Much better than the AA lounges I’ve been in out here.

  14. Interesting that AMEX hasn’t built a Centurion Lounge at any of the DL-dominated Hubs, but has built or is building plenty at AA and UA-dominated hubs. They must not feel the need to build any Centurion Lounges at Delta cities because of the Skyclub benefit. Kind of a bummer for us DL-flyers.

  15. The Club at PHX closed in mid-late April to begin renovations… there are expectations that some or all of the new lounges will open this autumn though that seems highly optimistic to me.

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