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Platinum Card from American Express cardholders have access to Priority Pass, Plaza Premium, Escape, and Airspace lounges. They have access to Delta lounges when traveling on the airline same day. And they have access to Amex’s own network of Centurion lounges.
These lounges have hot and cold buffets, complimentary bars, stylish furnishings — and in some locations complimentary spas, kids rooms, and showers. They’ve upped the game in US airport lounges, and we’ve seen improvements from US airlines. And busy lounges.
- American Express Centurion lounges currently open are Dallas Fort-Worth, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Philadelphia and Hong Kong.
- Denver, New York JFK, and Los Angeles are confirmed to be in progress.
Bar at the Philadelphia Centurion Lounge
A couple of weeks ago there was a rumor circulating that a new American Express Centurion Lounge would open in Charlotte. I confirmed it through City Council documents.
It’s 13,295 square feet, part of the ‘East Terminal Expansion Phase II project’ between concourses D and E, and will cost American Express over $10 million over 10 years plus operating expenses.
American Express for their part now confirms the project:
Opening in 2020, the Centurion Lounge at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will be located post-security on the top floor of a new expansion at the intersection of Concourses D and E, near the airport’s central Atrium.
Spanning more than 13,000 square feet, this location will be one of the largest in the Centurion Lounge network, and floor-to-ceiling windows will offer sweeping airfield and downtown skyline views.
The new lounge will also feature the exceptional amenities found across all Centurion Lounge locations, including complimentary food and beverage from top chefs, mixologists and wine experts, a family room, premium restrooms and shower suites, access to high-speed Wi-Fi, noise-buffering workspaces and more. The Centurion Lounge at Charlotte will also lean into local food, beverage and design influences.
In addition, American Express announced a new London Heathrow Centurion Lounge:
Opening in 2019, the new Centurion Lounge at Heathrow will be located post-security in Terminal 3 and span 7,000 square feet. In addition to the amenities found across other Centurion Lounge locations – such as premium showers and private noise-buffering work stations – the Centurion Lounge at Heathrow Airport will feature specially curated amenities influenced by London’s distinctive food, drinks, and design.
London Heathrow Lounge Entrance Rendering, Credit: American Express
Both the Charlotte and London Heathrow lounges appear aimed squarely at American Airlines (as do so many others), Charlotte because it’s an American Airlines hub and London because it’s in the terminal where American operates.
Centurion Lounge Hong Kong Entrance
London is the first Centurion lounge location in Europe. I personally expected another one in Asia before London’s opening.