More American Express Lounges in the Near-Term Pipeline, Possibly Even Before San Francisco!

On Thursday I reported the rumor that San Francisco would get the next American Express Centurion lounge after the new one that opened in Dallas last week (and that Platinum cardholders would have complimentary access to).

American Express has since confirmed to me that they are building a lounge in San Francisco.

However here’s the intriguing part — they have other lounges in the pipeline, and while they’re building one in San Francisco it may not be ‘next’. We may see another city come online even before San Francisco.

Here’s what my contact told me,

Yes, SFO is a future location… It also may not necessarily be “next” based on construction, etc.

So we can actually keep speculating on which will be the ‘next’ to open but the good news seems to be that there are more coming online, and even very much in the near-term!


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  1. I would argue there is a need for one in Terminal C at EWR (the United fortress). Only United clubs which United elites aren’t even eligible for (unless flying international)

  2. I wonder WHERE in SFO the lounge will be built?

    Airside? Landside? Which terminal?

    My guess is not terminal 2 (where American has a brand new lounge), and certainly not terminal 3, where United has a fortress.

    Terminal 1, Concourse C serves the Delta flights and might make the most sense, although a Skyclub already exists.

    Terminal 1, Concourse B serves the US air flights and may also be an option, although US Air is definitely a third fiddle in that Concourse to Southwest and Alaska.

    The problem with Terminal 1 is that the Concourses are not connected airside, so you would be serving a limited # of passengers with a Terminal 1 location. Heck, if the new lounge is in Concourse B I will be much more likely to access it before a Southwest flight than before a US air flight.

  3. Orlando Airport is also in need of a premium lounge given the limited options that exist there now. Currently there are only the United and Delta clubs in the B terminal and nothing on the A side.

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