Even though American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders lost access to American and US Airways lounges at the end of March and lost guest privileges at Delta lounges May 1 (of course many people were cool with this because of credits up to $500 American Express handed out), I continue to find the card very useful for lounge status.
- American Express has a growing network of their own lounges, which are generally better than airline offerings.
- The cards lets you request a Priority Pass Select, which provides access to a variety of airline lounges (such as Alaska Airlines lounges in the U.S.) and independent lounges.
- American Express also has direct relationships with Airspace lounges
There are at least 5 known US domestic Centurion lounges expected to be open by the end of the year — with Miami, New York LaGuardia and San Francisco adding to Las Vegas and Dallas Fort-Worth.
Priority Pass Select gets you into not just international lounges and Alaska lounges but also into independent lounges like Newark’s Art & Lounge and The Club locations (such as the new lounge in Phoenix).
And Airspace lounges pay-in are accessed complimentary by showing a Platinum or Centurion card.
There’s a brand new one now open in San Diego between terminal 2 East and West.
It’s open daily prior to first Terminal 2 East flight until boarding last departure. (Paid access is $25.)
The San Diego location adds to Baltimore, Cleveland, and New York JFK Terminal 5.
It offers power at every seat, food, complimentary liquor, wifi, and showers.