American Express has been building out its own lounge network, and they’re at a much higher standard than US airline lounges. They feature:
- Thoughtfully selected wine and craft cocktails
- Food by local celebrity chefs (full buffet meals)
- Complimentary spa in some locations
- Showers in most locations
- Kids room and conference space in most locations
Kids Room – Las Vegas
Exhale Spa – Miami
Buffet – Dallas
They’re distinctively designed spaces, accessible complimentary to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders and on a paid basis to other American Express cardmembers.
There are American Express Centurion lounges at US airports already in:
Denver airport officials confirmed for me that American Express is in discussions to open a new Centurion lounge in terminal B which houses United Airlines.
There is no agreement in place at this point. Things apparently heated up a couple of months ago, although initial discussions about the possibility of a lounge at the airport back to 2011. It seems the hangup has been airport negotiations with United over space the airline needed in the terminal, but those have been concluded.
American Express tells the airport that Denver is a ‘priority market’ although they expect “several other locations to open in the next two years” beyond the existing lounges.
Multiple locations in the terminal have been identified as possible homes for the lounge.
For good measure I asked Amex to comment on the status of Denver, knowing that without a signed deal there isn’t much they would share. They responded,
As you know, we’re looking at a number of different airports where our Card Members travel most. We don’t have anything to report with that specific airport.
This probably won’t be the next lounge that opens, but it seems like there’s a strong possibility that Denver is one of the locations that American Express should be able to add to their ‘two year pipeline’ shortly.