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When American Express started opening lounges in the U.S. they were a step above what was offered elsewhere, with substantive chef-designed food buffets and a full bar plus different amenities in each location like a spa, showers, and kids room.
Centurion lounge access is complimentary for Platinum Card from American Express cardholders. Everything inside – from food and alcohol to, in some lounges, spa treatments are complimentary as well). Access is also complimentary for Centurion (Black Card) cardholders of course. And no longer possible with other American Express cards.
American Express Centurion Lounge Hong Kong
Airlines have been investing more in their lounges, and learning a lesson that American Express quickly caught on to — build a nice lounge and more passengers will want to use it than you expect. They’re expanding lounges and building larger lounges where possible. Denver falls into the latter camp.
American Express has been talking to the Denver airport about a Centurion lounge since 2011. They wanted to put one on United’s B concourse. That never happened, but there’s finally now movement because on Tuesday the Denver City Council is expected to approve a lease for a new Centurion lounge on the C concourse.
All of the concourses are connected airside in Denver. Currently Priority Pass members have access to the Timberline Steaks restaurant on the C concourse. I had breakfast there two weeks ago even though I was departing on American, which flies out of the A concourse. It’s a short train hop away.
The proposed American Express lease is for 14,650 square feet and is written for a 10 year term at $2 million per year. American Express will spend a minimum of $14 million on the space. And they also pay 25% of gross receipts to the airport, though they no longer allow the paid access they once did.
This will be larger than any current American Express Centurion lounge, though perhaps slightly smaller than the proposed lounge for New York JFK. As a result of its size they’re proposing to offer a spa (similar to Dallas and Miami), kids room, and showers.
According to an airport presentation American Express was the only entity interested in a lounge on the C concourse. That’s where the bigger space was available. There was a process soliciting interest for an A concourse lounge as well, and the airport received 4 proposals.
The airport has selected Plaza Premium to move forward with an A concourse lounge. Here’s the location of the 11,751 proposed square foot lounge which may wind up accessible to Priority Pass customers if and when completed.
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