Jona reports on FlyerTalk that American Express will be building out a new Centurion lounge at Washington’s National airport.
It’s not clear where such a lounge would be located, however after the US Airways-American Airlines merger American gave up the US Airways club lounge space that’s adjacent to the Admirals Club on the center pier of the B/C terminal. Anyone using the American Airlines club there would agree the airline should have kept the space and expanded the club, however it’s been vacant for years.
American Express Centurion Lounge Charlotte
Jona’s report also notes significant planned expansion at both San Francisco and Seattle, which matches what I already know.
- In San Francisco American Express plans to significantly grow the Centurion lounge footprint in United’s terminal 3 to nearly 16,000 square feet.
- In Seattle the plan is to move from the current 4500 square foot space to a new 13,700 square foot space on the upper level of the Central Terminal, above the central food court in a 10 year lease with 5 year option.
Bar at the American Express Centurion Lounge Charlotte
While specific amenities vary by location, all of the Centurion lounges feature attractive design and quality food and beverage offerings. Their biggest challenge is that a quality lounge attracts more people than you’d expect, even after accounting for the fact that a quality lounge attracts more people than you’d expect. So expansions are definitely welcome. And since in non-pandemic times Washington National airport is my most frequent destination for work I’ll value any potential lounge there.