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Guide to American Express lounges

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American Express lounges offer some of the most luxury perks for travelers.

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If you are a cardholder of The Business Platinum® Card from American Express or The Platinum Card® from American Express, you can enjoy access to thousands of airport lounges around the world. The American Express Global Lounge Collection℠ includes a variety of brands, each with unique perks that can make your next trip a little more comfortable.

Before you show up at a lounge asking for complimentary food, Wi-Fi or business tools, it is important to know how each of these lounges work, what they offer and who can get in. Read on to learn more about each brand in the American Express Lounge collection.

Which lounges are part of the American Express Global Lounge Collection?

The American Express lounge collection encompasses more than 1,200 locations in more than 100 countries all around the world, including both airline partnerships and cardholder-exclusive lounges. The collection encompasses the following brands:

  • The Centurion℠ Lounges
  • The International American Express Lounges
  • Delta Sky Club®
  • Priority Pass lounges
  • Plaza Premium lounges
  • Airspace Lounge
  • Escape Lounges

No matter where you are traveling, there is probably an American Express lounge available. You can even search by airport using the American Express lounge finder.

Who can access lounges in the Amex collection?

Most of these lounges only offer complimentary access to Platinum cardholders, including both the business and personal version of the card. The Delta Sky Club, however, also offers access to Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express  cardholders.

Priority Pass lounges are much more flexible, allowing access to cardholders of luxury cards from several issuers, including the Citi Prestige card, Chase Sapphire Reserve® and many more.

Perks of Amex collection lounges

All of the lounges in the American Express Global Lounge Collection offer great perks to make your next trip a bit more relaxed. From complimentary food and drink to conference rooms for working on the go, each lounge includes plush amenities that provide an escape from busy airports. Here’s a quick look at the benefits you’ll find in each lounge:

Lounge
Benefits
Priority Pass
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Conference rooms and business areas in some locations
  • Spa treatments (for purchase) in some locations
Plaza Premium
  • Complimentary food and beverages, newspapers and magazines
  • Showers and resting areas in some locations
  • Free Wi-Fi and computer workstations in some locations
Delta Sky Club
  • Dedicated flight assistance
  • Complimentary food and beverages, including full service bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Dataports, fax machines and printers in some locations
  • Fully stocked showers (including hair dryers) in some locations
The Centurion lounge/ The International American Express Lounges
  • Dedicated flight assistance and concierge services (restaurant reservations, future travel bookings, etc.)
  • Complimentary food and beverages, including signature cocktails
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary magazines and newspapers
  • Semi-private workspaces for business use, as well as community computers, printers and fax machines (conference rooms in some locations)
  • Spa services and wine tasting areas in some locations
  • Shower suites in some locations
  • Luggage lockers in some locations
Escape
  • Complimentary light meals (pastries, sandwiches), snacks and full-service bar and table service meals for purchase
  • Business area with printing and scanning facilities and tablets
  • Free Wi-Fi
Air Space
  • Complimentary newspapers and community computers
  • Complimentary food and beverages, including a credit for one premium menu item
  • Business area with printing and scanning facilities and conference rooms
  • In-lounge showers and clothes pressing

Perks vary slightly by location, so check out your destination on the lounge’s website before you travel for specific details.

Guest access policies

If you frequently travel with friends or family, many American Express collection lounges allow eligible cardholders to bring guests. However, specific policies vary by lounge, and many might require guests to purchase a membership or day pass.

Lounge
Guest policy
Priority Pass
  • Two complimentary guests with eligible cardholders
  • Additional guests $27/person when accompanied by eligible cardholder
  • No day-pass access
  • Memberships start at $99/year
Plaza Premium
  • One complimentary guest with eligible cardholders
  • Additional travelers can reserve access prior to trip (prices vary by destination)
Delta Sky Club
  • No complimentary guests
  • Eligible cardholders can purchase access for up to two guests at $29/person
  • No day-pass access
  • Individual membership starts at $545/year
The Centurion lounge
  • Two complimentary guests with eligible cardholders
  • Additional guests $50/person when accompanied by eligible cardholder
  • No membership available for purchase
The International American Express Lounges
  • Price per guest varies by location when accompanied by eligible cardholder
Escape
  • No complimentary guests
  • Day pass prices vary by location
Air Space
  • Two complimentary guests with eligible cardholders
  • Day pass prices vary by location, starting at $20/person

Larger families might have a bit more difficulty gaining access to the lounge, but most locations allow you to purchase a day pass for accompanying travelers.

Where are Amex collection lounges located?

While Priority Pass lounges include more than 1,000 locations around the world, other brands in the American Express Global Lounge Collection have much more limited coverage.

Lounge
Coverage
Priority PassExcellent, over 1,200 locations around the world
Plaza PremiumGood, more than 50 locations in several countries (all international)
Delta Sky ClubGood, more than 50 lounges in several countries
The Centurion loungeLow, only about 10 lounges in 2 countries

 

The International American Express LoungesLow, 10 lounges in 4 countries
EscapeLow, only about 10 lounges in 2 countries
Air SpaceVery low, 2 locations, Cleveland and San Diego

Air Space lounges, for example, are only available in Cleveland and San Francisco for the time being.

Are Amex collection lounges worth it?

If you are a frequent traveler, the extra perks offered by American Express collection lounges can take some of the stress out of your next trip. Plus, you’ll save money on food and beverages. While membership for all the cards that allow access to these lounges is expensive, the value of the benefits can help offset the cost.

See related: Booking a trip with American Express Travel, Restrictions on Centurion lounge access coming soon for Amex Platinum cardholders

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