American Express lounges offer some of the most luxury perks for travelers.
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 complimentary access to Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card cardholders, and for a exclusive discounted rate, to Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card cardholders.
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:
|Delta Sky Club|
|The Centurion lounge/ The International American Express Lounges|
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.
|Delta Sky Club|
|The Centurion lounge|
|The International American Express Lounges|
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.
|Priority Pass||Excellent, over 1,200 locations around the world|
|Plaza Premium||Good, more than 50 locations in several countries (all international)|
|Delta Sky Club||Good, more than 50 lounges in several countries|
|The Centurion lounge||Low, only about 10 lounges in 2 countries|
|The International American Express Lounges||Low, 10 lounges in 4 countries|
|Escape||Low, only about 10 lounges in 2 countries|
|Air Space||Very 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.