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Guide to Centurion lounges

Amex Platinum cardholders can travel in style with access to luxury lounges

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Centurion lounges offer some of the most luxurious benefits around.

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As some of the most exclusive and luxury airport lounges available, The Centurion lounges make travel a breeze for cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. Locations are limited, but the perks can save you significant time and money while you travel.

What is The Centurion lounge?

Centurion lounges include a network of plush airport lounges whose access is limited exclusively to American Express Platinum cardholders and their guests. They are lauded as some of the nicest lounges available, boasting luxury perks and a relaxed atmosphere.

Centurion lounges include the following benefits, designed to reduce the stress of travel:

  • Flight assistance and concierge services (restaurant reservations, future travel booking, etc.)
  • Complimentary food and drinks (including signature cocktails and menus by renowned local chefs)
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Semi-private workspaces
  • Community computers with printer, fax and copiers
  • TVs, magazines and newspapers
  • In select locations:
    • Spa services
    • Wine tasting area
    • Conference rooms
    • Shower suites
    • Luggage lockers

Who has access to the Centurion lounge?

On top of offering some of the best perks among airport lounges, Centurion lounges are some of the most exclusive – limiting access to Platinum cardholders and their guests. There are no membership or day-passes available for purchase.

If you do have a Platinum card – either the business or personal version – you are allowed access for yourself and up to two guests. Any additional guests are charged $50 a person and must be accompanied by the primary cardholder at all times.

Fortunately, authorized users of a Platinum card are allowed their own guests. If you frequently travel with a large family, adding an additional user on your card can be an easy way to up your guest count. Just keep in mind the Platinum card charges $175 a year for the first three authorized users.

Centurion lounge locations

Unfortunately, Centurion lounge locations are fairly limited. Only the following airports currently have a lounge:

Airport
Hours
Location
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.Terminal D (opposite gate D12)
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)5:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.Terminal 1 (just before gate 60, take the escalators to the 7th floor)
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.Terminal D (near gate D6)
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)5 a.m. – 11 p.m.Concourse D (across from gate D1)
New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on Sat)Terminal B, Concourse B-C
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.Terminal A, west (near gate A14)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)5 a.m. – 10 p.m.Concourse B (across from gate B3)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)5 a.m. – 11 p.m.Terminal 3, Concourse F (opposite gates 74 and 75)

A few more lounges internationally are classified as American Express lounges, but they allow access to the same cardholders as Centurion lounges. You can view a full list of participating locations on the American Express website. On the plus side, there are a few more locations coming soon, including major airports like JFK and London Heathrow. Here are a few upcoming Centurion lounge locations:

  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

If you aren’t sure if your destination has a Centurion lounge, you can use the American Express lounge finder tool. You’ll be able to view each location’s terms and conditions, hours and exact location in the airport as well as pictures of the lounge.

Centurion lounge finder

 

New restrictions coming soon

Unfortunately, there are a few new restrictions on Centurion lounge access coming soon. Starting on March 22, 2019, you will no longer be able to visit Centurion lounges at your arrival airport. You are also only allowed access to a lounge within three hours of your scheduled departure, unless you have proof of a connecting flight. This essentially limits lounge access to three hours, making it a bit more difficult to soak up the luxury perks.

Is the Centurion lounge worth it?

Centurion lounge access is just one of many luxury travel perks offered to Amex Platinum cardholders, but it offers significant value for frequent travelers. In addition to the money you can save on food and beverages, the lounges offer an escape from a hectic airport and a more relaxed trip. Even with new restrictions coming soon, it is a nice bonus.

See Related:American Express Rewards guide: The best ways to earn and use Membership Rewards points, Changes coming to The Business Platinum® Card from American Express in 2019

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