An ultimate guide to Amex Centurion Lounges

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The new Amex Centurion Lounges offer a luxe oasis for travelers who find airports stressful and uncomfortable (and who doesn’t, really?).

Centurion is the newest addition to the American Express Global Lounge program—and it’s the most luxe and exclusive offering yet. These upscale lounges offer spacious seating, Wi-Fi, signature cocktails, snacks, and concierge services. Right now, a few pilot airports already have Amex Centurion Lounges, and all you need to enjoy them is the right credit card.

What is an American Express Centurion Lounge?

Note: Some Centurion Lounge locations are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with American Express for the list of currently open Centurion lounges.

The chic spaces are designed for comfort, with amenities that elevate the travel experience. If you’re wondering whether The Platinum Card® from American Express’ annual fee is worth it, consider the benefit of access to the Centurion Lounges.

These Centurion amenities will have you looking forward to your next airport experience:

  • Signature cocktails
  • Healthy, regionally-sourced snacks and foods
  • A travel concierge
  • Quiet workspaces
  • Spacious seating
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Spa services
  • Wine tasting
  • Stocked family rooms (in some locations)

Once you’ve used your card to access the lounge, you can put it back in your wallet. All food, cocktails and services within the Centurion lounge are complimentary.

How to get access to Amex Centurion Lounges

If you hold one of these Amex cards, you qualify to enter the Amex Centurion lounge:

The lounge is only available to cardholders scheduled to depart on a flight within the next three hours. That means you can use the lounge for departure flights or layovers, but you can’t enter the lounge at your final destination.

If you’re flying on standby, you’re not eligible to use the lounge unless you have a boarding pass showing a confirmed seat or zone assignment.
To access the Centurion Lounge, you’ll need to present:

  • One of the above Amex cards
  • Your boarding pass showing your reservation for same-day travel
  • A government-issued I.D. card that matches the name on your credit card

Guest access

  • Platinum card members can enter with up to two guests at no charge.
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders can bring up to two guests but must pay $50 per person for each visit to one Centurion Lounge.
  • Centurion members can bring up to two guests or immediate family at no charge.
  • Day passes for additional guests are available for $50. Day passes are valid for one location only.
  • The cardholder must accompany guests at all times.
  • Children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge if they are traveling with the cardholder. You’ll need to show proof of age.

Can you purchase access to Centurion Lounges?

Centurion Lounge access is not currently available for purchase for the general public.

Where are Amex Centurion Lounges located?

Ten airports in the U.S. offer Centurion Lounges so far.

  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • New York (JFK)
  • New York LaGuardia (LGA)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)

Two more Centurion Lounges will open soon:

  • Denver (DEN)
  • London Heathrow (LHR)

Credit cards with Centurion Lounge access

The Platinum Card® from American Express: Best for personal travel

  • 5X Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on American Express Travel.
  • VIP Uber status and Uber Cash to spend on rides or food
  • Hotel upgrades
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Premium Global Assist® Hotline

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express: Best for small business

  • 5X Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com
  • 5X points on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more
  • Up to $200 airline fee credit
  • Itemized expense reports speed your bookkeeping
  • Build credit for your business

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card: Best for frequent Delta travelers

  • Earn 3X Delta SkyMiles on eligible Delta purchases
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club® Access
  • Receive two Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes each year
  • Earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to four times per year

The bottom line

The Amex Centurion Lounges turn long airport waits into pure pleasure for qualified American Express cardholders. These elite, stylish spaces offer everything from quiet workspaces to spa services and signature cocktails to turn the airport into a destination.

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