The Centurion Lounge
Centurion Lounges are an amazing way to spend time at the airport. Everything is free: hot food, premium drinks, showers (in some locations), and massages (in some locations). Additionally, primary and authorized users can each bring in two guests.
American Express implemented lounge access restrictions to prevent overcrowding. You cannot visit a Centurion Lounge: (1) on arrival or (2) three hours before departure of your first flight. The three-hour rule does not apply to connecting flights. For example, if you had a 5-hour layover in a Centurion Lounge airport, you can still access the lounge at any time during that layover.
Centurion Lounge Locations
- Dallas (DFW) (Near Gate D17; offers free 15 minute massages, pedicures, and shower suite)
- Houston (IAH) (Near Gate D6; shower suite)
- Las Vegas (Near Gate D1; shower suite)
- Miami (Near Gate D12; shower suite, free 15 minute massages and pedicure)
- New York (LGA) (In Terminal B on upper level; pre-security)
- Philadelphia (Terminal A West)
- Seattle (Near Gate B3; Shower suite)
- San Francisco (In Terminal 3 near Gate 74, if you are flying out of Terminal 1 or 2, you will have to clear security an extra time; Shower Suite and wine tasting area)
- New York (JFK) (coming in 2019 in Terminal 4)
- Hong Kong (Terminal 1)
- Upcoming: Denver (coming in 2019 in Concourse C); Los Angeles (LAX)(Coming in 2019 to Tom Bradley Terminal); Charlotte; Phoenix; London Heathrow.
- Non-Centurion American Express Lounges: Mexico City, Toluca, Monterrey, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Mumbai, Melbourne, and Sydney. (note: these locations are a little different than the US lounges. Some of these do not offer free alcohol or charge for food).
Other Airport Lounge Access
Delta Sky Club Access
If you are flying Delta, you can access the Delta Skyclub for free. You can bring in guests for $29 each. This benefit is also included for authorized users.
Priority Pass Lounges
Priority Pass has over 1,000+ lounges worldwide. With the Platinum card, you can bring in two guests. Additionally, I recommend you download their mobile app since you can access about 95% of the lounges with their digital key and easily search lounges by airport. Priority Pass only has about 50 lounges and restaurants in the United States, but a very large presence internationally. There are a few interesting options in the United States: Minute Suites (ATL, DFW, PHL; free hour nap room), and a few restaurants and bars where you get a $28 credit (Denver, Portland, and St. Louis).
Airspace Lounges are typically small to medium size lounges. You have to pay for food and alcohol, but you get a credit when you check in. The lounges do offer free snacks, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and espresso. You can bring in two guests for free. Guests also get a credit for food and drinks.
- Cleveland: $7 credit, free coffee, espresso, soft drinks and light snacks.
- I have visited this lounge several times. It is pretty small but very convenient for all terminals. It is a good option for a short 30-45 minute visit.
- San Diego: Terminal 2; $10 credit and a shower.
Escape Lounges are located at: Greenville- Spartanburg (GSP) Hartford (BDL), Minneapolis (Terminal 1 near E gates), Reno, and Oakland (T1 Gate 9).
- Outside the U.S.: East Midlands, UK (EMA); London Stansted, UK (STN); Manchester (MAN) T1, T2, and T3.
Plaza Premium Lounges
Your Platinum card can also get you access to all Plaza Premium Lounge Locations. Most are located in Asia, but there are six in London-Heathrow, five in Abu Dhabi, five in Rio, and many in Canada and Australia.
Platinum cardholders can access to Lufthansa business lounges at Frankfurt (T1 Concourse B) and Munich (Satellite area of T2) if you are flying Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian in any class. You can also access the Senator lounges if you are flying business class with one of those airlines. Centurion cardholder (invite only) can access to Lufthansa First Class, Senator, and Business Lounges in Frankfurt (T1 Concourse B) and Munich (Satellite area of T2) if you are flying Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian in any class.
Access to Virgin Australia Lounges
Must be flying Virgin, but they have lounges in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Mackay, Cairns, Gold Coast, and Darwin. (Benefit of Australian’s version of Platinum, but works for U.S. Platinum)
Stockholm (ARN) Lounge
You can visit the American Express Lounge by Pontus at Arlanda Airport (ARN). The lounge is located in Terminal 5, but Platinum card holders do have to pay for drinks (free for Centurions).
Non-Airport Lounges That Platinum Cardholders Can Access
Access to Eurostar Business Premier Lounges
Located at London St. Pancras International Station, Ebbsfleet International, Paris Gare du Nord and Brussels Midi/Zuid. You must have a same-day train ticket and you cannot bring guests.
Staples Center Centurion Suite
You can get free access to Centurion Suite at Staples Arena during Kings, Lakers, and Clippers games. You still have to pay for food and drinks, but you could buy the cheapest seat and go to the suite for a better view. It opens ninety minutes prior to the start of the game and you can bring in three guests. I have heard it gets crowded, so get there early. You also get access to VIP lounge in the mall at South Coast Plaza near Irvine.
Barclays Center (NYC) Centurion Suite
You can also free access to Centurion Suite at Barclays Center during Nets and Islanders games with any ticket that gets you inside the arena. You can bring in one guest and the suite opens 60 minutes prior to event start time.
Universal Studios Florida
If you bought a Multi-Park Ticket or Annual Pass directly with Universal using your American Express card, you get access to the American Express Lounge.
Universal Studios Hollywood
If you bought a VIP experience or Universal Express ticket directly with Universal using your American Express card, you get access to the American Express Lounge.