American Express Centurion Lounges are hands down the domestic best lounges in America. They offer comfortable spaces, great rotating food, and free top shelf booze. American Express Centurion lounges can be found in Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), Miami (MIA), New York LaGuardia (LGA), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Houston (IAH), Philadelphia (PHL) and Hong Kong (HKG). American Express is also working on building lounges in Denver (DEN), New York John F Kennedy (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX) that should open soon.
Amex next Centurion lounge location will be Charlotte (CLT). This comes as a big of a surprise as most people thought it would be in Chicago or another major hub. It doesn’t come as huge surprise to me as American Express has been strategically placing lounges in airports where its members don’t have access to any other lounge option and Charlotte fits that bill perfectly. There is a minute suites in the Charlotte airport that does accept priority pass but it is only an enclosed private space, not a true lounge. The City of Charlotte is expected to approve a 10 year lease for American Express to build a Centurion lounge at their airport at their meeting on this coming Monday.
- 13,295 square feet
- Opening Fall 2019
- Located between concourse D and E on the 3rd floor
- Cost to American Express: “a one-time payment of $5,000,000 and a minimum of $3,000,000 of on-property advertising expenditures over the initial 10-year term” plus “$525,701 with a total 10-year lease value of $10,500,000.”
The 13,295 sq ft is on the larger side for an American Express lounge. The lounge in Hong Kong comes in at around 8,000 sq ft and the old Dallas Fort Worth lounge at 9,000 sq ft. I am curious to see what amenities they will include in the lounge with that much space. As an American Airlines loyalist, I am thrilled at the thought of not having to use the terrible concourse B lounge even if it is a 10 minute treck to the D-E concourse.
The best way to enter the American Express Centurion Lounges is with The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express ($450 annual fee) as lounge access is included. Day passes may available to purchase for $50 per person.
Where do you think the next Centurion lounge will be after this one?
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