Amex to Open World’s Largest Centurion Lounge at New York-JFK

Jan 16, 2018

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One of the most appealing perks of Amex’s premium cards, including The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, is the ability to access the issuer’s network of airport lounges around the US and abroad. I’ve made dozens of Centurion Lounge visits over the years, and with limited exception, these are easily some of the most appealing pre-flight hangouts in the world.

Currently, the lineup includes:

While we’ve been hopeful that Amex would soon announce a location at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the next major launch is planned for a top East Coast hub, instead.

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In 2014, American Express opened its first Centurion Lounge in the New York City area, at La Guardia Airport (LGA), pictured above. Now, sometime in early 2019, Amex will launch a location at New York’s JFK Airport. At 15,000 square feet, the JFK lounge will be the largest in Amex’s global network, occupying two levels at JFK’s Terminal 4.

T4 is home to Delta in addition to many of JFK’s top international carriers, including Asiana, Avianca, China Airlines, Copa, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and others. That’s where you’ll find one of Delta’s most appealing Sky Clubs, Etihad’s top-notch NYC lounge, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and more. While Amex clearly has some competition on the lounge front, the Centurion Lounge will be accessible to all Platinum and Centurion cardmembers, regardless of airline or destination.

Exterior view of the planned JFK Centurion Lounge. Image courtesy of American Express.
Exterior view of the planned JFK Centurion Lounge. Image courtesy of American Express.

While details are still light at this point, we do know that Amex is targeting an early-2019 opening. Located on Level 4 (the departures level), the lounge will sport “spectacular airfield views and exceptional amenities,” though those won’t be detailed until we approach the opening date. We do know that there will be a complimentary bar and food, showers, “noise-buffering workspaces” and other spaces.

Access to Amex’s Centurion Lounges is now limited to cardmembers with a Centurion Card, The Platinum Card from American Express or The Business Platinum Card from American Express. Eligible cardmembers will be able to bring two guests and purchase $50 day passes for additional guests.

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