Amex reveals updated opening dates for new Centurion Lounges, including Heathrow

Feb 12, 2020

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American Express has spent several years building a network of premium Centurion Lounges in airports across the country that people really want to visit. And, recently, that network has been steadily expanding across the country — and beyond. Fortunately, even more are on the way. Five new lounges are scheduled to open by the end of this year.

Here’s a roundup of the latest details and opening dates of the hotly anticipated upcoming Centurion Lounges.

Amex Centurion Lounge in LaGuardia (Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
Amex Centurion Lounge in LaGuardia (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The five new Centurion lounges will represent a 50% increase in the lounge network’s total footprint. While we’ve known where these new lounges will be opening, we sat down with Rachel Stocks, Amex’s EVP of Global Premium Products and Benefits, last summer to learn more about the upcoming lounges.

Much has changed since then, so here’s the latest.

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New Amex Centurion Lounge in Phoenix (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
New Amex Centurion Lounge in Phoenix (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

London Heathrow

Estimated opening date: First half of 2020

After opening a new space in the U.S. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Amex will open its second international Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the first half of 2020, with the first international location having opened in 2017 in Hong Kong. While details are light, we know that the lounge will be located in Terminal 3 at LHR and will be on the smaller side at 7,000 square feet. There will be showers, private workstations and other amenities.

(Mock-up courtesy of American Express)

New York-JFK

Estimated opening date: First half of 2020

Amex has also confirmed that the JFK lounge will also open in the first half of 2020. The bi-level lounge at New York’s JFK Airport will become an extension of the existing Terminal 4, jutting out close to the apron and air-traffic control tower. The lounge will be the largest in the network at 15,000 square feet.

(And don’t tell your friends, but it’ll feature a hidden speakeasy.)

Exterior view of the planned JFK Centurion Lounge (Mock-up courtesy of American Express)

Charlotte

Estimated opening date: Sometime in 2020

The Amex Centurion lounge in Charlotte will be located after security at the intersection of concourses D and E, on the top floor of a new airport expansion. The lounge will be 13,000 square feet, hopefully providing lots of space for the myriad American Airlines flyers passing through this busy hub.

Amex has already updated the website for this location and the lounge has received a temporary liquor license, so progress is definitely being made.

Denver

Estimated opening date: Sometime in 2020

The Denver lounge was supposed to open in 2019 but has been pushed back to this year. The lounge will be in Terminal C (primarily serving Southwest Airlines) and will hold the title of the second-largest Centurion Lounge at 14,650 square feet. While we don’t have an opening date, Amex has been building excitement in recent weeks with a pop-up Centurion Lounge in Vail.

(Mock-up courtesy of American Express)

Los Angeles

Estimated opening date: Soon

The Los Angeles lounge will be located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX. It will be accessible to those travelling from terminals 4–8 without needing to re-clear security. Aside from the standard amenities, the 13,900-square foot LAX lounge will feature a spa, family room and a new “tranquillity area.”

Eagle-eyed travellers have noticed that the lounge looks pretty close to complete. In fact, the website for the lounge is up, and we anticipate the LAX lounge to open soon.

The five new lounges join the company’s existing lineup of 10 lounges, including:

  • Dallas (DFW)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • New York (LGA)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Seattle (SEA)

How to access the Amex Centurion Lounge network

Customers can access a Centurion Lounge by flashing The Platinum Card from American Express U.K. You can also bring up to two included guests into the lounge.

2020 promises to be an exciting year for the American Express Centurion Lounge network. With 15 top-notch lounges set to be in operation by the end of the year, there’s no better time to make sure you’ve got the Platinum card in your wallet.

Mock-ups provided by American Express. Featured image by Zach Honig.

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