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      American Express Centurion Lounges: List of Locations, Credit Cards, & Access Information

      Phil Dengler
      American Express Centurion Lounge List, Access, Credit Cards

      While American Express offers cardholders a variety of travel-related benefits, the top perk may be access to its Centurion Lounges. Available on only a few premium cards, Centurion Lounges are in a class of their own. Benefits include seasonally-inspired dining options from local chefs, premium alcoholic beverages, high-speed WiFi, member professional services, and semi-private workplaces. Some lounges even include spa services, conference rooms, shower suites, and wine tasting areas! Benefits are complimentary to cardholders and guests.

      Those holding the following American Express cards may access Centurion Lounges: The Platinum Card from American Express, The Business Platinum Card from American Express, and the Centurion Card from American Express (invite only). The following co-branded American Express cards also include Centurion Lounge access: Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card. Authorized users of those cards also have access.

      This guide will provide further details about accessing Centurion Lounges in addition to a list of locations around the world.

      Who Can Access Centurion Lounges?

      As detailed above, only select Platinum, Centurion, and Delta SkyMiles cardholders can access the lounges. Platinum cardholders may access lounges no more than three hours before departure time. Delta SkyMiles cardholders may access lounges no more than three hours before departure time for a Delta-operated or Delta-marketed flight. Eligible cardholders may not access lounges after landing. Those with a connecting flight at the same airport may access the lounges.

      The Vacationer Tip

      Eligible cards have a minimum annual fee of $550. Before signing up for a Centurion Lounge-eligible card, make sure the other benefits are valuable to you.

      You cannot purchase an annual membership or day-pass even if you have another American Express card. Only eligible cardholders, authorized users, and their guests have access.

      What Do I Need to Bring to Gain Access?

      You must show the lounge agent your eligible credit card, a valid form of ID, and boarding pass. The name on your ID must match the name on your credit card. Your boarding pass must show a confirmed seat or zone for that day. Those traveling on standby cannot access the lounges.

      Authorized User Fees

      Adding authorized users to Centurion Lounge-eligible cards is not cheap, but it may make sense for you. As previously stated, authorized users of eligible cards may enter lounges. For example, the $550-annual fee Platinum Card has a $175 authorized user fee for up to 3 cards. Each authorized user can enter lounges as well as bring up to two guests.

      Can I Bring Children? What About Other Guests?

      Children under the age of 2 may enter lounges for free. You must be able to provide proof of age or a lap infant boarding pass. Access for guests older than the age of two varies by card. Please note, the Card Member must always be present.

      • Platinum: First two guests at no charge. Each additional guest is $50. Beginning in February of 2023, Platinum cardholders will be charged $50 for each guest. This fee is waived if the cardholder spends at least $75,000 in a calendar year. In other words, spending $75,000 from January 1 through December 31 in 2022 will get you free guest access.
      • Centurion: First two guests or immediate family at no charge. Immediate family is defined as spouse, domestic partner, or kids under 18. Each additional guest is $50.
      • Delta SkyMiles: Two guests at $50 per person.

      Guest access is per person, per day. If two of your guests leave the lounge, you cannot bring new guests in for free.

      Airports With Centurion Lounges

      Here is a list of current Centurion Lounges. As of May 2021, all United States lounges except LaGuardia have re-opened.

      • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
      • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
      • Denver International Airport (DEN)
      • Hong Kong International (HKG) – Currently Closed
      • IAH/Intercontinental Houston Airport (IAH)
      • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
      • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
      • Miami International Airport (MIA)
      • New York – John F Kennedy International (JFK)
      • New York – LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
      • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
      • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
      • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
      • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

      London Heathrow Airport (LHR) will open a lounge in 2021. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) will open a lounge in 2022.

      While the country is continuing to reopen, lounges may have certain restrictions and requirements. Hours may be limited, face masks may be required, and certain benefits may be unavailable.

      The Vacationer Tip

      Contact the lounge before going it to ensure current hours, food and drink menu, and available amenities. In addition to Covid-19 changing things, lounges may regularly tweak their menus and services.

      Before taking a deeper look into each lounge, here are the benefits you will receive at every location.

      • Professional Member Services and Assistance
      • Seasonally-Inspired Food from Local Chefs
      • Premium Liquor and Wine
      • Semi-Private Work or Relaxation Spaces
      • TVs and Digital Reading (Newspapers and Magazines)
      • Fast Wi-Fi

      In addition to those benefits, some lounges offer more. Here is everything you need to know about each lounge. Please note, this list is accurate as of May 27, 2021. Each lounge’s hours, food menu, drink menu, and featured amenities are subject to change.

      Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

      Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Concourses D & E, mezzanine level
      • Hours: 7 am – 7 pm
      • Cuisine: Southern flare from local North Carolinian Chef Joe Kindred. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 6 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Kitty Hawk.
      • Featured Amenities: Premium bar, family room, personal workspaces, and the ability to print, fax, and make copies.

      Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

      Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Terminal D (across from Gate D12)
      • Hours: 7 am – 7 pm
      • Cuisine: Texas-inspired dishes from Chef Dean Fearing, who is known as one of the originators of Southwestern cuisine. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 6:30 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Tex Mex.
      • Featured Amenities: Spa, conference space, family room, and premium bar.

      Denver International Airport (DEN)

      Denver International Airport (DEN) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: On the Mezzanine Level in Concourse C (right past Gate C46). It is located post-security and passengers must take a train to reach Concourse C
      • Hours: 7 am – 7 pm
      • Cuisine: Northern Italy-inspired flare from local Coloradan Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 6 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Rocky Fence.
      • Featured Amenities: Live-action station, dining space, dedicated work area, family room, craft beer bar.

      Hong Kong International (HKG) (currently closed)

      Hong Kong International (HKG) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: In Terminal 1 on Level 7. It can be found just before Gate 60.
      • Hours: Currently closed due to Covid-19.
      • Cuisine: Locally inspired Hong Kong menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert are all available.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Soycar.
      • Featured Amenities: Premium bar, dedicated work areas, and phone room.

      IAH/Intercontinental Houston Airport (IAH)

      IAH/Intercontinental Houston Airport (IAH)

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Terminal D (it is accessed via an elevator in the Duty-Free Shop near Gate D6
      • Hours: 7 am – 5 pm
      • Cuisine: Local Houstonian Chef Justin Yu designed the cuisine. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 4:45 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Desert Oasis.
      • Featured Amenities: Tranquility area, family room, dedicated work area, and premium bar.

      Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)

      Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Concourse D (opposite Gate D1). Concourse D is accessible via the transit system from Terminal 1 or 3.
      • Hours: 7 am – 6 pm
      • Cuisine: Chef Kim Canteenwalla’s menu includes a variety of locally sourced ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Blue Door.
      • Featured Amenities: Family room, semi-private workspaces, conference room, and premium bar.

      Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (temporarily closed)

      Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). Go to the Great Hall and take the elevator to Level 2.
      • Hours: 7 am – 3 pm
      • Cuisine: Chef Nancy Silverton designed the cuisine. The lounge is temporarily closed.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available.
      • Featured Amenities: Spa, personal workspaces, and a family room.

      Miami International Airport (MIA)

      Miami International Airport (MIA) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Concourse D (close to Gate D12). It can be found on the 4th floor.
      • Hours: 7 am – 7 pm
      • Cuisine: Miami-inspired food from Miamian Chef Michelle Bernstein. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 6 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Collins Avenue Collins.
      • Featured Amenities: Spa, premium bar, family room, and semi-private workplaces.

      New York – John F Kennedy International (JFK)

      New York John F Kennedy International (JFK) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Terminal 4 past the TSA checkpoints.
      • Hours: 6 am – 8 pm
      • Cuisine: New York-inspired cuisine by Chef Ignacio Mattos. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 7 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Port in a Storm.
      • Featured Amenities: Equinox body lab, speakeasy, premium bar, coffee bar, family room, dedicated work area, and more.

      New York – LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

      New York - LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Reopening soon in Terminal B on the 3rd Floor.
      • Hours: 5 am – 6 pm and 5 am – 5 pm on Saturdays.
      • Cuisine: Indonesian-inspired cuisine from Chef Cedric Vongerichten. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 5:45 pm Sunday through Friday and until 4:45 pm on Saturday.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Lower East Cider.
      • Featured Amenities: Premium bar.

      Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

      Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Terminal A West (close to Gate A14)
      • Hours: 5:30 am – 4:30 pm
      • Cuisine: Israeli-inspired cuisine from Chef Michael Solomonov. Continental and hot breakfasts are served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 4 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Liberty Bell Ringer and the Philadelphia Flyer Laird’s.
      • Featured Amenities: Personal workspaces, premium bar, and phone room.

      Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

      Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Terminal 4 (across from Gate B22). The lounge is on the upper level.
      • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
      • Cuisine: Southwestern cuisine designed by Chef Doug Robson. A hot breakfast is served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 4:30 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Diamondback and U.F.O.
      • Featured Amenities: Premium bar, workspaces, and the ability to print, fax, and copy.

      San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

      San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Terminal 3 or International Terminal G. It is adjacent to Gate F1/F2.
      • Hours: 8 am – 6 pm
      • Cuisine: California cuisine from Chef Ravi Kapur. A hot breakfast is served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 5:30 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Hebridean Hello.
      • Featured Amenities: Napa Valley wine tasting, open kitchen, premium bar, and family room.

      Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

      Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Centurion Lounge

      Photo: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      • Location: Concourse B (opposite Gate B3)
      • Hours: 7 am – 8 pm
      • Cuisine: Locally-inspired cuisine from Seattle. A hot breakfast is served in the morning, while lunch and dinner are served until 7:30 pm.
      • Beverages: Locally inspired cocktails are available, including the Capital Hill.
      • Featured Amenities: Power stations, healthy snacks, and premium bar.

      Special Benefits for Centurion Card Holders

      The invitation-only Centurion Card from American Express offers cardholders an even better lounge experience. Cardholders enjoy reserved seating, premium drink upgrades, and guaranteed access despite heavy crowds. Additionally, Centurion cardholders may access the lounges at any time during the day they have access to the terminal and a boarding pass for that day. That means cardholders can even access lounges after landing. Platinum and Delta SkyMiles cardholders may access lounges no more than three hours before departure time only.

      With a starting price of $15,000 and an annual fee of $5,000, the Centurion Card is a serious investment for most people. Regardless, the premium benefits are worth it for some.

      Mobile Check-In Information

      Start the check-in process before arriving at the airport with the American Express mobile app. After downloading the app, follow these instructions:

      • Click “Find an Airport Lounge”
      • Find the lounge you wish to visit and click “Confirm” to begin the check-in process.
      • The app will generate a QR code. This code is valid for 30 minutes after confirming your check-in.
      • Show the Centurion Lounge agent your QR code, ID, and boarding pass to gain entry.

      Unless you are a Centurion cardholder, you will still be subject to capacity limits.

      FAQs

      What is a Centurion Lounge?

      A Centurion Lounge is a premium airport lounge exclusively for certain American Express cardholders. Centurion Lounges are often viewed as the best of the best when it comes to Airport lounge amenities.

      What airports have Centurion Lounges?

      The following airports have Centurion lounges for eligible American Express cardholders.

      Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
      Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
      Denver International Airport (DEN)
      Hong Kong International (HKG) – Currently Closed
      IAH/Intercontinental Houston Airport (IAH)
      Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
      Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
      Miami International Airport (MIA)
      New York – John F Kennedy International (JFK)
      New York – LaGuardia Airport (LGA) (under construction)
      Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
      Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
      San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
      Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

      What American Express credit cards have Centurion Lounge Access?

      – The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express
      – The Centurion Card from American Express (invite only)
      – The Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card

      What are some of the benefits of Centurion Lounges?

      Every lounge has the following benefits.

      – Professional Member Services and Assistance
      – Seasonally-Inspired Food from Local Chefs
      – Premium Liquor and Wine
      – Semi-Private Work or Relaxation Spaces
      – TVs and Digital Reading (Newspapers and Magazines)
      – Fast Wi-Fi

      Others lounges even have some of these more premium benefits.

      – Spa Services
      – Conference Rooms
      – Shower Suites
      – Wine Tasting Areas
      – Family Room
      – Private Work Area

      What are the fees to enter Centurion Lounges?

      Eligible cardholders enjoy complimentary access. Platinum and Centurion cardholders must pay a $50 fee for any guests after the first two. Delta SkyMiles cardholders must pay a $50 fee for each guest.

      Are the food and drinks free in Centurion Lounges?

      The food and drinks as well as all other benefits are complimentary in Centurion Lounges.

      Do I have to tip in Centurion Lounges?

      Tipping is a personal choice. It is not required, but it is appreciated in Centurion Lounges.

      Can I buy an annual or one-day Centurion Lounge pass?

      Annual and one-day passes are not for sale. Only eligible American Express cardholders can buy passes for their guests.

      Can authorized users of eligible cards bring guests?

      Yes, authorized users may bring guests. For The Platinum Card from American Express, each authorized user can bring two guests for free.

      Do those holding the Centurion Card have any special lounge benefits?

      Yes. Centurion cardholders enjoy reserved seating, premium drink upgrades, and guaranteed access despite heavy crowds. Those holding the Centurion Card can access lounges at any point during the day they have a flight reservation or access to a terminal. That includes after landing, too.

      Should I sign up for an eligible American Express card solely for Centurion Lounge access?

      Probably not considering the $550 annual fee. If you will be visiting Centurion Lounges often, it will be easy for you to take advantage of other benefits, however. The Platinum Card from American Express, for example, earns 5x points per dollar spent on flights. Additionally, it offers up to $100 in reimbursement for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fees every few years.

      The Vacationer’s Final Thoughts

      Centurion Lounges are a truly unique experience. With complimentary food and drinks as well as spa service at some locations, a few hours in a Centurion Lounge is a great way to unwind before a long flight. Compared to Priority Pass lounges (American Express cards no longer have access to Priority Pass restaurants), Centurion Lounges provide a consistently better experience.

      As such, it is up to you whether or not a Platinum Card, Centurion Card, or Delta SkyMiles Card is worth it. Each has an annual fee of at least $550, and those cards are your only way in unless you are an authorized user or a guest of a cardholder. I believe it is worth it, but the real value comes if you are a frequent traveler with a lounge at your home airport.

      Featured Image: American Express via centurionlounge.com

      Editorial Disclosure: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post. 

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