American Express Centurion Lounges: How to Get Access

American Express Centurion Lounges: How to Get Access

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American Express boasts 13 Centurion Lounges in the United States and one international lounge in Hong Kong, which are exclusively reserved for cardmembers of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Centurion® Card from American Express.

Centurion Dallas
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You can also gain access if you have the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, you're flying Delta and you book your flight with your card.

The fact American Express has its own lounge network makes it unique among other card issuers who offer premium travel cards. Here's a quick summary of where the lounges are located, key details about each location and how you can visit the next time you're in transit.

Centurion Lounge benefits

Centurion Lounges offer luxurious, locally inspired food and drinks. They are leagues above the lounges offered by U.S. airlines and comparable to the top lounges around the world. These lounges have all the typical amenities like food, beverages, Wi-Fi, work areas and more, without the necessity of a premium flight ticket.

In fact, gaining access to Centurion Lounges only requires you to carry one of the top premium travel cards from American Express.

Benefits you can expect when you escape to an American Express Centurion Lounge can vary but may include:

  • Member services desk
  • Fresh, locally inspired food developed by local chefs
  • Premium bar featuring wines and spirits
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Semi-private workspaces
  • Computer bar with printer/fax/copier
  • TVs, magazines and newspapers
  • Spa services

Currently, all American Express Centurion Lounges in the U.S. have reopened after temporary closure or limited access periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The only exception is the LaGuardia Airport location in New York, which is currently closed to construction.

Some amenities might currently be altered or inaccessible due to safety restrictions. For example, buffets are currently being replaced by pre-portioned cuisine options. You may also be able to use contactless check-in options for lounge entry.

Face masks are currently a requirement when visiting a Centurion Lounge, although you can remove your mask while eating or drinking.

How to access Centurion Lounges

The only way to get access to American Express Centurion Lounges is to have the right American Express card. Additionally, these lounges are "day of departure lounges." This means you cannot gain access if you are arriving from a flight that just landed unless you can prove you have a connecting flight in the same airport.

Generally speaking, you can enter the lounge with a same-day boarding pass no earlier than three hours before your expected departure time.

The following Amex cards can help you gain access to Centurion Lounges:

Card
Annual fee
Authorized user access?
The Platinum Card® from American Express$550 See rates and feesYes (requires $175 authorized user fee) Users added to complimentary Gold and Green Cards on your account are not eligible for access
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The Business Platinum Card® from American Express$595Yes (requires $175 authorized user fee) Users added to complimentary Gold and Green Cards on your account are not eligible for accessRead Review
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card$550 See rates and feesYes (requires $175 authorized user fee)
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Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card$550Yes (requires $175 authorized user fee)Read Review

Note: Starting in February of 2023, anyone entering an American Express Centurion Lounge with the primary cardholder will be charged a $50 guest fee. This will mark a considerable change from the current policy, which allows most cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express to bring up to two guests for each lounge visit.

To qualify for free guests in the Centurion Lounge in the future, Amex Platinum cardmembers will need to spend $75,000 on their cards within a calendar year. Cardmembers who reach this spending threshold in 2022 will receive free guest access in 2023.

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Centurion Lounge locations

American Express currently has 13 domestic lounges within its network, plus one additional lounge location in Hong Kong. The following chart shows lounge hours and location in the airport.

City / Airport
Location
Hours
Past security?
Charlotte (CLT)Intersection of Concourses D & E, mezzanine level7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Yes
Dallas (DFW)Terminal D, across from Gate D127 a.m. to 7 p.m.Yes
Denver (DEN)Located post-security in Concourse C just past Gate C46 on the mezzanine level7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Yes
Hong Kong (HKG)Terminal 1 up the escalator before gate 60Temporarily closedYes
Houston (IAH)Terminal D near gate D67 a.m. to 5 p.m.Yes
Las Vegas (LAS)Concourse D, opposite Gate D17 a.m. to 6 p.m.Yes
Los Angeles (LAX)Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) near the Great HallTemporarily closed (normally 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)Yes
Miami (MIA)Concourse D, near Gate D127 a.m. to 7 p.m.Yes
New York (JFK)Terminal 4 past security6 a.m. to 8 p.m.Yes
New York (LGA)Will be located in LGA Terminal BCurrently under constructionYes
Philadelphia (PHL)Terminal A West, near Gate A145:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Yes
Phoenix (PHX)Terminal 4 across from Gate B22 on the upper level9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Yes

The only current lounge closure in the United States is the New York (LGA) lounge, which is under construction. The Hong Kong (HKG) Centurion Lounge is also closed until further notice.

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Charlotte (CLT)

Location and schedule

  • Location: Intersection of Concourses D and E, mezzanine level
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast and Southern-style cooking from renowned North Carolina chef Joe Kindred

Notable amenities at this location

  • Family room
  • Personal workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Premium bar options

Dallas (DFW)

Centurion Dallas
Courtesy of thecenturionlounge.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: Terminal D, across from Gate D12
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, plus locally inspired cuisine from James Beard award-winning chef Dean Fearing

Notable amenities at this location

  • Family room
  • Conference space
  • Spa services with shower facilities

Denver (DEN)

Location and schedule

  • Location: Located post-security in Concourse C just past Gate C46 on the mezzanine level
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast along with Northern Italian cuisine from local Colorado chef and restaurateur, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson

Notable amenities at this location

  • Craft beer bar
  • Game room with a billiards table
  • General lounge area
  • Family room

Hong Kong (HKG)

Location and schedule

  • Location: Terminal 1 up the escalator before gate 60
  • Hours: Temporarily closed
  • Cuisine: Hot breakfast and locally inspired cuisine

Notable amenities at this location

  • Phone room
  • Premium bar
  • Dedicated work area

Houston (IAH)

Centurion Houston
Courtesy of thecenturionlounge.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: Located in Terminal D near gate D6
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, along with healthy and seasonal cuisine designed by James Beard award-winning chef Justin Yu

Notable amenities at this location

  • Family room
  • Tranquility area
  • Dedicated work area

Las Vegas (LAS)

Centurion Las Vegas
Courtesy of thecenturionlounge.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: Concourse D, opposite Gate D1
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, plus decadent cuisine from James Beard award-nominated chef Kim Canteenwalla

Notable amenities at this location

  • Conference space
  • Family room
  • Semi-private workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi

Los Angeles (LAX)

The Centurion lounge in LAX is currently closed for repairs. It will reopen later in 2021.

Location and schedule

  • Location:Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) near the Great Hall
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Grab-and-go packaged food and beverage options

Notable amenities at this location

  • Family room
  • Personal workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Spa services

Miami (MIA)

Centurion Miami
Courtesy of miaminewtimes.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: Concourse D, near Gate D12
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast along with locally inspired dishes from James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein

Notable amenities at this location

  • Family room
  • Spa services
  • Semi-private workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi

New York (JFK)

Location and schedule

  • Location: Terminal 4 past security
  • Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, plus globally inspired cuisine from Uruguayan-born chef Ignacio Mattos

Notable amenities at this location

  • Spa services from Equinox Body Lab
  • Speakeasy
  • Specialty coffee bar
  • Family room

New York (LGA)

Centurion New York
Courtesy of thecenturionlounge.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: LGA Terminal B
  • Hours: Not currently open (under construction)
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, plus NYC cuisine-inspired dishes

Notable amenities at this location

  • Semi-private workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Member services desk
  • Premium bar

Philadelphia (PHL)

Centurion Philadelphia
Courtesy of thecenturionlounge.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: Terminal A West, near Gate A14
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, plus international cuisine from James Beard award-winning Israeli chef Michael Solomonov

Notable amenities at this location

  • Personal workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Phone room
  • Premium bar

Phoenix (PHX)

Location and schedule

  • Location: Terminal 4 across from Gate B22 on the upper level
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast, plus Mexican dishes from chef Doug Robson

Notable amenities at this location

  • Workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Premium bar
  • Print, fax and copy station

San Francisco (SFO)

Location and schedule

  • Location: Terminal 3, near gate 74
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Hot breakfast and an array of California-inspired dishes from James Beard Award-nominated chef Ravi Kapur

Notable amenities at this location

  • Family room
  • Open kitchen
  • Wine-tasting area

Seattle (SEA)

Centurion Seattle
Courtesy of thecenturionlounge.com

Location and schedule

  • Location: Concourse B, opposite Gate B3
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cuisine: Continental and hot breakfast plus locally inspired light bites

Notable amenities at this location

  • Power stations
  • Healthy snacks
  • Premium bar

Other Amex-affiliated lounges

While the Amex Centurion Lounge is the main lounge network that is exclusively affiliated with American Express cards, some cards offer access to other lounge networks. For example, both The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express give cardholders a complimentary membership to Priority Pass. The Priority Pass network includes more than 1,300 lounges on its own, and the membership you get with these cards — called Priority Pass™ Select — gives you unlimited access (enrollment required).

The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express also grant access to other Amex-affiliated lounges within the Global Lounge Collection. These include:

  • International American Express lounges
  • Escape Lounges
  • Plaza Premium Lounges
  • Air Space lounges

Also note that cardmembers with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express can enter Delta Sky Clubs when they fly with Delta Air Lines.

Is Centurion Lounge food free?

Food offered in American Express Centurion Lounges is included in your membership, so you do not have to pay a separate fee to sit down for a meal or some snacks. Keep in mind that food options can vary widely depending on the location, and that some locations currently feature grab-and-go options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where are Amex Centurion Lounges located?

American Express Centurion Lounges are currently located in the following airports: Charlotte (CLT), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Hong Kong (HKG), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).

Who can access a Centurion Lounge?

Cardholders who carry The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Centurion® Card from American Express can access Amex Centurion Lounges. Cardholders with the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card can also enter these lounges when they are flying Delta and they pay for their flight with their card.

What is the Centurion Lounge?

The Centurion Lounge is a type of airport lounge that is offered exclusively to cardholders with select American Express cards. This makes the Amex Centurion Lounge different from some other airport lounges, which are offered by broad lounge networks, individual airlines or airline alliances.

Are drinks free in Centurion Lounges?

Drinks are free in Centurion Lounges, although drink options can vary by location. All locations offer bar access, yet some lounges have special features like a craft beer bar or a wine tasting area.

Can I use a Centurion Lounge on arrival?

American Express Centurion Lounges are for the day of departure only. This means you can enter the lounge up to three hours before you depart on your flight, or during a layover between flights within the same airport.

Do you need to tip at a Centurion Lounge?

You are not required to tip at the Centurion Lounge. However, tipping is always polite and appreciated. This is true whether you choose to tip the person who makes your drink or you decide to leave a tip for the person who cleans your table or lounge area.

How many Centurion Lounges are there?

There are currently 14 different American Express Centurion Lounges. All are within the United States except for one, which is located in Hong Kong (HKG).

How many guests can you bring in a Centurion Lounge?

Cardmembers with the The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express can bring two guests at no additional charge. Meanwhile, Centurion® Card from American Express cardmembers can bring up to two guests or immediate family at no additional charge. Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card cardmembers can bring up to two guests each into the lounge with a $50 per guest fee required upfront. The policy above will remain in place through Jan. 31, 2023. Starting in February of 2023, The Platinum Card® from American Express guests will be charged a $50 guest fee. To qualify for free guests in the Centurion Lounge, cardmembers will need to spend $75,000 on their cards within a calendar year. Cardmembers who reach this spending threshold in 2022 will receive free guest access in 2023.

What airports have a Centurion Lounge?

The following airports boast their own American Express Centurion Lounge locations: Charlotte (CLT), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Hong Kong (HKG), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).

What cards get you into a Centurion Lounge?

You can enter Centurion Lounges if you have The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Centurion® Card from American Express. If you have the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, you can enter when you fly with Delta and pay for your airfare with your card.

Are Amex Centurion Lounges worth it?

The value of American Express Centurion Lounges will vary widely depending on how often you can use them. If you frequently fly out of or through an airport with a Centurion Lounge location you can use during meal times, then you can easily get hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in value from your membership each year. If you rarely fly out of an airport with a Centurion Lounge location, on the other hand, then a membership may not be worth pursuing.

Should you get an Amex card with Centurion Lounge access?

Fortunately, American Express cards that include access to Centurion Lounges offer an array of other benefits that add to the total package value. Not only can you earn American Express Membership Rewards on all your spending, but The Platinum Card® from American Express gives you benefits like automatic elite hotel status, a fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck®, credits for Uber rides and more.

The information related to The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card and Centurion® Card from American Express has been independently collected by ValuePenguin and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication. Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information.

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Holly Johnson is a personal finance writer who has been covering credit cards, loan products, debt, and budgeting for nine years. The founder of ClubThrifty.com, Johnson is also the author of "Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You'll Love," which is available on Amazon.

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