Amex Centurion Lounges: What Are They & Where Are They Located? [2022]

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If you’ve read any articles about The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ve probably heard about Centurion Lounge access, which is one of the most valuable benefits of the Platinum Card. But what exactly are Amex Centurion Lounges and why should you care about them?

What are Amex Centurion Lounges?

Centurion Lounges are American Express airport lounges known for being some of the nicest and well-equipped lounges found in the US. You can find them at many major airports in the US and across the globe but to get access you’ll need to hold an eligible card like The Platinum Card® from American Express.

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The Las Vegas Amex Centurion Lounge — the first Centurion Lounge opened in 2013.

How can I get access to Amex Centurion Lounges?

In order to gain access to a Centurion Lounge, you’ll need to have one of the following Amex cards:

Authorized users with a Centurion or Platinum Card get access as well, which is a great deal because you can add up to three authorized users to the Platinum Card for just $175 per year (rates & fees).

Currently, you cannot purchase a membership for the Centurion Lounge.

**Note: Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members are only eligible to visit The Centurion Lounge when flying on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight and eligible lounges only include all Centurion Lounges located in the United States, Hong Kong, and London.

All information about the Centurion® Card and Corporate Platinum Card® has been collected independently by UponArriving.

The Platinum Card® from American Express is the most common way to get Centurion Lounge access for most UponArriving readers.

The awesome thing about the Platinum is that you also get access to other airport lounges like:

  • Priority Pass Select Lounges*
  • Delta Sky Clubs
  • Airspace Lounges
  • Escape Lounges
  • Plaza Premium Lounges
  • Select Lufthansa Lounges

In my opinion, with so many quality options it’s the clear #1 card for airport lounge access. But it also stands out with additional features like:

*Enrollment is required for these benefits.

Centurion Lounge at PHX.

Arrival times and connections

With the Platinum Card, you can only visit the Centurion Lounge if you have a departing flight or are arriving for a connecting flight (same-day round-trip itineraries are not considered connecting flights.)

Also, you can only get in within 3 hours of the departure time stated on your boarding pass. In my experience, you can get in more than three hours before your flight if it is delayed but that’s probably a YMMV situation.

If your flight departs after the lounge closes for the day, they will admit you as early as 3 hours prior to the lounge closing.

Centurion® Card holders have more flexibility with access.

For example, they can enter beyond three hours and even enter when arriving at the airport. As long as they have a same-day boarding pass and access to the terminal they can get in.

Getting into the lounge

Once you show up to the Centurion Lounge, you must present the Centurion agent with:

  • Your American Express card
  • A boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier
  • A government-issued ID

During busy hours, there may be a wait list. In that case, you’ll put your phone number down and then get a text message whenever the lounge is ready for you to enter.

Sometimes the wait may only be 5 to 10 minutes but other times you could be waiting over 30 minutes.

It doesn’t matter what carrier you are flying with or if you’re flying first class or basic economy, as long as you have your American Express card with you and your boarding pass and ID, you can get access to the lounge.

Tip: If you don’t have your physical card you can still probably get in with mobile check-in which can be done through the American Express app.

Centurion® Card holders also have special privileges for access. They often can get in even when the lounge is at capacity and sometimes they even have special reserved tables or even special rooms they can access.

All information about the Centurion® Card and Corporate Platinum Card® has been collected independently by UponArriving.

What airports have Amex Centurion Lounges?

Currently, you can find Amex Centurion Lounges at the following locations below. As you can see, they typically open around 5am to 7am and stay open until late but none of them in the US are open 24 hours.

Almost all lounges are located after security, but keep in mind that if you’re coming from another terminal like at MIA, you might have to re-enter security to get back to your terminal after accessing the lounge.

Here are all of the current locations for Amex Centurion Lounges:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    • Location: After clearing TSA in TBIT, walk towards the bridge to the Great Hall. Once there, immediately turn left and enter the elevator lobby. Take elevator from level four to level two where the lounge is straight ahead.
    • Hours: 6:30am to 11 pm
  • New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
    • Location: Terminal B, one level above security, right before the Eastern Concourse pedestrian bridge
    • Hours: 5am to 7:30pm, Saturday only 5am to 6:30pm

Future airports:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) (coming 2023)
  • Reagan National Airport (DCA) 
Amex Centurion Lounges

International Amex Centurion Lounges

In the past, most international Centurion lounges were not on par with what you come to find in the US.

I remember visiting the lounge in Sydney, Australia, and being extremely underwhelmed with what was a very crowded and stuffed lounge experience.

However, American Express recently announced that they were upgrading these lounges and so in the future they should be of a much higher quality.

One thing to keep in mind about these international lounges for now is that the guest policy differs for each lounge.

  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
    • Location: Terminal 5. After the Security Checkpoint, between the A and F Piers, take the stairs across from Oak Cafe up to the entrance on the Mezzanine Level.
    • Hours: Mon-Sun: 5 am – 8 pm, Sat only: 5 am – 7 pm
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)
    • Location: Terminal 2, Domestic on Level 3 across from Burger King in the Domestic Departure Area
    • Hours: 24 hours every day
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
    • Location: Terminal 3, Domestic and is adjacent to Gate 27 and 28.
    • Hours: 24 hours every day
  • Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)
    • Location: Terminal B. Take the stairs near Gate 15 to the entrance on Level 2.
    • Hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Sao Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
    • Location: Terminal 3. After the Security Checkpoint and Passport Control, turn left and follow the signs to the ‘VIP Lounges’.
    • Hours: 11 am – 3 am
  • Melbourne Airport (MEL)
    • Location: Terminal 2, International. After the Security Checkpoint and Passport Control, take the escalator opposite Gate 7 down to the entrance on the lower level.
    • Hours: Temporarily Closed
  • Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
    • Location: Terminal 1, International pre-Security between Gate 8 and F1, beside Flap’s restaurant.
    • Hours: 5 am – 8 pm
  • General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY)
    • Location: Terminal A inside Security. Go to the Departure Level, near Gate 4.
    • Hours: 5 am – 8 pm
  • Sydney Airport (SYD)
    • Location: Terminal 1, International Departures near Gates 50-63. Take the escalator or lift down to Level 1 to access the lounge.
    • Hours: Temporarily Closed
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Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong.

Centurion Lounge guest policy

Over the past few years, the guest policy has changed several times so it’s always good to brush up on the latest policy.

Currently, the guest policy depends on what type of credit card you are using for entry:

  • Platinum Cardmembers may bring in two guests for free. 
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Cardmembers may bring up to two guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location.
  • Centurion Cardmembers may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.

Platinum Card and Centurion Members may purchase a day-pass for any additional guests for $50. This day pass will be good at any Centurion Lounge on the same day as long as the guest is still accompanied by the Card Member.

Just remember that the guest policy is based on your status as a cardmember and not cardholder.

This means that even if you have both the personal and business version of the Platinum Card, you still are only limited to two guests and not four.

New guest policy update for 2023:

Beginning February 1, 2023, U.S. Platinum Card and U.S. Business Platinum Card Members will be charged a $50 fee for each guest (or $30 for children aged 2 through 17, with proof of age).

U.S. Platinum Card and U.S. Business Platinum Card Members will qualify to bring in two free guests if they spend $75,000 on their card between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 and in each calendar year thereafter.

Amex Centurion Lounge SFO
Centurion Lounge at SFO.

What amenities are offered by Centurion Lounges?

You can find the following features at some Centurion Lounges:

  • Member Services Professionals to assist with you with various needs
  • Dining developed in partnership with renowned local chefs
  • Signature cocktails, premium spirits, and curated wines
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Semi-private workspaces
  • Computer bar with printer/fax/copier
  • TVs, magazines and newspapers
  • Spa services*
  • Wine tasting area*
  • Conference room*
  • Shower suites*
  • Family room*
  • Luggage lockers*

*Available in select locations.

Decor and vibe

Aside from the perks discussed above, I think the Centurion Lounges are bit unique because they’re just simply nicer than a lot of other domestic lounges.

Aesthetically speaking, I find the design, decor, and furniture more visually appealing and often times more comfortable than other standard airport lounges in the US.

As long as the lounge is not overcrowded, it feels like one of the best places to be in an airport.

IAH Centurion Lounge.
IAH Centurion Lounge.

Service

The service in Centurion Lounges is also great, too.

The staff members are usually exceptionally friendly, enthusiastic, and professional and will attentively serve you drinks and take requests.

They can also assist you with your travel itinerary and even help you make restaurant reservations. If you travel frequently, the staff will quickly become acquaintances with you.

That’s definitely not something you get in every airport lounge.

There’s also a certain “exclusivity factor” since you need to hold a premium Amex card to get in, although with the crowding issues at some of these Centurion Lounges, you may not necessarily feel so “exclusive.”

Dining and drinks

As for the dining, Amex teams up with renowned local chefs to deliver its cuisine.

For example, at DFW the menu features cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing and consists of locally-inspired dishes like Texas Migas.

However, if I’m being honest, the food in the Centurion Lounge can be a bit hit or miss for me. There’s usually some decent options to choose from, but sometimes there’s just not too much food that I care for.

They often have healthy dining options but I’ve even seen things like fried chicken being served up, so it definitely varies.

Overall, the food is usually acceptable and well beyond the finger food or snacks that you often find in some other US lounges but just not always knock-it-out-of-the-park delicious.

As for drinks you’ll find premium spirits and curated wines, and if you’re into cocktails you can look into ordering the specialty cocktails that each lounge serves up.

One popular Centurion Lounge drink is the “Blue Door”, a name inspired by the lounge’s doors. It’s made with Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whiskey, Myer’s Rum, Herbal Liqueur, Lemon Juice, and Anise-Flavored Liqueur.

Some of the newer lounges may offer special experiences like wine tasting.

You can usually get tea and coffee, too. Also, they usually have a container with some kind of infused water which is very tasty to me.

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Infused water at The Centurion Lounge.

Tip: If you want to bring a little bit of the Centurion Lounge flavor to your home you can check out these recipes.

Nap rooms and relaxation

Another nice perk that some lounges like the one in Houston (IAH) have is a place to rest and take a nap on comfy chaise lounge chairs.

The lounge at IAH has also incorporated wellness into the lounge and has a new room offering free access to Calm content and a health and wellness menu with health-conscious beverage options, including hot Calm Relax Tea and Calm Focus Tea, coconut water, and other options.

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IAH nap room.

Seating and work stations

If you’re in the mood to just sit in a comfortable chair, you’ll be able to find those in the lounge, too.

Many of the lounges also have cubbies as seen below that offer you a semi-private experience.

In addition, you can usually find monitors displaying flight information in various parts of the lounge so you can stay updated on your flight status.

Assuming you can find an open workstation, it’s a great place to get work done with high-speed Wi-Fi, semi-private workspaces, and computer bars with a printer/fax/copier. Conference rooms might be available at some lounges as well.

Amex Centurion Lounges FAQ

How can I get access to Amex Centurion Lounges?

In order to gain access, you’ll need to be an Amex Platinum cardmember, Delta Skymiles Reserve Card member, or Centurion cardmember.

All card types are included so Business Platinum Cards and Corporate Platinum Cards will get you access, too.

Can I get free food and drinks in Centurion Lounges?

Yes. One of the great perks about the lounge is that you are offered free hot meals and free drinks, including alcoholic beverages.

In fact, each Amex Centurion Lounge has its own specialty cocktails you can request.

Do Centurion Lounges have showers and spas?

Many of the Centurion Lounges have showers and a couple of them like the ones in DFW and Miami do have spas.

Does Priority Pass get me access to Amex Centurion Lounges?

Priority Pass will not get you access into the Centurion Lounge.

Do Centurion Lounges have free wifi and work stations?

American Express Centurion Lounges provide high speed wifi on a complimentary basis and usually have tables and other work stations that you can use.

They also typically have a computer bar area equipped with printer, fax, and copier.

Do Centurion Lounges have family/kid rooms?

Some of the Centurion Lounges offer special rooms filled with things to keep your kids occupied. They usually have a transparent wall so you can keep an eye on them from the outside.

Do I have to be 21 years old to enter?

No, but in order to be served alcoholic beverages you must be 21.

Can I bring food into the lounge?

No, you are not allowed to bring outside food into the lounge.

Final word

American Express Centurion Lounges are some of the nicest domestic lounges that you’ll probably come across. There are more popping up each year and now it looks like they are expanding overseas, which is great to see.

I personally put a lot of value in my frequent visits to The Centurion Lounge at IAH and at PHX, since they give me a comfortable working space, quality wifi, and complimentary drinks and food.

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