American Express has updated the terms for Centurion lounges and beginning February 1, 2023 you’ll no longer get to guests access for free (terms have now been updated again and don’t show these terms, but you can view a screenshot below). Instead a fee of $50 will be charged per guest. If cardholders spend $75,000 within the prior calendar year (or current calendar year) the $50 fee will be waived.
This is an interesting change as for some people it’ll actually be a positive as it should help to reduce overcrowding. For others this will be a huge negative as Centurion Lounge access with guest access is the main perk of the card. This seems to favor business travelers rather than leisure travelers. This was also one of the rumors surrounding the annual fee increase on the personal Platinum card.
American Express has announced it will be opening a new centurion lounge at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). It will be located airside in the National Hall near Terminal B and have more than 11,500 square feet of space. The lounge is expected to open in late 2022, but I don’t think American Express has ever opened a Centurion lounge on schedule.
American Express has also announced expansions for both SEA & SFO.
- SEA: New lounge on the mezzanine level of central terminal, 13,800 square feet of space
- SFO: Will double in size to almost 16,000 square feet of space
Both of the existing lounges will remain open during this expansion phase and work is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
American Express has announced that the Centurion Lounge at Denver International Airport (DEN) will open on February 1st, 2021. The lounge is located in Concourse C just past Gate C46 on the mezzanine level and is open from 7AM to 3PM. The lounge is over 14,000 square feet and contains the usual drinks and food that AmEx members are accustom to.
This is the 14th Centurion lounge that American Express has opened. American Express originally stated that this lounge would becoming sometime in 2019, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Centurion lounge open on time.
According to jona970318 American Express is set to announce a new Centurion lounge will be opened at Washington National Airport (DCA). In addition new expansions for SFO & SEA will be announced. It’s not clear where the new DCA lounge would be located at this stage but Jona speculates it could be landside in the B/C area.
VFTW notes that the SFO expansion would bring the size to nearly 16,000 square feet and the SEA ‘expansion’ is a relocation that would go from 4,500 square feet to 13,700 square feet in space.