Tough Rules Coming Soon to AMEX Centurion Airport Lounges – AMEX Platinum Cardholders Take Note!

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Tough Rules Coming Soon to AMEX Centurion Airport Lounges – AMEX Platinum Cardholders Take Note!

Joseph HostetlerTough Rules Coming Soon to AMEX Centurion Airport Lounges – AMEX Platinum Cardholders Take Note!Million Mile Secrets Team

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If you have one of the following AMEX cards, this news affects you:

That’s because these cards come with the ultra-rare benefit of free access to AMEX Centurion airport lounges, widely considered the best domestic airport lounges in existence.  And the number of lounges is steadily growing!  AMEX Centurion Lounges offer:

  • Hot buffet-style meals
  • Premium alcoholic beverages
  • Showers
  • Conference spaces
  • Reliable Wi-Fi

And beginning March 22, 2019, it will become more difficult to enter!

A Rendering of the Upcoming Denver Centurion Lounge. American Express Centurion Lounges are our Favorite Lounges to Relax at While Waiting for an Upcoming Flight.
AMEX Centurion Airport Lounges Are Perhaps the Best in the Country!

New AMEX Centurion Airport Lounge Rules

The new rules taking place in late March are as follows:

  • You won’t be allowed in unless your scheduled departure is within 3 hours, or unless you can provide proof of your upcoming connecting flight
  • If you have arrived at your final destination, you can NOT enter the Centurion Lounge
  • You can bring children under 2 years of age for free (and they won’t count toward your 2 free guests), as long as you can prove their age or show a “lap infant” boarding pass

The reaction this news evokes will vary wildly, depending on who you are.

While it sounds like bad news (you can now enter less frequently), this hopefully means the lounges will be less crowded, which has been a big complaint of late.  You won’t be able to freshen up at a lounge at your final destination before you leave the airport, but your pre-departure experience should be a lot more enjoyable.

As a reminder, you can find AMEX Centurion Lounges in:

  • Charlotte (coming soon)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Denver (coming soon)
  • Houston Intercontinental
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles (coming soon)
  • New York-La Guardia
  • New York – JFK (coming soon)
  • Miami
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle-Tacoma

Let me know what you think of this change!  And read my post on the top cards for airport lounge access if you’re looking to make your next trip more comfortable.

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and * seattle * airport lounges CLOSED for month of March.

hello amex ?

I understand that, yes they tend to get crowded, but a good majority of the people who lounge are the guests. Maybe Amex should start by restricting guests to maybe 1 or maybe none, instead of cutting access to actual card members who pay the hefty annual fee plus the thousands of dollars charge to card. Apparently there’s only 12 lounged in the US, so having access to these lounges is a huge and unique benefit of having the card, especially for Platinum members. Amex should build more lounges across the nation! So the question is, if Amex proceeds with this new rule for Platinum members, will they make the exeption if we pay for entry like the non platinum members?

Such a bummer 🙁

Awful they no longer will allow entry at destination.. I often use the lga and dfw lounges for calls and meals before I begin my meetings after landing.

Certainly makes the $550 annual fee harder to swallow.

I believe they are on the right track but this new rule has just made my flying experience my worst nightmare. I am an AMEX platinum holder. I fly into Miami several times a year. The most common flight and cheap flight out Denver leaves at midnight and arrives at Miami before 6am. Hotel check in is always after 2pm. It’s been heaven to be able to arrive at the lounge, rest for a while (cause it’s impossible to get a 4 hr rest on the plane), grab some breakfast, fresh up and head out to the city and still have to wait for check in. Now this new rule that I need to leave the airport immediately and wait 8 hrs for check in is absurd, offensive and down right wrong for Platinum members who spend 10s if thousands of dollars every year!

Just do an early check-in at the hotel or pay for the night before, problem solved. I’m Diamond with Hilton, I usually never have a problem. But your attitude will determine how much assistance you receive. What’s absurd is going to into the lounge for our departing flight and having tons of people lounging around that aren’t departing……….

Amen Bruder, Amen

Let’s not forget we do pay a hefty 500 a Yar for the card, spend, at least me, about a 100k on the card every year. Bad idea Amex, bad idea