American Express has a small network of Centurion Lounges in the United States and across the world. American Express opened its first Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport back in March 2013. Since then they have added additional Centurion Lounge locations at airports in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle. There is also a Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Access to The Centurion Lounge is complimentary for global Platinum Card and Centurion Members. They can also bring up to two guests at no additional charge. All other Card Members with a valid Amex Credit or Charge Card are eligible to purchase access to the Lounge for $50 per day, subject to space availability.
New Centurion Lounge at JFK
American Express has been expanding its network lately with a couple of new lounges. Now they have announced that there will be yet another new Centurion Lounge, this one coming to JFK. The two-level, 15,000-square-foot lounge will be located in JFK’s Terminal 4 and is expected to open “by early 2019,” American Express will announce Tuesday. This will be the largest Centurion Lounge yet.
“We choose locations to open our Centurion Lounges based on where we see our Platinum Card Members traveling most and JFK is one of the top airports these Card Members travel through,” said Josh McKay, Amex’s vice president and general manager.
The new lounge at JFK will feature airfield views and one-of-a-kind design elements, according to a release from the company. You also can expect standard Centurion Lounge amenities like complimentary custom food and bar menus, premium restrooms and shower suites, free high-speed Wi-Fi access and dedicated work spaces.
Terminal 4 is the busiest at JFK, accounting for over one third of all the traffic at the airport and accommodating over 21 million passengers annually. Airlines that currently depart out of Terminal 4 include: Air India, Asiana, Avianca, China Airlines, China Southern, Copa, Delta, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, jetBlue, KLM, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, Virgin Atlantic and about a dozen other carriers.
Centurion Lounges are a great perk for premium Amex cards that make travel much more enjoyable. Instead of sitting in the waiting area, you can enjoy some food, spa services or wine tasting in the Centurion lounge. Platinum cards scare people away with hefty annual fees between $450 and $550, but using the Centurion lounge benefit among others, can provide far more value for frequent travelers and a more enjoyable travel experience. Having this new lounge coming to JFK is certainly great news for me since I’m based in NYC and this city, or the borough of Queens to be exact, will be the first one to have two Centurion Lounges. I’ll no longer need to look for La Guardia departures come 2019.