American Express Centurion Lounges Will Soon Have More Restrictions

The Centurion Lounge is one of the best perks for the American Express Platinum and Centurion credit cards. being able to access lounges for free definitely makes travel less aggravating. You can get away from busy terminals an relax in a comfortable environment, you get complimentary food and drink choices and other amenities.The Centurion Lounge network is one of the best out there, but have lately been plagues by overcrowding.

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American Express has taken some steps to fix that problem recently by limiting the amount of guests and no longer offering entry for a fee. Now there’s new restrictions that limit the time you can visit the lounges.

New Centurion Lounge Rules

View from the Wing writes that starting March 22, 2019, there following restrictions will be added to Centurion Lounge access:

  • The Centurion Lounge will welcome Platinum Card Members who arrive within 3 hours or less prior to their original scheduled departure time or can provide proof of a connecting flight. Card Members who arrive at the Centurion Lounge as their final destination will no longer be permitted entry.
  • Children under 2 years of age will be admitted free of charge and will not count towards Platinum Card Member’s 2 complimentary guest count, so long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is able to produce a “lap infant” boarding pass or proof of age.

These changes will be added permanently, but they do not affect American Express Centurion cardholders.

The Centurion Lounge

These are the new and current lounges:

Access to The Centurion Lounge is complimentary and exclusive for Amex Platinum, Amex Business Platinum and Amex Centurion Members. Platinum Card Members may enter with up to two travel companions at no additional charge. Centurion Members may enter with their immediate family or up to two travel companions. Platinum Card or Centurion Members may purchase access to The Centurion Lounge for additional guests for $50 each guest.

Guru’s Wrap-up

These are negative changes as you will not be able to access lounges upon arrival and when arriving at the airport earlier than 3 hours. But on the other hand, it should help somewhat with the overcrowding. If you have a long connection, then the 3 hour limit doesn’t apply.

What do you think of these changes? Positive or negative?

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8 thoughts on “American Express Centurion Lounges Will Soon Have More Restrictions

  1. They should give you a certain number of visits regardless of when you use them. They can figure out what the right number is, maybe the average number of visits each cardmember has. Then those who go overboard, get limited. Some people might only visit lounge on arrival and don’t want to go hang out at the airport before a flight. That means they’ll never be able to use the lounge? Makes Plat card pretty useless.

  2. Bait&switch? Build bigger lounges and expand the ones you have. You know how many people have the platinum card. You advertise lounge access and then cut it to just 3 hours on the day of the flight. or let current cardholders keep same access or introduce the new rule starting next year so least everyone gets the promised benefit for almost a year of card membership and then they can decide if it’s worth paying for the 3 hour limit.

    • The new lounges they’re opening are bigger and expanding existing lounges is not that easy. But they have to balance everything out. Having new rules kick in a year from now sounds like a good idea.

  3. Complete BS on AMEX’s part. I use their shower after a long flight and I never have a guest with me at the lounge. Will not renew my card in three months.

    • That’s probably the best thing lounges offered upon arrival. Even a quick snack never hurt. They could have put a similar 3-hour limit after arrival as well, just to avoid people hanging out at the airport for long times.

      • Danny, I agree and I love your blog! They have been doing this at DFW since before Thanksgiving. AMEX could have easily said that on arrival, no guests… but really… I have seen military guys waiting for their flight (with their free plat cards) go to the USO and bring guys that they don’t even know in to the AMEX club. Very short sighted on AMEX’s part… because I PAY the annual fee.

        • Thanks first of all.

          Abuse is what really kills all good things. No matter what amex cuts I’m sure there’s tons of people who wouldn’t be happy. Especially so soon after increasing fees on the cards.

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