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Over the past couple of years American Express has started opening lounges in the US, called Centurion Lounges. So far they have lounges in Las Vegas, Dallas Ft. Worth, New York LaGuardia, and San Francisco. They’ve also announced plans to open a lounge in Miami in 2015.
Centurion Lounge DFW
Those with The Platinum Card® from American Express can access the lounge for free along with two guests, while other American Express cardmembers can pay $50 for access.
It looks like American Express is expanding the lounge concept even further, with the introduction of their first Centurion Studio, which will be debuting in Seattle in 2015.
Here’s the press release:
NEW YORK, November 17, 2014 – American Express is expanding its presence in major domestic airports, announcing today it will open The Centurion Studio at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 2015.
Like The Centurion Lounges, The Centurion Studio will be a retreat for Card Members but in a smaller space, featuring some of the amenities Card Members say are most essential: comfortable seating, charging stations, fast and free WiFi, and complimentary healthy snacks and beverages. Access to The Centurion Studio is the latest feature in a suite of travel benefits for Platinum Card Members; entry to the space will be complimentary for Platinum Card and Centurion® Members, and their immediate family or one travel companion.
“American Express is dedicated to creating a more seamless travel journey for our Platinum Card Members, and our goal is to have a presence in airports they frequent the most,” said Lisa Durocher, Senior Vice President of Charge Cards and Benefits, American Express. “While The Centurion Lounges have been tremendously popular with our Card Members, space on that scale is not always available. Providing important amenities to our Card Members, even with a smaller footprint, can help them relax and stay connected while they’re on the road.”
The Centurion Studio is an extension to The Centurion Lounge network, uniquely designed airport lounges aimed to enhance the travel journey for Card Members. The Centurion Lounge locations include Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and San Francisco International Airport. A Lounge will open in 2015 at Miami International Airport.
I think the key takeaway in terms of the concept is that it’s a smaller space, featuring “comfortable seating, charging stations, fast and free WiFi, and complimentary healthy snacks and beverages.” So I guess the major difference is that it won’t offer a full food spread like the Centurion Lounges.
“Real” food in Centurion Lounge Las Vegas
I’m really happy to see American Express expand the concept. Presumably due to space constraints and demand they can’t build a mega-Centurion Lounge at every major airport. So at some airports this limited service concept makes more sense.
Here’s what I found especially interesting about Seattle as a location, though. The Platinum Card® from American Express comes with a Priority Pass Select membership. This gets you access to Alaska Board Rooms, and their flagship one is in Seattle.
So as a Platinum cardmember you’re actually already well taken care of in Seattle. I’m not sure if American Express is paying Priority Pass on a per visit basis when cardmembers visit or what, but presumably they think it makes more sense for them to operate their own lounges.
I can’t wait to see this lounge at my former home airport!
What do you think of the concept of Centurion Studios?