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American Express is doing something innovative by opening up their own lounges at airports which their cardmembers frequent most. The footprint is fairly small, but the lounges they do have blow the ones run by US airlines out of the water. They definitely rank as some of my favorite lounges in the US.
American Express has started opening up more of their own airport lounges in part because quite a bit of value has been lost in terms of the lounge privileges of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express. The card used to get you access to American Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs, though that was discontinued last March. Furthermore, guesting privileges have been reduced at Delta SkyClubs.
American Express currently has six Centurion Lounges in the US:
- The Centurion Lounge Las Vegas LAS Airport
- The Centurion Lounge Dallas DFW Airport
- The Centurion Lounge New York LGA Airport
- The Centurion Lounge San Francisco SFO Airport
- The Centurion Lounge Miami MIA Airport
- The Centurion Studio at Seattle SEA Airport
There’s a seventh lounge coming, which will be the Centurion Lounge Houston, slated to open in early 2016.
Anyway, while it hasn’t been confirmed by American Express directly, LAX’s “Terminal Operations Center” newsletter confirms it. Via Brian Sumers:
According to that newsletter, an Amex Centurion Lounge is coming to LAX, specifically between Terminals 6 & 7.
LAX now has underground tunnels between terminals, meaning this Centurion Lounge could most directly serve passengers flying on Alaska and United, though thanks to the tunnels could also easily serve passengers on American and Delta. The tunnels are airside, which is where I assume the lounge would be.
As of now we don’t have any more info regarding anticipated size, opening date, etc. I’ll certainly post again once we know more.
This would be a fantastic addition to the Centurion Lounge network, in particular since it could practically serve passengers on all of the “big three” US carriers. I suspect it will be a while before the lounge opens, though.
Are you excited at the prospect of a new Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles?