American Express Drops More Hints Of An LAX Centurion Lounge

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Last November I wrote about how American Express was apparently in the process of planning a Centurion Lounge at LAX. Their “Terminal Operations Center” newsletter included a note about how Amex was planning on constructing a lounge on the south side of the airport, between Terminals 6 & 7. While LAX has quite a few terminals, all the south side ones are connected airside (Tom Bradley International Terminal to T4 to T5 to T6 to T7 to T8).

LAX-Terminal

Unfortunately Amex hasn’t acknowledged a new LAX lounge directly, so we don’t know anything about the theoretical opening date, planned size, or whether it’s actually happening.

Interestingly Amex has been putting up some signs and small seating areas around LAX, hinting at the possibility of a new Centurion Lounge. However, it looks like they’ve recently added the most substantial LAX Centurion Lounge “taste” yet, as reported by Twitter user @CaddieTravels:

It looks like Amex has set up “A Touch Of The Centurion Lounge” at Tom Bradley International Terminal, which includes a fairly large seating area in the center of the terminal. That looks to me like a pretty substantial space, and sure seems to hint more strongly at them opening something at LAX.

Next time I’m at LAX I’ll have to walk to the area between Terminals 6 & 7 and see if anything appears to be under construction (or perhaps the planned lounge location has changed in the meantime). Amex sure is good at remaining tight-lipped about these new lounges.

For those of you not familiar with Centurion Lounges, these are Amex’s proprietary lounges open to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.

As of now, Amex’s U.S. Centurion Lounge locations include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Amex Centurion Lounge San Francisco bar

Would you like to see a new Centurion Lounge at LAX? Which other airport would you most like to see Amex expand to next?

As an update, Amex has provided the following statement regarding the possibility of a new lounge at LAX:

We recently opened a temporary pop-up lounge in the LAX international terminal to provide travelers with a retreat to relax in during the busy holiday travel season and raise further awareness for our premium Centurion Lounges across the country. This 65 x 20 sq feet location features premium seating and is free for all consumers to visit through February 2017. While many of our Card Members frequent LAX and we’re always exploring opportunities for new lounge locations, we do not have any plans to share about bringing a permanent location to this airport.

In fairness, they’ve rarely actually confirmed new lounges long before they open, so I wouldn’t take this as them confirming or denying the possibility of a new lounge.

(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)

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  1. Amex statement to TPG: “We recently opened a temporary pop-up lounge in the LAX international terminal to provide travelers with a retreat to relax in during the busy holiday travel season and raise further awareness for our premium Centurion Lounges across the country. This 65 x 20 sq feet location features premium seating and is free for all consumers to visit through February 2017. While many of our Card Members frequent LAX and we’re always exploring opportunities for new lounge locations, we do not have any plans to share about bringing a permanent location to this airport.”

  2. Cool. Between this and the new United Club, looks like i can finally give up on the fool’s errand of retaining Star Alliance Gold Status year after just to have lounge access at my home airport.

  3. I’ll be at LAX all day Monday and will check out the space between T6 and T7 and will report back. I will also provide a report on whether QF lets me into the FC lounge at TBIT (returning in F LAX-JFK on the A321T). It’s anyone’s guess!

  4. Personally, I think that American Express should open Centurion Lounges at all of the major hubs of United and American Airlines since these are the most likely places that passengers would utilize a lounge since they typically have either significant O/D or connecting traffic. Not much need for Centurion lounges at Delta hubs since the Amex Platinum card already includes Delta lounge access. As such, I would think the next lounges should be opened at. 1) LAX 2) ORD 3) PHL 4) EWR 5) CLT 6) IAD 7) DEN 8) TPA.

    I also think a few international lounges may make sense although the business case is probably harder to justify.

  5. ORD and LAX are conspicuous by their absence on that list of locations. Otherwise that pretty much covers the major airports where Americans spend time waiting for connections.

    @JL100 AmEx continues to have a strong relationship with DL. Nearly all traffic, especially connecting traffic, at ATL is DL. AmEx Plats are entitled to visit the Crown Rooms in every terminal.

    @nikdro Unlikely as it’s not a major hub and the terminals divided by underground bus make it hard to serve many pax. Maybe just settle for the Red Carpet Club. There are some acceptable sandwich shops if you want quick warm food.

  6. @Owen – Love the throwback terms “Crown Room” and “Red Carpet Club”!

    Note that in DEN, there’s an Admirals Club and a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal A.

  7. SLC would seem a good fit for one
    -DL hub city (strong AMEX ties)
    -Complete rebuild of all terminals underway (secure prime lounge space early)
    -Large AMEX operations center not far from the airport
    -Robust tech market, potential growth in card holders
    -Lux traffic to Park City would be interested

  8. @Sice — I think any DL hub (at least where DL dominates, like SLC, DTW, etc.) is an unlikely candidate, if only for the fact that Amex Platinum users can access Sky Clubs when flying Delta. What I’d really like to see is a refreshed Sky Club at SLC, though…

  9. You got it right Owen: ORD and LAX.

    Of course I’m biased since I’m based in LA, but I travel through ORD so much I can’t believe there isn’t one there either.

    That the only New York location is in dumpy LGA is also a disgrace. EWR should be on the list also.

  10. The problem with ORD is that if they only build one they can’t realistically serve both AA and UA flyers, because B/C/E/F and G/H/K are too far apart. It’s true that everything is connected airside, but I’d have to have a loooonnnggg connection before I’d walk from H to C and back just to go to a lounge.

  11. ORD is long overdue. CLT would be nice but it will be a cold day in hell as American practically owns the entire airport.

  12. I’ve only been to the Centurion Lounges at DFW and SFO so far, but I don’t really get why so many sing their praises.

    Are they nicer than most United clubs? Sure, but they’re also cramped and filled with IKEA furniture. The Wi-Fi is slow, there aren’t enough showers and the food is only good when you compare it to the food courts outside.

    I’m happy these lounges exist, but they ain’t all that.

  13. EWR!!! United clubs are jam packed and shabby and a couple of vats of soup and some odd salad offerings really don’t cut it!

  14. Any lounge they build at LAX is going to be poorly serving flyers as the airport is airline specific per most terminals and can require some major walking to get in between terminals using the tunnels.

  15. @Robert, When I was at DFW lounge a few months ago, got speeds around 20 MB/s. I recall good speeds at SFO as well.

  16. If I have a ticket on AA from LAX to SEA, can I access the Centurion lounge at TB? There is a secure connection between terminals and like to understand if that is allowed per rules.

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