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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).
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:
— CaddieTravels (@CaddieTravels) December 8, 2016
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.
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)