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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are for the most part significantly better than what’s offered by US airlines, as the lounges have complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple of them even have spas.
As of now Amex’s US Centurion Lounge locations include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. American Express has already formally announced that a Centurion Lounge will be opening at New York JFK (specifically, in Terminal 4) in early 2019. A Denver lounge is in process as well.
There have been rumors about a potential Centurion Lounge at LAX for years now, bolstered by extra advertising at the airport and other “subtle” hints — like a pop-up seating area in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Neither American Express nor the airport has ever formally confirmed the rumors.
Official plans seem to be coming together, however, as at the most recent meeting of the Los Angeles World Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, a resolution was approved for a “brand partnership” which includes “Premier Passenger Lounge Space Lease”.
Based on the filing, here’s what we know so far:
- The lounge will be in the Tom Bradley International Airport (as opposed to the rumored location between terminals 6 & 7)
- The lease provides for 13,693 square feet of space, which is pretty substantial — for context, the expanded DFW Centurion Lounge will be ~12,000 square feet, and the current one is ~9,000 square feet
More details are available in the report to the commission — My favorite part is this note about the proposed alternatives should they not grant the lease to Amex:
LAWA has unsuccessfully attempted to lease this lounge space to airlines for many years. American Express wanted a Centurion lounge at LAX and were offered this space. Not approving the Consent to Sponsorship will leave LAWA with vacant lounge space.
Not leasing the vacant lounge space would defer annual revenue to LAWA in the amount of approximately $2,800,000.
There are still some other administrative hoops to jump through, including formal approval by the City Attorney, but those are generally more formalities. Typically it takes about a year for these lounges to be built, so if the other needed approvals and construction happen smoothly, I imagine the Centurion Lounge would be open by 2019.
Still, this is a cool development for LAX. There’s certainly plenty of space in TBIT, and the central location will make this lounge accessible to more travelers than if it were tucked away in T6 or T7.
Are you excited at the prospect of a new Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles?