Yes, American Express Platinum card cardholders can use Centurion Lounges for free. The American Express Platinum card Centurion Lounge benefit allows the primary cardholder, any authorized users, and up to 2 guests per cardholder/user access to 40+ locations worldwide.
Here’s how to enter a Centurion Lounge:
Patrons must present an American Express Platinum card, government-issued I.D. and same-day boarding pass in order to enter a Centurion Lounge. If a cardholder or authorized user has more than two guests, a day pass may be purchased for any extra guest at the time of entry. Children under 2 are admitted free of charge as long as the cardholder/user traveling with those children can produce proof of age (passport, birth certificate, infant boarding pass or an immunization record).
American Express Platinum card Centurion Lounge access comes with a wealth of free amenities such as food and drinks (including cocktails), high-speed Wi-Fi, computer stations and office workspaces. Select locations may also offer conference rooms, spa services, shower suites and luggage lockers.
Lounges: The airport lounge brands that belong to the Amex Global Lounge Collection are Centurion, International American Express, Delta Sky Club, Priority Pass, Plaza Premium, Airspace and Escape.
Amenities: Different lounges offer different amenities. But in general, you can expect to receive free Wi-Fi, free snacks and beverages, charging stations and comfortable seating. Depending on the lounge network and location, you might also find things like business meeting rooms, printing, newspapers, showers and more.
How to enter: You will need to present your credit card and ID to enter. In some cases, you will also need a same-day boarding pass. Each lounge has their own rules about how many guests you can bring in for free and how much it costs to bring in additional guests.
The Global Lounge Collection is a valuable perk. Buying a membership for even one of these individual lounges can cost hundreds of dollars. But as long as you have one of the eligible Amex cards, you get unlimited free access to each lounge.
If those annual fees weren’t high enough, the Centurion® Card from American Express is available by invitation only, so you can’t apply for it. You can apply for other Amex cards, like the American Express Platinum card, but you will need good credit or better (a score of 700+). Once you have the American Express Platinum card, you can work toward gaining an invitation for the Centurion® Card from American Express or nominate yourself for one.
Here are the cards that offer access to the Amex Centurion Lounge:
American Express Platinum card: May enter with up to two guest at no additional charge. A fee will be charged for guest access, starting February 1, 2023. Cardholders who meet a spending requirement in 2022 will be given complimentary access for up to two guests.
American Express Business Platinum card: May enter with up to two guest at no additional charge. A fee will be charged for guest access, starting February 1, 2023. Cardholders who meet a spending requirement in 2022 will be given complimentary access for up to two guests.
Delta Reserve Credit Card (only lounges located in the U.S., Hong Kong and London): May bring up to two guests in exchange for per-visit rate.
Delta Reserve Business Card (only lounges located in the U.S., Hong Kong and London): May bring up to two guests in exchange for per-visit rate.
If you gain access to the Centurion lounges, you’re looking at some truly incredible benefits. Before you can experience those benefits, though, you’ll have to show your card, boarding pass for air travel that same day, and a picture I.D. Any guests will have to be with you to gain entry.
All cardholders can enjoy free benefits like food and drinks, high-speed Wi-Fi, semi-private workspaces, TVs and newspapers. Certain locations may have extra features like spas, conference rooms or showers. Select lounges are also designed to reflect the tastes and trends of the city they’re located in, and most lounges offer seasonal cuisine options.
Amex Centurion Lounge locations:
Las Vegas (LAS)
Los Angeles (LAX)
New York (JFK and LGA)
San Francisco (SFO)
International lounges: Hong Kong (HKG); London (LHR); Stockholm (ARN); Mumbai (BOM); Delhi (DEL); Buenos Aires (EZE); São Paulo (GRU); Melbourne (MEL); Mexico City (MEX); Monterey (MTY); Sydney (SYD).
American Express Platinum does not offer priority boarding. Priority boarding is a benefit that allows cardholders to get to their seat sooner than general boarding groups. The only American Express cards that offer priority boarding are Delta SkyMiles Platinum, SkyMiles Gold, and SkyMiles Reserve. The priority boarding status will be noted on your boarding pass if the ticket was purchased with an eligible SkyMiles card. The benefit is valid only for flights on Delta and Delta-affiliated airlines.… read full answer
While you can’t get priority boarding with Amex Platinum, the card offers numerous other airline-friendly perks. Those include 5 points per $1 spent on airfare booked directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel website, an annual $200 airline fee credit, and complimentary lounge access at more than 1,200 locations worldwide.
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