To get access to the Amex Centurion Lounge, you must be an American Express Platinum or Centurion cardholder. Guests of cardholders can also get into the Centurion Lounges. Amex Platinum cards have a $550 annual fee, and the Centurion card has an annual fee of $2,500.
If those annual fees weren’t high enough, the Centurion card is available by invitation only, so you can’t apply for it. You can apply for the American Express Platinum Card, but will need to have a credit score of 700 or higher. Once you have the Platinum Card, you can work toward gaining an invitation for the Centurion card by spending at least $250,000 on your Platinum card in a calendar year.
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 Platinum or Centurion card, boarding pass for air travel that same day, and a picture I.D. You can bring up to two guests, and can purchase additional guest passes for $50 each. Your guests will have to be with you to gain entry.
There are nine Centurion lounges you can currently visit:
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Hong Kong
- Las Vegas-McCarran
- New York-LaGuardia
- San Francisco
Five more Centurion lounges are scheduled to open in 2019, in Denver, Los Angeles, Charlotte, New York-JFK, and London. From chef-curated food buffets and specialty wines selected by sommeliers, to shower suites and spa services, these are next-level luxury airport lounges. 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.
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