American Express has a new lounge concept to complement their Centurion lounges which are now in the following airports:
- Centurion and Platinum cardholders: Cardmember may bring in their spouse and children or two guests
- Other American Express cardholders: $50 per adult (children complimentary when accompanied by paying adult)
In order to grow their lounge network in addition to these full lounges American Express is introducing more limited offerings known as the ‘studio’ with the first one coming to Seattle.
We’ll have the amenities Card Members tell us are most important when they’re on the road: comfortable seating, charging stations, fast and free WiFi, and complimentary healthy snacks and drinks.
Today we know a little bit more about the location and opening date of the Seattle Centurion studio.
I’ve previously reported where the lounge will be located,
It’ll be right off the Main terminal towards concourse B, post-security and easily accessible to all terminals.
Travelling the World tells us to expect the Seattle ‘studio’ to be by gate B3 and to open in August or September. (This means it will come after the Miami full lounge opening.)
This far out of course it is impossible to have an exact date as it’s dependent on completing construction and receiving inspection sign offs.
The studio concept is all about making use of limited space, in airports where Amex cannot get 8,000 – 12,000 square feet conveniently located for a full lounge. As American Express has explained to me,
We’re taking advantage of available space at Sea-Tac. The right space for a lounge isn’t always available but we still want to be where our Card Members are.
It’s a bit concerning that we haven’t gotten leaks of the lounges that will come next after Miami and Seattle, and American Express hasn’t been talking about the lounges farther down the chute. The vision to date has been to be in all of the major US airports eventually, basically to be where large clusters of their cardmembers are.