Since I’ve seen a couple of references this week to the opening of the Philadelphia American Express Centurion Lounge this week ‘in early August’ (at The Points Guy) and ‘Aug 2017’ (at The Derp Report) I thought I’d clarify that the new Philadelphia lounge does not open in August.
Philadelphia is in need of better lounge options, and it’s getting them.
A year ago I was in one of the American Airlines Admirals Clubs while the two people working the bar got into a fight and refused to serve me sitting at the bar, I had to get up from my stool to stand in line in order to be helped. This was the line.
American Airlines Admirals Club
However frequent flyers now have more options. The Minute Suites is now a Priority Pass lounge so you can have some solitude in a small private room.
Minute Suites Philadelphia, credit: Priority Pass
A new American Airlines Flagship Lounge is set to open next year for international business class passengers, AAdvantage Platinums and above flying economy, as well as ConciergeKey members and oneworld mid-tier elites flying domestically.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge New York JFK
And American Express is opening a Centurion Lounge in Terminal A West (international departures) above the current British Airways lounge.
It’s expected to offer only 5500 square feet (just over half the size of Dallas, and only two-thirds the size of Houston) and feature a shower room, bar, and buffet.
Back in January they were ‘targeting’ an early-August open. However I wrote at the time,
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the opening schedule push out farther, because airports are about the most difficult environment to do business in in the country. But ‘second half of 2016’ seems more than reasonable to expect at this point.
And that’s exactly where we’re at. American Express tells me that they’re on track for a Fall opening, but they don’t have a specific date yet. Specific dates are never firm until inspections are completed and permits issued.