Wait, There Are Over 70 Lounges Amex Platinum Cards Can Access I Didn’t Know About?

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The Platinum Card by American Express offers access to a network of lounges I wasn’t even aware of. You can access Plaza Premium lounges around the world with an American Express Platinum card. Although some are also accessible by Priority Pass, some of their lounges aren’t — but Platinum cardmembers can still use these lounges.

On the ‘Lounge Collection’ page for the American Express Platinum card, they detail lounge access benefits.

American Express Global Lounge Collection℠‡ programs and partners:
– The Centurion® Lounge
– International American Express Lounges
– Delta SkyClub®
– Priority Pass Select*
– Airspace
– Escape Lounges

Obviously the card gets access to American Express’ own lounges. It also comes with access to Delta lounges when traveling Delta same day. And it gets a Priority Pass Select card with unlimited visits and up to two complimentary guests per visit.

Less well-known is that the card provides access to Airspace lounges and Escape lounges. There are Airspace lounges at New York JFK terminal 5, in Cleveland, and also San Diego. The San Diego Airspace Lounge even provides access to Admirals Club members.

Airspace Lounge, San Diego

The Escape Lounges in Reno, Minneapolis, and Oakland are great contributions to the card’s lounge access. Reno is stylish with good food, though restrooms outside in the terminal.

Escape Lounge, Reno

However I learned something new today and I genuinely had no idea, so I bet there’s at least some of you that didn’t know either. I know that many Plaza Premium lounges around the world are accessible via Priority Pass, though not all are. However Plaza Premium Lounges are accessible directly with an American Express Platinum card.

That’s not listed on the ‘Lounge Collection’ page. However American Express tells me,

American Express Card Members can enjoy privileged access to Plaza Premium Lounges at over 70 locations worldwide. Card Members simply present their eligible American Express Card with a boarding pass for the same day or the following day travel at the lounge reception.

The global network of applicable Plaza Premium Lounge locations span across the world, including: Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang, Langkawi, Singapore, Cebu, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, London Heathrow, Abu Dhabi , Muscat, Salalah, Riyadh, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. For the full list of locations, visit: https://www.plaza-network.com/locations

Plaza Premium lounges are largely common across the Asia Pacific and Mideast but there are also plenty of lounges in the U.K., Canada, and Brazil.

The relationship is mentioned on this American Express Hong Kong page and on Plaza Premium’s website.

The following American Express cards from the issuing countries below are entitled access to ALL Plaza Premium Lounge locations worldwide: …

American Express Platinum Card issued in:
Argentina Australia Austria
Canada Finland France
Germany Hong Kong India
Italy Japan Mexico
Middle East Netherlands New Zealand
Singapore Spain Sweden
Taiwan Thailand UK

Plaza Premium Lounge, Male

Platinum Card by American Express

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  1. you have stated that Amex Plat Priority pass gets you two guest, unless it has changed that is false and it gets you no guest, the CSR is the only card i know of allowing two guest with PP.

  2. Well, not 70. The vast majority of Plaza Premium Lounges are already accessible via Priority Pass Select, which you get with Amex Platinum. It’s probably 10-20 that are unique to Amex Platinum. But I admit I didn’t know that, either.

  3. As a frequent Canadian traveler, I’ve found the Plaza Premium lounges have been listed for some time when you use the ‘Find a Lounge’ function on the Amex website and app.

  4. Also interesting to add is that some lounges (Brisbane in particular) don’t include unlimited alcohol with the priority pass entry; however, if you present your Amex plat card, you’re provided with a separate slip good for unlimited alcoholic beverages from the bar.

  5. Are any guests allowed? For some reason, my wife always gets annoyed when I tell her to wait outside while I go enjoy the lounge.

  6. This is definitely useful to know, because as you note, there are some limitations with Priority Pass and Plaza Premium–for example, at LHR, Priority Pass gets you in to the Plaza Premium arrivals lounge in terminal 2, but not terminal 3 (because of capacity issues?), so knowing I have access to the T3 lounge without making the hike to T2 is definitely nice. And the same in T5, having access to their lounge, which is hopefully not as overcapacity as the Aspire lounge.

  7. If you look up lounges in the amex app, the Plaza Premium lounges will appear. I was able to identify and use the arrivals lounge at LHR T3 a few months ago.

    Also there is a great Escape lounge at BDL.

  8. Tried to use Virgin Australia’s lounge in Cairns since Australian Amex platinum had access and was told the US platinum card I had was fine as long as I was flying with Virgin.

  9. There is also an Escape Lounge at the Bradley airport in Hartford, CT. It just opened about 8 months ago.

  10. Come in Gary, keep up 🙂

    The real sweet spot here is Terminal 5 at Heathrow. PP is actually the calmest lounge of the lot. The other third party lounge, Aspire, is always rammed and more importantly is not good. By rejecting Priority Pass, LoungeKey and Lounge Club Plaza Premium is only accessible for cash, by Amex Plat / Cent or Dragonpass.

    Worth noting that Collinson owns 50% of the Aspire lounge which may explain why Plaza Premium does not take Priority Pass.

  11. Gary, It would be an interesting article to showcase what hidden perks and benefits AMEX Plat is offered around the world that U.S issued card can access. Something tells me that a batch of benefits of exists beyond what is expressly stated in the terms and conditions of the American issued AMEX Plat. Thoughts?

  12. Not to flog them, but I find the loungebuddy app absolutely invaluable for this kind of information. I have multiple credit cards (including the Amex Plat), status on a couple of airlines, and sometimes flying business or first, and it is the only way I can keep this information straight. I simply put in all those details, then when I look up an airport, it tells me what is there and what I can access.

  13. @arthur, I was thinking similar. Is there any confirmation that LoungeBuddy does indeed cover these “hidden” scenarios?

  14. I like that AMEX has partnered with LoungeBuddy to provide realtime lounges and access for the Plat card, very helpful.

  15. had a very embarrassing moment in Dallas at the centurion lounge, on May 18th, 2018. I was traveling with my family on the way to Nairobi, Kenya (first class AA to LHR and first class BA to NBO) and was denied entry unless i paid an additional $100 dollars with a total of 5 adult travelers, even though i have a amex platinum business card and a platinum personal card. i am strongly considering dropping one of my $550 cards. WTH

  16. The AmEx app alerted us to Plaza Premium lounges during our travels over the last few weeks.

    The lounge at Fiumicino Terminal 3 was very nice.

    The temporary location at Toronto’s Terminal 1 was nasty.

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