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Platinum Card from American Express cardholders have access to Priority Pass, Plaza Premium, Escape, and Airspace lounges. They have access to Delta lounges when traveling on the airline same day. And they have access to Amex’s own network of Centurion lounges.
These lounges have hot and cold buffets, complimentary bars, stylish furnishings — and in some locations complimentary spas, kids rooms, and showers. They’ve upped the game in US airport lounges, and we’ve seen improvements from US airlines.
However a lesson that all lounge operators eventually learn is that no matter how you model lounge usage, passengers will come to the airport earlier and spend more time in lounges than anyone expects. As a result many Centurion lounges get super busy and they then need to restrict access (such as to departing passengers only within 3 hours of flight). American Express said and then denied they’d be moving to an advance reservation system.
Bar of Philadelphia Centurion Lounge During Pre-Opening
Centurion Lounge, Hong Kong
On Monday the City of Charlotte is expected to approve a 10 year lease (and two five year extension options) to American Express for building of a Centurion lounge at their airport. This item is on the council’s agenda.
Here’s the detail:
- 13,295 square feet
- Anticipated opening fall 2019 (airport construction projects are often delayed)
- Will be part of the ‘East Terminal Expansion Phase II project’ between concourses D and E. That project is supposed to open summer 2019.
- Cost to American Express: “a one-time payment of $5,000,000 and a minimum of $3,000,000 of on-property advertising expenditures over the initial 10-year term” plus “$525,701 with a total 10-year lease value of $10,500,000.”
The lounge is going to be on the third level.
Currently the Priority Pass option in Charlotte is a Minute Suites next to the main food court which I used earlier in the month.
(HT: Doctor of Credit)