The Platinum Card from American Express got refreshed earlier this year and it has been quite well received even with its hefty strictly non-waivable S$1,712 annual fee (thus earning its nickname “1712”). One of the benefits of The Platinum Card from American Express is that exclusive access to American Express lounges in airports around the world in addition to Delta Sky Clubs, Plaza Premium lounges and Priority Pass lounges.
There are two types of American Express lounges:
- The Centurion Lounge
- The American Express lounge
Aaron has reviewed the one in Houston on his way back to Singapore and found it to be relatively decent. Centurion lounges are wildly popular in airports in the USA as they offer a much superior food and beverage offering as compared to the likes of normal airline lounges. They got so popular that it had led AmEx to impose access restrictions on them in recent times to curb overcrowding.
At present, there are 9 Centurion lounges around the world as well as 7 American Express lounges:
Denver, New York (JFK), and Los Angeles will also see a Centurion lounge opening in the coming months.
Centurion Lounges to open in LHR T3 and CLT
American Express has announced that a new Centurion Lounge will be opening at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 as well as in Charlotte. Charlotte is a big American Airlines (AA) hub and AmEx may be looking to target some of its high value corporate flyers by showing them a glimpse of the good life.
The decision to open a Centurion Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 is a rather interesting one. Heathrow Terminal 3 is mainly occupied by oneworld airlines which include American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas.
Having a Centurion lounge opening in there would quite likely be a strategic move aimed at its premium card members from the US who are flying back to the States on American Airlines.
Both of these new Centurion lounges will feature showers as well as high-quality food and beverage offerings which are curated by top chefs.
The opening of The Centurion Lounge in Heathrow would be AmEx’s first lounge in Europe. London is a major international hub and thus the decision to open a lounge there is a very good move from AmEx as it would be able to serve its international Platinum and Centurion cardholders as well. Fingers crossed that we’ll see a Centurion lounge opening in Changi as well in the future.
(Cover photo from American Express)