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Among airport lounges, few carry the first-class reputation of Amex Centurion Lounges. Indeed, there are only a handful of Centurion lounges around the world making them all the more exclusive. In these lounges, you’ll find impeccably designed spaces, semi-private workspaces, shower suites, bars and dishes prepared by award-winning chefs.
Centurion lounge locations
You can currently find a Centurion lounge in nine different locations worldwide.
5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
According to the Centurion Lounge website, you can expect to see lounges in five new locations soon, including DEN, JFK, LAX, LHR and CLT. Amex hasn’t announced an official date for these lounges as of this writing.
How to get in and pricing
In line with the bourgeois reputation of the Centurion Lounges, you have just one primary way to gain access: owning an eligible credit card.
Credit card access
Amex offers a few credit cards that provide complimentary access to Centurion lounges. These cards include:
The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business Platinum Mastercard®
Corporate Platinum Card®
Centurion® Card from American Express
Access is complimentary for these cardholders. To enter the lounge, you’ll need to provide the lounge agent with the following:
Your valid credit card
A boarding pass showing same-day travel
A government-issued ID
Centurion lounges are what Amex calls a “day of departure” lounge. That means you won’t be eligible to enter the lounge if you possess a standby ticket or are a non-revenue standby passenger. To enter, you’ll need a boarding pass showing a confirmed seat or zone assignment for your flight, according to the Amex Centurion Lounge site.
Who is eligible to visit the Centurion Lounge with an Amex credit card?
In addition to cardholders, Amex also allows up to two guests to enter the lounge at no additional charge.
Children under the age of two years old are allowed into the lounge free of charge.
Access to Centurion lounges is considered complimentary if you have an eligible card. That said, you’ll still need to front the annual fee of that credit card, which will run you the following:
You’ll find an assortment of luxurious amenities when you walk into a Centurion lounge, ranging from a fully stocked premium bar to fine dining created by established local chefs. Exact amenities and access hours depend on your location, but here’s a taste of what you can expect:
Access to a computer bar
Up-to-date magazines and newspapers
Print, fax and copy device access
Premium food and drink
Large flat-screen TVs
A member services desk
A shower suite
With so many amenities you’d expect to see at a spa rather than an airport lounge — that includes an actual spa — there’s no better way to pamper yourself while waiting for your flight than kicking up your feet at a Centurion lounge.
Steven Dashiell is a credit cards writer at Finder. He's worked on 250 Finder articles and counting, helping readers embrace and maximize credit cards. Backed by nearly a decade of research and reporting experience, Steve's work can be seen on Debt.com, CreditCards.com and Lifehacker.
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