Priority Pass Lounges
Priority Pass Select is available cardholders free of charge. To receive complimentary access to a Priority Pass Select lounge, you must enroll in Priority Pass Select online. Priority Pass will send your Priority Pass Select card and membership package which you should receive within 10–14 business days. In order to enter a lounge within the PP network, Just present your card and same-day boarding pass. At any visit to a Priority Pass Select lounge that admits guests, you may bring in two guests for no charge, additional guests are $32 each.
The network comprises a total of over 1,200 lounges at some 300 airports in 140 countries worldwide, including all major international airports.
A complete list of all locations and lounges can be found here. The Priority Pass restaurant benefit offering $28 in credit is no longer available to those with Priority Pass membership via American Express.
Amex Centurion Lounge Locations
For Platinum and Centurion members, American Express operates its own lounges at a growing number of airports. The Centurion Lounge locations offer an above-average experience and a very nice selection of food, and drink, including cocktails and à la carte menus.
Holders of an American Express Platinum or Centurion Card receive complimentary access three hours before departure (but arrivals are now excluded unless you’re connecting). There are currently 9 Centurion lounges and 6 more are in the works:
Hong Kong (HKG)(Terminal 1, Take the escalator just before Gate 61.), 5;30 am – 12:30 am
Houston (IAH) (Terminal D, access via elevators near Gate D6) 5:30 am – 9 pm
Las Vegas (LAS) (Concourse D, opposite Gate D1), 5 am – 11 pm
Miami (MIA)(Concourse D, near Gate D12), 5 am – 10 pm
New York LGA (Terminal B, pre-security, upper level), Sun- Fri 5:30 am– 8 pm, Sat 5:30am– 6:30 pm
Philadelphia (PHL)(Terminal A-West Near Gate A-14) 5 am – 9 pm
San Francisco (SFO)(Terminal 3, adjacent Gate F1/F2), 5 am – 11 pm
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)(Concourse B, opposite Gate B3), 5 am – 10 pm
Future Centurion Locations
- Denver (DEN) – Opening 2019
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Opening 2019
- New York – John F. Kennedy (JFK) – Opening 2019
- London Heathrow (LHR) – Opening 2019
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Phoenix (PHX)
Each cardholder may also bring in two guests free of charge.
American Express Airport Lounges
There are also more than a dozen other Centurion Clubs and American Express Lounges, with the same access rules as the Centurion Lounges.
Guest policy: Minimum one complimentary guest, but many allow two per cardholder.
Cardmembers departing Frankfurt and Munich with a confirmed seat on a same day Lufthansa Group flight (Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian airlines) and boarding pass can access the Lufthansa Business and Senator lounges. Centurion Card holders are allowed to use the Lufthansa First Class Lounges regardless of their travel class.
Guest Policy: Certain locations will allow guests for a fee.
Amex Platinum cardholders may access Delta Skyclubs when traveling same day on a Delta marketed or operated flight. Note that the access offered by the Platinum Card does not include access to Delta SkyClub partner lounges. A few weeks ago I visited the KLM lounge in Amsterdam and while I was allowed in for free because I have Delta Medallion status, my friend with a Platinum Card was not eligible because it’s not an actual Delta Skyclub.
Cardmembers may bring in 2 additional guests for a fee of $29 each, so long as the guest is also traveling on an eligible flight.
To enter, just show your valid Platinum Card and valid ID.
Guest Policy: You can bring your spouse and children under the age of 21 or up to two (2) companions as complimentary guests. To bring any additional guests fees vary by location.
To enter, show your valid Platinum Card, government issued I.D. and same day boarding pass.
You can bring two (2) guests with you at no additional cost.
Plaza Premium Lounges
Although many of the Premium Plaza’s lounges are also available with Priority Pass, there are exceptions such as the Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 where Platinum will get you in but PP won’t. There are Plaza Premium lounges available at more than 40 international airports.
Platinum Card holders may also invite two guests for free.