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Get a sneak peek at New York JFK’s new Amex Centurion Lounge

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For business travelers, there may be no greater airport oasis than an American Express Centurion Lounge, and the long-awaited new Centurion Lounge location at New York’s JFK International Airport will open to the public in the coming days. CNN Underscored got a sneak preview of the latest luxury spot for road warriors.

Related: You can access Centurion Lounges with The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Business Platinum® Card from American Express.

At over 15,000 square feet, the new JFK location is now the largest Centurion Lounge in the world, and it’s also the first one that has two complete floors open to guests. It’s located at JFK’s Terminal 4, which is home to Delta Air Lines and over two dozen international carriers.

Passengers can find the lounge immediately after clearing the main security checkpoint by turning and walking to their left. The iconic blue doors quickly come into view, along with a handmade, custom mosaic art mural designed to invoke New York City’s subway murals announcing “The Centurion.”

Since the lounge is beyond security, passengers traveling on airlines not departing from Terminal 4 will find it difficult to use the lounge without an extremely early arrival at JFK or a very long layover. There’s no way to access the lounge from within the secure area at JFK’s other terminals, which means one would need to exit security, take the AirTrain to Terminal 4, re-clear security at Terminal 4, and then do it all in reverse after visiting the lounge to get back to your flight.

Upon entering the lounge, American Express card members check in at the Member Services desk, which will look familiar to anyone who has been to one of the other lounges in the Centurion network.

Social distancing protocols are in effect, both at check in and throughout the lounge.
Social distancing protocols are in effect, both at check in and throughout the lounge.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

Health and safety protocols have been implemented at all lounges, which include partitions between guests and check-in representatives, as well as the option for contactless mobile check-in. While in the lounge, all guests will be required to wear masks, and capacity will be restricted to allow for more space between people.

Once checked in, guests walk into an initial small seating area where the tall exterior windows of Terminal 4 are immediately apparent.

The exterior windows of Terminal 4 are still here, but they aren
The exterior windows of Terminal 4 are still here, but they aren’t exterior windows inside the lounge.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

However, in the lounge, these windows no longer look out onto the airport’s tarmac. That’s because an entire building has been added to Terminal 4 to house this lounge. Several windows have been removed and a passageway has been cut to provide access to the new building.

Once you proceed through the passageway and past the elevator, you’ll arrive at the primary seating area on the upper floor of the lounge, with daylight pouring in through the new windows.

The primary seating area on the upper level of the Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK.
The primary seating area on the upper level of the Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

This area is relatively narrow but very long, with all types of different seats, couches and tables available.

There are many seating options in this primary seating area on the upper level of the lounge.
There are many seating options in this primary seating area on the upper level of the lounge.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

As with all the lounges in the Centurion network, the JFK lounge is both luxurious and invitingly comfortable at the same time. “Cubby” seats are at the far end of this area, where guests can relax and have a modicum of privacy.

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You’ll have a small space to yourself with these lounge cubby seats.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

A bar and a buffet are also here, and both will be open when the lounge opens. However, rather than having guests serve themselves, a lounge representative will be stationed at the buffet to assemble food plates upon request.

As the sign indicates, food from the buffet will be served by lounge representatives.
As the sign indicates, food from the buffet will be served by lounge representatives.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

The menu at the JFK Centurion Lounge is designed by Executive Chef Ignacio Mattos, a four-time James Beard Award nominee. Mattos has created signature dishes inspired by New York’s vibrant restaurant scene, such as a caciocavallo and egg sandwich with tomato marmalade, fennel salad with castelvetrano olives and provolone and steak with romesco and taleggio sauce.

Guests will be able to order drinks at the bar themselves, but the seats will be removed to encourage social distancing.

The bar will provide service directly to guests, but the chairs in this photo will be removed to promote social distancing.
The bar will provide service directly to guests, but the chairs in this photo will be removed to promote social distancing.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

The bars in the JFK lounge will feature local wines from New York selected by Centurion Lounge wine director Anthony Giglio, while the coffee comes from Irving Farm New York.

A self-service coffee area on the upper floor will be open when the lounge opens.
A self-service coffee area on the upper floor will be open when the lounge opens.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

Other features of this upper floor of the JFK lounge include a work area where business travelers can focus on their laptops, as well as a number of individual rooms that provide private space for solo travelers or a couple.

This area for business travelers is adjoined by a small private room that can accomodate a pair of travelers who want privacy.
This area for business travelers is adjoined by a small private room that can accomodate a pair of travelers who want privacy.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

These individual rooms, which number six throughout the lounge, are each influenced by a different New York City landmark or iconic design period, and are named for the year they were inspired by. These spaces are first come, first serve, so if you see one available, grab it while you can.

It might seem like everything we’ve seen up to this point would make for an impressive lounge all by itself, but we’re literally not even half done. Because accessible by either stairs or elevator is an entire second floor of the lounge.

This lower floor starts with another similarly-designed primary seating area, again with floor-to-ceiling windows providing voluminous daylight.

There are plenty of great seats on the lower floor of the JFK Centurion Lounge as well.
There are plenty of great seats on the lower floor of the JFK Centurion Lounge as well.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

Guests will enjoy the views of the tarmac from this lower level as planes arrive and depart from the Terminal 4 gates.

You can watch all the activity at Terminal 4 while sitting in the lower floor seating area.
You can watch all the activity at Terminal 4 while sitting in the lower floor seating area.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

There’s also a complete bar and buffet available on this floor, so sitting on the lower level doesn’t means you have to climb upstairs every time you need food or a drink. As with the upstairs bar and buffet, food will be served by lounge representatives and the bar seats will be temporarily removed.

Lounge guests can order drinks from the lower level bar, but the bar seats in this photo will be temporarily removed.
Lounge guests can order drinks from the lower level bar, but the bar seats in this photo will be temporarily removed.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

As you may have noticed, many of the details in the JFK Centurion Lounge have been inspired by its New York City location. But the lounge’s biggest New York-style surprise is hidden behind the copper-paneled wall at the far left side of the photo above. Just follow the cracks in the wall, push open its concealed door and you’ll find yourself in the lounge’s “1850” speakeasy.

The JFK lounge has its own Prohibition-era inspired speakeasy hidden behind a wall.
The JFK lounge has its own Prohibition-era inspired speakeasy hidden behind a wall.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

Named after the founding year of American Express, this third bar and seating area is modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and will serve a rotating set of cocktails developed by Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan — such as an espresso martini and boulevardier — that are a nod to some of the city’s greatest bars.

The remaining areas on the lower floor of the JFK Centurion Lounge include additional seating areas and individual rooms. With plenty of space throughout, it shouldn’t be a problem to find a place to settle in.

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You’ll find additional seating rooms on the bottom floor of the JFK lounge.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

However, it’s important to note that during the pandemic, approximately half of the seats that would normally be available to guests will be blocked to ensure social distancing. These seats are noted by signs, with other seating areas reserved for groups traveling together who want to sit together.

Signage throughout the JFK Centurion Lounge will keep guests apart during the pandemic.
Signage throughout the JFK Centurion Lounge will keep guests apart during the pandemic.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

Also, to the immediate right of the initial seating area when you first enter the lounge is the multipurpose room. While there isn’t a dedicated family room in this lounge as there is in some other Centurion locations, this colorful room could be a good place for families or groups to congregate (while still keeping social distancing requirements in mind).

The multipurpose room isn
The multipurpose room isn’t large, but could be a good spot for families.
PHOTO: Natasha Hatendi

Before departing the lounge to head to your flight, you may want to partake in the lounge’s Equinox Spa. Located on the left side of the initial seating area when you first enter the lounge, the spa features the Equinox Body Lab, which is normally only accessible within Equinox clubs.

According to Amex, the Body Lab offers performance-driven restorative therapies including custom, self-guided meditation and stretching sessions using the Variis by Equinox app, a vibro-acoustic chair to help fliers relax before takeoff and more. When the lounge first opens, these sessions will be offered to individuals in a self-led format to prioritize health and safety.

Finally, like many other Centurion Lounges, two shower rooms have been built into the JFK lounge, but the pair will remain closed during the pandemic. Once they do eventually open, guests will need to make a reservation at the Member Services desk to use them.

The new Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s JFK airport is yet another exceptional jewel in the issuer’s lounge network. There is simply no one else who does airport lounges in the United States as well as American Express does them. While travel may be at an ebb at the moment, eventually planes will fill the skies again, and this lounge will undoubtedly be one of the most popular spots at JFK.

Even when travel resumes, you don’t have to be a full-time road warrior to get your money’s worth from the Centurion Lounges. If you see yourself flying even a few times in 2021 and your travels regularly take you through one of the cities on the Centurion Lounge list below, having access to the Amex Centurion Lounges may very well be a worthwhile investment.

How to access an Amex Centurion Lounge

The Platinum Card® from American Express is one of six Amex cards that provide access to Centurion Lounges.
The Platinum Card® from American Express is one of six Amex cards that provide access to Centurion Lounges.
PHOTO: iStock

Despite their name, you don’t need to hold the exclusive American Express Centurion Card to gain access to Amex Centurion Lounges. In fact, you can get into the most comfortable and relaxing spot at the airport with any of the following Amex cards:

In addition, card members holding the invitation-only Centurion® Card from American Express (colloquially known as the “Amex Black Card”) or the American Express Business Centurion® Card can access any Centurion Lounge, and without time limits.

As a general rule, card members can access the Centurion Lounges up to 3 hours prior to departure of their first flight, and at any time between connecting flight itineraries of 24 hours or less. Only invite-only Centurion card members can use Centurion Lounges upon arrival at their final destination.

You may find the enforcement of the 3-hour rule selective based on crowds. Smaller Centurion Lounges, such as Seattle, are frequently overcrowded and more restrictive on entry requirements, while bigger lounges with more space can be more generous with time. There are also capacity restrictions in effect at all Centurion Lounges to maintain a safe environment during the pandemic, though wait lists are available if you can’t get in immediately.

Amex Platinum card members are also entitled to bring two complimentary guests into a Centurion Lounge with them, and may purchase access for additional guests at a rate of $50 per guest, per visit (subject to capacity). Delta Reserve card members don’t have complimentary guest privileges, but may bring up to two guests at a rate of $50 per guest, per visit.

Related: Travel with luxury perks using the American Express Platinum card.

For large families, the best deal may be to get an Amex Platinum card and then add authorized user cards to the account. You’ll pay a fee of $175 to add up to three authorized users, but each of those users not only get Centurion Lounge access of their own, but two additional complimentary guests as well. So if your family travels often, the cost could easily be worth it.

Amex Centurion Lounge locations

After being closed since March due to the pandemic, the Amex Centurion Lounges are beginning to reopen. Lounges in both Seattle and Philadelphia are slated to open on Monday, and American Express tells CNN Underscored that lounges in Charlotte, Dallas, Houston and San Francisco are now also scheduled to reopen later in October.

Once all 13 existing locations are reopened (and two new lounges are still on the way in 2020), Amex lounges will be able to cover you in some of the largest international airports in the world, though the Centurion Lounge footprint itself is focused in the United States. Here’s the list of current and announced future locations, along with the most recent info on re-opening timeframes.

Centurion Lounges that are now open
Seattle (SEA)
Philadelphia (PHL)
Lounges scheduled to reopen in October 2020
Charlotte (CLT)
Dallas (DFW)
Houston (IAH)
San Francisco (SFO)
New lounges scheduled to open by the end of 2020
New York (JFK) in the coming days
Denver (DEN)
London Heathrow (LHR)
Lounges scheduled to reopen in 2021
New York (LGA) A new lounge is being built in LaGuardia’s Terminal B
No reopening information currently available
Hong Kong (HKG)
Las Vegas (LAS)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Miami (MIA)
Phoenix (PHX)

Centurion Lounge locations cover a number of hub cities for domestic U.S. airlines, with some additional locations (Las Vegas) set in popular locations. While business travelers have different needs from leisure travelers, the Centurion Lounges cater to both groups, though peak times can make it difficult for business travelers to find work space, especially right now with capacity restrictions in effect due to the pandemic.

Here’s a detailed look at each Centurion Lounge, including where you can find them in each airport.

Charlotte (CLT)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Charlotte features over 13,000 square feet of space.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in Charlotte features over 13,000 square feet of space.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Scheduled to reopen in October 2020.

Where to find it: Between concourses D and E on the Mezzanine level.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major domestic hub for American Airlines. There are some international flights, but the airport serves primarily to move tens of thousands of passengers around the U.S. for American.

So aside from the Centurion Lounge, you won’t find much in the way of premium lounges in Charlotte. American’s own Admirals Clubs, while sizable, tend to be crowded, making the Centurion Lounge at Charlotte by far the most upscale option for travelers.

The Charlotte Centurion Lounge originally opened for the first time on February 24, so crowds were a bit hard to gauge before the pandemic temporarily closed everything down. But this is one of the larger Centurion Lounges at more than 13,000 square feet.

Still, many of the seating options in the lounge aren’t suited for long stretches with a laptop. There’s a large common table if driving a desk is on your list, though you may find the seating in the cafe a bit more conducive to working. Phone rooms can provide privacy and a quiet place to dial into a conference call.

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in DFW has plenty of food and drink options.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in DFW has plenty of food and drink options.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Scheduled to reopen in October 2020.

Where to find it: Terminal D, across from gate D12 on the Mezzanine level.

The Dallas/Fort Worth airport housed the largest Centurion Lounge for quite some time, and while it can no longer lay claim to that title, it’s still one of the bigger lounges at over 12,000 square feet. There are plenty of semi-private seating options with small desks and power sources if you need a place to work in between flights.

The DFW lounge has one of the largest dining and bar areas amongst the Centurion Lounges with plenty of food and drink options, and you should be able to find a seat even when it’s busy. (Don’t forget about upgraded complimentary champagne if you hold the Amex Centurion Card.)

There are normally multiple showers in the Dallas Centurion Lounge to help feel refreshed after a long flight, but they’re currently closed due to the pandemic. And DFW is also one of the Centurion Lounges that normally offers complimentary spa services, but lounge spas are currently limited to services without person-to-person contact. Theragun massages take the place of traditional massages for now, and treatment areas are sanitized between appointments.

Hong Kong (HKG)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong has a "lounge within a lounge" for Centurion card members.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong has a “lounge within a lounge” for Centurion card members.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: Terminal 1, near gate 60.

The Hong Kong Centurion Lounge is the first Amex Centurion Lounge outside the United States, and it faces a lot of competition from Cathay Pacific’s world-renowned Hong Kong lounges (some of which are currently closed due to decreasing travel demand from the coronavirus). It’s also currently the only Centurion Lounge to feature a “lounge within a lounge” exclusively for Amex Centurion card members.

This lounge gets crowded quickly, so be prepared to table stalk a bit to find the right spot, as the space is less geared toward the business traveler who needs a desk to get some work done. A massive bar welcomes weary travelers in need of a drink, as well as a substantial buffet. Shower services are limited, so put your name on the list early.

Houston (IAH)

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It’s not hard to find a seat at the Amex Centurion Lounge in Houston.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Scheduled to reopen in October 2020.

Where to find it: Terminal D, elevators near gate D6.

The Houston Centurion Lounge is generally on the quieter side. While the airport normally hosts plenty of international flights, the spread-out nature of the terminals probably dissuades some travelers from making the hike over to the D Terminal to visit this lounge, and with the current dropoff in travel, finding a seat here shouldn’t be difficult once it reopens.

You can usually find a quiet place to work in this lounge, and food and beverage offerings are solid, on par with the rest of the Centurion Lounges (it’s an area where they consistently shine). There’s normally no wait to grab one of the showers, but they’re currently closed due to the pandemic.

Even outside of the pandemic, you won’t find spa services here, but you’ll find pretty much everything else you’re hoping for in a lounge experience. With the possible exception of United’s Polaris Lounge, this is the best lounge at IAH.

Las Vegas (LAS)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas is easily the best lounge in the airport.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas is easily the best lounge in the airport.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: Concourse D, opposite gate D1.

While Vegas may be filled with every VIP experience imaginable, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas isn’t exactly swimming in upscale lounges. In fact, you won’t find many lounges at all. That means the Centurion Lounge here is easily the best option.

This Centurion Lounge location features some semi-private workspaces and showers, but you may have trouble finding a seat during peak times. The bar is also on the smaller side, as is the dining area.

Amex recently announced plans to expand the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge from its current size of nearly 9,000 square feet to over 13,400 square feet, an almost 50% increase. The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021, will also feature additional multi-purpose areas, new private telephone rooms, newly-designed workspace areas and a new reception.

For now, the only sure way to get a seat here is to carry the Centurion Card, as a section in the quietest part of the lounge is reserved exclusively for these elite members.

Los Angeles (LAX)

The main entryway is two floors down from the departures level.
The main entryway is two floors down from the departures level.
PHOTO: Julian Kheel

Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: Tom Bradley International Terminal, entrance on the departures level right after security, then take the elevators two floors down.

On March 9, the long-awaited new Centurion Lounge location at Los Angeles (LAX) International Airport opened to the public. While it’s currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, when it reopens, the new LAX lounge is likely to be most popular with international flyers, though airside connections built in recent years will allow passengers departing out of Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 to also make it to the lounge without having to re-clear security.

During our visit to the LAX lounge, we walked the entire distance from the furthest Terminal 8 to the new lounge, and it’s a hike. We timed it at 22 minutes, which means almost a 45-minute round-trip if you want to visit the LAX Centurion Lounge from United’s gates in T8.

While there’s no walkable airside connection from Terminals 2 and 3, there is a shuttle bus that can get you over to the Tom Bradley Terminal without going out and back through security. But though the ride itself is only five minutes, you’ll need to budget more than that. The bus drops you off at the back of the Bradley Terminal, which means another 10-minute walk to get to the lounge. Figure in extra time to wait for the bus and we’d suggest giving yourself 20-30 minutes each way to be safe.

Here are the times as we clocked them to the Centurion Lounge from each LAX terminal:

LAX Terminal Time to Centurion Lounge
T1 No airside access
T2 20-30 minutes (bus)
T3 20-30 minutes (bus)
T4 5-minute walk
T5 10-minute walk
T6 14-minute walk
T7 20-minute walk
T8 22-minute walk

At nearly 14,000 square feet, this is a spacious lounge, which should help alleviate some of the overcrowding issues Amex has experienced at other Centurion Lounges once it reopens, even with capacity restrictions. But in person, it doesn’t feel huge because the space is cut into many smaller rooms, which may make finding a seat easier.

The menu at the LAX Centurion Lounge is curated by American Express Global Dining Collection Chef Nancy Silverton. Custom locally-inspired dishes include asparagus egg pie, mozzarella antipasti, mozza meatballs and butterscotch budino, just to name a few.

The buffet at LAX includes panettone french toast and a farro salad with fresh herbs.
The buffet at LAX includes panettone french toast and a farro salad with fresh herbs.
PHOTO: Julian Kheel

As with other Centurion Lounges, the LAX location features private workspaces for business travelers who need a spot to put down their laptop and get some work done before their flight.

PHOTO: Julian Kheel

Perhaps unsurprisingly given its location, the LAX Centurion Lounge focuses on wellness, with two tranquility rooms to assist travelers arriving in a new time zone.

The idea of the Sunrise room is to provide extra brightness for passengers who need to adjust to an earlier time zone or to “subtly energize you before flight,” according to Amex, while the Moonrise room features a “starry sky” ceiling inspired by a planetarium, and is “designed to help usher a sense of nighttime relaxation, whether for napping before takeoff or preparing for an overnight flight.”

PHOTO: American Express

The LAX Centurion Lounge also normally features spa services by Exhale, with complimentary services that will undoubtedly be as popular as they are at other Centurion Lounges equipped with spas once the lounges reopen and full spa services are again available.

Services in the LAX Centurion Lounge spa are complimentary, and will undoubtedly be popular.
Services in the LAX Centurion Lounge spa are complimentary, and will undoubtedly be popular.
PHOTO: Julian Kheel

And of course, no Centurion Lounge would be complete without a full complimentary bar.

PHOTO: Julian Kheel

Premium wine selections at the LAX Centurion are curated by wine director Anthony Giglio, and specialty cocktails partially inspired by L.A.’s cocktail culture by Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan.

Miami (MIA)

A recent expansion of the Amex Centurion Lounge in Miami has helped with overcrowding.`
A recent expansion of the Amex Centurion Lounge in Miami has helped with overcrowding.`

Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: In Concourse D, elevator near gate D12.

American Express completed an expansion of this lounge last year, which was incredibly welcome, as the Miami lounge has notoriously struggled with overcrowding.

However, the vast majority of added space is in bar seating and the dining room. While sitting in the bar area and watching the planes taxi back and forth is a relaxing way to kill some time, you may have to settle for a chair in the dining room if you need to get work done.

Outside of the pandemic restrictions, showers are available, which is especially handy if you just got off a long flight from South America (though that’s also less likely right now during the pandemic). And if you’re stressed from a long flight, the complimentary spa service should be your first stop once spa services resume.

New York/LaGuardia (LGA)

Lounge status: Closed. A new lounge is being built in LaGuardia’s Terminal B and is scheduled to open in 2021. The old lounge will not reopen in the interim.

Philadelphia (PHL)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Philadelphia is the place to be while waiting for your flight.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in Philadelphia is the place to be while waiting for your flight.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Open.

Where to find it: Terminal A West, near gate A14.

The Philadelphia Centurion Lounge is a bit on the smaller side, but there’s still a good chance you’ll be able to find a workspace on your next layover. As with all the other Centurion Lounge locations, the bar and signature food items really do shine, along with some comfortable couches in the dining area.

There are no spa services at this location and the showers are currently closed due to the pandemic, but there are phone rooms if you need a quiet place for a conference call. Unless you have access to the British Airways First Class Lounge at PHL, the Centurion Lounge is the place to be while waiting for your flight.

Phoenix (PHX)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Phoenix shares space with the also-new Escape Lounge.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in Phoenix shares space with the also-new Escape Lounge.

Lounge status: Closed — no reopening information currently available.

Where to find it: Terminal 4 across from gate B22 on upper level.

The Phoenix lounge is a small haven in a large airport. While not the smallest Centurion Lounge, you won’t find tons of space to spread out. That being said, as one of the newer lounges (it opened on Jan. 6, 2020), it’s just as enjoyable as the others.

The signature bar area has plenty of room to go along with its great libations. But in a bit of an odd twist, there’s a shared space of sorts with the also brand-new Escape Lounge, which is used when the Centurion Lounge gets crowded. There are no spa services and only one shower shared between the two lounges, which is currently closed due to the pandemic.

The good news is that seats are plentiful, and the layout lends itself to people being able to find a quiet place to work. You won’t find a phone room for quiet calls, but one of the nooks near the front of the lounge may suffice. The Phoenix Centurion Lounge clearly leads the way for premium lounges at PHX.

Seattle (SEA)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in Seattle is the smallest of the Centurion Lounges.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in Seattle is the smallest of the Centurion Lounges.

Lounge status: Open.

Where to find it: Concourse B, opposite gate B3.

Seattle’s Centurion Lounge is tiny. In fact, it’s so small that it used to be referred to as the “Centurion Studio.” A small expansion a few years ago helped, but this lounge is extremely prone to overcrowding.

There are no spa services in such a small space, and the one shower is currently closed due to the pandemic. But you’ll find the food and beverage options totally up to par with Centurion Lounge standards.

The one upside is that a handful of smaller areas that may make it easier to find a quiet spot to work. But with just over 100 seats, don’t be surprised to find the Seattle lounge full during peak business hours, especially with the current capacity restrictions.

San Francisco (SFO)

The Amex Centurion Lounge in San Francisco features a wine tasting area.
The Amex Centurion Lounge in San Francisco features a wine tasting area.
PHOTO: American Express

Lounge status: Scheduled to reopen in October 2020.

Where to find it: Terminal 3, near gate F1.

There are plenty of premium lounge offerings at SFO, and the Centurion Lounge holds its own. As is typical with the rest of the Centurion Lounges, you’ll find a great food and wine spread at the SFO lounge, including a wine wall in the dining area and an open kitchen alongside the buffet.

What truly sets the SFO Centurion Lounge apart is the variety of high-quality food and wine offerings, frequently rotated through the seasons. Also unique to the SFO lounge is a wine tasting area that you should definitely block some time for.

There are plenty of areas in this lounge to find a place to work, and you won’t suffer from a lack of comfortable chairs, workspaces or power outlets. And whi;e there’s normally a shower available if you need to refresh, it will remain temporarily closed due to pandemic restrictions.

Want to access the Centurion Lounges? Use one of these Amex cards:

Learn more about The Platinum Card from American Express.
Learn more about the Business Platinum Card from American Express.
Learn more about the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card.
Learn more about the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card.

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