I love spending time in Centurion Lounges – they’re always aesthetically pleasing and the food offering is usually tops. A stark difference to airline-run lounges in the United States, which offers limited complimentary food and charges for alcohol (and most other beverages).
Today, American Express announced two new Centurion Lounges set to open in late 2017, one in Philadelphia (PHL) and one in Hong Kong (HKG),
The lounge in PHL will be located in Terminal A West, which services airlines like American Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and British Airways. The lounge will be 6,300 square feet and will offer a complimentary premium bar and food menu, a private shower suite, and noise-buffering workspaces.
Meanwhile, in HKG, the 8,000 square foot space will provide premium amenities, food, and beverages. The lounge will be located in Termainal 1, which serves a multitude of airlines, including Emirates, Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, and All Nipon Airways. According to American Express, Hong Kong International Airport is a highly trafficked airport for Amex cardmembers, so it should come as no surprise that they’ve decided to open up a lounge in this part of the world. It sounds like this lounge will function more like a standard Centurion Lounge, unlike the other international Amex clubs, which are marketed as “The American Express Lounge” or “The Centurion Club” and tend to operate slightly differently.
In addition to new lounges, we’ll see an expansion to the Seattle Centurion Studio. According to American Express, they lounge location will expand by 1,4000 square feet, bringing the total space to 4,500 square feet. Updates to the lounge will include a new private shower suite, a full premium bar, additional seating and views of Mount Rainier. Updates should be completed in the first half of 2017
I absolutely love Centurion Lounges. It’s always a fun atmosphere, the food is fantastic and I always enjoy every visit. So naturally, I’m thrilled to see that the Centurion Lounge network will be expanding.
I’m most curious about the Hong Kong lounge. While American Express runs several lounges at international destinations, most do not have the same amenities or provide similar offerings as those in the United States. For example, the lounge in Mexico City (MEX) operates differently in that food and drinks are not complimentary. I do hope international lounges begin to align more with their domestic counterparts.
These new additions add to the growing network of lounges that American Express Platinum and Centurion Cardholders have access to, and that’s certainly a win for cardholders.
Do you have plans to head to Philadelphia, Hong Kong or Seattle?
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