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You may have heard of American Express Centurion Lounges before. They're a well-known collection of lounges accessible by those with premium credit cards from American Express. But did you know that American Express actually has a larger collection of lounges worldwide?
Here's everything you need to know about the American Express Global Lounge Collection.
What Is the American Express Global Lounge Collection?
The American Express Global Lounge Collection is a group of airport lounges that are available to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders — including both personal and business versions of these cards. There are over 1,400 lounges in 140 countries around the world. Click here to search for a lounge by airport or city.
Which American Express Cards Provide Access to the Global Lounge Collection?
To access all of the lounges, you will need one of the following cards:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
- Centurion® Card from American Express
Enrollment is required for select Amex benefits.
Types of Lounges
As the American Express Global Lounge Collection is a collection of multiple types of lounges, there's a wide variety of accessible lounges for members. Let's look at each type.
The most recognizable group of Amex lounges are the Centurion Lounges, which are known for their style and luxury. They have high-quality food and drinks available. In addition, they provide comfortable spaces to rest or work before or between flights. Centurion Lounges are accessible up to three hours before your flight or during a connection between two same-day flights.
Here is a list of the current Centurion Lounge locations:
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Dallas (DFW)
- Denver (DEN)
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York (JFK)
- New York (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
- Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)
- Delhi, India (DEL)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- London, England (LHR)
- Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
- Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
- Monterrey, Mexico (MTY)
- Mumbai, India (BOM)
- São Paulo, Brazil (GRU)
- Stockholm, Sweden (ARN)
- Sydney, Australia (SYD)
To access the lounge, show your Amex card, same-day boarding pass, and government-issued ID. As of February 1, 2023, guests are no longer free for cardholders. If you would like to bring a guest to a Centurion Lounge you can pay for a day pass at a rate of $50 dollars per person (or $30 per child aged 2–17.) However, spending $75,000 or more on purchases with your card in the previous calendar year will provide guest access for up to two guests per visit.
Along with the cards mentioned above, you can access a Centurion Lounge when flying on a same-day Delta flight if you hold either the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card. Access is only available for Centurion Lounges in the U.S., Hong Kong, and London, however.
There are 21 (and counting) Escape Lounges that are Centurion Studio Partners. This means they've partnered with Amex to provide lounge access to cardmembers. Presently, there are 15 locations in the U.S. and six locations in the U.K. Escape Lounges focus on freshly prepared, chef-curated food, high-quality drinks, fast Wi-Fi, and plenty of charging stations. To access the lounge, present your card, government I.D., and your same-day boarding pass. Additionally, you can bring two guests into the lounge for free.
Next up are Priority Pass lounges. This is a group of over 1,300 lounges around the world. In order to access Priority Pass lounges, you must enroll for your Priority Pass Select membership within your cardholder benefits section of the website or by calling the number on the back of your card.
After enrollment, show your Priority Pass membership card and same-day boarding pass to access eligible lounges. Many lounges also accept digital membership cards from the Priority Pass app. You can bring up to two complimentary guests into the lounges, subject to space limitations.
It's worth noting that Priority Pass also offers spaces like restaurants, sleep pods, spas, and more, but Amex cardholders don't get complimentary access to these. Click here to search for a Priority Pass lounge that is accessible through your Amex membership.
Another member of the American Express Global Lounge Collection is Plaza Premium. There are nearly 150 Plaza Premium locations that you can access with your Platinum Card. In order to get into a Plaza Premium lounge you will need to present your Business Platinum Card or Amex Platinum card, same-day boarding pass, and government-issued ID. The Amex website states that you can bring two additional guests for free.
The list is often changing, so be sure to check before your trip. Click here for a complete list of current locations that accept Amex Platinum cardholders.
Delta Sky Club
There are over 50 Delta Sky Club locations; the Tokyo-Narita location is the only one outside the U.S. presently. These clubs offer free cocktails, fresh food, free Wi-Fi, and more. As an Amex Platinum member, you can present your card, government-issued ID, and same-day boarding pass to gain access to the Club.
The boarding pass has to show a same-day Delta-operated flight, and the name on the boarding pass must match the name on the Amex Platinum or Business Platinum Card. Guest access will depend on the latest Delta policies which can be found here. For a list of current Delta Sky Club locations, you can click here.
It's worth noting that Airspace lounges are listed on Amex's Global Lounge Collection page. However, you won't find any lounges called “Airspace,” because they've rebranded to be called Aspire Lounge. You can find these at the Ontario International Airport (ONT) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) — both in southern California.
Access includes up to two complimentary guests or your spouse and children (under age 21). To get in, show your valid Platinum card and government-issued ID.
Lastly, we have Lufthansa lounges. However, not all Lufthansa lounges participate in Amex's Global Lounge Collection. To check participating locations, you can use the lounge finder in your Amex app or click here to search online. The current list includes more than 15 lounges in Europe and the U.S.
To access a Lufthansa Business Lounge, you must be flying that day on a Lufthansa Group flight. This includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels, Edelweiss, and Eurowings airlines. You will need to present your boarding pass, ID, and Amex Platinum card.
If you are flying in Lufthansa business class, then you will also have access to Lufthansa Senator Lounges. Guest policies also vary by location, which you can find here.
The Amex Platinum and Business Platinum Card provide access to numerous lounges around the world. The list grows and changes regularly, but locations in most major airports are staples, providing places to grab refreshments or relax before an upcoming flight.
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