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Lounge junkies everywhere rejoice! This week, American Express announced that it will be adding a brand new Centurion Lounge to Washington DC's Reagan International Airport (DCA). Amex also confirmed that an overhaul and massive expansion of the San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA) Centurion Lounges. Both projects are scheduled to finish sometime in late 2022.
Washington DC (DCA)'s New Centurion Lounge
The new Washington DC Reagan International Airport (DCA) Centurion Lounge will measure in at 11,500-square-foot and be located in National Hall near Terminal B. Signature features of the lounge will include a custom bar and food menu as well as shower suites, high-speed Wi-Fi, and special noise-buffering work areas.
Seattle (SEA) Centurion Lounge Rebuild
Seattle's SEA Centurion lounge completely overhauled and include a massive expansion. According to Amex, the new lounge at SEA will triple in size, with the new lounge coming in at over 13,800-square-feet. It will be relocated to a more central location, at the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal. The lounge will include special features like noise-buffering work areas, private phone rooms, additional bathrooms, and views of the majestic Mount Olympus.
San Francisco (SFO) Centurion Lounge Expansion
San Francisco's lounge will roughly double in size and measure in at nearly 16,000-square-feet. Amex will expand the Terminal 3 lounge to include a second bar, private phone rooms, and private work areas along with other amenities.
Amex's lineup has several cards that offer complimentary access to Centurion Lounges:
The Platinum Card® from American Express — One of American Express's most popular premium products, the Platinum Card offers Centurion Lounge access, along with complimentary access to a slew of other lounges. Currently, the card is offering 75,000 Membership Rewards points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 6 months. Up to two companions can enter for free.
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express — One of AwardWallet's favorite premium cards available to business owners, also offers complimentary Centurion lounge access to cardmembers. The current welcome offer is 85,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Up to two companions may enter for free.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card — Earn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. It includes complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge on the same day you fly Delta. Additional guests cost $50.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card — Earn 45,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in the first 3 months. Complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge on the same day you fly Delta. Additional guests cost $50.
Centurion® Card from American Express — You've probably only heard about this mysterious card in popular music hits, “My Black Card, they don't decline that!” -Chris Brown. But American Express's most prestigious product does actually exist and it also includes Centurion Lounge access. The card is not available publicly and is offered through invitation only.
Lounge access is one of the most highly coveted benefits for frequent travelers holding premium cards. Although they only represent around a dozen of the 1,400+ lounges premium Amex cardmembers have access to, the Amex's Centurion Lounge benefit is generally considered one of the most prestigious of them all.
One problem that Amex Centurion Lounges have faced in the past is the rapid growth in popularity and interest in these little nooks of paradise away from the chaos of airport life. Consequently, this has brought in overcrowding and has even led to lounges limiting time spent inside and even resorting to turning away members.
American Express's commitment to continue to rapidly add new Centurion Lounges and expand and upgrade existing properties to combat the overcrowding issues is a great step in ensuring their lounge benefit remains, well, beneficial.
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