American Express To Open New Centurion Lounge in DC, Expand Lounges in San Francisco and Seattle

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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.

a rendering of the new Centurion Lounge in DCA

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.

a rendering of the new Centurion Lounge in Seattle

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.

Eligibility

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 spend $5,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. 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 100,000 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 50,000 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 60,000 bonus miles, 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your 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.

Our Take

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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    I love lounge access, I wish LAX had a Centurion lounge and I agree that these lounges are getting so crowded that it is not even worth it. It seems like it is “almost” better to just stay outside and enjoy the myriad dining options at “most” airports.

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    I saw where they are going to place the SeaTac one, it’s going to have great views of the runway. Definitely recommend checking it out when it opens!

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    This is great news indeed! Once COVID is done, it will be nice to see some of these added and updated lounges from Centurion and actually be able to use these benefits of this expensive card!

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    I love the Centurion Lounges in Miami and New York (JFK). I would like you to open one in Toronto, Canada or transform the existing one from Amex to Centurion!

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    I’m glad AmEx is revamping the SFO and SEA lounges. The SFO lounge was waaaayyy too small and felt more like a cheap priority pass lounge in terms of seating. The food and drinks were decent but without a place to comfortably sit, it just becomes sub-optimal.

    I suppose once the DCA lounge opens, its going to be “full of politicians”.

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    Is the SFO lounge going to be open during the expansion?

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      That’s unclear at this point. I hope that they will be able to do construction on the new section while keeping the original section open!

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    Still waiting on that LAX lounge. And for covid to be defeated 🙂

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    The new AMEX lounge at SEA can totally rival the flagship Alaska one, woah.

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    You got me excited only to find out it’s DCA. 🙁

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    From looking at DCA’s press release, this looks like great news for those flying Delta and having a Platinum Card as we will now have two lounges close to each other to access. This will also somewhat make up for Amex no longer providing restaurant access through Priority Pass, at least at DCA.

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    David Shapiro says:

    It would be truly amazing to view Mt. Olympus from anywhere in Seattle, no less from the Centurion Lounge.
    More likely it’s Mt. Rainier that will be visible from the lounge.

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      Yes, it’s Mount Rainer that you can see from Sea-Tac’s Delta Sky Club. Even though both mountains are roughly equal distances from Seattle, Rainer is almost twice as high.

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    I’d be great to have more options on DC.
    Have you noticed a lot of lounges are now starting to charge for shower use? Amazing.

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    Thank you for the information. I am considering whether I should get another credit card, the Delta Skymiles Reserve American Express.

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    Thanks for the good news! Centurion SFO has always been in T3, so I’m confused about it relocating to T3. Perhaps it’s relocating in T3?

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      That was my mistake in editing this post. Updated to clarify that the current lounge is being expanded in its current location.

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    I am pleased that new Centurion classrooms are being opened; but I would also like to open those that are still closed due to the pandemic (like the one in Ezeiza)

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    Amex has some nice lounges. Nice to see dc added!