AmEx is making good on its promise to expand Platinum cardholder benefits by opening luxe airport lounges at Heathrow and Charlotte Douglas

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Centurion Lounge Render

  • One of the best
    perks
    that comes with the
    Platinum Card® from American Express
    is extensive access to
    airport lounges.
  • Of the more than 1,200 lounges that Platinum cardholders

    can access
    , the best are AmEx’s own Centurion Lounges.
  • AmEx has announced two new Centurion Lounges — one in London
    Heathrow, and one in Charlotte.
  • The two new lounges are part of a larger trend that’s been
    evident in 2017 and 2018, as Amex has pushed to improve benefits
    for Platinum cardholders, an effort to set the premium card apart
    from the competition.
  • Cardholders also get complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs
    and Priority Pass-affiliated lounges.

American Express has announced two new airport Centurion Lounge
locations, including its second lounge outside the US.

The first new lounge will open at London’s Heathrow airport
(LHR) in 2019. Located in Terminal 3, which services flights to the
US on a number of carriers including Delta, American, and Virgin
Atlantic, the lounge will be around 7,000 square feet. It will
feature similar amenities to other Centurion Lounges, including
complimentary food and drinks, showers, plenty of seats, and access
to Wi-Fi.

The new domestic Centurion Lounge, at Charlotte Douglas Airport
(CLT) in North Carolina, has been anticipated
since plans leaked
late last month. That lounge, which is
scheduled to open in early 2020, will be located after security
between Concourse D and E. At 13,000 square feet, it will be one of
the larger Centurion Lounges throughout the network alongside other
new locations opening next year.


AmEx Platinum
and Centurion (or “Black Amex”) cardholders have
access to Centurion Lounges before flights.

While the two new lounges will be accessible to cardholders
regardless of airline flown — as is the case with all current
Centurion Lounges — both should prove particularly useful for
those who fly American Airlines. Charlotte is American’s biggest
hub aside from Dallas Fort-Worth (which currently has a Centurion
Lounge), and London Heathrow is a popular gateway to Europe for
American Airlines and Oneworld alliance loyalists — although the
London location will also appeal to a larger range of flyers who
transit through Heathrow’s Terminal 3.

“Heathrow is one of the top airports our premium card members
travel through and its popularity is increasing all the time,” said
Chris Cracchiolo, a senior vice president of global loyalty and
benefits at AmEx. “So far this year among premium US card members
alone, we’ve seen a 15% increase in travel through Heathrow
compared to last year.”

A London location has been
rumored
on-and-off for several years, particularly after AmEx
opened a pop-up lounge for holiday shoppers last year in the
city.

Alongside the announcement, American Express is once again
opening the pop-up Centurion Lounge in London’s Covent Garden, at
the Unit 6 art gallery on Langley Street. Complimentary snacks,
drinks, charging stations, and even gift-wrapping services will be
available for Platinum and Centurion cardholders. It will be open
from December 13–16.


London Covent Garden Pop Up Centurion Lounge Render

As competition has heated up in the credit card rewards and
benefits space, particularly among premium travel cards, in which
American Express once held a particularly comfortable hold, AmEx
has responded with an aggressive and persistent push to improve
benefits and services for its cardholders with its top
products.

Including London and Charlotte, five new Centurion
Lounge openings have been announced this year for openings in 2019
amd 2020
— the others are in New
York-JFK
,
Denver International Airport
, and Los
Angeles International Airport
. Additionally, lounge locations
have opened this year in Philadelphia and Hong Kong, and the

Dallas-Fort Worth location reopened
following a renovation and
expansion project.

In early 2017, following the release of the
Platinum Card’s
fiercest competition —
the Chase Sapphire Reserve card
— AmEx revamped its premium
product, adding new benefits like up to $200 per year in Uber
credits. This year, up to $100 in annual
shopping credits at Saks were added
to the list of perks, which
joined pre-existing benefits like a $200 annual airline fee credit,
complimentary hotel elite status, 5x points on airfare purchased
directly from the airline, and more.

Despite
the card’s
$550 annual fee, the various perks and benefits can
make it worthwhile for even semi-frequent travelers, who can easily
get more than $1,000 in value from the card in any given year —
and
$2,000 the first year
, with the card’s welcome bonus
contributing to the overall value.

In addition to the Centurion Lounges, American Express operates
11 “International American Express Lounges” at foreign airports
including in Mumbai, Delhi, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sydney, and,

most recently announced, Melbourne
. International lounges tend
to to vary depending on the market, while Centurion Lounges are
designed to offer a relatively consistent experience, according to
Cracchiolo.

Aside from the American Express-branded lounges,
AmEx Platinum
cardholders can access Delta Sky Club lounges at
33 airports when flying with Delta, and more than 1,200 additional
lounges through the Priority Pass network.

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AmEx is making good on its promise to expand Platinum cardholder benefits by opening luxe airport lounges at Heathrow and Charlotte Douglas