American Express’ network of airport lounges in the United States looks to expand with a new Centurion Lounge planned for Los Angeles Airport.
A recent Terminal Operations newsletter published by Los Angeles World Airports – the company behind LAX – shows the lounge as being located between Terminals 6 and 7…
… and explains the recent arrival of furniture immediately beyond the security checkpoint at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, carrying signage which reads “courtesy of The Centurion Lounge”.
When asked exactly where the Centurion Lounge would reside, a spokesperson for American Express USA told Australian Business Traveller that the company is “still in discussions with the airport about finding the right space and location for a lounge that will fit (our) Card Members’ needs.”
“LAX is an important and much-frequented airport for American Express Card Members, and Amex is actively exploring ways to bring The Centurion Lounge to Los Angeles,” they added.
American Express Centurion Lounges: who gets in?
American Express Centurion Lounges differ from those run by airlines in that they welcome passengers flying to any destination in any class of service with any airline – travellers don’t need to be flying in business or first class or hold frequent flyer status to get through the door.
Instead, entry is complimentary for personal and business Centurion and Platinum Charge Card holders – including those from Australia – and can be purchased at the door for US$50 on the day of travel by anybody else holding any American Express card from any country.
Included among that list are holders of AMEX cards from the likes of ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac, and of the more ‘traditional’ American Express cards issued directly by American Express Australia.
The best part? Travellers with a same-day boarding pass from LAX can clear security at any terminal to enjoy the shops or lounge facilities, before later returning to their own terminal closer to boarding time.
That means that even when you’re from a different terminal – such as on Qantas or Virgin Australia from the Tom Bradley Terminal – you could still venture into T6/7, enjoy the Centurion Lounge and then wander back to TBIT, leaving ample time to clear security and reach your gate.
American Express also operates Centurion Lounges in New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Miami and San Francisco, plus a smaller Centurion Studio in Seattle exclusively for Platinum and Centurion Charge Card customers.
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