American Express is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited Centurion Lounge at LAX, adding to the airport's growing list of top-shelf lounges.
While AMEX is still keeping its powder dry on an official opening date, the lounge – which was originally planned to open by the end of 2019 – is clearly edging closer to welcoming its first visitors.
And despite its location in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the AMEX Centurion Lounge will also be accessible to passengers jetting out from terminals 4 through to 8 – including those on domestic US flights – via the 'airside' TBIT Connector walkway, without the need to go back through security (Delta Air Lines' passengers can also hop onto the airside shuttle bus between T2/T3 and TBIT).
Stand-out features of the extensive 1,300m² footprint will include a day spa, shower suites stocked with L'Occitane amenities, a family zone, and what AMEX describes as a "tranquility area" (which we'd expect to be as far away from the family zone as possible, or exceptionally well soundproofed, if not both).
There'll also be "a locally-inspired menu" of "chef-created dishes from the vast buffet", alongside a full-service cocktail and wine bar, with "private noise-buffering workstations" and high-speed WiFi for powering through pre-flight work.
The lounge's design will incorporate "both brightly-lit and dimly-lit quiet areas to help global travelers adjust to new time zones as they travel internationally."
The Los Angeles lounge will join the steadily-growing Centurion constellation, with New York JFK Terminal 4 and London Heathrow Terminal 3 also slated for openings in 2020.
Who can access the AMEX Centurion LAX Lounge?
Entry to American Express Centurion Lounges requires an American Express Platinum Charge Card, Business Platinum Card, Corporate Platinum Card issued directly by AMEX in any country, including Australia, or of course the exclusive invitation-only Centurion Card or Business Centurion Card.
Other Platinum-grade American Express cards – such as a Qantas Ultimate AMEX, Velocity Platinum AMEX, AMEX Explorer or Platinum Edge card, Westpac Altitude Platinum or Black AMEX, for example – won't don't qualify you for access.
Even with the correct card in your travel wallet, access to Centurion lounges is restricted to a maximum of three hours before your flight's departure, which may somewhat cruel the appeal of the LAX lounge for lengthy transits.