American Express Centurion Lounges Are Reopening!
Finally, today American Express announces a phased reopening of lounges beginning next month. This article will discuss which locations are reopening and what amenities will be available.
Lounges Re-Opening on October 5, 2020
American Express will reopen the following Centurion Lounges first on October 5:
Amex will be weighing multiple factors based on local and state restrictions, COVID-19 case numbers and local hospital capacities in order to determine whether to open additional lounges and when.
Of course, with low passenger volume, you will not need to worry about pre-pandemic level overcrowding at Centurion lounges any time soon (See Ben at One Mile At A Time’s Post on solutions to Amex lounges overcrowding – turns out, the solution was a pandemic).
Bars are Open, But not Buffets
While bars will remain open with full wine list (with the exception of wine tasting at SFO), it is important to note that buffets will be closed (although Seattle’s satellite lounge never had a true hot food buffet to begin with). Food will instead be served in pre-portioned, individually-wrapped plates.
Want to Take a Shower? Forget About it
One of the main benefits I loved at the Centurion Lounges was the ability to take a quick shower after a red-eye flight,. Unfortunately for obvious reasons due to the pandemic, the showers will be closed.
Massage Spas are also Closed
Also not returning are the traditional massage spas the Centurion Lounges at Dallas, Miami, and Los Angeles airports. Instead, the full-service spa experiences will be replaced by DIY-Theragun massages and self-guided meditations.
New Lounges Opening in 2020
And then there are lounges that will be opening in 2020, assuming everything stays on track:
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
- New York JFK Airport (JFK)
Lounge Expansions in 2021
Finally, the expansion of lounges the following airports are on schedule for 2021 completion:
- Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
- New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)