LAX to get massive American Express Centurion Lounge with spa in 2019

LAX to get massive American Express Centurion Lounge with spa in 2019

UPDATE | The long-awaited American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX will open next year, and AMEX is going all-out with a day spa alongside 'premium wines and specialty cocktails'.

American Express confirmed the LAX Centurion lounge's 'sometime in 2019' opening timeframe overnight, and teased some of what to expect from this massive 1,300m² space.

"For the first time, American Express will be introducing an enhanced tranquility area, offering both brightly-lit and dimly-lit quiet areas to help global travelers adjust to new time zones as they travel internationally. The new lounge will also feature a spa, a kid and adult-friendly family room, custom, visual wall installations, complimentary chef-crafted food menus, premium wines and specialty cocktails from sommelier Anthony Giglio and mixologist Jim Meehan, enhanced workspaces, access to high-speed Wi-Fi, premium restrooms and showers, power outlets, private noise-buffering work stations and American Express Member Services Professionals to provide onsite Card-related and travel-related services."

As previously reported, the LAX American Express Centurion Lounge will be situated at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, which can also be reached past security (aka 'airside') from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

PREVIOUS | LAX is finally set to get a long-awaited American Express Centurion Lounge, and it's going to be massive – as much as 1,300m² will be leased to AMEX, although of course a slab of this will be set aside for 'back of house' operations such as the kitchen and admin offices.

The Centurion Lounge will be located at Los Angeles' Tom Bradley International Airport (TBIT), which also hosts the flagship US lounges of Oneworld (below) and Star Alliance.

This will not only see the LAX American Express Centurion Lounge open to travellers on international flights but also most domestic US flights via the TBIT Connector walkway (shown below, and already familiar to many Qantas passengers for enjoying Qantas lounge access before an American Airlines flight) and Delta Air Lines' airside shuttle bus between LAX  T2/T3 and TBIT.

The plans have been revealed in publicly-released documents from LAX operating body Los Angeles World Airport Authority, where a recent meeting signed off on a "premier passenger lounge space lease" to American Express.

That document also noted the first year's lease will be costed at a solid US$2.8 million, although this includes 'brand sponsorship' by AMEX and outdoor advertising colossus JC Decaux.

Assuming the remaining approvals are rubber-stamped, it's expected the LAX American Express Centurion Lounge will be open by late 2019.

Access to American Express Centurion Lounges requires an American Express Platinum Charge CardBusiness 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.

This does not include 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), and there's no option to pay for admission, either.

Also read: AusBT reviews the American Express Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

5 comments

  • downdata

    downdata

    15 Apr, 2018 10:13 am

    Great news! Even less reason to be loyal to (i.e stuck with) a single alliance / carrier and pay exorbitant fares for inconvenient itineries for the sake of qualifying for elite status. In 17, i paid no less than $4000 for two short hops across the tasman on QF in J just to requalify for gold!

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  • MarkJohnSon

    MarkJohnSon
    Banned

    15 Apr, 2018 12:03 pm

    It sounds like you recognise it was a waste of money for your own situation. The question is then: why?
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  • Simon Coveney

    Covvers

    15 Apr, 2018 05:07 pm

    In fairness Mark, the comment did explain why - he said it was to requalify for QF Gold.

    The real question is whether requalifying for Gold is a legitimate reason to pay what he considered was an “exorbitant” fare. Reasonable minds may differ on that point. I tend to agree, however, that paying more than you otherwise would for the purposes of retaining status is foolish.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    16 Apr, 2018 01:53 am

    I wonder where though? Haven't noticed much spare space at LAX and the construction is well and truly complete
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  • Mark Henry

    mah

    18 Apr, 2018 05:58 pm

    awesome...long overdue, well done Centurion
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12 Dec, 2018 07:55 am

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