Amex Testing Out New Centurion Lounge Access Restrictions

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One of the best perks of the American Express Platinum Cards is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are for the most part significantly better than what’s offered by US airlines, as the lounges have complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple of them even have spas. Current US locations include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle, and further lounges are expected to open in Denver and New York JFK.

The problem is that these lounges are so much nicer than what you’ll otherwise find domestically, and as a result they’ve become ridiculously popular. Some people have left extra long layovers at airports to be able to visit Centurion Lounges. Real estate at airports is limited and expensive, especially since many Centurion Lounges were only recently opened (meaning that they got “leftover” airport space). As a result, these lounges tend to get really crowded, especially during peak hours. Like, so crowded that there often aren’t any open seats, and that the buffet can’t be replenished fast enough.