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The American Express Platinum Cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express
and Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN are probably the best premium rewards credit cards when it comes to airport lounge access. When you fly, they provides access not only to their own network of Centurion Lounges, but also to Delta Sky Clubs, Priority Pass Lounges, Airspace Lounge, and now the Escape Lounge locations in the United States!
There are currently three Escape Lounges in the United States, all of which have just opened in the last few years. These lounges are located in: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford.
I haven’t yet had the chance to visit an Escape Lounge in person, but they look pretty nice with hot food offerings on their buffets including items such as: in-house Roasted Mary’s Chicken, vegetable minestrone soap, farro and beet salad, avocado and goat cheese toast, mac and cheese made with baia pasta and cheddar and parmesan cheese, and kale salad.
They also offer complimentary sodas, juices, beer, red wine, white wine, sparking wine, scotch, bourbon, tequila, and more. If you are feeling fancy, there are also “premium” food and beverage options available for an additional fee. To enter these lounges just present your same day airline ticket, Amex Platinum Card, and ID to get yourself and up to two traveling companions in for no additional fee. According to the Escape Lounge website, children under two are admitted at no additional charge.
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have been through one of these Escape Lounge locations in the past. Given how crowded the awesome but popular Amex Centurion Lounges can be, I’m thrilled to see Amex growing their list of accessible lounges across the country.
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