What Families Should Know About the New Philadelphia Amex Centurion Lounge

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Great news this morning for those who like an upgraded place to sit, eat, grab a drink, or maybe even take a shower between flights as the newest Amex Centurion Lounge has now opened as of this morning, October 31st, in Philidelphia! This newest Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal A West, near Gate A14. I’m not that familiar with the Philidelphia airport, but according to Amex, the lounge can be reached from any other terminal by walking or via shuttle bus, so that is good news.

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While I haven’t yet visited this newest lounge, here are three things families should know about the just opened Philidelphia Amex Centurion Lounge.

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How Families Can Access the Philidelphia Amex Centurion Lounge

You can access the Philidelphia Amex Centurion Lounge, as well as the other Centurion Lounges, if you have a Platinum Card® from American Express or any of the other cards in the consumer or small business Amex Platinum line-up as well as a same-day boarding pass. A fancy Amex Centurion Card will of course also get you in the door. Those with a Platinum Card are allowed two complimentary guests, and those with a Centurion Card are permitted two guests or their immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18). If you want to bring in more than the two complimentary guests it will cost you $50 per person…yes, even for children.

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If you are a family of four or larger who regularly visits the Amex Centurion Lounges like we do, then it is probably worth it to add a spouse or child 15+ as an authorized user to your Platinum account for $175 per year as they can then get admitted to the lounge and bring two guests of their own.

Philadelphia Centurion Lounge Size and (lack of) Family Room

The Philidelphia Amex Centurion Lounge is a little over 6,000 square feet, which means it is one of the smaller lounges in the Centurion Lounge network at a bit larger than the lounges in Seattle and LaGuardia, and a bit smaller than the Miami location. This may lead to some crowding as even the 9,000 square foot Dallas location is in the process of moving into a larger location. However, the biggest drawback of the more limited footprint for families is that there is not a family room at this location.

No family room in the Philadelphia Centurion Lounge

The Amex Centurion Lounges in the United States with a family room are the locations in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, San Fransisco, and Miami. The smaller locations at LaGuardia, Seattle, and now Philidelphia do not have family rooms.

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Food Situation at the Philidelphia Centurion Lounge

One of my favorite things about the Amex Centurion Lounges is that they have a buffet of real hot food as well as a great full bar. The menus vary some from location to location as well as rotate seasonally within each location. This makes for a varied experience, but not all of the rotations are on par with what most families may find easy to serve to the younger crew for a quick meal.

My littlest enjoying a Centurion Lounge breakfast in Houston

The Philadelphia location specifically looks like it may be delicious for adults who will enjoy the four-time James Beard Award Winning Israeli Cuisine Pioneer, Chef Michael Solomonov’s, offerings but I’m not sure that menu items like Israeli Salad with Feta,
Kale Tabbouleh with Apples and Pomegranate, and Stuffed Peppers with Pomegranate will be exactly what my two and seven-year-olds are hoping for. Hopefully, there are enough generic crowd pleasures sprinkled between the more exciting Israeli offerings to keep everyone happy and full enough.

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I am excited to try the signature cocktails for this location that include drinks such as the Liberty Bell Ringer and the Philadelphia Flyer that takes the popular Airmail cocktails from other locations and substitutes apple brandy for rum and maple syrup for honey in a decadent fizz remixed with northeastern ingredients. 

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I think that the just opened Philidelphia Amex Centurion Lounge is a great addition to the current lounge line-up, but it does have some quirks that families should be aware of before entering to enjoy the WiFi, cocktails, snacks, and more! Once you pass through this lounge I’d love to hear your first-hand thoughts!

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

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