The Amex Centurion Lounges Further Tighten Up Access Policies

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Since the Amex Centurion Lounges opened several years ago, you have been able to access them with a same-day boarding pass for no charge if you held an Amex Platinum Card or Centurion Card such as The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and even co-branded versions, such as the Mercedes Benz Platinum Card. However, if you didn’t have an Amex Platinum or Centurion Card you could still get in with any Amex card and same-day boarding pass if you paid for a $50 day-pass.

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

In an effort to reduce the known issue of over-crowding in the lounges, access is now restricted solely to those who have an Amex Platinum or Centurion Card and their guests. The $50 Centurion Lounge day passes are no longer available for sale to those who don’t have a Platinum or Centurion Card.

Amex Centurion Hong Kong

The only exception is when an eligible cardholder exceeds their two complimentary guest limit, they can purchase $50 day passes for their additional guests. As a refresher, Platinum Card members may bring in up to two guests at no additional charge. Centurion members may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.

Centurion lounge lunch

I don’t have numbers to back this up, but I sort of doubt that this policy change will move the needle very much on crowding in the lounges since I would have to imagine that they don’t sell a ton of day-passes to non-eligible cardholders at $50 a pop. However, it does seem that between expanding lounges, building new larger lounges, restricting included guests, and now eliminating day-passes for those who aren’t with a Platinum or Centurion Cardholder, they are doing what they can to balance access and enjoyment.

Will this Amex Centurion Lounge access policy change impact your family?

Thanks to The Points Guy for spotting this policy change. 

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Comments

  1. It won’t make a difference for my family. But if I can add a little data point — I know people who, several times a yesr, shell out $50 for the day passes because they spend just shy of $450 / $550 for a biz or personal AmPlat and don’t want to go “all in” on an annual fee (nor listen to all the ways they can make back the fee and then some )

    I go through the LAS Centurion lounge about 10-12 times a year and it’s not been uncommon to see solo travelers and couples spending $50 and $100 a pop, respectively, on their Delta or Hilton or whatever Amexes for a day pass.

    • Good to know! I’ve never seen it myself, though I’m sure it happens some. Perhaps LAS is the day pass hotspot!

    • As a parallel data point, my travel has cut back significantly the past two years for personal reasons and I no longer have status in a non-US airline to access airport lounges. Nor do I have a card which includes airport club access. Twice this year I’ve paid for a day pass. I can’t be the only person who recognizes the value of the Centurion clubs when you’re on the once- or twice-a-year trip.

  2. If you can tax-deduct the annual fee on the Business Platinum Card, plus take full advantage of the airline credit and the Global Entry fee credit, I’d say it only takes a handful of Centurion Lounge visits to come out ahead of the annual fee, due to the savings on food and drink.

  3. If its still crowded after this then maybe what they need to do is limit access to the cardholder and only one guest. I’d be ok with that. In terms of people buying access I’m surprised amex is closing this off vs raising the price. I doubt people are costing amex anywhere close to $50 when they visit the lounge on a day pass.

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