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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.
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.
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.
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?
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