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Airport and air travel can be stressful, especially when delays happen, young children are involved, etc. One way to reduce the stress level a bit is to retreat to an airport lounge between flights. In the traditional US airline lounge model, this used to get you some WiFi, cheese and crackers, a free glass of cheap wine, and a nicer bathroom than the terminal can offer. It was better than nothing, but it wasn’t as exciting or relaxing as it could have been.
Several years ago the Amex Centurion Lounges changed all of that when they opened the first American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas McCarran Airport, and then continued to open many other Centurion Lounges across the nation and even now internationally. Amex Centurion Lounges have top-notch bars, hot buffets with good food, and some even have amenities like a family room or spa! You can get into these lounges for no charge with your Platinum Card® from American Express and bring up to two guests along with you to enjoy all these amenities for no additional charge.
New Amex Centurion Lounge Coming to JFK
The only thing “wrong” with these lounges is that they are at times too popular and they are only located at certain airports. American Express is actively working on both of those issues expanding or rebuilding a few of the existing lounges, and today they have announced a new Amex Centurion Lounge coming to JFK Airport Terminal 4 in New York City!
This brand new lounge that is scheduled to open in 2019 will reportedly offer “spectacular views of the airfield, exceptional amenities, and one-of-a-kind design elements.” The lounge will be more than 15,000 square feet in size spread out over two levels. For size comparison, the current Amex Centurion Lounge in DFW is about 9,000 square feet and the new one to open later this year will be about 12,000 square feet. The one at San Francisco is about 8,200 square feet, with several others being in that general size range. At 15,000 square feet, the JFK Amex Centurion Lounge will be the largest in the Centurion Lounge system.
So what do they plan to do with all that space beyond the usual bar, buffet, showers, nice restrooms, noise-buffering workspace, and more? Well, they are leaving us in suspense a bit and won’t spill the beans on their exact plans. They will only say that this lounge will have some new special features that will be announced closer to the lounge’s opening. I couldn’t get them to confirm or deny that this lounge will have a specific space for families, though I very much hope that it does as it doesn’t take a lot of square footage and it makes the lounge more usable for families and non-families alike.
When it opens in 2019, this new lounge will be located post-security on the 4th-floor Departures level of Terminal 4 at JFK.
What are your thoughts on this big Amex Centurion Lounge announcement? Where would you like to see them build next?
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