American Express Opens Centurion Lounge At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) [Now Open]

Update 3/9/20: Lounge now open, more information here.

Update 3/6/20: Lounge is set to open this coming Monday (3/9/20)

Update: Some additional details about the lounge are found in a recent LAWA public agenda (found here). Thanks to reader Richard.

  • Estimated premise size: 13,693 square feet
  • Minimum lounge capital investment: $5,576,800
  • They also talk about the fact that this lounge space has been vacant for some time and they’ve attempted to lease it out to airlines without success.

This would make it one of the larger lounges,although still 1,300 square feet smaller than the JFK lounge. It will be interesting to see how it copes with the number of cardholders that will want to access it.

Hot on the announcement of a new centurion lounge being built at DEN is the news that American Express will be building another centurion lounge at Los Angeles International Airport in the Tom Bradley international terminal. This tweet provides some additional details:

As you see rent isn’t cheap for these lounges, American Express will pay $33,400,000 over ten years and that doesn’t include fitting the lounge out or ongoing expenses. Here’s what else we know:

  • Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) is connect airside to terminal T4-T7. The walk to these terminals isn’t a short one unfortunately. You can also get a Delta bus from terminal 2 & 3. That would leave only terminal 1 truly stranded.
  • Lounge should open in the first half of 2019

Previously American Express has had pop up lounges at LAX, but never anything permanent and calling the pop ups a lounge is being extremely generous. American Express already has lounges in Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, New York (LGA), Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle & San Francisco. They also have lounges planned for Denver and New York (and now Los Angeles).

The real question is going to be how big is the lounge? Overcrowding is already an issue at some lounges and unless this lounge is massive it’s immediately going to be an issue here as well.

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Kevin
Kevin

Do we know what the spa services are and are they included?

DocPost
DocPost

“American Express already has lounges in Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, New York (LGA), Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle & San Francisco.”
What about Charlotte?

PT
PT

Charlotte opened last month!

Matthew

Praying for Chicago, especially since the city has renegotiated all of the leases with United and American. Even if it comes, we probably won’t see anything until 2026.

Ed
Ed

No kidding on that! Why no love for ORD?

Matthew

I read in the Tribune that part of the reason is United and American have had major control of ORD since they had a long-term lease in comparison to other major airports. I find it odd that any airline would not want a Centurion, but AA fought hard to keep Amex out of DFW, and thankfully lost. Maybe lounge memberships decline? Yet I would expect more vendors would help lower airport costs overall, or at least the cost per square foot to build and run operations. I guess UA/AA have been fighting hard for more gates at ORD, and maybe in their mind lounge space may take away resources for building those gates.

Anyway, I would just be so thrilled if PriorityPass or Amex worked with some restaurant to offer a little bit of credit or even discounts on restaurants in ORD. Given how stagnant growth has been at ORD, perhaps the leasing rates are quite high for vendors, and thus margins low, yet even MIA has a partnered restaurant.

Time will tell, but I’m sure Amex is interesting in opening a lounge, and targeting the new global terminal will be prime space for them. I don’t expect it until 2030 tho… 🙁

omar
omar

A little bit MEH to be honest… I just went to my first two AMEX lounges last week (LGA and MIA) and they were both pretty basic. They didnt seem any better than admirals club lounges or international PP lounges and they were WAY worse than any LATAM or flagship lounge from american.

anne
anne

I will travel to Asia in business class with Cathay in less than two months? Do you know if I am eligible to come in flagship lounge?

persona
persona

Finally!!

Josh
Josh

The PPS lounge at TBIT only accepts PPS member after 12pm. A new Centurion lounge is a great news!

MoreSun
MoreSun

Most overcrowded Centurion Lounge yet?

Bill S
Bill S

More lounges are good, but I’ve been underwhelmed by the couple I’ve been to. SFO was over crowded, and HK is small and nothing great. We were in HK a few weeks ago and switched from the Centurion to Priority Pass lounge. It was much better.

Sluce
Sluce

It’s all about the food and drinks in the Centurian lounges. The food is lovely but it’s the drinks where they really stand out. Several of the lounges (if not all) have locally inspired cocktails and all the lounges have Premium spirits. Pretty much every time I go I have a high quality cocktail. They make some delicious old fashioneds. Next time I’m going to see how they do on a Sazerac.

COBOLCODERUSEALLCAPS
COBOLCODERUSEALLCAPS

I had the same experience, Bill. I eat in the PP ones then go to the Centurion for premium alcohol.

JC
JC

better than no lounge at all

Jake
Jake

Wonderful news! Now I don’t have to always pick flights to and from Asia that go through SFO for a comfy layover! The Amex Platinum really is proving it’s value.

Yana
Yana

omg this is great news!

chao
chao

no love for SW flyers, isn’t by 2020 all terminals are connected?

CNS1280
CNS1280

Southwest definitely gets shafted with terminal 1. There is the bus to the Intl terminal but I’m not sure if they are now verifying boarding passes. Otherwise you have quite the walk in store and two additional screenings: one to get into Tom Bradley or a connecting terminal and one to get back into terminal 1.