American Express No Longer Offers Free Guest Access To Centurion Lounges (Starting Feb 2023), Fee Reduced

Update 2/1/23: These new rules are now in place.

Update 2/24/22: Once you hit the $75,000 spend, you receive an e-mail stating you can now bring in two complimentary guests until 01/31/2024. It also states that any platinum authorized user or employee cards on the same account can also bring in two guests. Hat tip to Parts_Unknown-

Update 1/15/22: There is now a spend tracker showing your progress toward the $75,000 spend threshold for guest access. Hat tip to Parts_Unknown-

Update 7/1/21: Cardholders will be able to bring two guests aged 2 through 17 for $30 per person, rather than the previously announced $50.

Update 4/9/21: American Express has officially confirmed this, not sure it was needed considering the terms were updated on their own site (now removed) but good to know for sure.

Original post: American Express has updated the terms for Centurion lounges and beginning February 1, 2023 you’ll no longer get to guests access for free (terms have now been updated again and don’t show these terms, but you can view a screenshot below). Instead a fee of $50 will be charged per guest. If cardholders spend $75,000 within the prior calendar year (or current calendar year) the $50 fee will be waived.

This is an interesting change as for some people it’ll actually be a positive as it should help to reduce overcrowding. For others this will be a huge negative as Centurion Lounge access with guest access is the main perk of the card. This seems to favor business travelers rather than leisure travelers. This was also one of the rumors surrounding the annual fee increase on the personal Platinum card.

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Thomas J.
Thomas J. (@guest_1552782)
February 8, 2023 19:22

I called AMEX to cancel my platinum card because of this reason. Price goes up and benefits get slashed. They were very sorry and have had very negative feedback from cardholders. With that said, I still closed it.

willis (@guest_1560662)
February 21, 2023 01:54

what’s your annual spend on the card?

AnchorGranny (@guest_1551731)
February 7, 2023 14:33

Does anyone know if the guest policy change applies to the escape lounges as well?

Lucas A
Lucas A (@guest_1547486)
February 1, 2023 20:00

I used to think about inviting strangers into the lounge with me. Never did, probably for the best.

jjwin (@guest_1547268)
February 1, 2023 16:16

Or just add an authorized user for $175 and get 10k points for doing so. My wife travels a bunch for work, so I got her a card. Solves our access problem.

John (@guest_1547403)
February 1, 2023 18:06

but you still need to spend 75k to qualify for that right?

Peter (@guest_1547454)
February 1, 2023 19:09

No since you’d get a full AU that lets you in

jjwin (@guest_1548051)
February 2, 2023 12:05

Nope. AU’s get the same benefits, minus the credits, that a platinum user gets.

Servo (@guest_1548524)
February 2, 2023 22:55

so, someone still needs to hit the 75k no? Then with that one spend hit, you can bring up to 5 other people if one of those is an AU?

CtownBin (@guest_1548706)
February 3, 2023 09:02

Nope. The 75k spend requirement is to bring in 2 complete guests, meaning anyone at all, who don’t have a Platinum card of any kind. jjwin is suggesting something else- getting an authorized user Platinum card for someone (in this case, their spouse). That person now has their own lounge access using their own card. As mentioned it does cost $175 per year for an AU Platinum card, though also as mentioned there are frequent 10k bonuses for signing up AU cards.

Payal (@guest_1547698)
February 2, 2023 00:01

How do u get 10K points for adding an authorized user?

scott (@guest_1547888)
February 2, 2023 08:34

The offer is on the account page. You have to spend $2K in 6 months to get 10K points.

jjwin (@guest_1548053)
February 2, 2023 12:05

Offer was on the page to add an AU. $2k spend in 6 months. Easy.

Dick (@guest_1547701)
February 2, 2023 00:04

cool story, @jjwin. are they offering you 10k points every year? that’s $175 extra per year on an already $700 card/coupon book with fewer than 2 dozen centurion lounges in the world.

scott (@guest_1547889)
February 2, 2023 08:35

No. It’s a one time thing for adding an AU. You must spend $2K to get the 10K in points.

jjwin (@guest_1548050)
February 2, 2023 12:04

I doubt 10K every year, was just an offer I had.

YMMV but we live at an airport with a Centurion Lounge and my wife has at least one trip a month to take for work. We will re-evaluate once they open the Sapphire Lounge at PHX.

SKL (@guest_1547253)
February 1, 2023 16:03

wondering if this also impacts Crypto Arena (Staples Center)

Dr.Plantain (@guest_1547416)
February 1, 2023 18:22

Good question, I’ll find out on the 13th and report back.

thisway (@guest_1547237)
February 1, 2023 15:51

Does anyone know if this change applies to Escape Lounges as well, or only to true Centurion lounges?

Joe (@guest_1547527)
February 1, 2023 20:45

I don’t think it applies to the Escape lounges from what I’ve read, but I not 100% sure. I’m out of Minneapolis so I hope not.

Ivan (@guest_1547181)
February 1, 2023 15:02

Curios to see if this has changed crowdness

Payal (@guest_1547196)
February 1, 2023 15:09

True dat. The crowd with 2 free guests has been painful for everyone. No seats to sit. The front desk folks at DFW sounded frustrated too when i went alone last month.

scott (@guest_1547891)
February 2, 2023 08:36

I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Some of those lounges were awful with crowds. MIA was one.

Hunt (@guest_1547169)
February 1, 2023 14:50

There used to be an indicator on the benefits tile to indicate if you qualified for this year, but I don’t see that anymore…does anyone know if you can see from your online account?

Hunt (@guest_1551692)
February 7, 2023 13:31

Nvm it is back. It is under the “Centurion Lounge Complimentary Guest Access” tile. It will say “Unlocked until Jan 31, 2024” in light grey under the picture with a checkmark to the left if you have the perk unlocked for the year.

Chad Dankbutt
Chad Dankbutt (@guest_1339916)
February 28, 2022 09:44

“Once you hit the $75,000 spend, you receive an e-mail stating you can now bring in two complimentary guests until 01/31/2024”
Wherein Amex discovers not everyone can be real elites and have them break even from the AF alone, and so now there’s a second tier of pleb Platinums who don’t get their original benefits unless they decide to spend their way back to regular tier Platinums.

JJ (@guest_1339455)
February 26, 2022 19:20

Is it $75k just on the Platinum or all Amex card purchases combined?

Leo (@guest_1547185)
February 1, 2023 15:05

Hahaha. Is that a serious question?

Concerned Consumer
Concerned Consumer (@guest_1547224)
February 1, 2023 15:41

Unfortunately just the Plat. If the crowd size does not improve, it’s coming down. I can also see them using this as a sign up bonus by waiving that requirement.