American Express Will No Longer Offer Free Guest Access To Centurion Lounges (Starting Feb 2023)

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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LG
LG

I’ll just chill at the USO. At least it’s child and military friendly. Amex working hard on losing subscribers.

Paul
Paul

I think a more Equitable policy would be to have an annual visit limit after which a fee would apply. For example, each cardholder gets 10 visits per year that could be used for the card holder and card holder guests.

I visit the lounges two or three times a year with my spouse. Should I have to pay an additional $150 when a frequent business traveler might make 20 visits a year and pay nothing while contributing to more crowding than I do?

TheSluce
TheSluce

Excellent suggestion. There are definitely power users who frequent lounges adding much more to the overcrowding than your average leisure traveler.

anonymous
anonymous

It’s a shame airports don’t have Chuck E. Cheeses. AmEx could then offer a monthly $10 credit to Platinum holders to compensate for the loss of free family entry to the lounges. (eye roll)

COBOLCODERUSEALLCAPS
COBOLCODERUSEALLCAPS

For the few times I’ve been to the lounge, I have been fortunate to have never seen these self-centered churners and their family, especially the one in LAX when it’s already so small.

TheSluce
TheSluce

Whelp, this will probably cause the end of my platinum card membership. During more normal times when I traveled with my wife and daughter I could get them to reluctantly come in for a snack while I grab a bite and a drink but they never wanted to stay very long. For some reason, they aren’t really into the lounge but indulge me. If we would have to pay $100 for them to join me for the 30 or so minutes we actually stay it just wouldn’t happen.

Adam B
Adam B

At least I can get entry fee reimbursed for a guest as the airline credit on this card when visiting Delta Sky Club. This change would be totally lame if they will not offer any passes.
Have been doing more overnight flights lately and Centurion still not usable with their limited hours.

Jeff
Jeff

Amex cards keep getting more and more worthless to have anymore.

Peabody
Peabody

So if I have the Biz and Pers Plat cards, is it possible to get spouse in on one and me on the other without a fee? And I do like the idea of a 2-3 passes per year for a cardholder to help justify the annual fee but at the same time put some limits on usage of the club.

David
David

IMO they should simply make charges at Amex lounges qualify for the airline credit. That would be an easy solution and best to everyone involved.

Zeb
Zeb

More fees and less benefits. Lovely. F u Amex

Smiler Grogan
Smiler Grogan

I’m okay with the concept of this change. I do think the primary card holder should get a few guest passes per year at the AF of $695 that solves the +1 issue for non-business travel a couple times a year and also addresses the over crowding kid issue. Its the direction of the other rumored changes that concern me more and will be the deciding factor on renewal. I think a lot of non-business travelers will find more value in CSR.

Joe
Joe

Love this decision. Good for reducing overcrowding, good fit cardholders, good for AMEX business.