The American Express Platinum card comes with a massive $550 annual fee. The card comes with a lot of published benefits that make that annual fee worth paying (at least for the first year) for some, but there are also a host of other hidden benefits that many people don’t know about. Let’s take a look at them. Reposting this to add the Arlanda lounge.
- 1 Increased Lounge Access
- 1.1 American Express Lounge by Pontus at Arlanda
- 1.2 Access To Eurostar Business Premier Lounges
- 1.3 Centurion Lounge Access In Foreign Countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico)
- 1.4 Entry To All Virgin Australia Lounges, But Must Be Flying Virgin
- 1.5 Centurion Suite At Staples Center
- 1.6 Centurion Suite At Barclays Center + Dedicated Entrance
- 1.7 “Access” VIP Lounge at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA
- 1.8 Universal Studios Lounge
- 1.9 Centurion Suite in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US Open
- 2 Miscellaneous
- 3 Final Thoughts
Increased Lounge Access
American Express Lounge by Pontus at Arlanda
This is a new one to me, but apparently it opened in May 2017. Food is free for Platinum cardholders, but you do have to pay 50SEK (~$7) for drinks unless you hold a Centurion card. Reddit user sfryder08 has a nice picture gallery of some the menu and one of the food items. The lounge is airside at Terminal 5, between the A-Pier and the F-pier. It’s open from 05:00 to 22:00 Monday-Friday and Sunday. On Saturdays, opening hours are from 05:00 to 19:00
Access To Eurostar Business Premier Lounges
You can access the Eurostar business premier lounges in the following places with your Platinum card:
- St Pancras International [review here]
- Free food and drink, but limited selection. Great selection of free magazines
- Paris Gare du Nord [review here]
- Limited food offering, nice bar and more free magazines.
- Brussels Midi/Zuid
- Ebbsfleet International
Unfortunately only the cardholder gets access to these lounges, no guests are allowed. It seems as if all of the lounges offer comfortable chairs (with seatside power outlets), free wifi, free magazines and newspapers and a selection of pastries/small snacks and drinks. They aren’t really that special (especially compared to the Centurion lounges), but if you’re taking a train then it’s a nice place to spend 30 minutes (keeping in mind you need to clear security 30 minutes before the train departs and these lounges are train side).
Centurion Lounge Access In Foreign Countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico)
Everybody knows that you get access to the centurion lounges in the US, but you also get access to their centurion lounges internationally as well. They currently have lounges in the following countries:
- Argentina (EZE, Buenos Aires)
- Australia (SYD, Sydney) & (MEL, Melbourne)
- Brazil (GRU, São Paulo)
- India (DEL, Delhi)
- Mexico (MEX, Mexico City & TLC, Toluca)
The Mexico Centurion lounge isn’t even mentioned on the Centurion Lounge website. You’ll get the same sort of amenities as those found in the US, although from the reviews I’ve seen the food options don’t look quite as good.
Entry To All Virgin Australia Lounges, But Must Be Flying Virgin
You can access all of the Virgin Australia lounges with your Platinum card, unfortunately you must also be flying Virgin to be able to access these lounges. They have lounges in the following locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Mackay, Cairns, Gold Coast, Darwin and Alice Springs. You should also be able to bring one guest with you.
Centurion Suite At Staples Center
The suite is on a first come first served basis and it’s closed for access once it reaches capacity (capacity of 150), so better to get there earlier for popular events. You’re also allowed to bring up to three guests with you into the suite. The suite opens 90 minutes before a game starts and closes immediately after the end of an event. Entry is located across from aisle M22 (next to the Team LA Store).
They have a charging station for your mobile devices and also a photo booth. The Centurion suite is only opened for sporting events (Lakers, Clippers and Kings) as the stages for concerts often block the view from the suite. All food and beverage items are on a purchase basis, so no freebies unfortunately.
Pretty good option if you purchase extremely cheap tickets and then upgrade to this suite.
Centurion Suite At Barclays Center + Dedicated Entrance
Similar to the Centurion suite at the Staples Center. It’s located on Suite Level A across from the Cocoran Lounge, to check in you need to go to Barclays Center’s main concourse next to the Emblem Health Atlantic Entrance and across from Sections 9 – 10. You’re allowed a maximum of one guest.
Unlike the suite at the Staples Center, this suite is open for other events including concerts as well as Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders games. There is also a dedicated entrance to the Barclays Center for Platinum cardholders that will allow you to skip the line, it’s on the northern side of the center.
As with the other suite, there is free WiFi and access to charging ports.
“Access” VIP Lounge at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA
This lounge gives you access to free drinks (juices and other stuff) as well as free snacks. They also have private rooms which are ideal for families, with TVs that can play cartoons and the like. There is also a business meeting room and business lounge with computers. The lounge is located on Level 2, near Saks Avenue. You can bring up to four guests inside the lounge with you.
This review on Yelp provides a lot more information regarding this lounge (including drinks and snack offerings). Seems to be a nice lounge to take a break in during a big day of shopping.
Universal Studios Lounge
Website states you need to purchase:
- Multi Park Pass or Annual Pass for Orlando
- Front Of the Line pass or VIP Experience for Hollywood
According to this comment this is not enforced. Entry is good for up to 6 people subject to space constraints. This is a basic lounge (no bar and only chips/granola bars for food).
Centurion Suite in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US Open
Complimentary snacks and one complimentary drink.
Cloud 10 Benefits At Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
Gives you a bunch of different benefits at YYZ, including discounts on parking, free WiFi, priority security lane, priority taxi lane, lounge access and more.
4 Hour Grace Period With Hertz
Very useful if you need a car slightly longer than 24 hours.
I’m sure there are benefits I’m missing in the post (or details about benefits are incomplete) or please share your knowledge in the comments so we can improve this resource.