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If you’re traveling right now, a place to escape the crowds and enjoy some food curated by a celebrated chef, or a tipple from a world leading mixologist means more than ever. For the last few months, Amex cardholders were locked out of their beloved Centurion Airport Lounges, with travel demand at an all time low, and safety issues around reopening shared spaces.

But in yet another positive travel development, Amex is bringing back these airport havens, and fast. Cheers to that.

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Amex Centurion Lounges Reopening

From October 5th, 2020, American Express will begin to reopen Centurion Lounges, a perk of the Amex Platinum Card, Black Card, and Delta Amex Reserve card offering complimentary access to the spaces, and all food and drinks inside.

Centurion Lounges in Seattle and Philadelphia will be the first to open on October 5th, with the brand new Centurion Lounge at New York JFK T4 expected to follow shortly, along with the rest of the expanded Amex Centurion Lounge portfolio, including LAX, Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas, Charlotte and San Francisco.

International lounge reopening dates, including Hong Kong, and the anticipated opening in London Heathrow’s T3 remain unknown.

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Changes To Centurion Lounges During Covid-19

In respect to visitor safety and public health, Amex is implementing new policies and protocols for all Centurion Lounge visits until further notice, including contactless check in. Not all the changes are bad, and some actually make things even better.

All guests are expected to wear a face covering when checking into Centurion Lounge facilities, and until they make their way to their seat. Seating in all lounges has been spaced out to adhere to new social distancing guidelines and minimize visitor contact.

Amex Centurion Lounge Food & Beverages During Covid-19

Amex will now serve you food, rather than operating extensive buffets. Hot items will still be available, and of the same award winning quality, but portions will be plated for you, so that people aren’t picking up shared utensils.

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Cheers to the reopening Amex Centurion Lounges

And don’t worry, the booze in Amex Centurion Lounges isn’t changing during covid-19 either. Full wine lists and cocktails will still be available, as will limited bar service. Bars will feature a small screen with to minimize contact with the bartender. The only major change is that cocktail lists will be shortened, to instead focus on quicker drinks to serve.

Amex has created a dedicated page answering all your reopening questions, like how to use mobile check in, protocols for seating, masks and everything else, which is super handy and lays everything out better than any blog could!

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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