American Express to Open New Centurion Lounge at DCA
Lounge brand is in wide expansion mode as we emerge from pandemic
March 29, 2021
American Express recently unveiled plans to open its 16th Centurion Lounge at Washington, D.C.’s, Reagan National Airport (DCA), and expand its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) locations. All three locations are expected to open by the end of next year when travel is expected to ramp up on all cylinders.
A recent Amex survey found that a majority of consumers (62 percent) would feel comfortable traveling by plane domestically over the next six months. Thus, American Express is continuing to grow its premium Centurion Lounge network and enhance travel benefits to support Card Members whenever they choose to travel next. Naturally, as the pandemic lags on, however, the company is continuing to offer elevated health-and-safety practices as part of the “Centurion Lounge Commitment.”
“We’ve been steadily growing our lounge footprint around the world and are excited to bring a premium lounge experience to Reagan National Airport, and upgrade our lounges at San Francisco International and Seattle-Tacoma International Airports,” said Alexander Lee, Vice President of Travel Experiences & Benefits. “Historically, these are among the top airports our Card Members have traveled through and we want to ensure they have a safe, spacious and comfortable place to relax during their travels today and in the future.”
New Centurion Lounge, DCA-style
With floor to ceiling windows, airfield views and one-of-a-kind design elements inspired by the city’s history, the new Centurion Lounge at DCA will span more than 11,500-square-feet. The upcoming lounge in DCA is estimated to open in late 2022, following the airport’s completion of Project Journey, a $1 billion capital improvement project. Built from the ground up, the entrance will be located in National Hall near Terminal B, after security.
The new Centurion Lounge will feature signature amenities such as a complimentary custom bar and food menu, premium restrooms and shower suites, access to high-speed Wi-Fi, noise-buffering workspaces, and more.
Upgrades En-Route to Seattle and San Francisco Centurion Lounges
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
The Centurion Lounge at SEA will soon triple in size to over 13,800 square feet and relocate to the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal. With a spacious entrance opening to the Central Terminal, the lounge will feature new seating areas that capitalize on the open-air atrium location. The lounge offers views of the airfield and Olympic Mountains, additional restrooms, private phone rooms and noise-buffering workspaces, cozy nooks, and more.
San Francisco International Airport
Located in Terminal 3, the Centurion Lounge at SFO will nearly double in size, increasing its footprint to almost 16,000 square feet. It will also introduce a new seasonal menu from Liholiho Yacht Club Executive Chef Ravi Kapur, which will offer clean and vibrant dishes celebrating local purveyors from the Bay Area. New amenities include a second bar and café area, additional restrooms, private phone rooms and even more private workspaces.
These announcements come on the heels of the recent new openings of The Centurion Lounge at Denver International Airport and at John F. Kennedy Airport, which are expanding and enhancing The Centurion Lounge network. American Express is also working towards opening its newest lounge location later this year in London’s Heathrow Airport.
Current locations of The Centurion Lounge include Denver International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Miami International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Houston’s George Bush International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Philadelphia International Airport. The listings can be found on the Global Lounge Collection website with current availability and updated hours.
The Centurion Lounge is part of the broader American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes access to American Express Centurion Lounges, international American Express lounges, Delta Sky Club for Card Members flying on Delta, Priority Pass Select Lounges upon enrollment, Airspace Lounges, MAG U.S. Escape Lounges and Plaza Premium Lounges–a total of more than 1,300 lounges across 140 countries and counting.
Access to The Centurion Lounge is complementary and exclusive for Platinum Card Members, Centurion Members and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members. Platinum Card Members may enter with up to two travel companions at no additional charge. Centurion Members may enter with their immediate family or up to two travel companions. Platinum and Centurion Card Members may purchase access to The Centurion Lounge for additional guests for $50 each guest. Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members may bring up to two guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person.