More Amex Centurion Lounges Reopening (With New Procedures)

American Express shut down its popular Centurion Lounges back in mid-March. This was presumably done due to a combination of lack of demand, as well as a need for updated procedures. Well, after a closure of over six months, Centurion Lounges are starting to reopen.

Amex Centurion Lounges reopening

The following two American Express Centurion Lounge locations have reopened as of today (October 5, 2020):

Then before the end of October the following four Centurion Lounge locations will be reopening:

  • Charlotte
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Francisco

That means by the end of October, at least six Centurion Lounges will have reopened, in addition to the Centurion Lounge New York JFK also opening this month.

How will Amex Centurion Lounges change?

Amex Centurion Lounges are known for buffets with hot food, excellent drinks, and spas, so how will services change in light of coronavirus?

  • Guests will have to wear face coverings when entering Centurion Lounges
  • Seating has been spaced out to provide additional distancing, and there will be plexiglass shields in serving areas
  • Hot food will be pre-portioned and served by American Express staff, rather than from buffets
  • Drinks will continue to be served at the bar — the full wine selection will still be available, along with a shorter cocktail list, to minimize wait times for drinks
  • For Centurion Lounges with spas, services will be limited to Theragun massages and digital meditations
  • Practices will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis, so could be modified as time goes on

It sounds to me like Amex is taking the right approach to reopening lounges (I mean, as much as you can while offering indoor drinking and dining), and that the lounge experience should still be significantly more elevated than most other US lounges.

Here are some pictures American Express shared of the updated lounge protocols:

Updated Centurion Lounge procedures

Updated Centurion Lounge procedures

Updated Centurion Lounge procedures

Updated Centurion Lounge procedures

New & expanded Centurion Lounges coming

In addition to lounges that are reopening, here are the latest updates about new and expanded Centurion Lounges:

  • The Centurion Lounge New York JFK is opening this month
  • Centurion Lounges at Denver International Airport and London Heathrow Airport are on track to open later this year
  • The Centurion Lounge Las Vegas will be expanded from 9,000 square feet to over 13,400 square feet, and the expanded space should be ready in 2021
  • The Centurion Lounge New York LaGuardia will double in size and relocate to a new space post-security in Terminal B, and should open in 2021

Rendering of the new Centurion Lounge LaGuardia

Bottom line

It’s great to see that Centurion Lounges are slowly starting to reopen — two have been reopened as of today, while four more will be reopening as of later this month. I know many were curious to see when Centurion Lounges would reopen given that other lounges have started to reopen, so many will be pleased to see this.

It sounds like Amex is taking good precautions and will still offer a solid experience, with hot food, wine, and (limited) cocktails.

Anyone plan on visiting a Centurion Lounge anytime soon?