6 Airport Centurion Lounges To Re-Open; New Lounge Opens At JFK

The Centurion Lounge network at airports around the country is about to get bigger. Today, American Express opens its 13th lounge at New York’s JFK airport and re-opens two existing lounges around the country. Throughout October, more are expected to re-open. All Centurion Lounges had closed temporarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but they are starting to come back in phases.

Six airport lounges to re-open in October

In addition to the new JFK lounge, lounges at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport reopen today. Their opening was previously announced.

Lounges in Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston Bush Intercontinental, and San Francisco will reopen later this month although American Express did not give specific reopening dates for those locations.

Since many airlines have begun to reopen their own lounges (especially in busier hub airports), American Express is starting to bring its popular Centurion Lounge program back to life, too.

The company says the decision to reopen locations is based on several factors, including local Covid-19 case prevalence. It says that the lounges reopening today have met its criteria with more expected to reopen soon.

Largest Centurion Lounge opens at New York JFK

The JFK lounge is located in terminal four, which is the main terminal for Delta Air Lines. Other airlines sharing the terminal include Copa Airlines, Emirates, Kenya Airways, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic. Fans of the Delta Sky Deck, the outdoor terrace ideal for plane spotting from JFK’s terminal four Sky Club, may prefer their al fresco views, but Centurion Lounges are known for upgraded catering and amenities.

Centurion Lounge guests will find 15,000 square feet of space spread across two floors with many of its art pieces inspired by the city itself. For example, some of the design pieces pay homage to murals in the New York City subway network; others remind travelers of the city’s famous yellow taxis. Each of the six rooms in the lounge is inspired by a different city landmark.

Among the other amenities are chef-driven menus plus a speakeasy style bar, which is rare for an airport. The entire experience, including in the bar, is in line with the Centurion Lounge Commitment, which is the brand’s focus on Covid-19 prevention efforts.

Nominated for four James Beard awards, Chef Ignacio Mattos is in charge of the menu, which will feature things like “caciocavallo and egg sandwich with tomato marmalade, fennel salad with Castelvetrano olives and provolone and steak with romesco and taleggio sauce.” Staff will serve food to observe coronavirus safety protocols instead of meals available via buffet.

The lounge’s speakeasy is named “1850 Speakeasy Bar” in honor of the year that American Express was founded. Airport tipplers will find it hidden behind a copper-paneled wall in a nod to the prohibition era. A rotating cocktail menu, curated by mixologist Jim Meehan who handles the drinks menu for all Centurion lounges, is inspired by popular cocktails from many New York bars.                     

Self-guided meditation and stretching sessions via the Variis by Equinox app as well as a vibro-acoustic chair are two of the relaxation options available in partnership with Equinox Body Lab.

Centurion Lounges are open to consumer and business cardholders of The Platinum Card from American Express as well as its Centurion Card. This latest lounge opening comes on the heels of a slate of other travel and points-earning benefits recently announced by American Express. For those looking to maximize their credit card perks and elite status benefits, this lounge is welcome news.

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