A New AMEX Centurion Lounge at LAX will open in 2019, most likely mid-2019. The new lounge will feature a tranquility area, spa, family room, shower rooms, work stations, food menus and wine and cocktail selections. There's now an AMEX press release (the photo above is of the recently opened AMEX Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong), as there was for the new AMEX Centurion Lounge Denver and the new AMEX Centurion Lounge JFK which will also open in 2019. But we know about the planned LAX Centurion Lounge from LAX Management (Los Angeles World Airports, or LAWA) to the Board of Airport Commissioners recommending approval of the lounge space lease by AMEX.
As the tweet mentions, airport lounge space, even space that LAX has apparently unsuccessfully attempted to lease to other airlines for years now, is expensive. The lease would generate over $33 million for LAX over 10 years, including $2.8 million in the first year (and that is the space itself, not including what AMEX will pay to build out and furnish the space).
AMEX Centurion Lounge LAX Location and Space
The new AMEX Centurion Lounge LAX will be located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) which is connected airside to terminals T4, T5, T6, T7 and T8. While you could get a bus from the Delta terminals at T2 and T3, it can be faster to simply walk over and re-clear security.
Note that regardless of which terminal you're departing from, you may access any LAX terminal, even if you have to re-clear security to do so–it's just a question of how much time you have before your flight.
The lounge will be 13,693 square feet, which is smaller than the new AMEX Centurion Lounges in JFK and Denver, but larger than other AMEX Centurion Lounges, which are often overcrowded. Chances are that, even as one of the larger Centurion Lounges, the LAX lounge will be crowded in the evenings, since so many of the international flights are overnight flights, but it may not be too bad in the mornings and early afternoons, given the considerable walk to TBIT from some of the other LAX terminals.
Access to the AMEX Centurion Lounge LAX
As with other AMEX Centurion Lounges, you must be an AMEX Centurion, AMEX Platinum or AMEX Business Platinum cardholder or guest of one to enter the lounge, and have a same day airline boarding pass. AMEX Centurion members may enter with immediate family members (spouse or domestic partner and children under 18) or up to 2 guests, while AMEX Platinum and AMEX Business Platinum cardholders are limited to two guests.
Are you looking forward to the AMEX Centurion Lounge LAX opening?
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