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We Checked Out the New American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX

We Checked Out the New American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX
Nadine Courtney

AmEx Platinum card members rejoice!

On Monday March 9th, the long-anticipated American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX will finally open in the airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. The nearly 14,000 square-foot lounge will be American Express’s largest yet. Travelers in terminals 4-8 can access the lounge without re-clearing security. FlyerTalk got the opportunity to check out the new lounge just before it opens. Check out the photos and let us know what you think in the FlyerTalk Thread on the topic here.

Does it live up to the hype? Exceed your expectations? The Centurion Lounge at LAX will be open daily from 6:30 am – 11 pm. When will you make your first visit?

As the world’s fourth busiest airport, LAX welcomes more than 88 million travelers annually, with many long clamoring for a Centurion Lounge there. After opening a lounge in Phoenix in January and a lounge in Charlotte in February, American Express’s LAX lounge is already the third in a series of six Centurion Lounges due to open later in 2020, including Denver, New York-JFK, and London-Heathrow.

American Express Centurion Lounge Bar

“The new Centurion Lounge at LAX brings the best of Los Angeles into the airport thanks to the locally inspired art, food and wellness experiences,” said Alexander Lee, Vice President of Travel Experiences and Benefits at American Express. “This new lounge is a great example of how we’re continuing to enhance the end-to-end airport journey for Card Members, from lounge discovery to the immersive experience waiting just behind the blue doors.”

Visitors to the new sleek lounge—which features a retro Pan Am-meets-Hollywood Hills vibe—will find a mural by LA-based mixed-media muralist Danielle Garza aka Ellierex, as well as hallways and spaces punctuated by photos of classic Hollywood stars and iconic musicians like Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, and Joni Mitchell.

American Express Centurion Lounge Stars

Inside, travelers can enjoy several different immersive spaces, including two tranquility zones: the uplifting Sunrise room with illuminated walls or relaxing Moonrise room mimicking a starry night. There’s also a family-friendly room, private workspaces, high-speed Wi-Fi, and bathrooms and ADA-compliant showers with L’Occitane products.

The lounge features several marquis partnerships including an Exhale Spa, City Bean Roasters coffee, a bespoke menu from celebrated local chef Nancy Silverton offering fresh, seasonal, local and artisanal ingredients, and craft cocktails from pioneering mixologist Jim Meehan. Meanwhile, Exhale’s spa treatments will include hydrating Light Therapy, Reiki, Ear Reflexology, hand and nail therapies, and chair massages.

Platinum Cardholders, Delta Skymiles® Reserve Card Members, and Centurion Members can access the lounge for free. People holding the Platinum Card can also bring in two travel companions complimentary, while Centurion Members can enter with immediate family members or up to two companions. Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members can bring in up to two guests for $50 per person, while Platinum and Centurion Members can bring in guests for $50 per each guest.


[All photos by Nadine Jolie Courtney]

View Comments (3)


  1. dhuey


    March 6, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I love the LA-themed artwork and portraits, and not the obvious stuff. They did something similar in the SFO lounge. So much of travel these days is that everywhere is increasingly looking like everywhere else. Each place should highlight was is unique about that place, both now and in its history.

  2. mia

    March 6, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    “Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members can bring in up to two guests for $50 per person, while Platinum and Centurion Members can bring in guests for $50 per each guest.”

    This is not quite accurate. Platinum® Card members who receive complimentary access may enter with up to two guests at no additional charge. Centurion members may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.Platinum Card and Centurion Members may purchase a day-pass for any additional guests for $50 USD at the time of entry.


  3. flyerCO

    March 7, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    All terminals except for terminal 1 can access it without reclearing security. T2/3 use an airside bus to get to Tom Bradley International Terminal. Actually quicker to go from T2 to the lounge than T5-T8.

    All terminals at LAX except T1 (where Southwest operates), are connected airside and have been so for at least a year.

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