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Centurion Lounge crowding: Platinum cardholders may pay $50/guest effective 2.1.2023

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Centurion Members, please refer to the Centurion website for specific terms & conditions.
From the Centurion website:
Centurion Members have unlimited complimentary access to all locations of The Centurion Lounge. Gold Card and Green Card Additional Cards on your Centurion account are not eligible for complimentary access. Card Members may bring immediate family (spouse or domestic partner and their children under 18) OR up to two (2) companions into The Centurion Lounge.
The annual fee for personal Platinum card is $695. The annual fee for additional Platinum card is $175 for up to 3 additional cards (from 1 to 3). The annual fee for the 4th or more additional Platinum card is $175 for each card.

The annual fee for business Platinum card is $595. The annual fee for each additional Platinum card is $300.

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The Centurion Lounge
Platinum and Business Platinum Card Members

U.S. Basic Platinum Card Members and Additional Platinum Card Members on the account and U.S. Basic Business Platinum Card Members and Additional Platinum Card Members on the account may bring up to two (2) guests per visit into locations of The Centurion Lounge in the U.S., at Hong Kong International Airport and at London Heathrow Airport for no per-visit guest fee (Complimentary Guest Access) through January 31, 2023. Effective February 1, 2023, Platinum Card Members, Business Platinum Card Members and Additional Platinum Card Members on the account will be charged a $50 fee for each guest (or $30 for children aged 2 through 17, with proof of age). To receive Complimentary Guest Access at these locations after January 31, 2023, the total eligible purchases on the Platinum Account must equal or exceed $75,000 between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 and in each calendar year thereafter. Guest access policies may vary internationally by location and are subject to change.

Beginning February 1, 2023, eligibility for Complimentary Guest Access will be processed within a week of the Platinum Accounts meeting the purchase requirement in most cases, but may take up to 12 weeks to become effective. Complimentary Guest Access status will be reflected in the Benefits tab of your online account and in the American Express App. Once effective, Complimentary Guest Access will be available for the remainder of the calendar year in which it became effective, the following calendar year, and until January 31 of the next calendar year (for example, if Complimentary Guest Access becomes effective on May 1, 2023, it will remain effective through January 31, 2025). Eligible purchases made by any Additional Card Members on the Platinum Account will contribute to the purchase requirement. Eligible purchases to meet the purchase requirement are for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or other cash equivalents. If a Basic Platinum Card Member upgrades or downgrades from a different American Express Card, eligible purchases made on that Card Account will count toward the new Platinum Account's Complimentary Guest Access purchase requirement.

Platinum Card Members have unlimited complimentary access to all locations of The Centurion Lounge. Gold Card and Green Card Additional Cards on your Platinum account are not eligible for complimentary access. All access to The Centurion Lounge is subject to space availability. To access The Centurion Lounge, the Card Member must present The Centurion Lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for a departing flight on the same day on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. Note that select lounges allow access to Card Members with a confirmed reservation for any same-day travel (departure or arrival). Refer to the specific locations access policy for more information. Failure to present this documentation may result in access being denied. Card Members will not be compensated for changes in locations, rates or policies. A Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or legal guardian. For locations with a self-service bar, the Card Member must be of legal drinking age in the locations jurisdiction to enter without a parent or legal guardian. Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. American Express reserves the right to remove any person from the Lounge for inappropriate behavior or failure to adhere to rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Soliciting other Card Members for access into our lounge is not permissible. Hours may vary by location and are subject to change. Amenities vary among The Centurion Lounge locations and are subject to change. Services and amenities in the Lounge are complimentary, however you are responsible for any purchases and/or servicing charges you authorize our Member Services Professionals to perform on your behalf. Some American Express Cards are not eligible for all services provided by Member Services Desk. American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by the purchaser or visitor inside The Centurion Lounge. If we in our sole discretion determine that you have engaged in abuse, misuse, or gaming in connection with lounge access in any way or that you intend to do so, we may remove access to The Centurion Lounge from the Account. Use of The Centurion Lounge is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.

Corporate Platinum Card Members

Corporate Platinum Card Members have unlimited complimentary access to all locations of The Centurion Lounge. Gold Card and Green Card Additional Cards on your Corporate Platinum Card account are not eligible for complimentary access. Card Members may bring up to two (2) complimentary companions into The Centurion Lounge locations in the U.S., at Hong Kong International Airport and at London Heathrow Airport. Refer to the specific locations access policy for more information. All access to The Centurion Lounge is subject to space availability. To access The Centurion Lounge, the Card Member must present The Centurion Lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for a departing flight on the same day on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. Note that select lounges allow access to Card Members with a confirmed reservation for any same-day travel (departure or arrival). Refer to the specific locations access policy for more information. Failure to present this documentation may result in access being denied. Card Members will not be compensated for changes in locations, rates or policies. A Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or legal guardian. For locations with a self-service bar, the Card Member must be of legal drinking age in the locations jurisdiction to enter without a parent or legal guardian. Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. American Express reserves the right to remove any person from the Lounge for inappropriate behavior or failure to adhere to rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Soliciting other Card Members for access into our lounge is not permissible. Hours may vary by location and are subject to change. Amenities vary among The Centurion Lounge locations and are subject to change. Services and amenities in the Lounge are complimentary, however you are responsible for any purchases and/or servicing charges you authorize our Member Services Professionals to perform on your behalf. Some American Express Cards are not eligible for all services provided by Member Services Desk. American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by the purchaser or visitor inside The Centurion Lounge. If we in our sole discretion determine that you have engaged in abuse, misuse, or gaming in connection with lounge access in any way or that you intend to do so, we may remove access to The Centurion Lounge from the Account. Use of The Centurion Lounge is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.

Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members

Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Basic and Additional Card Members receive complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge when flying on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight. The eligible flight must be booked on a U.S. issued American Express charge or credit Card. A Card Member may bring up to two guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location. Guests must be traveling on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight. Eligible lounges only include all Centurion Lounges located in the United States and Hong Kong. To access The Centurion Lounge, the Card Member must present The Centurion Lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for eligible Delta Air Lines flight, and a government-issued I.D. Failure to present these items may result in access being denied. Card Members will not be compensated for changes in locations, rates or policies. A Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or legal guardian. For locations with a self-service bar, the Card Member must be of legal drinking age in the location's jurisdiction to enter without a parent or legal guardian. Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. American Express reserves the right to remove any person from The Centurion Lounge for inappropriate behavior or failure to adhere to rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Access is subject to space availability. Hours may vary by location and are subject to change. Amenities vary among The Centurion Lounge locations and are subject to change. Services and amenities in The Centurion Lounge are complimentary, however, you are responsible for any purchases and/or servicing charges you authorize our Member Services Professionals to perform on your behalf. American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by the purchaser or visitor inside The Centurion Lounge. Use of The Centurion Lounge is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.

Delta SkyClub

The Platinum Card Member must present his or her valid American Express Card, government-issued I.D., and same-day corresponding airline ticket to club ambassador. Additional Gold Cards and Additional Green Cards on your Platinum account are not eligible for complimentary access. Access to Delta Sky Club partner lounges is not permitted. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to access Delta Sky Club, and 21 years of age to access locations with a self-service bar, unless accompanied by a responsible, supervising adult who has access to the lounge. Card Members must adhere to all House Rules of participating clubs. Participating airport clubs and locations subject to change without notice. Additional guest access and fees subject to terms and conditions of participating airport clubs.

For the most current Delta Sky Club access and pricing policy, please visit Delta.com/skyclub. All Delta Sky Club rules apply to Delta Sky Club membership and use. To review the rules, please visit Delta.com/skyclub.

Airspace

This benefit is available to Platinum Card Members. Additional Gold Cards and Additional Green Cards on your Platinum account are not eligible for complimentary access. Card Member must present his or her valid Card, government-issued I.D. and confirmed boarding pass for same-day travel. In some cases, Card Member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. The Card Member may bring up to two companions into the club as complimentary guests per visit. Card Member must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Card Members and his or her guests will receive all of the complimentary benefits and amenities afforded to the Airspace Lounge customers, as well as access to purchase non-complimentary items. Some product features may be subject to additional charges. Airspace Lounge locations are subject to change.

Priority Pass Select

These Terms and Conditions govern Platinum Card Members' participation in and use of the Priority Pass Select program. Priority Pass is an independent airport lounge access program. At any visit to a Priority Pass Select lounge that admits guests, you may bring in two guests for no charge. After two guests, you will be automatically charged the guest visit fee equal to the guest visit fee of the Priority Pass Standard program for each additional guest. Some lounges do not admit guests. By enrolling in Priority Pass Select, you agree that you will be responsible for any additional accompanying guest visits and that your Card will be automatically charged after you have signed for the additional guest visit and it has been reported to Priority Pass by the participating lounge. Additionally, you acknowledge and agree that American Express will verify your Card account number and provide updated Card account information to Priority Pass. Priority Pass will use this information to fulfill on the Priority Pass Select program and may use this information for marketing related to the program. Once enrolled, Platinum Card Members whose Card account is not cancelled may access participating Priority Pass Select lounges by presenting your Priority Pass Select card and airline boarding pass. In some lounges, Priority Pass Select member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Priority Pass Select members must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Amenities may vary among airport lounge locations. Conference rooms, where available, may be reserved for a nominal fee. Priority Pass Select lounge partners and locations are subject to change. All Priority Pass Select members must adhere to the Priority Pass Conditions of Use, which will be sent to you with your membership package, and can be viewed at www.prioritypass.com. Upon receipt of your enrollment information, Priority Pass will send your Priority Pass Select card and membership package which you should receive within 1014 business days. If you have not received the Priority Pass card after 14 days, please contact American Express using the number on the back of your American Express Card. Please note, Additional Gold Card Members are not eligible for membership.

Escape Lounges The Centurion Studio Partner

Platinum Card Members

This benefit is available to Platinum Card Members. Additional Gold Cards and Additional Green Cards on your Platinum account are not eligible for complimentary access. Card Members receive complimentary access to any US location of the Escape Lounges. Card Member must present his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier and government-issued I.D. In some cases, Card Member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Card Members may bring either (i) up to two guests or (ii) immediate family members, which are spouse or domestic partner and all children under the age of 18, as complimentary guests. Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Basic and Additional Card Members receive complimentary access to all Escape Lounge locations when flying on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight. The eligible flight must be booked on a U.S. issued American Express credit card and Card Members may bring up to two guests at a per-visit rate equal to the guest fee of the respective Escape Lounge location. Card Member must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Card Members and his or her guests will receive all of the complimentary benefits and amenities afforded to the Escape Lounge customers, as well as access to purchase non-complimentary items. Some product features may be subject to additional charges. Escape Lounge locations are subject to change.

Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members

Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Basic and Additional Card Members receive complimentary access to all U.S. Escape Lounges - The Centurion Studio Partner locations when flying on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight. Card Member must present his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on Delta and government-issued I.D. In some cases, Card Member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. The eligible flight must be booked on a U.S. issued American Express credit card and Card Members may bring up to two guests at a per-visit rate equal to the guest fee of the respective Escape Lounge location. For more information on guest fee rates and lounge terms and conditions, see https://escapelounges.com/us/access/. Guests must be traveling on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight. Card Member must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Card Members and his or her guests will receive all of the complimentary benefits and amenities afforded to the Escape Lounge customers, as well as access to purchase non-complimentary items. Some product features may be subject to additional charges. Escape Lounge locations are subject to change.

Plaza Premium Lounges:

This benefit is available to Platinum Card Members. Additional Gold Cards and Additional Green Cards on your Platinum account are not eligible for complimentary access. Card Members receive complimentary access to any global location of Plaza Premium Lounges. Card Member must present his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier and government-issued I.D. In some cases, Card Member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Card Members may bring up to two (2) companions into Plaza Premium Lounges as complimentary guests. Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Card Member must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Card Members and his or her guests will receive all of the complimentary benefits and amenities afforded to the Plaza Premium Lounge customers, as well as access to purchase non-complimentary items. Some product features may be subject to additional charges. Plaza Premium Lounge locations are subject to change.

Lufthansa:

This benefit is available to Platinum Card Members. Additional Gold Cards and Additional Green Cards on your Platinum account are not eligible for complimentary access. Platinum Card Members have complimentary access to select Lufthansa Business Lounges (regardless of ticket class) and Lufthansa Senator Lounges (when flying business class). To access the Lufthansa lounges, Platinum Card Member must present a government issued I.D., a same-day departure boarding pass showing confirmed reservation on a Lufthansa Group flight (Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian airlines) and a valid Platinum Card. For the most current list of participating lounges and access requirements, please use the Lounge Finder feature in the American Express App or visit www.americanexpress.com/findalounge. Card Members must adhere to all rules of participating lounges. Participating lounges and locations subject to change without notice. Additional guest access and fees subject to terms and conditions of participating lounges. In some Lounges the Platinum Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. For the most current Lufthansa rules and guest access and pricing policy, please visit https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/lounges.

Additional Global Lounge Collection Partner Lounges:

American Express offers access to additional lounges in the Global Lounge Collection where Platinum Card Members have unlimited complimentary access to participating locations. Card Members must present their valid Platinum Card, a government-issued I.D., and a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier. Guest access and associated fees are subject to the terms and conditions of the participating lounge provider. Participation, locations, rates, and policies of lounges are subject to change without notice, and Card Members and their guests will not be compensated for such changes. Access is subject to space availability, including capacity restrictions and limited hours that may be placed on the participating lounge. Amenities, services, and hours may vary by participating lounge and are subject to change without notice. American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen, or damages suffered by the Card Member or guests inside the participating lounge. For participating lounges with a self-service bar, the Card Member may be required to be of legal drinking age in the participating lounge jurisdiction to enter without a parent or legal guardian. All Card Members and their guests must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. Each participating lounge may have their own policy allowing for children under a certain age to enter for free with the Card Member who is a parent or legal guardian. Card Member must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Participating lounges reserve the right to remove any person from the premises for inappropriate behavior or failure to adhere to rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive, or violent. If American Express, in our sole discretion, determines that the Card Member or their guests have engaged in abuse, misuse, or gaming in connection with access to participating lounges in any way, or that the Card Member or their guests intend to do so, we may remove access to the Additional Lounges from the Account. American Express and the participating lounge reserve the right to revise the rules at any time without notice. For the most current list of participating lounges and access requirements, please use the Lounge Finder feature in the American Express App or visit www.americanexpress.com/findalounge.






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Old Feb 19, 22, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by gnomie View Post
Sometimes there are more important considerations than trying to earn the maximum reward potential
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Old Feb 19, 22, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by michael1023 View Post
yes indeed, i'd like to try to enter a centurion lounge one day. i just hope it's worth the hype
If you can help it, ensure your very first CL experience isn't SFO, SEA or PHX. If it is, then it probably most certainly isn't worth the hype.
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Old Feb 19, 22, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by imnotalawyer View Post
This is also a little puzzling to me because I am not sure who amex is trying to target with this loophole. I suspect that most people who put $75k travel spend on a Platinum may also be Centurion cardholders and therefore not subject to the new guest access policy.
I would be very surprised if most people who put $75k of travel on a personal Amex card are Centurion cardholders. Not only does it seem likely to me that many such US spenders were never invited to pony up for a Centurion card in recent years, it also seems to me that a segment of those personal Platinum card members who received a Centurion invite refused to pay up for the Centurion.

The Business Platinum card accounts are going to get people who play the game to keep the "free" guest access, but there will also be some of the personal US Platinum card accounts who do so too for the same reason.

With consumers, it's rather typical that a kind of card-use behavior may not provide the maximum potential return for a consumer even as the consumer would be better off acting on the alternatives out there. Just look at all those consumers who carry card balances on high interest cards despite what else is out there in the marketplace that they could use to lower their debt carrying costs. Card issuers take advantage of this kind of consumer inertia/laziness, but they also take advantage of other aspects of consumers too. Here we have Amex making a dash toward getting a bigger wallet share of a consumer's spend by pushing for consumers to adjust card use habits and increasingly consolidate spend onto the Amex Platinum account for purposes of maintaining "complimentary" guest access for Platinum cardholders.
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Old Feb 19, 22, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Visconti View Post
If you can help it, ensure your very first CL experience isn't SFO, SEA or PHX. If it is, then it probably most certainly isn't worth the hype.
yeah my home base is NYC, so if anything most likely my first experience would be either JFK or LGA
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Old Feb 19, 22, 3:59 pm
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Originally Posted by michael1023 View Post
yeah my home base is NYC, so if anything most likely my first experience would be either JFK or LGA
Oh, perfect! If possible, depart from JFK and preferably an afternoon flight. The JFK lounge is excellent, spacious and has generally excellent food offerings. Just avoid it before around noon'ish because they close off the downstairs area which leaves the upstairs space constrained.

When you enter, head towards the elevator or stairs, and head downstairs. Find yourself a seat, then head to the back and go through a pair of doors that reads "1850," and have a drink in there before your lunch or dinner. I was just there recently and they had an excellent braised beef type dish, mashed potatoes and mushroom risotto--all I found excellent, especially for an airport lounge. Also, there's a salad bar, but I didn't have time to...er...investigate it.

I'd avoid the breakfast because, for whatever reason, the chef here, like almost all airport & buffet chefs, prepares scrambled eggs so dry that it sucks the moisture out of your mouth--I find them inedible.
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Old Feb 19, 22, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by michael1023 View Post
is this a common thing? to have lines to enter any centurion lounges?
I tried and failed to get into the SFO club at least 6 times in 2021 as I didn't have the patience for a waitlist.

The LAS club last Wednesday morning was nearly empty though.
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Old Feb 20, 22, 6:52 am
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Originally Posted by michael1023 View Post
yeah my home base is NYC, so if anything most likely my first experience would be either JFK or LGA
Some of my relatives had their first Centurion lounge experiences at PHX. They are now less likely to sign up for an Amex card with Centurion lounge access than they were before. If their first experiences were with Centurion lounges were in NYC, the story may have turned out differently with getting a relevant Amex card or with paying for guest lounge access in the future.

Maybe some people will pick and choose where to pay the $50/guest fee based on how good/bad they think the Centurion lounge situation is -- whether it be crowding, food, or anything else -- but I am more often than not going to get my money's worth out of paying such a fee for guest use at any of the Centurion lounges on my beaten paths.
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Old Feb 20, 22, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by Visconti View Post
....like almost all airport & buffet chefs, prepares scrambled eggs so dry that it sucks the moisture out of your mouth--I find them inedible.
I doubt there is much chef involvement in buffet scrambled eggs. These are likely heated from frozen or refrigerated scrambled eggs in a bag. (No, these are not made from powdered eggs.) The dryness is primarily a steam table artifact.
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Old Feb 20, 22, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by michael1023 View Post
is this a common thing? to have lines to enter any centurion lounges? i've had the card since 9/1/21, and although I haven't had an opportunity to try to enter an amex lounge, will this be an issue going forward?
I upgraded to the Platinum card back in November (2021). So far I've been to the PHL club four times, and also the SEA, DFW, and IAH clubs, and although some have been very busy, I have yet needed to wait in line. Maybe I'm just lucky so far.
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Old Mar 6, 22, 1:42 pm
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Decided to visit the SEA lounge for the first time today on a short connection. No line, but

1) a lot of tables were reserved (presumably for Centurion card holders) - more than I notice at other lounges

2) no regular seats available

3) Pretty crowded, and they were still serving breakfast items at 12:30 PM

Immediately left and went to the superior SkyClub, eating Ivars clam chowder and sipping Michelob Ultra right now
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Old Mar 6, 22, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Adelphos View Post
Decided to visit the SEA lounge for the first time today on a short connection. No line, but

1) a lot of tables were reserved (presumably for Centurion card holders) - more than I notice at other lounges

2) no regular seats available

3) Pretty crowded, and they were still serving breakfast items at 12:30 PM

Immediately left and went to the superior SkyClub, eating Ivars clam chowder and sipping Michelob Ultra right now
It's probably win-win for SEA that the Skyclub is so nice. Delta pax don't feel let down, and it reduces crowding in Centurion for the other airline passengers!

The Skyclub Barbacoa was quite good too, but I still like the Centurion lounge bar for its all-inclusive selection.
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Old Mar 21, 22, 3:38 pm
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Hitting the 75k spend will include guest access for authorized users as well too right, or is it only guests for the primary account holder?
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Old Mar 22, 22, 6:38 am
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godbreath There's a small blurb about Complimentary Access on the Centurion Lounge website but the complete anticipated Terms & Conditions are also posted in a dusty corner there. I couldn't find an absolutely explicit term which indicated that Platinum Authorized Users also receive complimentary guest access but I think a plain reading suggests that to be the case.

Effective February 1, 2023, Platinum Card Members, Business Platinum Card Members and Additional Platinum Card Members on the account will be charged a $50 fee for each guest (or $30 for children aged 2 through 17, with proof of age). To receive Complimentary Guest Access at these locations after January 31, 2023, the total eligible purchases on the Platinum Account must equal or exceed $75,000 between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 and in each calendar year thereafter.
The first sentence essentially says "these three groups of cardmembers are entitled to bring in guests for a $50 fee" and, while the second sentence is silent as to the who, it certainly implies that "the same three groups of cardmembers may are then also entitled to bring in complimentary guests once the spend milestone is reached on the account".
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Old Mar 22, 22, 2:59 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
The personal Platinum additional cardholder pricing $175/3 dates to about 2005, before then it was a fee for each additional card. Business Platinum is $300 for each additional Platinum card. Canadian Platinum is $175 for each additional Platinum card. If American Express simply wants to generate more revenue they could increase the fee to $250/3, but if they are concerned about benefit costs or lounge crowding they could revert to $175 for each additional personal Platinum card.

The current fee structure not only predates Centurion lounges, but also Priority Pass, Escape, Plaza Premium, Airspace, Global Entry, Trip Insurance, etc.
Effective June 1, 2022 the cost of an Additional Platinum card on a Business Platinum account will increase to $350. This reinforces my expectation that the cost of additional Platinum cards on personal Platinum accounts will increase this year,
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Old Mar 22, 22, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
Effective June 1, 2022 the cost of an Additional Platinum card on a Business Platinum account will increase to $350. This reinforces my expectation that the cost of additional Platinum cards on personal Platinum accounts will increase this year,
$350 is 50% of the card's annual fee. At that point, hypothetical P2s would be better off applying for a card themselves and churning the credits, personal or business.

$350 for 3 cards on personal might be acceptable, but still that's still very steep.
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