Everything About Lounge Access With the American Express Platinum Card

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The American Express Platinum Card doesn’t only grant you access to airport lounges worldwide through the included Priority Pass, but there are also other cooperations with airlines and Amex even runs its own lounges at some airports! In this article, you’ll find out which lounges you have access to.

Here’s a map of all lounges, excl. those that you’d get in using your Priority Pass anyways:

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Information about lounge access with the American Express Platinum

Priority Pass Lounge

The heart and soul of the Platinum card is the free Priority Pass membership. This grants you free worldwide access to over 1,000 airport lounges, regardless of which airline and in which travel class you’re flying. You can also get a Priority Pass for an additional card-holder.

Warning

The Amex merely entitles you to access lounges in the Priority Pass network, but not to e.g. restaurants or minute suites.

Since July 2019, you can even bring a guest to the lounge! Until then, that had only been possible by paying a hefty surcharge per visit. If you consider the second Priority Pass for the additional card-holder, you could get up to 4 people into a lounge with a single American Express card.

When you receive your Platinum card, you’ll also receive the application for two Priority Pass Prestige cards. The second Priority Pass can only be issued to the holder of your American Express partner card. The card number has to be entered in the application. Subsequently, you’ll be sent the Priority Pass within 14 workdays.

You can find all lounges, by clicking on Find lounges and more:

The lounges are usually not run by Priority Pass but by cooperation partners. That’s why the design and quality of the lounges vary a lot. At some airports, where Priority Pass doesn’t have a lounge partner, they cooperate with airport restaurants. There, however, are sadly not included in the Platinum Card.

Lufthansa’s Business, Senator & First Class Lounge

Since September 2017, you’ll have access to a selection of Lufthansa lounges thanks to a cooperation between Lufthansa and American Express. As an American Express Platinum cardholder, you’ll have access to the business class lounge. If you’re flying in business class, you can use the Senator lounge. Should you have a Centurion Card, you’d even have access to the first class lounge, regardless of your booked travel class!

To have access, you need a valid boarding pass for a Lufthansa Group flight (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, or Eurowings) on the same day. This offer is now valid indefinitely, after only having been extended for a couple of months in the past. Sadly, bringing a guest into the lounge would cost a fee.

Lufthansa Lounge New York JFK Eingang
Entrance to the Lufthansa Senator and Business Lounge

The participating lounges are all located in Frankfurt’s non-schengen area and in Munich’s new satellite in Terminal 2:

  • München MUC
    • Lufthansa Business Lounge
      Terminal 2 satellite Gate K11
    • Lufthansa Senator Lounge
      Terminal 2 satellite Gate K11
    • Lufthansa Senator Lounge
      Terminal 2 satellite (Non-Schengen) Gate L11
    • Lufthansa First Class Lounge
      Terminal 2 satellite Gate K11
  • Frankfurt/Main FRA
    • Lufthansa Business Lounge
      Terminal 1 Concourse B (Non-Schengen) Gate B44
    • Lufthansa Senator Lounge
      Terminal 1 Concourse B (Non-Schengen) Gate B43
    • Lufthansa First Class Lounge
      Terminal 1 Concourse B (Non-Schengen) Gate B22

(Centurion) Lounges by American Express

Currently, American Express runs its own The Centurion Lounges or similar concepts at 20 airports. There, Platinum or Centurion cardholders have free access with up to two guests. You only need to have a boarding pass (as the lounges are beyond the security checkpoints) with departure on the same day, and an ID, e.g. your passport.

The Centurion lounges are furnished in a quite modern and stylish way. Besides free drinks and some food, you’ll sometimes even be able to enjoy freshly mixed cocktails. In the other American Express Lounges, the service can be somewhat limited.

Centurion Lounge Hong Kong
The Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong (© American Express)
  • USA
    • Dallas DFW
      Terminal D opposite Gate 17
      5:30 – 22:00
    • Denver DEN
      Terminal C next to Gate C46
      7:00 – 3:00
    • Houston IAH
      Terminal D access through the elevator at Gate D6
      5:30 – 21:00
    • Las Vegas LAS
      Concourse D opposite Gate D1
      05:00 – 23:00
    • Philadelphia PHL
      Terminal A Gate A14
      5:00 – 21:00
    • Miami MIA
      Concourse D Gate D12 on the 4th floor
      5:00 – 22 Uhr
    • San Francisco SFO
      Terminal 3 next to Gate F1/F2
      8:00 – 18:00
    • Seattle SEA
      Concourse B opposite Gate B3
      5:00 – 22:00
    • Phoenix PHX
      Terminal 4, opposite Gate B22
      05:30 – 22:00
    • Los Angeles LAX
      Tom Bradley International Terminal
      06:30 – 23:00
    • Charlotte CLT
      Between concourses D & E
      05:30 – 22:00
    • New York-JFK JFK
      Terminal 4
      06:00 – 20:00
  • Hong Kong HKG
    Terminal 1 Level 7 access through the elevator at Gate 60
    5:30 – 00:30
  • Buenos Aires, Argentinien EZE
    Terminal C Level 2 access through the elevator at Gate 15
    5:00 – 00:00
  • São Paulo, Brasilien GRU
    American Express Lounge
    Terminal 3, upper level, next to the other lounges
  • Mumbai, Indien BOM
    American Express Lounge
    Terminal 2, domestic – opposite Burger King
  • Delhi, Indien DEL
    American Express Lounge
    Terminal 3 near Gate 27/28
  • Stockholm, Schweden ARN
    Pontus in the air – American Express Lounge
    Terminal 5 between concourses A and F
    Review
  • Melbourne, Australien MEL
    American Express Lounge
    Terminal 2 opposite Gate 7
  • Sydney, Australien SYD
    American Express Lounge
    Terminal 1 at Gate 24
  • Mexiko-Stadt, Mexiko MEX
    Three Centurion Clubs
    1. International Terminal 1 before the security checkpoint
    2. Domestic Terminal 1 between Doors 17/18
    3. International Terminal at concourse K on the 2nd floor
  • Monterrey, Mexiko MTY
    Two Centurion Clubs
    1. Terminal A near Gate 4
    2. Terminal B at Door 4
  • Toluca, Mexiko TLC
    Centurion Club
    Terminal 1 between Door 4/5

Delta Sky Club Lounges

Delta Air Lines runs 33 Sky Club lounges worldwide. Most of them are in the USA, except for Santiago de Chile SCL and Tokyo NRT. The Platinum card grants you free access, regardless of the booked travel class. You cannot, however, bring a guest (except, of course, the holder of your Amex partner card).

Delta Sky Club
Delta Sky Club (© Delta Airlines)

The condition for being able to enter the lounge is to have a valid boarding pass for a flight with Delta Air Lines on the day of your visit.

Airspace Lounges

As an American Express Platinum or Centurion cardholder, you and up to two guests will get free access to the Airspace lounges in Cleveland and San Diego. Usually, entering those lounges costs at least $20.

This is the location of the Airspace lounges:

  • Cleveland CLE
    Main terminal at the Concourse B entrance
    5:00 – 19:30, Saturday only until 15:30
  • San Diego SAN
    Terminal 2 between Terminal 2 East and the bridge to Terminal 2 West
    5:00 – 22:00

Escape Lounges

You’ll also be granted access to the Escape lounges in the USA when you present your Platinum or Centurion card, a boarding pass for the same day, and an ID.

Auch zu den Escape Lounges erhaltet ihr Zugang, wenn die Platinum- oder Centurion Card mitsamt Boardingpass für den gleichen Tag und Ausweis vorgezeigt wird. Der Zugang wird nur in den USA gewährt, macht immerhin 4 Standorte:

  • Bradley International Airport, Hartford BDL
    Terminal A at Gate 1
    05:00 – 18:00
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul MSP
    Terminal 1 at Concourse E (Mezzanine Level)
    04:00 – 21:00
  • Oakland OAK
    Terminal 1 between Gates 8 and 8A
    05:00 – 21:00
  • Reno RNO
    Between concourses B and C
    04:30 – 20:00
  • Greenville-Spartanburg GSP
    Concourse B
    05:00 – 21:00
  • Providence PVD
    at Gate 18
    05:00 – 21:00
  • Sacramento SMF
    Concourse B
    04:30 – 22:00
  • Cincinatti CVG
    Concourse B
    05:00 – 20:30
  • Phoenix PHX
    Terminal 4
    05:30 – 22:00

Plaza Premium Lounges

You’ll also have access to the 70+ Plaza Premium lounges with your American Express Platinum card, incl. access for a guest. Usually, these would also be Priority Pass lounges, but not always, e.g. the Plaza Premium Lounge in London-Heathrow T5, which has been awarded the Skytrax award for the best independent airport lounge various times.

Plaza Premium Lounges London Heathrow T5
Plaza Premium Lounge London-Heathrow Terminal 5

There are over 70 Plaza Premium Lounges at over 30 airports worldwide. You can find the exact locations here:

Other Lounges

There are also some more lounges, which you can enter using your American Express Platinum card:

OSL Lounge Eingang
OSL Lounge in Oslo

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