American Express announced today that it will acquire LoungeBuddy, which is a “digital platform that enables traveler to discover, book and access airport lounges worldwide.” Of course, Amex already has a host of Centurion Lounges that global Platinum Card® and Centurion®Members receive complimentary access to. Both cardholders of the Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express are able to access the lounge and can bring in two guests with them each time.
It will be interesting to see what Amex will do with LoungeBuddy. The acquisition is expected to be completed in April 2019.
American Express To Acquire LoungeBuddy
According to Amex Press Release,
American Express (NYSE: AXP) today announced it will acquire LoungeBuddy, a digital platform that enables travelers to discover, book and access airport lounges worldwide. Founded in 2013, LoungeBuddy’s mobile app and website (www.loungebuddy.com) provide a premium airport experience with robust lounge ratings and reviews, comprehensive eligibility criteria, and global airport coverage through its lounge partners. The acquisition is expected to be completed in April 2019.
“The expansive airport lounge access we offer our premium Card Members through the Global Lounge Collection is among the most popular travel benefits we offer, which is why we continue to invest in enhancing the lounge access and services we provide,” said Chris Cracchiolo, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty and Benefits, American Express. “With the acquisition of LoungeBuddy, we will be able to leverage its cutting-edge platform to develop additional ways to become an essential part of our Card Members’ digital lives.”
American Express has been partnering with LoungeBuddy since 2017 to provide information in the American Express mobile app for the more than 1,200 airport lounges that Platinum Card and Centurion Members can access through the American Express Global Lounge Collection.
Amex will acquire LoungeBuddy, the acquisition is expected to be completed in April 2019. Time will tell how they plan to use it.
HT: Amex Press