Amex Centurion Lounges To Get More Crowded

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One of the popular benefits of the American Express Platinum Card is Centurion Lounge access, however these have become extremely busy as of late, which is why American Express has started restricting access to only 3 hours prior to departure, and no longer able to use on arrival.

It turns out that these lounges will become even more crowded as now Delta cardholders will also be able to access these lounges as a new benefit to one of their cards.

We shared news of Major Changes to Delta Amex Cards which includes Centurion Lounge access for Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Cardholders, meaning the lounges will be accesisble by even more members.

Complimentary Access to The Centurion Lounge: Delta SkyMiles Reserve Basic and Additional Card Members receive complimentary access to all locations of 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. 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.

Feel free to share your thoughts about this latest change in the comments below.

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  1. How much more crowded would it be when we add these $450/year annual fee cardholders? My thought is those who have the choice of carrying a regular Platinum card vs this Delta Reserve would opt for the former. The hard-core Delta flyers (seeing the current crowded state of the Centurion Lounges) would make a beeline to the Sky Club instead.

  2. Considering the flight has to be booked on that card and they can bring no guests for no additional cost, I will gesture to say this probably won’t generate a ton of additional traffic. There are certainly better cards to put flights on, with the Platinum being one of them – at which point it’s the same traveler. I have to question how accessible the Centurion Lounges are to Delta gates. In Miami, they are in different terminals that are not linked post security so this will never apply there. I’d figure that at most, it might be a Delta flyer looking to grab a meal, then head on over to the SkyClub. That’s what I’d do.

    Curious though if this will generate much additional traffic at all. Maybe, but not suspecting it will.

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