It’s no surprise air travel has started to pick up since the pandemic started with nearly 2 million passengers screened through TSA on Friday. It’s great to see so many people traveling again, however as a result airports are busier than ever.
Departing Las Vegas today, I attempted to stop in the Centurion Lounge and was quoted a 30-45 minute wait until I’d allow to enter. That’s in addition to the 5 minutes I waited outside the lounge in order to be added to the queue.
Typically, I arrive to the airport an hour before my flight, so having to wait 45 minutes to enter, means I’d be entering as my flight would be on its final boarding call.
This is despite the American Express Las Vegas Centurion Lounge Reopens after being expanded earlier this year.
American Express already announced American Express Removing Centurion Lounge Guest Access starting in 2023 as a way to attempt to make the lounges less crowded.
It’s also comical that the Centurion Lounges still have reduced hours despite having long wait times to enter. You’d think with these waits, they would return the lounges to pre-pandemic hours to accommodate all guests.
As someone who arrives at the airport an hour before my flight, waiting up to 45 minutes to access the Centurion Lounge means not visiting the Centurion Lounge at all.
For comparison, I’ve fortunately never had to wait to visit a Delta Sky Club, so it’s unclear why the Centurion Lounges have waits to enter. Over Thanksgiving, I also experienced a wait at the American Express Centurion Lounge Phoenix (PHX).
It’s disappointing to be paying for an American Express Platinum card, and not even be able to access the Centurion Lounges, which is one of the main travel benefits of the card. I’d rather see them have a reservation system in place where you could reserve your spot at the lounge on busy travel days.
Have you had to wait to enter an American Express Centurion Lounge before? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.