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Guide to lounge access with the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum

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When you think of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express — two of the top travel rewards cards — you probably associate the cards with the long list of benefits that come from being a cardholder. Each card offers extensive perks, including elite status with Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors and access to elite-like perks when booking hotel stays through the Fine Hotels and Resorts program.

One of the most popular perks provided by these two American Express cards is access to Amex’s Centurion Lounges. Many travelers don’t realize that Centurion Lounges are just one type of lounge you can enter as a Platinum cardholder. So, today I’ll go through all the types of airport lounges you can access when you have the Amex Platinum Card or Amex Business Platinum Card.

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What lounges can I access with the Amex Platinum Card?

a dining room table in front of a window: Amex Centurion Lounge JFK (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Amex Centurion Lounge JFK (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

With the Amex Platinum Card or Amex Business Platinum Card, you have access to the following types of lounges:

You can find participating airport lounges during your travels by using the Global Lounge Collection website’s search function. American Express states that you’ll have access to more than 1,300 airport lounges across 140 countries. But Priority Pass alone claims to have over 1,300 lounges in more than 600 cities across 148 countries. So, even if American Express’ numbers are slightly outdated, that still means most of the lounges you can use are Priority Pass lounges.

As a Platinum cardholder — including authorized users issued a Platinum Card but not authorized users issued a Gold Card — you’ll get access to most of the eligible lounge networks by showing your card and a valid boarding pass. But each lounge network has different access requirements and guest policies, so let’s take a look at each.

Related: The best credit cards for airport lounge access

American Express Centurion Lounges

a room filled with furniture and a large window: The Centurion Lounge in Miami (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Centurion Lounge in Miami (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Amex’s Centurion Lounges offer a wide variety of drinks, high-quality dining, high-speed Wi-Fi and a mixture of seating for relaxation and work. Some Centurion Lounges provide additional complimentary amenities that truly set them apart, such as well-stocked family rooms and spa services.

However, in March Amex closed all of its Centurion Lounges due to coronavirus. In early October, Amex began reopening its Centurion Lounges with modified service and amenities. Information on which lounges are open and what to expect changes frequently, though. So, check out Zach Griff’s Centurion Lounge reopening post for current information.

Related: A guide to Amex Centurion Lounges

Centurion Lounge locations

Centurion Lounges are the most talked-about and exclusive lounges available to Platinum cardholders. Amex has also been working hard to open new Centurion Lounges. Currently, there are Centurion Lounges in 13 airports:

However, two more Centurion Lounges are scheduled to open by the end of 2020 in Denver (DEN) and London Heathrow (LHR). With many card issuers cutting benefits, it’s encouraging to see Amex add trip protections and new Centurion Lounges.

Related: The Amex Platinum Card keeps getting harder to ignore due to its Centurion Lounge access

Access policy for Centurion Lounges

a room filled with furniture and a flat screen tv: The Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Platinum cardmembers may only access the lounge within three hours of a scheduled departure with a same-day, confirmed boarding pass. Access upon arrival isn’t allowed unless you’re in transit, in which case the three-hour rule doesn’t apply. If you have the invite-only Centurion Card, you aren’t held to these rules.

Some Centurion lounges may allow access via the Amex app in place of showing your card. But, you’ll still want to have your Platinum Card on hand for the locations that don’t accept entry via the app. Plus, I find it easier to just hand over my physical card along with my boarding pass and I.D.

Related: One TPG staffer’s experience using Amex’s Centurion Lounge app check-in

Guest policy for Centurion Lounges

Platinum cardmembers may enter with up to two guests at no additional charge. Centurion cardmembers may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner and children under 18) at no additional charge.

Children under two are allowed into the lounge free of charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian who can show either proof of age for the child or a lap-infant boarding pass. Platinum and Centurion cardmembers may purchase day passes for additional guests at the time of entry for $50 per guest.

Related: How to get a family of 4 or more into an Amex Centurion Lounge

Access to other lounge networks

Centurion Lounges are wonderful to visit. But most airports don’t have a Centurion Lounge. So most of the lounges you can visit with an Amex Platinum or Amex Business Platinum card are in other lounge networks.

As with Centurion Lounges, some lounges in these networks may be temporarily closed or offering reduced services. Luckily, the lounge search function on Amex’s website notes which lounges are closed as well as current operating hours for lounges that are open.

Delta Sky Clubs lounges

a chair sitting in front of a building: Delta Sky Club in Salt Lake City (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Delta Sky Club in Salt Lake City (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

You’ll get access to Delta-operated Sky Club lounges in 34 airports with your Platinum Card. You can search for eligible lounges on Delta’s website by selecting “Platinum Card Members from American Express” as your membership type.


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You can access Delta Sky Clubs when you’re flying on a Delta-operated flight — or a Delta-marketed, WestJet-operated flight (your ticket will start with 006) — by showing your Platinum Card and same-day boarding pass.

No guests are included, but you may purchase guest access for up to two traveling companions at the discounted price of $39 per person.

Related: The best Delta Sky Club lounges in the U.S.

Priority Pass Select lounges

a living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: Enjoy complimentary access to Priority Pass lounges like the SATS Premium Lounge in Singapore . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Enjoy complimentary access to Priority Pass lounges like the SATS Premium Lounge in Singapore . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Platinum Card members are entitled to complimentary membership in Priority Pass Select. This membership provides access to more than 1,300 lounges around the world but doesn’t include Priority Pass restaurant lounges. The quality of each Priority Pass lounge varies, but there are some excellent Priority Pass lounges. Here are some of our favorite Priority Pass lounges in the U.S.

To gain access, you’ll need to enroll in Priority Pass Select on Amex’s website or by calling Platinum Travel Services. I recommend enrolling as soon as you get your Platinum Card since your Priority Pass card will need to be mailed to you. Once you get your Priority Pass card, simply hand it and your boarding pass to the front desk attendant at Priority Pass lounges to gain access. Note that some Priority Pass lounges have limited hours for Priority Pass guests. And, you may also be turned away if a lounge is at capacity.

You can bring up to two guests with you on each visit, as long as the individual lounge accepts guests. If you have additional guests, the lounge will charge you $32 per guest.

Related: How valuable is a Priority Pass lounge membership?

U.S. Escape Lounges

a dining room table: The bar area at the Escape Lounge at Minneapolis Saint Paul (MSP) . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The bar area at the Escape Lounge at Minneapolis Saint Paul (MSP) . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Platinum cardmembers may use Escape Lounges in the U.S. free of charge. Escape Lounges provide complimentary food, drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), high-speed Wi-Fi and comfortable seating. The following U.S. airports have Escape Lounges:

You can access U.S. Escape Lounges by showing your Platinum Card, government-issued identification and a confirmed same-day boarding pass. You may bring two guests with you for no additional cost, but any additional guests will need to purchase a day pass. Day passes cost $40 per guest if you purchase online at least 24 hours before your visit and $45 per guest at the lounge entrance.

Related: Which airline lounges in the U.S. are currently open?

Airspace lounges

a group of people in a room: Airspace Lounge in San Diego (Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Airspace Lounge in San Diego (Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy)

There’s currently only one Airspace lounge location: San Diego (SAN). When you visit the lounge with your Platinum Card, you gain access to all of the benefits that would come with purchasing a lounge pass.

You can access the Airspace lounge by showing your Platinum Card, a government-issued ID and confirmed same-day boarding pass. You may bring up to two guests at no additional cost. Any additional guests will need to pay the normal entry fee, which starts at $25 per person.

Related: What one TPG writer loved about visiting the San Diego airport

Plaza Premium lounges

a kitchen with a dining room table: The bar at the Plaza Premium lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 2 (Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The bar at the Plaza Premium lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 2 (Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

Many, but not all, Plaza Premium lounges are included in Priority Pass. However, you may be able to access additional Plaza Premium lounge locations worldwide with your Platinum Card.

You’ll need to show your Platinum Card, government-issued identification and a confirmed same-day boarding pass to enter. You may enter with up to two guests for no additional cost. After the first two guests, other guests will need to purchase a day pass. However, the cost to buy a day pass varies.

Related: Here’s why one TPG staffer skips the airport lounge and heads straight to the gate

International American Express Lounges

a living room filled with furniture and a flat screen tv: Seating at the American Express Lounge in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ajay Awtaney/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Seating at the American Express Lounge in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ajay Awtaney/The Points Guy)

International American Express Lounges are a small collection of American Express Lounges, Centurion Clubs and a Centurion Lounge that are located outside the U.S. Currently, there are 13 International American Express Lounges:

  • Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) — American Express Lounge by Pontus
  • Mumbai, India (BOM) — American Express Lounge
  • Delhi, India (DEL) — American Express Lounge
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) — The Centurion Lounge
  • São Paulo, Brazil (GRU) — American Express Lounge
  • Melbourne, Australia (MEL) — American Express Lounge
  • Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) — three Centurion Clubs
  • Monterrey, Mexico (MTY) — two Centurion Clubs
  • Sydney, Australia (SYD) — American Express Lounge
  • Toluca, Mexico (TLC) — Centurion Club

As a Platinum cardmember, you’ll receive complimentary access to International American Express Lounges with your Platinum Card, government-issued identification and a same-day boarding pass. Guest access and cost for additional guests vary across these lounges, but at least one complimentary guest is allowed at each location.

Related: How to maximize benefits with the Amex Platinum Card

Lufthansa lounges

Check-in desk at a Lufthansa Business Lounge in Frankfurt (Photo by Paul Thompson/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Check-in desk at a Lufthansa Business Lounge in Frankfurt (Photo by Paul Thompson/The Points Guy)

In a partnership that began in 2017 and has been extended multiple times, Platinum cardmembers can use Lufthansa lounges when flying Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines) from Munich or Frankfurt. The current iteration of this partnership is scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2020. But, I suspect Lufthansa and Amex may extend this partnership again.

You may use Lufthansa Business Lounges (regardless of ticket class) and Lufthansa Senator Lounges (when flying business class) in the Satellite area of T2 in Munich Airport and in T1 Concourse B in Frankfurt Airport. You’ll need to show your Platinum card, a government-issued photo ID and a confirmed seat on a same-day Lufthansa Group boarding pass. No guests are included, but certain locations may allow guests for a fee.

Related: Exclusive: Lufthansa details the future of its first-class experience

Frequently asked questions

Can I access Delta Sky Club lounges with the Amex Platinum?

When flying on a Delta-operated flight (or a Delta-marketed, WestJet-operated flight), you can access Delta Sky Club lounges by showing your Platinum Card and same-day boarding pass.

Related: 7 customer-friendly innovations at Delta’s newest and largest Sky Club that could become the norm

Does the Amex Platinum get you into United Clubs?

The Amex Platinum doesn’t provide access to United Clubs.

Related: 7 ways the United Club experience has changed due to the pandemic

Is Priority Pass free with the Amex Platinum?

Cardholders of the Platinum Card from American Express and Business Platinum Card from American Express have access to complimentary Priority Pass Select membership as a cardmember benefit.

Related: These Priority Pass airport lounges are reopening, including one perfect for social distancing

How many Centurion Lounges are there?

There are currently 13 Amex Centurion Lounges. But, two more Centurion Lounges are scheduled to open by the end of 2020.

Related: First look at the brand-new flagship Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK

How do I get an Amex Platinum Priority Pass?

After being approved for an Amex Platinum Card, you’ll need to enroll in Priority Pass Select. You can sign-up on Amex’s website or by calling the number on the back of your card. After enrolling, a Priority Pass card will be mailed to you.

Related: 10 things to do when you get the Amex Platinum

Bottom line

The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express provide access to more lounges than any other card. This is why these cards routinely sit at the top of The Points Guy’s list of best cards for airport lounge access.

But it’s not all about quantity. The quality of the lounges accessible with the Amex Platinum Card and Amex Business Platinum Card is also excellent. For example, I love enjoying locally influenced dining at Centurion Lounges and relaxing spaces at Escape Lounges. Plus, as Amex adds more Centurion Lounges to its network and other partner lounge networks continue to expand, lounge access with the Platinum Card and Business Platinum Card should only continue to improve.

Want complimentary access to all these lounges? Here are the official application links for The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express.

Featured photo of the Centurion Lounge in Miami by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.

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