I’m a huge fan of the American Express Centurion Lounge concept. Even though these lounges tend to get crowded during peak periods, I still find them to be a valuable oasis. But I’m getting tired of the LAX tease!
It started with three couches in the Tom Bradley International Terminal in late 2015.
Soon thereafter, an LAX employee newsletter claimed the a new American Express Centurion Lounge would be opened at LAX between Terminals 6 and 7.
At the time, American Express told me:
I can’t speak to the airport’s employee newsletter, but I can tell you that LAX is an important and much frequented airport for our Card Members, and we are actively exploring ways to bring The Centurion Lounge to Los Angeles. At this stage in the process, we’re still in discussions with the airport about finding the right space and location for a lounge that will fit our Card Members’ needs.
That was in November 2015. Note the issue was “finding the right space and location” at LAX, not whether a lounge would be coming.
Late last year the following “pop-up lounge” appeared in the Tom Bradly International Terminal:
We recently opened a temporary pop-up lounge in the LAX international terminal to provide travelers with a retreat to relax in during the busy holiday travel season and raise further awareness for our premium Centurion Lounges across the country. This 65 x 20 sq feet location features premium seating and is free for all consumers to visit through February 2017. While many of our Card Members frequent LAX and we’re always exploring opportunities for new lounge locations, we do not have any plans to share about bringing a permanent location to this airport.
That seemed to be a step back from 2015 when the issue was location and not the lounge itself.
Another half year has passed. I reached out to American Express for an update and this time received no reply.
We seem to be moving backwards…
I know AMEX is hurting, but after a two-year tease I hope we will eventually see a beautiful AMEX Centurion Lounge in the City of Angeles. Until then, look for the Philadelphia lounge to open next month. That lounge was supposed to open yesterday but has faced several delays.