In another bid to alleviate chronic overcrowding, American Express will further limit access to its Centurion Lounges.
Until now, access has been complimentary for Platinum and Centurion cardholders. Other American Express cardholders could pay $50/person for access. Starting on October 2, 2017, non-Platinum and Centurion cardmembers will no longer be able to purchase access.
Here’s the full announcement via the Points Guy,
As part of an ongoing commitment to giving Card Members the best experience while in the lounges, American Express is actually making changes to its Centurion Lounge access policy. Starting Monday, October 2, access to the Centurion Lounges will be an exclusive benefit for our premium customers – Platinum Card and Centurion Members. Other American Express Card Members will no longer be able to purchase day passes for the lounges.
The guest policy for Platinum Card and Centurion Members remains the same. Platinum Card Members can enter any Centurion Lounge with up to two guests, and Centurion Members may enter with up to two guests or immediate family at no additional charge. Platinum and Centurion Card Members can continue to purchase day passes for any additional guests.
We understand having a place to relax and recharge in the airport is essential to our Card Members, and we continue to evaluate ways to address any crowding concerns and provide a best in class experience for our Card Members.
For this reason, we are continuously exploring opportunities to expand upon our Centurion Lounge offerings to accommodate more Card Members, including the introduction of new locations, such as the upcoming Hong Kong and Philadelphia locations, and the expansion of our existing spaces, as we plan to do in Dallas.
I Don’t Think This Will Help…
Over the years I’ve seen dozens of people without Platinum or Black cards attempt to access Centurion Lounges only too be told access would be $50. Not once, even once, have I ever seen anyone pay for access. If you drink enough alcohol it is actually a very good deal, but I don’t think many people pay up.
The culprit is too many Platinum cardholders, but there is no solution for that. American Express already limited cardholders to two guests. Further limiting cardholders to one guest will result in a backlash that will do more harm than help (in my opinion).
So maybe this will keep a few people out, but the chronic overcrowding problem will remain.
> Read More: A Warning to American Express
(H/T: Tiffany at One Mile at a Time)