American Express Opens Centurion Lounge At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) [Reopened]


Update 6/14/22: Lounge will reopen on 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday, June 15

Update 6/8/21: Lounge now closed again until later this year due to building repairs.

Update 3/9/20: Lounge now open, more information here.

Update 3/6/20: Lounge is set to open this coming Monday (3/9/20)

Update: Some additional details about the lounge are found in a recent LAWA public agenda (found here). Thanks to reader Richard.

  • Estimated premise size: 13,693 square feet
  • Minimum lounge capital investment: $5,576,800
  • They also talk about the fact that this lounge space has been vacant for some time and they’ve attempted to lease it out to airlines without success.

This would make it one of the larger lounges,although still 1,300 square feet smaller than the JFK lounge. It will be interesting to see how it copes with the number of cardholders that will want to access it.

Hot on the announcement of a new centurion lounge being built at DEN is the news that American Express will be building another centurion lounge at Los Angeles International Airport in the Tom Bradley international terminal. This tweet provides some additional details:

As you see rent isn’t cheap for these lounges, American Express will pay $33,400,000 over ten years and that doesn’t include fitting the lounge out or ongoing expenses. Here’s what else we know:

  • Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) is connect airside to terminal T4-T7. The walk to these terminals isn’t a short one unfortunately. You can also get a Delta bus from terminal 2 & 3. That would leave only terminal 1 truly stranded.
  • Lounge should open in the first half of 2019

Previously American Express has had pop up lounges at LAX, but never anything permanent and calling the pop ups a lounge is being extremely generous. American Express already has lounges in Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, New York (LGA), Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle & San Francisco. They also have lounges planned for Denver and New York (and now Los Angeles).

The real question is going to be how big is the lounge? Overcrowding is already an issue at some lounges and unless this lounge is massive it’s immediately going to be an issue here as well.

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