Published on June 12th, 2019 | by William Charles
Update 6/11/19: American Express is now providing renderings of what the lounge will look like when opened. American Express is also stating that the lounges will open in the coming months. I’m unsure of a time when a centurion lounge has opened on time so I suspect that the lounge will be lucky to open in 2019 but maybe we will be pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind the old lounge these are replacing only physically closed in mid April as well.
In May it was announced that Phoenix Airport would be replacing the current ‘The Club’ lounge with a new 9,532 square foot lounge. In November airport staff selected MAG USA Lounge Management to operate this new lounge (they operate Escape lounges). According to minutes taken in a bidding processing MAG proposed splitting the lounge in two with the other area being for an American Express Centurion Lounge. Tonight city council will vote to on whether to approve this proposal. This is good news for American Express Platinum cardholders as they would have access to both the Centurion Lounge and the Escape lounge. If the proposal is approved as expected then the aim would be for a late 2019/early 2020 opening. Priority Pass isn’t happy that they will be missing out on the space:
“Following the announcement that the common-use lounge at Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor International Airport will undergo a change of operator, we have written to Mayor Thelda Williams to express our concern that removing access to this lounge for our Members could have a negative impact on the 150,000 Priority Pass Members that use the lounge annually and, in turn, on revenue value to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” Lucie Smith, a spokesperson for Priority Pass, said in an email to the Arizona Republic.