Amex Centurion Lounge Renovation Update: Seattle About To Close In March, Las Vegas Reopened As Of This Week

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The American Express Centurion Lounge at Seattle Tacoma will be closing in March for “a short period” to undergo renovations while the Las Vegas Lounge just re-opened this week (Monday).

The exact date when the club will close/reopen hasn’t been published on the Amex website yet but apparently the reason for the closure is “upgrading and expansion”.

The Centurion Lounges in the U.S. are currently undergoing renovations in tranches with the lounges closing for certain periods until whatever changes they planned are implemented.

Las Vegas has reopened last Monday after an 8 day closing period. I haven’t been there personally but talked to someone who went yesterday and he said that he doesn’t notice a single thing being different than before. The bathroom was in working order this time though which is already an improvement. Nothing worse than a packed Centurion Lounge and the toilets / wash tables being out of order. Never mind the showers.

I’m quite surprised about the excessive wear and tear on the lounges as they are fairly new yet there is constantly something to renovate. Especially the bathrooms always seem to be affected by maintenance issues.

The next one up will be the Centurion Lounge at Seattle Tacoma sometime in March.

The Seattle Centurion Lounge will be temporarily closed for a short period in March as we renovate and improve the space.

The Lounge is located in Concourse B, opposite Gate B3. The Lounge is accessible from any security checkpoint.

Hours: 5 am – 10 pm

Meanwhile the Amex Centurion Lounge in Miami (see here) is still closed since January 14th which is just about 10 days now. There is no schedule though when it’ll be reopened.

The notice on the Amex website reads:

Beginning January 14th, 2019, The Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport will be temporarily closed for a short period as we work to upgrade and expand the space. Please visit one of our partner lounges including Delta Sky Club® when flying Delta, or a Priority Pass™ Select lounge once enrolled.

There are Priority Pass options at many airports either for other lounges or alternatively restaurant credits that can be utilized. I recommend to download the Priority Pass app to check quickly for outlets available to you.

I have previously written about the extremely crowded Centurion lounges and what Amex should do about that. They did exactly the opposite though and announced changes that are going to affect the primary cardholder rather than the tons of guests some people bring in.

Amex told us why they implemented these new rules:

As our Centurion Lounges continue to be one of our Card Members’ favorite travel benefits, we are updating our Centurion Lounge access policies to ensure that we continue to provide our Card Members with a relaxing and spacious environment to visit before they head out on their travel journeys.

Beginning on March 22, 2019,

o    The Centurion Lounge will welcome Platinum Card Members who arrive within 3 hours or less prior to their original scheduled departure time or can provide proof of a connecting flight. Card Members who arrive at the Centurion Lounge as their final destination will no longer be permitted entry.

o    Children under 2 years of age will be admitted free of charge and will not count towards Platinum Card Member’s 2 complimentary guest count, so long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is able to produce a “lap infant” boarding pass or proof of age.

o    These changes only impact Platinum Card Members and do not impact Centurion Members’ access policy.

I expressed my take on these changes in the recent article I wrote last week.

Conclusion

Let’s hope the renovation of the Seattle Club is going to be a quick affair but I wouldn’t hold my breath believing that. I’d estimate at least 2-4 weeks of closure. Meanwhile the Alaska Airlines Club doesn’t participate in the Priority Pass system anymore.

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