American Express New Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (TBIT) Opens Today

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Much anticipated, today March 9 is finally the day when the doors open to American Express newest addition to the Centurion Lounge portfolio, opening their Los Angeles lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal.

The lounge will now finally open and welcome customers per the Centurion Lounge access policy (Platinum & Centurion cardholders).

American Express is currently on a big expansion course to make more Centurion lounges available to their Platinum and Centurion cardholders and Los Angeles was one of their most anticipated locations, opening six weeks after their Phoenix lounge opened.

You can access American Express website for the LAX Lounge here.

The opening hours are 6:30 am – 11 pm which means the very late departures from TBIT will go without access.

Here is a map of Tom Bradley International Terminal to display how to find the lounge:

Tom Bradley International Terminal can be accessed with a domestic ticket as well, either through the security checkpoint (which sometimes draws scrutiny from the TSA/line checkers) or by walking over from one of the other terminals that are directly connected via walkway or bus service from Terminal 2/3.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are all connected airside via an overground passage between Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, an underground tunnel between Terminals 4, 5 and 6 and above-ground walkways between Terminals 6, 7, and 8. An additional airside shuttle bus operates between Terminals 4, 5, and the American Eagle remote terminal. There are no physical airside connections between any of the other terminals.

Inter-terminal connections between terminals 1, 2, and 3, and between them and the other terminals, require passengers to exit security, then walk or use a shuttle-bus to get to the other terminal, then re-clear security. Terminals 4-8, which comprise the south terminal complex, provide airside connections, which allow connecting passengers to access other terminals without having to re-clear security.

Personally I think it’s absurd to make a long way to TBIT just to visit the lounge for a short period of time. I read about it all the time, people who head over there just to visit the Star Alliance or Qantas Lounge. I guess this falls in the “whatever floats your boat” category but I consider it a waste of time.

In any case I thought it’s important to at least mention it so if you want to visit the Centurion Lounge at least once by ping ponging between terminals or if that is your plan access right at TBIT and hope they let you in, saving at least one way transfer. Of course that only works with carry on as you can’t check in baggage at TBIT for any other airline than the ones departing there.

They have equipped the Centurion Lounge with a nice relation area:

The dining options feature dishes from the famous local Osteria Mozza and their chef-owner Nancy Silverton:

Same as the other Centurion Lounges the LAX one will also feature a full bar, serving cocktails and mocktails plus a variety of other beverages.

Currently Centurion Lounges are currently available at:

  • Dallas
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York LGA
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Miami
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco

For 2020 Amex has already announced further locations including international ones:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Denver
  • London Heathrow
  • New York JFK

The Centurion Lounges have been pretty popular with members and considering how strong Amex has pushed their Platinum card in the last few years I can imagine why they now want to expand their lounge networks, especially after upping the annual membership fees in many markets.

Conclusion

Amex members have anticipated the opening of this lounge for quite some time though due to the location at TBIT I’d argue the use is rather limited. For those flying domestically it’s quite a trek to go to the international terminal and actually having an international flight leaving from means a lot of passengers who keep a Platinum or Centurion card already have a premium ticket or elite status to utilize another lounge.

Nevertheless I’m glad to see this one finally opening because it improves the options at LAX a lot and competition is always a good thing. Are you visiting the new lounge this week?

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