Travelers coming through London’s Heathrow Airport and North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon be able to enjoy luxuries like complimentary snacks and drinks, quiet workstations, and even hot showers. That is, they will if they’re American Express Platinum or Centurion cardholders.
American Express’s Centurion Lounge is set to open two new branches in 2019 and 2020. The Heathrow location will be the first of its kind in Europe, while the Charlotte Douglas lounge will be one of the network’s largest, measuring more than 13,000 square feet and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of both the airfield and of the downtown skyline.
The Centurion Lounge at Heathrow
“London has long been a top destination for our Platinum Cardmembers,” said Chris Cracchiolo, Senior Vice President of Global Loyalty and Benefits at American Express. “It makes perfect sense to bring our first Centurion Lounge in Europe to Heathrow.” And John Arbuckle, Head of Property at Heathrow, called the forthcoming lounge “a unique and premium experience for American Express customers and a comfortable haven, bringing to life the essence of modern British hospitality.”
The lounge will be located in Terminal 3 and cover 7,000 square feet. It will offer the usual Centurion Lounge benefits, such as free high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations, family rooms, noise-buffering offices, as well as a specially curated food and drink menu that reflects the unique sensibilities of Londoners. It’s slated to open in 2019.
Busy Hub Charlotte Douglas Gets Its Due
North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the busiest connecting hubs in the United States. Its Centurion Lounge, scheduled to open in 2020, will be one of the largest in the American Express network. Located at the intersection of Concourses D and E, it will offer complimentary beverages created by mixologists and wine experts, premium shower suites, and more.
“As the sixth busiest airport in the country, we are constantly seeking ways to improve the customer experience,” said Ted Kaplan, the airport’s Director of Business and Revenue. “The opening of the Centurion Lounge will fit that bill by providing the Platinum Card and Centurion Members among our 46 million yearly passengers a premier space to relax and take in the sights before heading off to their next destination.”
Centurion Lounges are only accessible to travelers who are premium American Express cardholders—just one more reason to become one, if you aren’t already.