Global Cutback: American Express Snips Centurion Lounge Guest Access

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Big news!
American Express reveals significant changes to Centurion Lounge access, happening as soon as early 2023.

Amex Platinum lounge Guesting Changes

According to the Amex Centurion Lounge terms & conditions, American Express Platinum cardmembers will no longer be able to bring two guests into lounges for free:

  • These changes kick in as of February 1, 2023
  • Both primary and additional cardmembers on the Amex Platinum will continue to receive lounge access
  • Those with the Amex Platinum will be charged a $50 fee for each guest they bring into Centurion Lounges
  • Amex Platinum cardmembers who spend at least $75,000 per year on the card will continue to receive complimentary lounge access for two guests
  • The Centurion Lounge guesting policy will remain unchanged for those with the Centurion Card

Currently Amex Platinum members bring two guests into Centurion Lounges at no extra cost.

It Gets Worse

Centurion Lounges are more impressive than most US airline lounges in terms of the food, drinks, and other amenities.

One major disadvantage to Centurion Lounges has been how consistently crowded they’ve been, given how popular they are. While the lounge network keeps getting expanded, and while individual locations are also expanded, it seems the lounges don’t get any less popular.

This change will significantly thin out the crowds in lounges.

 

The best Amex Platinum Future strategy

If you often travel with a group keep in mind that adding additional users on the personal version of the Amex Platinum is a particularly good deal.

You can add up to three additional cardmembers for a total of $175, which comes out to under $60 per cardmember. Those additional cardmembers get many benefits, including Centurion Lounge access. This is a rather affordable way to deal with this change, assuming you value Centurion Lounge access and consistently travel with the same people.

Summary

As of February 1, 2023, Amex Platinum cardmembers will no longer be allowed to bring guests into Amex Centurion Lounges. The exception is for those who spend at least $75,000 on the card per year.