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Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??


tiffjtiffj wrote:

Will they add more though? I still can't believe there isn't one here at LAX Smiley Frustrated


ATL is my home base, and I am surpised there is not a Centurion Lounge.  Gratned there are probably 10 delta lounges and a couple Priority Pass lounges.  The lougnes alone cover the annual fee.

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??

Yes, and what about EWR? But they have one at LGA, not JFK?

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??

You don't pay for anything in Centurion Lounges. All free although it is encouraged that you tip the bar tender. LAS is busy but the buffet always has food and I've never had a problem finding a place to sit. Houston is even less busy than that although I'm typically there early. I've only been there once later in the day and it wasn't nearly as busy as LAS.

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??


jdmorlando wrote:

Thank you all for your very thoughtful feedback. I'm astonished though that you have to pay for everything except for basic soft drinks, water, juice. Sounds VERY stingy to me! And yes the extra $100 a year should weed out some of the more cost conscious consumers. More elbow room for me!


rex_03 wrote:

^^^, as mentioned above you CAN absolutely use them on arrival/or departure. I do this quite frequently.. After a long flight I will come in for a quick shower, and shave, and then be on my way.. Drinks are great, and food offerings are also on par. Beats the airport kiosks and their pricing. Priority pass as another platinum benefit is hit/miss depending on where you go, but it fills in the gaps though.. Enjoy your card and your BENEFITS!!


 


Where are you getting this much misinformation about the Cent lounges? Or are you saying that other lounges make you pay for food? I've heard that some of the really top tier booze at Centurion is hidden and reserved for actual Centurion customers who flash the card (not sure if it's true), but the food and the on-display drinks are free (but do tip for drinks). As a "mere" Platinum member I've had tip-only cognac, pinot noir, etc...much more than just a house cab like at some Admirals Clubs.

 

I'm not sure about the odds of diminished crowding. A lot of frequent travelers can use half or more of the Uber credit, and they will be the ones who actually use the lounges most. Crowding is not reduced when people who don't use the lounges cancel their cards.

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??

Atlanta is my home airport, but since being stationed in Central America, I fly through Miami, and sometimes Houston. Miami's lounge is ALWAYS packed. There's always food though....you just may have to eat standing up, which I'm not complaining about, because the food there is delicious. Houston's lounge is pretty busy, but there are usually seats. Enjoy them! Best benefit of the card to me!

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??

So to tip can you just hand over your Amex card to the bartender and ask him to take X as a tip?

No way anyone should use cash there...
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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??


CreditFTW wrote:
So to tip can you just hand over your Amex card to the bartender and ask him to take X as a tip?

No way anyone should use cash there...

They don't take Amex. The fees are too high. Smiley Tongue

 

Cash only, AFAIK. When I've lacked small bills, I've gotten change (before starting on my drink) for a $10.

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??

For those of you that are going to the lounge upon arrival, is this something that you are only doing if you do not have a checked bag? 

 

I have often considered doing this, but I generally have a checked bag, so I skip the lounge upon arrival so my bag isn't left on the belt for the baggage team to handle. 

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??


shinedown87 wrote:

For those of you that are going to the lounge upon arrival, is this something that you are only doing if you do not have a checked bag? 

 

I have often considered doing this, but I generally have a checked bag, so I skip the lounge upon arrival so my bag isn't left on the belt for the baggage team to handle. 


I peronsally always carry on, hopefully others can chime in.  I just go straight the lounge after I arrive.  I have a 6:30am flight tomorrow, and will be getting breakfast as soon as I arrive Smiley Happy

 

To the tips:  Always carry a few bucks on you when you are visiting a lounge.  Sure it is free, but like open bars at a wedding, you should tip the bartender.

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Re: Amex Plat. Centurion Lounge ??


Mattopotamus wrote:

shinedown87 wrote:

For those of you that are going to the lounge upon arrival, is this something that you are only doing if you do not have a checked bag? 

 

I have often considered doing this, but I generally have a checked bag, so I skip the lounge upon arrival so my bag isn't left on the belt for the baggage team to handle. 


I peronsally always carry on, hopefully others can chime in.  I just go straight the lounge after I arrive.  I have a 6:30am flight tomorrow, and will be getting breakfast as soon as I arrive Smiley Happy

 

To the tips:  Always carry a few bucks on you when you are visiting a lounge.  Sure it is free, but like open bars at a wedding, you should tip the bartender.


I used it upon arrival with a checked bag once, but I ate quickly and didn't have anything fragile or irreplaceable in the bag. It was an old and somewhat beat-up bag and I'm not sure it would have interested a thief. When I finished and went to baggage claim, my bag had been removed from the carousel and was just sitting there on its own.

 

So I've done it and it's worked for me...but it's probably not a good idea in general.

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