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I visited the new American Express Centurion Lounge at JFK airport and saw why a $550 annual cardholder fee is worth it – see inside


American Express Centurion Lounge JFK Airport

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American Express celebrated the opening of its newest Centurion Lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, the latest in a nationwide expansion that’s brought its total number of lounges to 12 in the US with two at New York City airports alone. 

Located in Terminal 4, flyers on Delta Air Lines and other international carriers utilizing the terminal can enjoy over 15,000 square feet of plush seating, complimentary hot meals, unlimited alcoholic beverages, and a reprieve from the crowds in the main terminal. 

Centurion Lounges are among the greatest-selling features of American Express’ most expensive credit cards. Geared toward frequent travelers, cardholders pay a high annual fee typically greater than $500 and receive perks such as access to the Centurion Lounge, travel credits, and travel insurance, among other benefits that help offset the yearly cost. 

Access is restricted to American Express’ top cardholders, including those with Platinum or Centurion cards, instead of passengers flying on a specific airline. Delta Air Lines Reserve cardholders can also access the lounge and in turn, American Express Platinum cardholders can use Delta SkyClub’s when flying the airline.  

New COVID-19-related safety protocols have been implemented across the lounge including capacity restrictions, plexiglass dividers, and reduced self-service capabilities. Entry is also limited to 3 hours before departure, though connecting passengers are exempt from that rule. 

Take a look inside the newest Centurion Lounge.

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American Express launched construction on this Centurion Lounge in 2018 with a projected opening in 2019 but after around a year of delays, it finally opened on October 9.

Source: Business Insider

The famous blue doors welcome passengers to the newest addition to Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport.

Flyers visiting a Centurion Lounge during the pandemic will immediately notice new safety features including plexiglass partitions and social distancing floor placards at check-in.

A new push towards touchless is allowing guests to check into the lounge via their phones, reducing interactions with Amex staff.

This premium lounge is one of 12 in Terminal 4 and building it required an extension of the terminal itself.

The angled floor-to-ceiling windows mark the terminal building’s former perimeter with most of the lounge requiring a newly constructed appendage.

Weekday mornings would normally see this lounge packed from wall to wall but during the time of our visit on its opening day, less than 10 passengers filled the two-level lounge.

New COVID-19 safety features in the lounge include blocked seats to ensure social distancing throughout.

And larger spaces and tables, including the multi-purpose room that’s typically reserved for families – are available on-request and reserved for groups of three or more.

Building a majority of the lounge from scratch allowed for unique spaces, including these treehouse-style hideaways.

They’re found throughout the lounge and …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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