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American Express has made changes yet again to their lounge access policy. So of course the first thing we want to know is what those changes are and will we be affected. I wrote about the American Express Centurion Lounges and asked readers how they were feeling about them. Readers were mixed, with the chief complaint being the overcrowding of lounges. American Express did start limiting the number of guests cardholders could bring in with them, and as of October 2, they’ve made an even more restrictive change.
Only American Express Platinum and Centurion Charge Cardholders will have access to Centurion Lounges. The day pass, which used to cost $50 and was available to other American Express cardholders, is no longer available. At almost every Centurion Lounge I’ve been in, especially in the U.S., I’ve noticed travelers buying day passes, so this will for sure negatively affect those American Express cardholders.
I haven’t had an occasion to visit a Centurion Lounge in the past few months, so I’m wondering what you all have observed. American Express keeps adding Centurion Lounges and restricting access. Did you notice when guest access was limited to only two guests per cardholder that the lounges were less crowded? Do you think this new change will help ease the crowds? Let me know in the comments below.