Centurion Lounge Entrance LAX Airport
Source: Lounge Guide

American Express Centurion Lounge Complementary Guest Access Changes

This a reminder for some news announced last year about changes to the guest policy for American Express Centurion Lounges that becomes effective on (Wednesday) February 1, 2023. The change affects guests entering the lounge with a card member. These changes will only affect American Express Platinum and Platinum Business cardmembers, not Corporate Platinum or Centurion card. The new policy states that a card member can no longer bring two complimentary guests into the lounge.

Policy Changes

Starting on February 1, children under two years of age can enter for free with a cardmember; all other guests will be charged between $30 and 50 dollars, depending on their age. Children two but under 18 years old will have to pay $30, and everyone else will be required to pay $50 per person.

One exception is if you spent $75,000 last year and/or you have spent $75,000 this year (2023), you will be entitled to bring free guests into the lounge. This spending policy is based on a calendar year, so you would have had to spend $75,000 in January or $75,000 last year to qualify. I have seen reports that it can take up to 12 weeks to post this amount, so I am unsure if a January spend would grant you guest access. I recommend you call American Express before planning your lounge visit.

Another paid option for those who don't spend $75,000 per year on their card is to add authorized users to their Platinum card. You can add up to three additional users for $175 per year (each), and those additional cardholders will not have to pay for their entrance.

For those who visit the Escape Lounges, there will not be any changes to their entrance and guest policies!

Closing Thoughts

I dropped my Amex Platinum 3 years ago because of their lounge policies charging $50 for me to bring my son into the lounge and their annual fee increase ($695). He was young and would have hung out in the (completely empty) kid's room while the rest of us were there. I still think the policy should include free access for family members traveling with you. I believe this upcoming change, along with stiff lounge completion from Capital One, Plaza Premium, and other airline clubs, will mean more members drop their card membership, but time will tell, and maybe that is what Amex is hoping to help reduce lounge crowding. For me I travel with the American Express Delta Reserve Card that will get me into Delta Sky Clubs, Escape Lounges, and Centurion lounges when traveling on Delta flights, so the Platinum card is no longer needed for me.