American Express’ growing network of Centurion airport lounges will get its seventh member next year when a new location opens in Houston Bush Intercontinental’s Terminal D, which is used primarily by non-United international carriers. But it’s an easy walk from United big new Terminal E. (See map below)
Use of the Centurion Lounges is free for American Express Platinum Card and Centurion members and up to two guests. Persons holding other versions of the American Express Card (including the Delta Platinum card) can buy access to the lounges for $50 a day, subject to capacity limits.
The company said its new 8,500 square foot Houston lounge will offer private showers, private phone areas, “noise-buffering” workspaces, comfortable seating, a computer bar, high-speed Wi-Fi and “tranquility areas,” along with free bar and food buffet service. It’s due to open in the first half of 2016, AmEx said.
American Business Journals reports that Terminal D is slated for demolition and replacement by 2018. We asked American Express about this and a spokesperson said, “If and when Terminal D is eventually demolished, American Express will reopen the lounge in the new terminal.”
In the past two months, American Express has opened a Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport and a smaller “studio” version of the lounge at Seattle-Tacoma. Last fall, it opened a Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International. Other Centurion Lounges are at Las Vegas McCarran, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and New York LaGuardia.
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