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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 a?? see inside

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

The American Express Centurion Lounge at JFK Airport opened to guests on Friday.
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American Express just opened the first Centurion Lounge at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.




The 12th Centurion Lounge in the US offers JFK passengers complimentary hot food and alcoholic beverages before departure, in addition to wellness offerings and the first airport speakeasy bar.




Amex Platinum and Centurion cardholders, as well as Delta Air Lines Amex Reserve cardholders, can access the lounge up to three hours before their flight.




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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.

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.

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

Inside the Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK Airport.
Thomas Pallini/Business Insider
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