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Back in the good old days, an AMEX Platinum card granted access for you and your family or 2 guests to American, Continental, Northwest, and USAirways lounges.
One by one, those airlines merged and stopped allowing lounge access for AMEX Platinum cardholders. You can still access Delta lounges, though you can no longer bring in any guests with you. The good news is that additional cardholders do get access to Delta lounges.
Originally, Centurion Lounges were designed for free access only for Centurion cardholders. You know them as those black cards that cost a whopping $5,000 per year with a $10,000 initiation fee.
Once the Platinum card started losing airline lounge partners they opened the Centurion lounge up to Platinum cardholders for free as well. Platinum cardholders used to be able to bring a spouse and kids into a Centurion lounge for free, and then later AMEX changed that to 2 guests.
Unfortunately that still hasn’t solved overcrowding in the lounges, and effective 2/1/23 most Platinum cardholders will no longer be able to bring in any free guests.
Guests, including kids, will cost $50 each. That’s absurd considering that all kids used to be free and it’s a massive devaluation for cardholders traveling with their family.
If you do spend $75,000 on your Platinum account during the prior calendar year you can still bring in free guests. If you spend $75K on your Platinum account in 2023 by March you’ll be able to bring free guests from March 2023 through January 2025.
Alternatively, you can add up to 3 additional cardholders onto an AMEX Consumer Platinum card for $175, or just $58.33 per year per card. Officially authorized users must be 13 years old, though there are workarounds for that.
Additional cardholders can access premium lounges like Delta and Centurion.
What do you think of these changes? Will you appreciate less lounge crowding or will you cancel your Platinum card over these changes?