In 2017, Charlotte Douglas International Airport welcomed more than 45 million passengers, including more than 3 million international passengers. The airport supports nearly 554,000 aircraft movements per year, with flights to 171 non-stop destinations and 34 international destinations.
According to a City of Charlotte meeting agenda for Monday, Nov. 26, the city is considering approving an American Express lease, which would put a new lounge in the airport sometime next year. Currently, the airport is working on an East Terminal expansion, to open in the summer of next year, which would put the American Express lounge opening in the fall.
The lounge would be about 13,295 square feet on an upper level, located between Concourse D and Concourse E. The lease includes a one-time payment of $5 million and a minimum of $3 million of on-property advertising expenditures over 10 years. The annual rent is $525,701 with a 10-year lease value of $10.5 million.
Currently, American Express has Centurion Lounges in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York (LGA), Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. Centurion Lounges are also in the works at Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and Denver.
How do you get into a Centurion Lounge?
The Centurion Lounge is open to Platinum Card and Centurion cardholders. That includes cardholders of the American Express Platinum (learn more), the American Express Business Platinum (learn more) and the American Express Corporate Platinum.
Platinum cardholders can bring up to two guests into the lounge with them when they visit, at no additional charge. Centurion members can bring up to two guests or immediate family at no additional charge. For additional guests, Platinum cardholders and Centurion members can purchase day passes for $50.
What do you get in the Centurion Lounge?
If these lounges are so special, what can you expect? Well, they tend to offer above and beyond what you might normally find in an airline lounge.
You’ll find chef-created dining, signature cocktails and premium spirits, high-speed WiFi, private workspaces, a business center, entertainment, spa services, wine tastings areas, conference rooms for rent, shower suites, family rooms and lockers.
Considering the Platinum Card?
If you’re considering the personal Platinum card, you can currently take advantage of a welcome offer which gives you 75,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases on your new personal card in the first three months.