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American Express opens new lounge at LAX

American Express has opened a stylish new Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): the company’s biggest airport lounge yet, taking up nearly 1,300 square metres in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, where Qantas and many other airlines operate from. The lounge is accessible post-security from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

LAX is the fourth busiest airport in the world and a key port for travellers between Australia and North / Central America. The Centurion Lounge is a welcome addition to the facilities available for travellers, however to get in you’ll need to hold Amex’s top-tier Platinum Card or invite-only Centurion Card. Access is not available to holders of other American Express cards, except the US-issued Delta Skymiles Reserve Card.

Here’s a rundown of what lounge guests can enjoy.

An Homage to LA Arts & Culture

Paying homage to Los Angeles’ iconic film legacy, American Express has hand-picked film artifacts for the lounge, which also features a seating area with a backlit silhouette of the Hollywood Hills.

Teal shades in the space are inspired by design trends of the contemporary Los Angeles’ arts district.

LA-inspired design

At the lounge entry, guests will be greeted by a custom mural inspired by the State of California’s color and official gemstone and created by Los Angeles-based mixed media muralist, Danielle Garza, who goes by the moniker “Ellierex”.

Relaxing Tranquility Area and Spa Services

For people travelling into new time zones or guests hoping to relax before a long flight, the Centurion Lounge at LAX will feature Sunrise and Moonrise tranquility rooms, offering brightly and dimly lit quiet spaces to relax and recharge.

The Moonrise room ushers in a sense of nighttime relaxation through a starry night inspired ceiling, creating an atmosphere of subtle, yet relaxing energy. Meanwhile, the Sunrise room helps awaken the senses with illuminated walls, emanating an atmosphere of dawn-like hues.

Moonrise room

Sunrise room

American Express has partnered with Exhale to offer wellbeing and spa services centered around energy and light. Guests can indulge in Light Therapy designed to hydrate skin, Reiki treatments to restore the body’s equilibrium, and Ear Reflexology to relax the mind and ease the body. Hand and nail therapies, as well as chair massages, will also be available.

A Taste of California

Executive Chef Nancy Silverston’s dining menu will offer guests a taste of local cuisine. Some of the locally inspired dishes include: Asparagus Egg Pie, Panettone French Toast, Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs and Feta, Mozza Meatballs, Roasted Beets with Horseradish Vinaigrette, Butterscotch Budino and more.

The new lounge also offers premium wine selections and specialty cocktails inspired by Los Angeles’ cocktail culture, commercial aviation and Silverton’s menu. Some of the specialty cocktails include the Maliblue Lagoon, a color-coded ode to Malibu’s own blue lagoon and the Private Plane, a playful twist on New York bartender Sam Ross’ classic Paper Plane cocktail.

Main bar

Other facilities

The lounge will also provide guests with private noise-buffering workspaces, a family friendly room, high-speed Wi-Fi, premium restrooms and showers, power outlets and American Express Member Services Professionals to assist with on-site Card and travel-related services.

Accessing the lounge

Access to The Centurion Lounge is complimentary and exclusive for holders of the Platinum Card and invite-only Centurion Card. Platinum Card Members may enter with up to two travel companions at no additional charge. Centurion Members may enter with their immediate family or up to two travel companions.

The Centurion Lounge is the signature lounge program within the broader American Express Global Lounge Collection, which provides Platinum Card and Centurion Members with access to more than 1,200 lounges around the world, including Virgin Australia lounges within Australia. To find out more, check out our review of the Platinum Card.

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