The Platinum Card by American Express is arguably the best premium credit card when it comes to perks.
With lounge access, $200 annual Uber credits, $200 yearly airline fee credit, TSA Pre-Check/Global Entry fee reimbursement ($100), Starwood Preferred Guest and Hilton Honors Gold statuses, Delta Skymiles lounge access, complimentary Boingo wireless and so much more, the card truly stands out against competitors, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Thankyou Prestige.
One of the best perks is access to Centurion Lounges - American Express's exlcusive line of global lounges. But, in order to get into one of these lounges, you need to have one of the following cards:
- Personal Amex Platinum
- Business Amex Platinum
- Centurion Card
The lounges are gorgeous - with great food, views, drinks, and staff. If you've never been to one, you can take a 3D tour through the video below (only works on Chrome browsers).
There are currently 9 Centurion lounges globally, but American Express announced this morning that it's opening its 10th location, and the largest yet - a 15,000 square foot, multi-level lounge located in the 4th terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Full details are unclear, but from the press release we know that the lounge is expected to open in 2019 and will have "spectacular views of the airfield, exceptional amenities, and one-of-a-kind design elements". We'll keep this post updated as more details are announced closer to the open date.
Like other Centurion Lounges, the JFK lounge will have a complimentary custom bar and food menu, premium restrooms and shower suites, access to high-speed Wi-Fi and noise-buffering workspaces.
This is good news for American Express Platinum cardholders, who now pay a $550 annual fee now ever since the annual fee was upped from $450 a year ago. It shows that Amex is investing in their premium cardmember experience and continuing to stay competitive against the rising threat of issuers like Chase, whose Reserve card went viral back in 2016.