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Amex Centurion Lounge LAX: Quick Review (and How to Find the Lounge!)

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A recent trip gave me the opportunity to visit the new American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX.

And what a quick visit it was.

The lounge is operating on a very limited basis because of COVID-19 restrictions. But members can still get some food and a whiff of Centurion Lounge smell.

Let’s show you how to find the Centurion Lounge LAX. Then we’ll cover the food options.

How Do You Get Access to the American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX?

Four publicly available American Express cards give primary cardholders complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge:

And, of course, the invitation-only American Express Centurion Card.

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

Where is the American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX?

The lounge is located in a relatively central location: the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

That’s the good news, I guess.

The bad news is that the lounge is close-ish to only one domestic terminal: T4 (American Airlines).

Traveling Internationally

The Centurion Lounge is located just after TBIT security.

The entrance to the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA, is located near the TBIT security checkpoint. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Take a left and you’ll see this elevator lobby:

The entrance to the elevator alcove for the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Walk down the two or three steps and you’ll see the Centurion guard logo.

The American Express Centurion logo is seen on a wall in the elevator alcove for the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Go to the elevator and select the second floor. (Don’t worry — a placard will remind you.)

The American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is located on the second floor inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Traveling Domestically

If your flight departs from the South Complex (LAX terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) and you want to visit the Centurion Lounge, use the inter-terminal tunnels to get to T4. Then use the land bridge connector to walk from T4 to TBIT. You will not need to clear security again.

When you see this sign —

Turn right from the T4 connector bridge to find the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

— hang a right (just like this nice lady is doing).

You’ll then see the Centurion Lounge elevator lobby.

The west entrance (from Terminal 4) to the elevator alcove for the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Take the elevator down the second floor.

For those of us coming from Terminal 2 (i.e. Delta passengers), the process can be a little more complicated.

The Delta terminals (2 and 3) aren’t yet connected to each other or TBIT. That should be rectified in a couple of years.

Until then, here’s the drill:

Board the inter-terminal shuttle bus at gate 21B.

Delta Air Lines shuttle bus from T2 at Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Delta Air Lines shuttle bus from T2 at Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The ride takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on traffic. The shuttle yields to planes pushing back for departure or arriving at a gate. The views are pretty awesome! Quick tip: you’ll want to sit on the left/driver’s side. That gives you the best, up-close views of planes!

Once you arrive at TBIT, head inside and go up this ramp to the right.

Then follow the signs that say “Airline Lounges.”

Follow the "Airline Lounges" signage to the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

The walk itself is about eight-ish minutes. But it can easily become longer if you want to get pictures of the big planes parked outside 🙂 .

Follow the "Airline Lounges" signage to the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Keep going…

A view inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Kind of almost there.

A departures board with American Express branding is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

You’re getting close when you reach the departure hall (you’ll notice the huge departures board pictured above).

For reference, here’s a picture of the hall from the Korean Air lounge.

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Tom Bradley International Terminal as seen from the Korean Airlines Lounge.
LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal

Proceed toward ticketing and security. The pathway you’ll take is located right after the Hermès store.

Here's where you'll find the entrance to the elevator lobby for the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Cross that bridge (there’ll be this digital mural on the left):

A digital mural displays art near the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

And then hang a right into the elevator area.

Reverse the process to get back to T2. (Or just walk and clear security again.)

American Express Centurion Lounge LAX Review

I hope to eventually update this post with an in-depth review of the lounge — once it’s really open. For now, the only thing you get is pre-packaged food from a menu designed by Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza). The food is handed to you in the Centurion Lounge lobby. You can’t go inside the seating area at all. (Though I heard someone mention they used the restroom.)

A rep told me they hope to fully open the lounge sometime in the next few months.

Once you step off the elevator, you’ll see the check-in/registration desk.

The lobby and check-in/registration desk at the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX are seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

The signature ivy wall is off to your left.
The lobby of the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

Here’s Chef Silverton’s menu:

Chef Nancy Silverton's temporary menu for grab-n-go food is seen at the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

I opted for the Lavash Wrap.

My food was boxed up and I was also given a cup of coffee.

I went back upstairs to the concourse and sat down in a gate area. Here’s what was inside the box:

The grab-n-go light meal option from the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

I was excited to be offered a lavash wrap with fried chicken. How good does that sound?!

Then I opened it.A fried chicken wrap from the American Express Centurion Lounge LAX is seen inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA. (©Chris Carley/RenesPoints.com)

I’m a picky eater. That was a little too adventurous for this bland guy.

Final Approach

Unless I’m flying out of TBIT, T4, or maybe even T5, I don’t know how often I’ll visit the Centurion Lounge at LAX. It’s kind of a pain to get there.

Even when T2, T3, and TBIT are connected, it’ll still be a trek. (Because who knows if LAX will install moving walkways? And an airside train is sheer poppycock. LAX seems to relish staying 30 or 40 years behind most amenities and technological advances.)

But I look forward to trying the lounge when it fully opens. Perhaps that’s a good excuse for an international mileage run!

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. I’m not sure I’ll be back in California for a long time. That place is a nightmare. I’ll choose liberty over those [removed]. Amex can’t open their lounge and serve food but you can go sit on a packed plane. Wow the stupidity.

  2. Weird. At JFK you can sit and eat food at the centurion lounge. The food is displayed and hot but the area is roped off. A human takes your order, puts it on a tray and hands it to you.

      • LA county is not keeping the Centurion Lounge closed. Common sense would be to fact check this before posting. Other lounges have been allowed to operate within LAX since almost the start of the year.

  3. Chris,
    All that trouble to get a boxed meal, and then eat it out in the concourse!
    I’ll wait until you’re able to update us with news of the full opening.
    Mike.

  4. The closure of the lounge has nothing to do with LA County restrictions or any other local restrictions. I am a frequent flyer out of LAX and have used both the Alaska Lounge and Delta Sky Club with no problem (both of which are much smaller in size compared to the new centurion lounge). The continued closure of the Centurion Lounge is at the discretion of Amex. For them, it has been a money saver since they do not have to fully operate and staff their lounge while blaming it on “local restrictions”. Smart on them.

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