American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson opens Wednesday

Exclusive club for premium AmEx cardholders opens at world’s busiest airport
The American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the largest Centurion Lounge in the country. Centurion Lounges are open only to AmEx customers who hold certain high-fee credit cards, including the American Express platinum card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express card. The AmEx platinum card has an annual fee of $695, while the fee for the Delta Reserve AmEx just went up to $650 annually.
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The American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the largest Centurion Lounge in the country. Centurion Lounges are open only to AmEx customers who hold certain high-fee credit cards, including the American Express platinum card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express card. The AmEx platinum card has an annual fee of $695, while the fee for the Delta Reserve AmEx just went up to $650 annually. Miguel Martinez /miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

A long-awaited American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opens Wednesday, after years of development.

The 26,000-square-foot club on international Concourse E at the Atlanta airport will be the largest Centurion Lounge in the world, with outdoor terraces, showers, a whiskey bar and a menu curated by Atlanta chef Deborah VanTrece.

The American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport features a variety of amenities, including a locally-inspired menu curated by Atlanta-based Chef Deborah VanTrece, a whiskey bar, and outdoor terraces.
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Travelers who have access to Centurion Lounges often seek them out for their creature comforts, amenities and food. In Atlanta, passengers on other concourses can walk or take the Plane Train to Concourse E to reach the Centurion Lounge by gate E11.

The Centurion line of airport clubs is open only to AmEx customers who hold certain high-fee credit cards, including the American Express platinum card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express card. The AmEx platinum card has an annual fee of $695, while the fee for the Delta Reserve AmEx just went up to $650 annually.

There are 13 other Centurion Lounges at major airports across the United States, including at airports in in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Charlotte and Las Vegas, as well as a collection of lounges at airports around the world.

The Valentine’s Day 2024 opening of the Atlanta location comes nearly three years after Hartsfield-Jackson selected American Express to open a Centurion Lounge.

In 2022, American Express disclosed some of its plans for the Atlanta lounge, saying it would have a garden terrace with views of the tarmac, shower suites and private workspaces.

The Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has outdoor terraces, including a view overlooking the tarmac.
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It said then that it planned to open the lounge in 2023, but the opening date was delayed.

According to American Express, Hartsfield-Jackson — the world’s busiest airport — is one of the top airports its cardholders travel through.

The club was built on top of an existing roof, according to the website of New South Construction, which worked on the project.

At the American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a large dining area has two buffets and tables for seating.
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The design of the lounge’s interior was inspired by Atlanta’s reputation as “the city in the forest,” and has as its centerpiece a 50-year-old olive tree transplanted from Florida, surrounded by a light sculpture representing a forest canopy.

A large dining area has two buffets and tables for seating.

For those seeking to get work done, there are side rooms with work stations, booths, a conference table and private rooms to take phone calls.

The Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has booths, private workspaces and a conference table.
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Around the club, “You’ll see how we bring in the local elements of Atlanta here,” including photographs of noted people from Georgia, art from local artisans and a local chef, said Audrey Hendley, president of American Express Travel. There’s also coffee served inside the lounge from Rev Coffee Roasters in Smyrna.

Centurion joins an array of other premium lounges on the concourses of the Atlanta airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson has nine Delta Sky Clubs, an American Admirals Club, a United Club and a common-use lounge on international Concourse F called The Club ATL.

The Sky Club on Concourse F has an outdoor deck, the Sky Club on Concourse B is among the largest in Delta’s network at 25,000 square feet. Showers, which are useful for international connecting passengers on long journeys, are available at the Sky Clubs on Concourse E and F and The Club ATL.

The lounges generally require a membership, premium class ticket, fee for entry or other special access.

The Centurion Lounge is another option for travelers who have the right AmEx for access and have become frustrated by overcrowded Delta Sky Clubs and increased restrictions on usage of Sky Clubs.

There are also other amenities at Hartsfield-Jackson for travelers willing to pay for privacy or comfort, including Minute Suites locations that do not require a membership and rent out sleep rooms for $55 an hour, with showers at some locations for $30.

Last year, a private luxury terminal called PS opened at Hartsfield-Jackson with suites, spa services and a private security screening room, for $1,095 per visit — not including the cost of a flight.