American Express Brings Holiday Cheer and Fine Dining to Centurion Lounges Across the Country

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For two weeks this December, these Centurion Lounges will be transformed into major culinary destinations.

With the holidays right around the corner, we could all use a little cheer and merriment. Luckily, American Express is bringing our nation’s airports a touch of joy this month. Amex Cheer, which launched in eight Centurion Lounges across the U.S. Monday, and runs through the 17th, brings American Express Card Members a taste of the season in partnership with some of the world’s most illustrious chefs and mixologists, creating one-of-a-kind dining and beverage experiences only available this December.

Participating Centurion Lounge Executive Chefs include Cédric Vongerichten (LaGuardia Airport and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport), Dean Fearing (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport), Daniel Patterson (San Francisco International Airport), Michelle Bernstein (Miami International Airport), Justin Yu (Houston’s George Bush International Airport), Michael Solomonov (Philadelphia International Airport). Additionally, Head Mixologist for all Centurion Lounges, Jim Meehan, owner of the James Beard award-winning bar PDT in New York City, will be serving up cocktails at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


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"I'm thrilled to be with my American Express partners in The Centurion Lounge as a chef-partner to celebrate the holidays by sharing one of my favorite granola recipes, banana bread flavor, and spreading the love even further by getting a spice that I created inspired by the flavors of South Florida,” says Michelle Bernstein.  “Can't wait to surprise you all at the holiday cheer event and my favorite lounge at the Miami airport!”

The Centurion Lounge food and beverage partners will not only make special surprise appearances at lounges, but also engage Card Members in tastings, crafting custom holiday recipe cards, blending exclusive spices, and will be offering exclusive cookbook signings. Card Members will also receive treats like L’Occitane skin care sets, Vosges chocolates, Allure beauty boxes, Sanctuary T stations by Marriott, and Dopp Kit sets from Away curated by Platinum Collective member Jen Rubio, co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away.


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“This holiday season, millions of Card Members will rely on American Express to ease their travel,” said Chris Cracchiolo, SVP, Global Loyalty & Benefits, American Express.  “We are thrilled to partner with the Executive Chefs and Head Mixologist of The Centurion Lounges to bring our Card Members custom seasonal offerings within our Centurion Lounges to help make their holiday travel a little more enjoyable.”

Those across the pond can also take part with the launch of American Express’ pop-up Centurion Lounge in London, December 13 to 16. In celebration of the new Centurion Lounge coming to Heathrow 2019, Platinum Card® and Centurion®Members can get a taste of the Centurion Lounge’s premium service and amenities at a temporary Centurion Lounge at Unit 6, Langley Street, in London’s Covent Garden (open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day). The pop-up will offer complimentary bites and beverages, gift wrapping services, charging stations and family programming, with more information here.


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In 2019, American Express will also open Centurion Lounges in New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, Denver International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport. The Centurion Lounge in Charlotte Douglas International Airport to open in 2020.

About the American Express Centurion Lounge

The Centurion Lounge is the signature lounge program within the broader American Express Global Lounge CollectionSM, which provides Platinum Card Members and Centurion Members with access to the most lounges across the globe compared to other U.S. credit cards, including access to more than 1,200 lounges around the world, in 500 plus cities, across 130 countries and counting. Card Members can find a lounge at the Global Lounge Collection website or by using the Amex Mobile app.