Review: American Express Pop Up Temporary Centurion Lounge, Los Angeles, USA


American Express has operated The Centurion Lounge across many locations throughout the United States. With the American Express Centurion Lounge Los Angeles remaining closed, American Express has put together a temporary pop up lounge located in space nearby to the regular lounge. How would the Pop Up Experience live up to the exacting standards of the American Express Centirion Lounge network?

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Review: American Express – The Pop Up Grab and Go Temporary Centurion Lounge, Los Angeles International Airport – Tom Bradley International Terminal, United States of America

During a recent connection through Los Angeles International Airport, I had the opportunity to visit temporary offering of the American Express Centurion Lounge.

The American Express Centurion Lounge Los Angeles has been among the lounges that has remained closed almost throughout the entire pandemic.

Locating The Temporary Centurion Lounge Los Angeles:

After arriving off of American Airlines First Class Miami, I wandered down from Los Angeles Terminal Four towards the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

The Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was particularly deserted, and I’d never personally seen it so quiet in April 2022 when I passed through.

There were many retail casualties in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, including the Porsche Design store and the Petrovissian Caviar Bar previously located on the main concourse of the terminal.

I passed by the regular American Express Centurion Lounge Los Angeles, which was completely shuttered. It is located above the Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles, another location that was temporarily closed during our connection.

I eventually took the Time Traveller elevator up to the 6th floor and came along to the American Express Centurion Pop Up Lounge.


Accessing The Centurion Lounge:

Access to the services of this lounge is granted through an American Express Platinum Card, or a American Express Centurion Card. Currently, American Express Platinum Card members can bring in two guests at no charge.

After February 1, 2023, US Platinum Card Members will be charged a $50 USD fee for each guest (or $30 for children aged 2 through 17, with proof of age). U.S. Platinum Card® and U.S. Business Platinum Card® Members will qualify for Complimentary Guest Access for up to two guests per visit after spending $75,000 in eligible purchases on their Card between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 and in each calendar year thereafter.

The Centurion Lounge is considered a day of departure lounge. American Express does not admit arriving passengers, unless there is a layover or connecting flight.

Note: For Platinum and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members only.

The Centurion® Lounge is a day of departure lounge, which accommodates departing flights and arrivals when having connecting flights. Same-day round-trip itineraries are not considered connecting flights.

The Centurion Lounge provides admittance within 3 hours of the departure time stated on your same-day, confirmed boarding pass; or if your outbound flight departs after the lounge closes for the day, The Centurion Lounge will admit you as early as 3 hours prior to the lounge closing, subject to available capacity.

There was no wait for lounge service today. In addition, there was no queue at reception which some times occurs in other locations.

We were admitted after showing our American Express Platinum Card and our onward boarding card for our next flight.

What is Available at the American Express Pop Up Centurion Lounge:

The American Express Pop Up Centurion Lounge is located in the space that was previously the Etihad Lounge Los Angeles. You can even see the old Ethiad bar towards the back of the lounge.

On arrival to the lounge, you were greeted at reception. Instead of being granted entry into the lounge space, you were offered a take away bag of goodies by celebrity chef Nancy Silverton; chef / owner of Pizzeria Mozza.

Today’s menu options included a lavash wrap with oven roasted chicken thighs, radicchio, napa cabbage, whole grain mustard, vinaigrette, capers and kalamata olives.

The vegetarian option looked equally as interesting and included roasted root vegetables, radicchio, napa cabbage, whole grain mustard, vinaigrette, capers and kalamata olives.

There were also house made potato chips with kennebec potatoes and house made dip, and a Nancy’s Chocolate Chip Cookie.

There was a choice of non alcoholic beverage provided, which was served cold from a refrigerator.

The lounge hosts were happy to furnish me with an additional take away lunch box on proof of displaying a travelling companions’ boarding card, similar to a guest benefit when accessing their lounges.

Food and Beverage:

It was fair to say that the food from the American Airlines Centurion Lounge was miles better than the sandwich I had on my departing American Airlines Business Class Los Angeles – Vancouver flight. I ended up giving up on my American Airlines catering and enjoying what the Centurion Lounge had packaged for me.

The Grab and Go came in a convenient take away box that was easy to carry.

It was even presented in an attractive manner, despite being in a cardboard box.

It was also wrapped individually in a very pandemic-ally safe manner, which was particularly enjoyable.


My Thoughts on the Pop Up Centurion Lounge Los Angeles by American Express:

American Express Centurion Lounges offer great respite from the rigours of travel. While there wasn’t exactly a proper Centurion Lounge to experience in Los Angeles, a Pop Up Centurion Lounge is probably the next best thing. The food provided was, as expected, of really good quality. It was much better than the food on my last flight.

If you visited the American Express Pop Up Lounge, what did you think about the food and concept ?

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