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 November 05, 2014
American Express Expands Lounge Offerings Across North America To Canadian Cardmembers

 Travel just got even more luxurious for Canadian jetsetters, as American Express unveils The Centurion Lounge in US cities. Well-known for its robust lounge access in airports around the globe including Toronto's Pearson International Airport, American Express has opened these new lounges in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and most recently New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The Centurion Lounge in San Francisco Airport (SFO) will open later this fall and a location at Miami International Airport (MIA) will open later this year. These uniquely designed lounges include amenities that range from seasonal locally-inspired food, cocktails and wine, to connected work spaces with high speed Wi-Fi and private noise-buffering work nooks. Select locations include complimentary spa treatments, rejuvenating shower suites, conference rooms and family rooms.

For Canadian Cardmembers, a stop at The Centurion Lounge in New York LaGuardia Airport's (LGA) is an ideal way to compliment a trip to New York. Featuring seasonal menus designed by Cédric Vongerichten, Chef de Cuisine at Perry St in New York City as well as a premium bar with New York-inspired specialty cocktails and wine selections created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine director Anthony Giglio*, The Centurion Lounge is a quiet oasis in a busy travel hub.

"Canadians love to travel, and they're looking for more ways to enhance their experience. By providing access to The Centurion Lounge, we're able to give Canadian Cardmembers a unique and comfortable way to spend their time at the airport," said Laura Scheck, Director, Consumer Cards & Loyalty, American Express Canada. "The kinds of amenities that these lounges offer make the old saying 'getting there is half the fun' really ring true."

Entry to The Centurion Lounge, located in Terminal B, is complimentary for Consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum Card and Centurion Members, and their immediate family or up to two travel companions. Other American Express(r) Credit and Charge Cardmembers may purchase a one-day pass at The Centurion Lounge for $50**.

The Centurion Lounge is part of the growing number of airport lounges American Express Cardmembers have access to worldwide, and in major cities across Canada including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal, through the Priority Pass, Plaza Premium and Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge programs. Additionally, in Toronto, the airport experience goes beyond lounge access through the company's partnership with Toronto Pearson International Airport to include priority security lane access, complimentary valet parking, parking discounts and priority taxi and limo lanes for select Cardmembers***.

Beyond the airport, the American Express lounge experience extends into the entertainment space, by offering lounge access to all Amex Cardmembers at some of Toronto's top venues: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and most recently, at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Centurion Cardmembers have exclusive access to the BlackRock Lounge at Roy Thomson Hall which includes complimentary hospitality.

"The Centurion Lounge is a great addition to American Express Canada's expanding suite of lounge access," says Scheck. "From the airport to the theatre, we're providing our Cardmembers opportunities to go beyond a regular experience, whether it's ensuring their vacations start from the moment they arrive at the airport, or giving them an area to enjoy before, during and after a show."

* Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.
** Subject to availability/capacity
*** Cardmember benefits vary by product

American Express Canada

American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express charge and credit cards, with outstanding products like the American Express Gold Rewards Card, and the American Express AeroplanPlus Gold Card. Amex Canada Inc. operates Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast.