American Express Plans New Airport Lounges

February 4, 2014, Written By Natalie Rutledge
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American Express plans to open new airport lounges at LaGuardia and San Francisco airports. This is in addition to the Centurion lounges in operation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The new lounges may be the result of the company cancelling free access to American Airlines and US Airways lounges for Platinum cardholders in March 2014. American Express CFO Jeffrey Campbell remarked that the company will “experiment” with building its own airport lounges for the coming months.

Travel business at American Express took a hit in the final quarter of 2013, with US consumer travel sales dropping 5%. Travel commissions and fees dropped 2%, but global business travel sales managed to increase by 4%.

An investment firm led by Certares will be contributing up to $1 billion to the joint venture, while American Express provides the assets for American Express Global Business Travel.

Campbell estimates this plan to be completed in the second quarter of 2014.



The information contained within this article was accurate as of February 4, 2014. For up-to-date
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Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at [email protected]
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