Ben Mutzabaugh , USA TODAY
The partnership, which begins today, gives Platinum Card members complimentary access to Escape Lounge locations in the United States. Currently, Escape has three such airport locations: Hartford, Conn.; Minneapolis/St. Paul and Oakland airports.
While most airline lounges are tied to a specific carrier, the Escape lounges are part of a growing set of lounge operators that are not affiliated with any one airline. Instead, the lounges are open to fliers of any carrier, as long as they are willing to pay the entrance fee.
Entry to Escape’s lounges in the United States costs $40 if booked in advance or $45 at the door.
The lounges offer perks like free Wi-Fi, food and beverage options and dedicated space to relax or work. While snacks and lighter meals are free, heartier options are offered for a fee. Alcohol is complimentary, though there is a charge for some premium brands.
Now, American Express Platinum Card holders can access Escape Lounge’s U.S. locations by showing their Platinum Cards, IDs and airline boarding passes. Card members may bring in two guests at no charge.
The Escape Club partnership is just the latest perk for the American Express Platinum Card. The card comes with a hefty $550 annual fee, but also a number of travel-friendly benefits for its users.
Among those: a $200 annual Uber credit, five-times the points for airline purchases and a $200 annual credit for certain airline fees.
The Platinum Card also gives holders access to a broad list of other airport lounges. They include a number of airline-specific lounges, as well as others like American Express’s own high-end Centurion Lounges.