Airport Lounges

Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Hong Kong

We may receive a commission when you use our links. Monkey Miles has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Monkey Miles and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Monkey Miles is also a Senior Advisor to Bilt Rewards Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

One of the great many perks of the American Express Platinum card ( any variation ) is access to its globally growing Centurion lounge collection. The Hong Kong outpost has been on my list to visit for quite a while, and despite two prior trips through the airport, I hadn’t carved out the time to give it a gander. That all changed this last time through as we didn’t have access to Cathay’s top notch lounges, and had some extra time to kill between flights.

The Deets:

  • When: August 2018
  • Where: Hong Kong Terminal 1
  • Access: Amex Platinum or Centurion
    • 2 guests, 3 Centurion
  • Hours: 5:30am to 12:30am
  • Wifi: yes
  • Shower: yes


The Hong Kong Centurion lounge in terminal 1, upstairs, near gate 60 and you can take an elevator or an escalator to its entrance.

First Impression:

After checking in you’ll walk down a hallway with a work center and a conference room.

Once you round the corner you’ll see the main lounge. One thing I immediately noticed that was different from almost every other Centurion lounge I’ve visited was how relatively uncrowded it was. We were there around 730 or 8pm – so pretty peak times and it wasn’t an absolute madhouse. Yes, it’s busy, but if you compare it to what Miami or SFO looks like at this time…

Food and bar options:

Centurion lounges always have an impressive looking bar, and Hong Kong is no different offering one that is aesthetically pleasing as well curated drink options by Jim Meehan of Mandarin Oriental fame.

At the very back of the lounge are the food options. Typical buffet style that you’ll see at other Centurion lounges – seating is adjacent to the the dining area.


The Amex Centurion Lounge Hong Kong is a great addition to the overall portfolio of Centurion offerings. Having just been to Club Autus it was a nice comparison to make head to head. I’d give the Centurion lounge the nod on this one. Incredible bar with interesting drinks choices, fast wifi, and fresh and delicious looking food.

Widget not in any sidebars

Want to read more of our #weekendwarrior trip to Bangkok and Back for 600 Bucks?

 Affiliate link via Card Ratings

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.