American Express today announced it will acquire LoungeBuddy, a digital platform that enables travelers to discover, book and access airport lounges worldwide. Founded in 2013, LoungeBuddy’s mobile app and website (www.loungebuddy.com) provide a premium airport experience with robust lounge ratings and reviews, comprehensive eligibility criteria, and global airport coverage through its lounge partners. The acquisition is expected to be completed in April 2019.
“The expansive airport lounge access we offer our premium Card Members through the Global Lounge Collection is among the most popular travel benefits we offer, which is why we continue to invest in enhancing the lounge access and services we provide,” said Chris Cracchiolo, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty and Benefits, American Express. “With the acquisition of LoungeBuddy, we will be able to leverage its cutting-edge platform to develop additional ways to become an essential part of our Card Members’ digital lives.”
American Express has been partnering with LoungeBuddy since 2017 to provide information in the American Express mobile app for the more than 1,200 airport lounges that Platinum Card and Centurion Members can access through the American Express Global Lounge Collection.
American Express offers lounge access through premium credit cards — to its own Centurion Lounges, Airspace and Escape lounges, Priority Pass-participating lounges (this is available to premium Hilton and Marriott cardholders, not just Platinum and Centurion), and Plaza Premium lounges.
After the acquisition, LoungeBuddy will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express under the leadership of its original founders and will continue to develop its technologies and capabilities in digital travel services.
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