There's some lounge news this week coming out of American Express. American Express is betting on the fact that airport visits will soar like never before once air travel is back up to full speed. The company is preparing to handle the surge by expanding its Las Vegas Centurion Lounge at McCarran International Airport. You may be aware that the lounge opened for the first time about seven years ago. However, overcrowding had grown to become a big issue during the pre-COVID travel surge.

The expanded American Express Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas will have its footprint increased by around 50 percent. The expansion calls for the existing 9,000 square feet of space to be pushed out to close to 13,500 square feet by the time the plan is finished in time for a 2021 debut. That's going to make the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge one of the largest in the company's network. We also know that the expanded lounge is going to boast some impressive features when it opens its doors. Amex is adding new multipurpose rooms, private conversation booths, updated work areas and more.

It looks like American Express has already started work on the lounge update. Travelers visiting the airport in Las Vegas have been spotting early construction work around the existing lounge. What's more, some of the plans for the new lounge can be viewed on recent building permits requested by the lounge operator.

American Express is also currently in the process of expanding lounges in New York (JFK), Denver (DEN) and London (LHR). Some of the updated lounges were scheduled to have opened already. However, the dates have been pushed back indefinitely as a result of COVID-19. In fact, all Centurion Lounges are closed at the moment.

We don't have word on when the full lounge network will be up and running again. However, we do know that the Las Vegas lounge will be operating while construction continues once the decision is made to reactivate the American Express lounge network.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.