Continuing what seems to have been a day of Amex retailed posts (sorry!)…..
American Express has announced the opening of their newest Centurion Lounge, this time at Miami International Airport (MIA).
Entrance to the Centurion Lounge at SFO – Image courtesy of Mighty Travels via Flickr
What And Where Are The Amex Centurion Lounges?
The Centurion lounges are a relatively new amenity introduced by American express at some of the major airports in the US. They are generally considered to be some of the very best lounges in the US and comfortably eclipse the lounges of all the domestic carriers.
The current network of lounges includes the following airports:
- Dallas Fort Worth – Terminal D, Opposite Gate 17
- Las Vegas – Concourse D, Opposite Gate D1
- New York – La Guardia – Terminal B, Before security.
- San Francisco – Terminal 3, Near Gate 74
- Miami (as of today) – Concourse D, Near Gate D12
What Is The Access Policy To The Amex Centurion Lounges?
The Amex Centurion lounges are accessible, for free, by holders of an American Express Platinum Card or the American Express Centurion Card. Holders of these cards can also bring in up to two guests.
All other Amex Card holders may access the lounges by purchasing a one-day pass for $50 per adult – children under 18 get free access when accompanied by an adult with a one-day pass.
Note: You do not have to be a US Amex Card holder to access the lounges. World wide Amex Cards are also eligible.
Find out more about access to the lounges here.
What Makes The Amex Centurion Lounges So Good?
- They serve a decent food buffet which changes from lounge to lounge, and it’s free
- They have a “premium bar” with a better than average selection of drinks that’s also free
- They have comfortable seating areas for relaxation
- They have a good amount of space set aside as work areas
- The staff are helpful and proactive when it comes to getting you more of whatever it is you need.
- The wi-fi is of a better standard than most airline lounges (although that could be because there are fewer people on the network)
- The have good-sized “shower suites”
- The Dallas and Miami locations have an Exhale Spa where you can book a free massage if you’re going to be there long enough.
Image courtesy of Amex
The New Miami Amex Centurion Lounge – What We Know:
Opening Hours: 5am – 11pm
With the lounge being located in Concourse D the biggest beneficiaries are going to be American Airlines flyers with Platinum and Centurion Cards. The lounge is on the 4th floor of the concourse near Gate 12 – right in the heart of American Airlines territory – so you can expect the Admirals Club at Gate 15 to be a lot less busy from now on!
Naturally Amex card holders from the other airlines are welcome too – they’ll just have a much longer walk to their gates.
The chef at the lounge is Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native “of Jewish & Latin decent” who’ll be preparing dishes “inspired by her food memories and travels“. To be honest I’m not sure what that means because, if she’s widely travelled, the food at the lounge could be inspired by just about anywhere! We’ll have to wait and see.
One of the many seating areas at the Dallas Centurion Lounge – Image courtesy of Amex
I don’t have any pictures of the lounge itself right now (unsurprisingly!) but I should revisiting later this year so I’ll post pictures then. In the meantime either take a look a the photos of the other lounges in this post or on the Amex site – the Amex Centurion lounges are all decorated in a very similar way.