• Chelsea Pacella

Relax in the American Express Lounges

Updated: Jun 21, 2018


Traveling is can do a number on your sanity, schedule and budget. Those exclusive lounges you see pass by aren’t just for the well-traveled and business crowd. If you’re an American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members member, you have unlimited access to American Express Centurion Lounges. These lounges are fairly new and locations are continuing to pop up in different airports.


From the moment you walk in, you know something’s different. While all locations include standard amenities like showers and complimentary Wi-Fi and food & drinks and a variety of seating, each has its own unique characteristics that provide a comfortable pre-flight or layover experience. On the menu at each location are locally-inspired food and locally produced wines, beers and artisanal beverages. The cuisine at each Centurion airport lounge is prepared by world-renowned chefs known for showcasing the local flavors of the area. This is the way to kill the dead time you have to spend at the airport!


Here are the current American Express Centurion Lounges.


Seatle-Tacoma International Airport

The Seatle-Tacoma (SEA) lounge is located in Concourse B, opposite Gate B3 and is accessible from any security checkpoint. SEA’s lounge is similar to the others; it includes WiFi, large TVs, a shower suite, full-service bar, healthy and artisan snacks. From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. members have access to Marge Granola, Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, DeLaurenti Chocolate Chip Cookies, Wandering Goose Salty Peanut Butter Cookies, Love & Hummus Classic Hummus and Wetzel’s Pretzel. Mixologist Jim Meehan and Wine Director Anthony Giglio are responsible for the bar menu. The lounge is open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

AmEx opened its first Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) in 2013. Freshen up in well-appointed shower suite, and dine in decadence with cuisine by chef Scott Conant. Savor succulent dishes like Lamb and Beef Börek and Orecchiette with Eggplant. You can even enjoy a cocktail developed by one of the nation’s top mixologists, Jim Meehan. The lounge is located in Concourse D, opposite Gate D1. The concourse is accessible from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 via the transit system. Once you pass security, follow signs to D gates. Hours are 5 AM – 11 PM. Photo courtesy of American Express.


Miami International Airport

Next, let’s travel to the Centurion Lounge at the Miami International Airport (MIA). This airport lounge provides a bright environment and even offers spa therapies! Once again, the locally-inspired food is incredible, with cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein. The Latin-inspired Braised Chicken Thighs and Corn Soup with Roast Poblanos will have you shouting “Ole!” The lounge is located in Concourse D, near Gate D12, on the 4th floor. The lounge is accessible via the Skytrain in North Terminal- Station. Open 5 AM – 11 PM.   Photo courtesy of Miami Airport.


LaGuardia Airport

Stuck in LaGuardia Airport (LGA)? Then this Centurion Lounge is the place to hang out – and it’s even located pre-security, perfect for a pre-flight visit with a friend. Sip on wines handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio, and savor the diverse New York City culinary offerings like Green Chili Udon Noodles and Italian Burrata on Crostini, designed by one of Zagat’s top 30 under 30 chefs, Cédric Vongerichten. The lounge is located pre-security, on the 3rd floor between Concourses B and C. If your flight departs from another terminal, you can take the Route A or B airport shuttle on the arrivals level. Hours are 5:30 AM – 8 PM (Sunday – Friday) and 5:30 AM – 6:30 PM on Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Points Guy.


Hong Kong International Airport

The Home Kong International (HKG) Centurion Loung is located in Terminal 1, level 7. To get there, take the escalator just before Gate 60. Amenities include a computer bar, locally-inspired cuisine, full-service bar, shower suite, and a dedicated work area. Breakfast is served 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and lunch and dinner are served 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. The signature cocktails are by mixologist Jim Meehan who is responsible for The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The HKG Centurion Lounge is open5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.


Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, so the Centurion Lounge here is just what the doctor ordered to escape the craziness – unexpected touches like spa therapies from exhale® and even a family room! Dining is also a pleasure, with cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing, including Tex-Mex dishes like Texas Migas with Chorizo and Sweet Onions. The lounge is located in Terminal D, opposite Gate D17, on the mezzanine. The lounge can be reached from any other terminal via the Skylink train and is open 5:30 AM – 10 PM. Photo courtesy American Express.


Houston Intercontinental Airport

The Centurion Lounge in Houston Intercontinental (IAH) is located in Terminal D and is accessible via the elevator located in the Duty Free Shop near gate D6. Enjoy its tranquility area, locally-inspired cuisine, premium bar, printing services, shower suite and computer bar. Relax with a Jim Meehan craft cocked while you wait for your next flight. The lounge is open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Philidelphia International Airport

One of the newest lounges is in Philidelphia International (PHL). Like the other Centurion Lounges, the PHL one is designed for relaxing, working and socializing. Its food menu is crafted by Michael Solomonov, executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s Israeli restaurant, Zahav. Dishes such as Kale Tabbouleh and Bulgarian Kebabs emulate his culinary style. The PHL Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal A West, near Gate A14. Members can reach the lounge by any other terminal by walking or via shuttle bus. It is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.


San Francisco International Airport

A Napa Valley wine tasting area and a well-appointed shower suite can wash away any of your airport travel stresses at San Francisco Airport (SFO) Centurion Lounge. Succulent dishes from Zagat chef Cédric Vongerichten await – like Fried Chicken with a Honey Lemongrass Glaze and Chocolate Mousse with Mint Cream. Yum! Members can access the lounge post-security from Terminal 3 or from International Terminal G. If your flight is not in Terminals 3 or G, visiting the lounge could be a bit cumbersome. Since all terminals are not connected post-security at SFO, if you are flying out of another terminal, you may be able to use your boarding pass to enter through T3 security – subject to approval by the TSA agent. After visiting the lounge, you will need to exit through security, take the AirTrain or walk to your terminal and re-enter through security. Open 5 AM – 11 PM.


Who knows – on your next layover or pre-flight airport travels, these American Express Centurion Lounges can stand guard to protect you from travel insanity!


Learn more about the American Express Centurion Lounges here.

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