Earlier today, American Express announced that the company would be expanding the Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The announcement follows several announcements over the past year about expansions of previous spaces and new lounge openings. The new space at DFW is expected to open in the first half of 2018.
In addition to more seating areas, the expanded lounge will have several new amenities, including a private mother’s room and private telephone rooms. The lounge will also offer an increased number of shower suites and an additional 3,000 square feet of space — at 9,000 square feet, the lounge was already one of the largest within the network.
To accommodate the new space, the lounge is moving across from its current space, near Gate 17 in Terminal D on the mezzanine level, just inside security.
The additions will complement the DFW Centurion Lounge’s current amenities, which include ample seating areas, hot and cold food options from a James Beard award-winning chef, a premium bar featuring mixologist-designed craft cocktails, spa treatments, high-speed wi-fi, work areas and a family room.
While the American Express Centurion Lounges are generally considered some of the best domestic airline lounges in the U.S., there have also been complaints, especially as more people have opened cards offering access, that they can be overcrowded at peak times.
As overcrowding has increasingly become an issue, American Express has responded by reassessing the current lounge setup and renovating several of the spaces. The announcement of the DFW Centurion Lounge expansion follows a full renovation and expansion of the lounge at SEA, which was completed this spring.
Centurion Lounge Amenities
The Centurion Lounge is the centerpiece of what Amex brands as “the Global Lounge Collection.” Other lounges in the collection include Delta Sky Clubs, several International American Express Lounges and lounges accessible with a complimentary membership to Priority Pass.
Especially within the United States, where domestic lounges can be overcrowded and tend to offer only breakfast and snack foods, the Centurion Lounges have stood out as a much-improved option for travelers who hold the right credit cards for access (see below).
Complimentary amenities at every Centurion Lounge include comfortable seating, high-speed wi-fi, hot food options — including meals, rather than just snacks to pick at — as well as premium wine and liquor, TVs, newspapers, magazines and workstations. Some of the lounges also feature spa treatments, conference rooms, family rooms and showers.
Accessing The Centurion Lounge
Access to the Centurion Lounge at DFW and any other airport is complimentary for holders of The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN and the Centurion Card® from American Express (or the “Amex Black Card”). Each cardholder can also bring two guests — the number of guests used to be unlimited, but this was changed in response to the overcrowding issue.
Hot Tip: For information on credit cards that can gain you access to other types of lounges, see our review on Best Credit Cards for Lounge Access here.
Those holding any other American Express card, such as the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, can access the lounges for $50 per person. This may seem hefty, but can absolutely be worthwhile if you’re stuck in the airport for hours due to delays, since it includes food, drinks, wifi, amenities such as spa services and comfortable places to sit.
The Centurion Lounge is currently available at a number of U.S. airports aside from DFW, including New York-La Guardia Airport (LGA), Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (LAS), Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Miami International Airport (MIA), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). In addition, new lounges at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) are slated to open by the end of the year.