While there are many fantastic perks that come with The Platinum Card® from American Express, one of the best is complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge, Amex’s proprietary collection of airport lounges. In these high-class spaces, you can relax, enjoy great food, have a couple cocktails, and more while you wait for your flight.
This week, Amex announced that it is expanding the Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport. In addition to several new amenities (like an additional food buffet), the lounge will be enlarged by more than 4,000 square feet. Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The lounge, which can be accessed near gate D12 and MIA on the fourth floor, will remain open during the expansion. New features and amenities will include:
- More than 4,000 square feet of additional space
- Additional food buffet and beverage area
- A new wine bar
- Additional restrooms
- An additional tranquility area
- More seating
- 2 private telephone rooms
These are in addition to the MIA Centurion Lounge’s current amenities, which include comfortable seating, food designed by a James Beard Award-winning chef, cocktails created by a professional mixologist, complimentary spa therapies, conference space, a family room, and more.
Expanding Centurion Lounges
One issue with the lounges is that they’re a little too good, which means that a lot of travelers have opened credit cards to gain access. That leaves some lounges filled to capacity or without adequate seating.
Fortunately, American Express has been taking steps to limit the issue and ensure there’s enough room for everyone. One step has been changing access rules.
Previously, travelers could bring any number of family members as guests to the lounges. Eventually, Amex limited that to only 2 guests per cardholder.
Additionally, Amex changed the rules around day passes. Until recently, travelers holding any card from the issuer, such as the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, have been able to purchase same-day access to the lounge for $50.
Now, the only people who can access the lounges are cardholders with The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or the Centurion Card® from American Express (also known as the “Amex Black Card”).
Amex completed a full renovation of the Centurion Lounge in Seattle earlier this year, and announced a major expansion of the Dallas-Fort Worth location last month. Additionally, 2 new lounges are set to open this month in Hong Kong and Philadelphia — the HKG lounge opened at the top of October.
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, and the Centurion Card® from American Express (or “Amex Black Card”).
Each cardholder can also bring 2 guests — the number of guests used to be unlimited, but this was changed in response to the overcrowding issue.
The Centurion Lounge is currently available at a number of U.S. airports aside from MIA, including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), New York-La Guardia Airport (LGA), Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (LAS), Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), 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.
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