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American Express has 40+ Centurion Lounges worldwide, including Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Miami (MIA), Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL), Hong Kong (HKG), and Monterrey (MTY), among others. These lounges are operated by American Express and feature a variety of amenities including comfortable seating, showers, complimentary food and drink, and plenty of places where you can work.
In this post, we’ll be looking at 1 of 3 Centurion Lounges at Mexico City International Airport — the location at International Terminal 1. The lounge is certainly a great respite in the busy airport and is accessible with several premium American Express cards.
After a long day of flying or a layover with more than enough time to spare, the American Express Centurion Lounge is the place to go for comfortable seating, a full bar, food for purchase, and spa services.
How To Access the Centurion Lounge Mexico City
To access any Centurion Lounge in Mexico City, you need The Platinum Card® from American Express (this also includes any co-branded partnerships, such as the one with Charles Schwab), The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or Centurion® Card from American Express, issued in any country worldwide, or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (when you book your Delta flight with your Delta Reserve card) or Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (when you book your Delta flight with your Delta Reserve Business card).
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Lounge Guest Policy
- Amex Platinum card and Amex Business Platinum cardmembers may enter with up to 2 complimentary guests if they have spent $75,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year. Otherwise, a guest day pass can be purchased for $50 per adult or $30 per child between the ages of 2 and 17.
- Centurion cardmembers may enter with up to 2 guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.
- Delta Reserve cardholders may bring up to 2 guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location.
- Amex Platinum card, Amex Business Platinum card, and Centurion cardmembers may purchase a day pass for any additional guests for $50.
The lounge is located in International Terminal 1, before security, between gates 8 and F1. Because it is located before security, you’ll need to monitor the security queues to ensure you leave enough time to get to your gate.
Hours of Operation
The lounge is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., which allows you to use the lounge at pretty much all hours of the day.
The lounge features a variety of amenities including:
- Complimentary bar, including beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages
- Flight monitor boards
- High-speed Wi-Fi
- Made-to-order meals
- Restrooms and shower facilities
The lounge is divided into 3 areas — an Amex Platinum cardholder area, a Centurion cardholder area, and a general seating area. There are a variety of seating options including couches, armchairs, lounge chairs, and high-top chairs, and there are plenty of outlets around the lounge for those who need to charge up. You can definitely feel that this lounge has a “retro-dated” feel to it, reminiscent of several years back.
The lounge features complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, perfect for catching up on work prior to your flight. Users report speeds that are fairly fast, good for downloading large files or entertainment, too.
This Centurion Lounge features a game room for children, which has an Xbox video game system, various toys, a television with movies, and other things to keep your kids occupied. To access the game room, you don’t need to pre-reserve anything. Simply bring in your kids and they can play as long as they like. You don’t have to worry about any time limits or signing up beforehand.
Restroom and Shower
Male and female restrooms are offered in this lounge, and in addition, there is a shower suite you can reserve. The shower suite is complete with a toilet, vanity, and shower, and also comes with towels and basic toiletries so you can freshen up before your flight.
The shower suite is first come, first served, and to reserve it you’ll need to speak with the staff at the front desk. During busy periods, there may be a wait to use the showers, so Amex has a suggested 30-minute use per passenger to help speed things up.
Flight Monitor Boards
Since this lounge is located before security, monitoring your departure time is super important. Flight schedule boards are located throughout the lounge, allowing you to keep track of the estimated boarding and departure times so you can leave well in advance of your flight.
Hot Tip: Depending on the volume at security, it’s advisable to leave the lounge at least a minimum of a half-hour prior to scheduled boarding to ensure that you have enough time to clear security or immigration and walk to your gate.
The lounge offers a variety of seating options, including large single-person couches, chairs with tables, and stools at the bar. There are power outlets scattered throughout to charge devices, too.
There is a spa featuring a variety of complimentary and pay-per-use massage and aesthetics services.
Amex Platinum card and Centurion cardholders may choose one of the following complimentary services (subject to availability):
- 15-minute massage
- Contour cleaning and sideburn trimming
- Bang trim
- Nail trim or polish (fingers or toes)
Additional massage time, hair styling and haircuts, and manicures and pedicures are available at an additional cost. Centurion cardholders may receive some of these additional treatments for free, while Amex Platinum cardholders may receive a discount off of the paid price.
Food and Drink
Unlike other lounges, this lounge requires members to order and pay for most of their food. There is a decent offering, and menus are scattered throughout the lounge.
For breakfast, a sample menu may include:
- Eggs and omelets
- French toast
- Fruits and pastries
- Yogurt and granola
For lunch and dinner, you’ll find:
- Assorted pasta
- Assorted pizza
- Salads and soups
While there is a paid menu, a limited number of menu items may be complimentary for Amex Platinum card or Centurion cardholders. Those cardholders will be given a voucher at check-in to give to their server (indicating eligibility), and from there one can choose from either yogurt/granola and scrambled eggs for breakfast, or rigatoni, a margarita pizza, or a simple salad for lunch and dinner.
If you’re looking for a heartier meal with bigger portions and more options, you can make a selection from the paid menu. Payment is required with an Amex card and some guests report that tipping is only accepted with cash.
Enrique Olvera is the Executive Chef and creator behind the food on offer. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America and owns Pujol, which is one of the best restaurants in Mexico City, consistently also ranked as one of the world’s best.
Soft drinks, beer, wine, and basic mixed drinks are complimentary. If you want something super fancy — a high-end liquor, for example — you may be asked to pay.
The American Express Centurion Lounge in Mexico City is different from other American Express Centurion lounges, though it is definitely upscale with comfortable seats, free Wi-Fi, and a full bar. The lounge does charge for most food, but for a decent meal, this may be something that is worthwhile for a hungry traveler. Still, if you just want to munch on something, there are a few free items to tide you over.
This is one of the better lounges in Mexico City, so as an Amex Platinum card or Centurion cardholder, you may want to make time to visit the Centurion Lounge in Terminal 1 before your flight.
The information regarding the Centurion® Card from American Express was independently collected by Upgraded Points and was not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, click here.
For rates and fees for the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, click here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Mexico City International Airport have a lounge?
The international airport at Mexico City has several airport lounges:
- Aeromexico Salon Premier
- American Airlines Admirals Club
- The Centurion Lounge
- Grand Lounge Elite
- Lounge 19
- Salon Aeromar
- Terraza by the Grand Lounge Elite
- Terraza Premier Aeromexico By Heineken
- The Lounge Mexico by Global Lounge Network
- United Club
- VIPort Lounge
Can you sleep in Centurion Lounge?
Many Centurion Lounges feature day beds or private areas where you can nap, however no Centurion Lounge is open overnight, so no sleeping overnight is allowed.
Are drinks free at Centurion Lounge?
Drinks are complimentary at Centurion Lounge locations throughout the world, though there may be some premium liquors that require additional payment. Regardless of the cost of the drink, it is customary to provide a cash tip for each beverage served.
Does Mexico City have a Centurion Lounge?
There are 3 Centurion Lounges at Mexico City (MEX):
- Terminal 1, International
- Located pre-security between gate 8 and F1, beside Flap’s restaurant
- Terminal 1, Domestic Departure
- Located between gates 17 and 18
- Terminal 2
- After Security, proceed to the Mezzanine Level via escalators or lift; the entrance is down the hall and up the stairs
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