On a recent trip I was fortunate enough to fly out of two airports with AMEX Centurion Lounges. This was my first time visiting a Centurion Lounge, and it certainly won’t be my last! Holders of an American Express Platinum Card or Centurion Card from anywhere in the world are eligible for entry, with guests (make sure to check the latest guest policy).
The first Centurion Lounge was in the Miami Airport (MIA). This was a very nice lounge with airside views, a well stocked bar, and complimentary massages. Though the lounge was no where near my gate it was worth clearing security twice to get access as I was flying out of another concourse. Due to the need to re-clear security I wasn’t afforded much time in this lounge, however my overall impression was it’s an above average lounge.
My second Centurion Lounge was in Houston (IAH). Again, I found this lounge a little bit out of the way, but I was able to stop by on the way to my gate for my connecting flight. I was able to spend a good amount of time in the lounge as my flight arrived earlier than scheduled. The lounge on the outside is two blue doors at the end of a plain white hallway, but once inside this lounge is anything but plain. I immediately headed to grab a bite to eat and was pleasantly surprised with the spread. The selection included the usual foods you see in lounges. Salads, a quinoa dish, vegetables, and eggs. However, then I saw what made this lounge stand out, there was freshly baked Salmon Fillets and other more hearty meal items. At this point I was already impressed with the lounge but it only got better. Just as I finished my meal servers started flowing out of the kitchen with portions of freshly made Beef Wellington for everyone in the lounge. There were two AMEX staff members meeting beside me in the lounge planning future menu items so maybe this isn’t an everyday occurrence. However, even if Beef Wellington isn’t a regular staple in this lounge the other food available exceed typical lounge standards by far.
I would highly recommend both these lounges to anyone flying though these airports. I may even go as far to say plan your connecting flights in order to stop by these airports to visit the lounges!
Though the American Express Platinum Card comes with a significant annual fee, the longer I have the card the more I feel it’s worth it. It takes a bit of attention to detail, but it’s definitely possible to extract significant value from the Platinum Card Benefits.
It’s things like traveling and being surprised with decadent food at a Centurion Lounge that keeps my wanderlust burning. I hope on your next trip you’re surprised and delighted by some decadence in your travels. Here’s to keeping the passion alive!