For our lounging hour, the American Express Centurion Lounge is the place to be while waiting for a flight at any airport that has such a lounge. It’s even worth an extra security screening at SFO, if you can believe it.
Last year, the DFW lounge closed for a few months and relocated. You can read a review of the new lounge here at The Points Guy.
Well, in an effort to modernize and expand offerings in more locations, American Express will be closing their locations at Las Vegas (our most frequent Centurion Lounge) and Miami.
What are the closures?
American Express announced that their Miami location will close on January 14, 2019, for “a short period” to “upgrade and expand the space.” They remind that you can use the Delta Sky Club if flying Delta, or use Priority Pass otherwise (enrollment required, of course).
They will also be closing Las Vegas as of the same date for a “short period” to “renovate and improve the space.”
A short closure with the same phrasing as Las Vegas is also announced for Seattle, coming in March.
How can I get my lounge fix?
The American Express Lounge Collection includes several other networks not operated by Amex, so you won’t be lost or gatebound if you have a layover or an extra hour or two at these airports.
For Las Vegas, you have two options:
- Club at LAS (Priority Pass lounge) in Terminal 3, Concourse E, gate E2
- Club at LAS (Priority Pass lounge) in Concourse D, gate D16
For Miami, there are seven locations available across the airport:
- Global Lounge’s Avianca Sala VIP in South Terminal, Concourse J
- Air Margaritaville (Priority Pass restaurant) in Central Terminal, Concourse E
- Corona Beach House (Priority Pass restaurant,) in North Terminal, Concourse D
- Club America (Priority Pass lounge) in Central Terminal, Concourse F
- Viena (Priority Pass restaurant) in Central Terminal, Concourse E
- LATAM Lounge (Priority Pass lounge, limited hours) in South Terminal, Concourse J
- Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) in South Terminal, Concourse H
When the Seattle closure comes in March, you have four alternatives:
- Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) in Concourse A, Gate A1
- Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) in South Satellite, Gate S9
- The Club at SEA (Priority Pass lounge) in Concourse A, Gate A11
- The Club at SEA (Priority Pass lounge) in South Satellite, Gate S9
The Priority Pass restaurants above offer a credit per Priority Pass guest ($28 for Viena and Air Margaritaville, $30 for Corona Beach House). Remember that you should tip based on the regular price, not just what you spend over that amount.
If you are using a Priority Pass venue, be sure to register for Priority Pass through the American Express site or mobile app. You’ll want to do this before leaving on your trip, if you haven’t already; we’ve seen a number of people trying to get registered at the last minute, and you don’t want to be stuck without lounge access if you can avoid it.
You can use the Amex app to find any lounges you’re eligible to visit in a given airport, although we’d also recommend you use the Priority Pass app with its digital membership card, so you don’t have another plastic card to carry around.
I don’t have a Platinum card, what do I do?
The options above are aimed at Platinum and Centurion cardmembers since this post is about the Centurion Lounge.
Several other credit cards offer Priority Pass, including Chase Sapphire Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Rewards from Chase (no longer available), Hilton Honors Ascend from Amex, SPG Luxury from Amex, and US Bank Altitude Reserve.
You can also purchase a membership without a participating card, directly from the Priority Pass website. These options do not include free guests, while the card-associated memberships offer at least 2 guests per member for free. You may find that the restaurant options aren’t a great deal if you have to pay for the visits, but it may vary (and if the member visit is free, you still save some money).