Amex Plans To Build A Centurion Lounge In Denver

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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are for the most part significantly better than what’s offered by US airlines, as the lounges have complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple of them even have spas.

As of now Amex’s US Centurion Lounge locations include DallasHoustonLas VegasMiamiNew York LaGuardiaPhiladelphiaSan Francisco, and Seattle. American Express has already formally announced that a Centurion Lounge will be opening at New York JFK (specifically, in Terminal 4) in early 2019.

We’ve heard all kinds of rumors about other airports that are in the running for a Centurion Lounge, though it looks like we now know the next airport where Amex is actively working on securing space and finalizing a contract. The Denver City Council is in the process of approving a 10-year lease for the construction of an Amex Centurion Lounge, to be located in the C Concourse of Denver International Airport.

Based on the presentation, here’s what we know about their plans:

  • The 10 year lease would cost $20 million, and will include a capital investment of over $14 million
  • The Amex Centurion Lounge Denver would be 14,650 square feet (which would make it the second largest Centurion Lounge, as the one at JFK will be 15,000 square feet)

Based on the presentation it looks like the lounge would include all the standard Centurion Lounge perks, and would even have a spa and wellness area (which otherwise only the Dallas and Miami locations have).

The lounge would be located in the C Concourse, towards the end of the concourse, which will be expanded over the coming years. All terminals at Denver Airport are connected airside. The C Concourse is used by airlines including Alaska, Allegiant, Southwest, and Spirit, so this isn’t the concourse United operates out of, though it can easily be accessed from there. This is also where Timberline Steaks & Grille is located, which is the Priority Pass restaurant at the airport.

It doesn’t look like a planned construction or opening date has been made public yet. Typically it takes less than a year for these lounges to be built, so if this gets approved smoothly and construction isn’t too complicated, I imagine the Centurion Lounge would be open by 2019.

What a cool development for Denver International Airport!

Anyone excited at the prospect of an Amex Centurion Lounge Denver?

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Comments

  1. WOW! SO excited! While C Concourse isn’t the most convenient, I understand that it also likely has the most space available. Way to go, Amex!

  2. C makes perfect sense, since it doesn’t have any full lounges, yet still has the space on the upper level from the former lounges before the airport moved AA and DL to concourse A.

  3. So excited about this! FYI, contrary to other reports, I recently was at Timberline Grill and the waiter said they are NOT closing. Finally, this would be about a ten minute detour each way if your flight was out of A or B so it probably won’t be insanely crowded.

  4. This was the last hurdle I was waiting to get over before signing up for this card since this is my home airport, and Timberline’s service is downright awful with the increase in crowds the last couple months. Lucky, you just made my day with this post and the Ink Cash post. Now to await further developments. Happy Friday!!!

  5. I keep hoping that Amex will bring a Centurion Lounge to ATL. However, since the Platinum cards provide access to Delta SkyClubs, there’s plenty of lounge access for the majority of cardholders flying through Hartsfield. That being said, though the SkyClubs are the best of the big three carrier clubs, they would still pale in comparison to a Centurion Club based on what I’ve read (I have not been to an airport with a Centurion lounge since we received my Business Platinum card).

  6. It’s hard to get too excited about this given the overcrowding that continues to happen at the lounges. The last several visits have been downright unpleasant to the point that I find them barely worth visiting anymore: conditional on no crowding, they are great, but the probably of that is lower and lower.

  7. That is the most inconvenient location and surely is not who their card members are flying. It may be lackluster but I will be keeping my United Club membership and be just going there instead – it’s about a quiet space with fast wifi and some coffee in my opinion and the UA club does just that while also being right next to my gate.

  8. I’m surprised Orlando hasn’t been considered. I see MCO like a LAS market – high profile and a focus city for leisure travelers. Plus, since its no one airline’s hub, it would be well positioned to support their customers on any airline. It would be easy to add in the main terminal (away from the gates), and woul

  9. Beyond excited for this. I can’t believe people think Concourse C is inconvenient, it’s like a 2 minute train ride.

  10. I can’t tell you how happy I am about this!

    Amex Platinum cardmember here, and I fly mostly Southwest! and even sometimes Spirit when absolutely necessary. I also have no problem going to C concourse when flying other airlines.

  11. That is really great news to finally have a lounge at DIA that we can access as a credit card perk. Priority pass allows access to a restaurant but no true lounge. DIA is also planning a 1.5b expansion to hopefully bring in more international carriers. Maybe now we can fly direct to more than just a few places other than Mexico. And the concourse choice isn’t too important because it is quite quick and easy to move from concourse to concourse at DIA without going back out through security like some other airports.

  12. Hmmm. I was waiting for this, irrationally hoping it’d be in United’s terminal… Not surprised. This probably isn’t that useful to me, I’ve never flown Spirit, Allegiant, or Alaska. And most layovers are under 1.5 hours, and it doesn’t make sense to add an extra 30 min walk to sit in a lounge for 30 mins. And it could be very far out of the way if your connecting plane is at the end of the terminal, and if the lounge ends up at the end of C. As for delays, when clubs are really necessary, I like to be closer to the gate, not walking between terminals. Oh well, I’ll probably enjoy it occasionally, I do love their clubs. But unfortunately, I won’t be dropping United Club card because of this 🙁 Same with Houston.

  13. SFO-FF, I don’t know why you would think AmEx Plat holders wouldn’t be using C concourse. As a fellow SF-er (and Plat holder), I am a long-time VX elite and am far more likely to stick with them as AS than to fly with UA when I have the option. I generally pick Soutwest over UA too, unless I can get reimbursed for paid F. The *only* thing I like about flying UA is its proximity to the Centurion lounge at SFO — I’d much rather that lounge be in T2.

  14. > Typically it takes less than a year for these lounges to be built…

    Except if you’re United.

  15. I’ve been saying they should do this for a long time. DEN has a ton of unused space on the second floors of their concourses, and as you mentioned all concourses are connected airside. It’s also United’s 4th-largest hub, Southwest’s 4th-largest hub, and Frontier’s Largest hub – and the latter two don’t operate lounges of their own.

    Even as someone who doesn’t have an AmEx Plat, I welcome this because it will hopefully pull people out of the United Clubs and leave more room for Star Golds like me (And possibly force United to up their game in their lounges).

  16. Wonderful news! LAX and ORD would be my first choice, since flying out of LAX that’s where I mostly end up, but DEN is always popping up. Now I won’t have to actively avoid it!

  17. Great news and FINALLY!! Curious about why they chose C… maybe it was purely based on available real estate?

  18. @Ryan J: If you take out B which is effectively owned by United, your choices are A and C. Outside of Frontier (Which is not their target market), A is primarily O&D traffic. C gets you O&D as well as connections from Southwest, so you are more likely to get more usage since some people will have real connections thus having a better chance of justifying the cost of the lounge.

  19. wow, given that DEN my home airport. I’m very excited about this. I have the United Club card just for the lounge access but I may now switch to Amex Platinum (i’ve been waiting for a good reason to do it). Looking at the details, it looks like we may be getting a Plaza Premium lounge on concourse A also. Which would be awesome since that would likely be accessible with the Priority Pass membership. Can’t wait for this

  20. Since Timberline is closing down at the end of the year, this will be great replacement for Platinum Card holders. As a Denverite, I am ecstatic that this is going through!

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