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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN ($450 annual fee) 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 Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. American Express also intends to open Centurion Lounges in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York JFK.
I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Centurion Lounge close for an extended period of time, but that’s exactly what’s happening at the Amex Centurion Lounge DFW, as noted by @obeanz71 on Twitter:
The Amex Centurion Lounge Dallas will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, July 24 through Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The lounge’s reopening date is subject to change, so given the frequent delay in airport projects, I wouldn’t be surprised if that got pushed back.
— O (@obeanz71) July 19, 2018
What I find rather odd is that Amex was supposed to open a new Centurion Lounge at DFW in the first half of 2018. At least that was the case as of last September. The current lounge is too small, so Amex was going to open a lounge that was 12,000 square feet, rather than the current 9,000 square feet. Rather than simply expanding the current lounge, their plan was to open a new lounge altogether in a nearby space.
I haven’t heard any updates on that, though clearly that project is behind schedule. That’s why I find it even stranger that the Centurion Lounge is closing for a period of three weeks for repairs.
My guess is that there’s some sort of an issue that needs to be addressed, and that’s why it’s being closed, rather than them just trying to refresh the lounge. Otherwise I doubt they’d refer to it as “repairs,” rather than “refurbishment,” or something of the like.
I’ll try to figure out what happened with the new Centurion Lounge that was supposed to open at DFW, given that it didn’t open within the original timeframe.
Hopefully no one planned a long layover at DFW with plans to visit this lounge in the coming weeks.