In April of last year we first learned that American Express planned on opening a Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport.
This complements their existing US Centurion Lounges in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, New York LaGuardia, and San Francisco, as well as the Centurion Studio Seattle, which is also scheduled to open this year.
Centurion Lounges are far superior to anything offered by a US airline, as they have “real” food, quality cocktails, beer, and wine, and the lounge in Dallas even has a spa, with complimentary treatments.
The Centurion Lounge Miami was initially supposed to open in late 2014, though has been way delayed, unfortunately. I’ve heard rumblings for a while now that it’s scheduled to open in summer 2015, though up until now haven’t heard anything beyond that.
Well, via the Miami Herald, the Centurion Lounge Miami is scheduled to open in early June 2015.
What can we expect in terms of the design?
The 8,000-square-foot Miami space will be ring-shaped, with tarmac views and, in a nod to South Florida’s coastal vibe, a floor-to-ceiling textural wall that resembles a wave.
That’s a fairly large space. For context, the Centurion Lounge LaGuardia is ~5,000 square feet, while the Centurion Lounge Dallas/Ft. Worth is ~9,000 square feet. It’s also good news that it will be in the North Terminal, so will be easy for American Airlines passengers to access.
The menu is inspired by Michelle Bernstein:
Bernstein’s buttermilk-brined fried chicken and Greek-style local watermelon salad will be available at MIA’s Centurion. She said she leaned toward lighter items, like a green goddess salad and a vanilla panna cotta dessert, to “make sure people are comfortable as they board their flights.”
Yay for the lighter options. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Mexican food at the Centurion Lounge Dallas/Ft. Worth, but am I the only one that feels like that might not be the best cuisine to serve before getting on a plane? I far prefer the menu at the Centurion Lounge LaGuardia, which includes things like salmon, tomato & mozzarella, salad, etc.
As a reminder, there are a few ways to access the American Express Centurion Lounge:
- Those with the The Platinum Card® from American Express and American Express Centurion Card receive complimentary access
- Those with either of the above cards may bring their spouse and children under the age of 18, or two travel companions as guests
- If you have an American Express Card other than the ones listed above, you can purchase a day pass at the entrance for $50
I’m very excited about the Centurion Lounge Miami. I’ve managed to avoid transiting Miami for at least a year now. It’s one of my least favorite airports in the US. I’ll certainly be anxious to fly through there to visit the lounge, and if it’s decent, might make a point of transiting Miami Airport in the future (after all, transiting through Miami typically gets you more miles than transiting through Dallas, assuming you’re flying coast-to-coast). 😉
Who else is excited about the Centurion Lounge Miami finally opening?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)