Now Open: Amex’s Expanded Centurion Lounge Miami

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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express 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 Centurion Lounge locations include DallasHong KongHoustonLas VegasMiamiNew York LaGuardiaPhiladelphiaSan Francisco, and Seattle.

American Express also plans to open Centurion Lounges in Los AngelesNew York JFKDenverCharlotte, and London Heathrow.

The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami is one of the most popular lounges in the network, and in my experience is also consistently one of the busiest. Over a year ago it was revealed that Amex intended to increase the size of the Centurion Lounge Miami.

As I wrote about previously, on January 14, 2019, the Amex Centurion Lounge Miami closed, and it was expected that the closure would last a couple of weeks. I’m happy to report that the Centurion Lounge Miami has been expanded and reopened as of January 30, 2019.

Here are some pictures American Express has shared of the expanded lounge:

With this expansion, cardmembers can expect an additional 4,000 square feet of space, more than 100 additional seats, more food and beverage area, a wine bar, additional restrooms, an additional tranquility area, more lounge seating, and two telephone booths.

On top of that, the lounge also has a refreshed menu of “fresh, locally-inspired cuisine created by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein.” This menu includes: 

  • A brand new selection of premium cold dishes, such as a Greek yogurt bar at breakfast, as well as chilled soups, protein and grain salads, fresh sandwiches and more for lunch/dinner
  • Updated hot bar menu featuring new varieties of breakfast items such as orange ricotta pancakes with citrus cream, chilaquiles with salsa verde and sweet potato and Yukon potato hash, as well as lunch/dinner dishes such as warm soups and salads, grilled chimichurri chicken, roasted vegetables and more

There are also additional wines and cocktails in the new lounge:

  • A second bar that will be dedicated to serving a selection of wines curated by Centurion Lounge Wine Director Anthony Giglio, as well as an assortment of beers.
  • The addition of two new specialty cocktails to the menu developed by one of the nation’s top mixologists and Centurion Lounge mixologist, Jim Meehan, including:
    • Americano Sbagliato: Bittersweet orange soda stands in for vermouth in this refreshing riff on the Milanese Negroni Sbagliato: a delicious “mistake” prepared with Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco
    • Caribbean Carajillo: Inspired by the classic Carajillo- an eye-opening shot of espresso served with a splash of Licor 43- we incorporated the components into a regal rum-based nightcap for the ages

In the past I’ve often avoided the Centurion Lounge given how crowded it has been, though I can’t wait to check out how the expanded lounge is, since the extra space should make a difference.

Keep in mind that on top of the Centurion Lounge, those with an Amex Platinum also get a Priority Pass membership, which means you can use any of the following Priority Pass restaurants in Miami:

  • The Corona Beach House, located airside in Concourse D, where Priority Pass members get a $30 credit per person
  • Air Margaritaville, located landside in Concourse E, where Priority Pass members get a $28 credit per person
  • Viena, located landside in Concourse E, where Priority Pass members get a $28 credit per person


Viena Restaurant, Miami Airport

If anyone has a chance to visit the expanded Centurion Lounge, please report back with your experience!

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Comments

  1. Glad to hear they will be expanding soon, as this is my home airport, I often attempt to use this lounge but usually just walk through and not finding any seating, walk back out again.

  2. Yes Robert, you are among the tiny minority who feel that way. What priority pass lounges provide a free open bar staffed by a bartender, where one can actually get decent cocktails? And a quick massage or get their nails done sometime, etc. I go to the Centurion lounge a few times a month and it’s loads better than the priority pass equivalent.

  3. @Robert you’re not alone. I find myself really wanting to love the centurion lounges, but I always seem to be let down.

    Yeah I want a decent cocktail, but I also want space, quiet, and not listening to a bunch of stupid kids screaming. The access restrictions have made it aggravating for things like red eyes where I can’t grab a shower due to time limits. And the crowd keeps getting worse and worse.

    I’ve found myself buying throwaway Delta tickets just to get lounge access (hey, a $40 flight to Portland is cheaper than a day pass.)

  4. Let’s also not forget priority pass access to the Avianca lounge and LATAM’s lounge over in terminal F. Sure, not as convenient for those flying AA as the PP restaurants that you mentioned, but if you would prefer a “lounge” rather than a restaurant, these are good! Plus each has a self-serve bar which takes the possibility of tipping out of the equation.

  5. Closed for only 2 weeks?… Isn’t that what they said about DFW, before they “suddenly” decided to keep it closed for 2 months?

  6. Was at the DFW Centurion yesterday in the D Terminal. Admirals Club is currently closed there. It was absolute chaos. I assume from people like me using it because of the Admirals Club closure. I am not sure of the rules for guests as I only ever use them alone but MY GOD…there were families of like 8 people with tons of kids everywhere. The food offering looked better than AA, well, for the few seconds it survived the hordes attacking it and leaving messes everywhere. I sat on a stool for an hour as there were literally no seats available.

  7. Amex Lounge in DFW is now only a departures day lounge (permanent and confirmed with staff). Flight departure also needs to be within 3 hours of access.

  8. They should just raise the annual fee, 550 is a joke. The Mexican Annual fee for the card just reached the 1,000 USD mark. Maybe that will thin the herd of users in the US market and bring the load levels down.

  9. Does anyone know what happens to the employees during these shutdowns? I can’t imagine the lounge would want to lose them, but I also can’t imagine them being able/willing to go weeks without pay. Just curious how that works.

  10. I am in the @Erik J and @Robert Schrader camp- I never use our local AMEX lounge. It’s too tight with too many families and worker groups. Admirals Club is much more relaxing. Corona PP at entrance to North Terminal is the easiest location for a quick food/drink grab when departure is in the middle gates.

  11. Why haven’t you mentioned the MEX airport Centurion Lounge? Or the EZE centurion lounge in Buenos Aires? In particular, the Mexican AMEX lounge is not only really big, but it accepts gold amex cards to the lounge for free but Platinum members get a la carte service (personally I only used the breakfast service once and it was amazing!)

  12. Whenever the gate is south of the entrance at D26 (or so), I make my way to the AMEX MIA Lounge. Typically, enter, find it too crowded, leave, then walk across to the Admirals which is much quieter. On Friday, I may check it out. Although departure to NYC shows gate D34 which means Admirals D30.
    But, it’s still good news to hear construction was so quick (oddly) and 4000 extra square feet for all those large families.

  13. Was the MIA Centurion lounge really open today, 1/26. Is it possible AMEX PR gave you this information and you failed to verify?
    I was there at about 6PM and the signs at the elevator indicated that it was still closed. I tried to go up and see and the elevator was blocked from going to the lounge level.
    THE MIA lounge did not reopen 1/30.

  14. @Robert, you are definitely not alone. I have no love for Centurion lounges. The food is just a bit too ‘fancy’ for me (chimichurri chicken, orange ricotta pancakes, etc.). And, frankly, if the bartender THINKS you aren’t a generous tipper, good luck getting good service if you want a couple of drinks. And then there’s the overcrowding…

  15. @Robert I agree as well; all my experiences so far with Centurion lounges have been very lukewarm or downright terrible. I guess it’s nice to have better food and better drinks but personally, the whole point of a lounge for me is to sit in a comfortable and quiet-ish space.
    Almost everytime I went to a Centurion lounge, it’s been chaos with kids running around, large groups of loud people, and hard to find any chair. It’s a bummer, they’re really trying to have a nice product and I’m trying hard to like it but it’s just not working with the current access rules. Too many people have the Amex Platinum I guess.

  16. They added 3,000 square feet to the DFW club and it hasn’t made any difference. The narrow shotgun layout of the new lounge seems even more crowded than the old lounge. Departing DFW a couple of weeks ago to HKG I had a choice between the Centurion Lounge and AA’s “Premium Lounge”. One looked like a mall food court at lunch on Saturday and the other resembled a warehouse store selling distressed furniture. I sat at the gate.

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