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.
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!