Centurion Lounge Miami Temporarily Closing January 14, 2019

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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 ($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 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.

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

Initially the expansion was supposed to be done by the end of 2018, but as is often the case with airport construction, there have been some delays.

So on that front, in mid-December we learned that the Centurion Lounge Miami would be temporarily closing in January for this expansion to be completed, though an exact date hadn’t yet been given. We now have that date.

The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami will be closing Monday, January 14, 2019, and it’s expected that the closure will last for a couple of weeks (though no exact timeline has been given yet for the reopening).

Centurion Lounge Miami

As an alternative, Amex Platinum cardmembers can use their Priority Pass memberships to visit one of the following three restaurants at Miami Airport (all of which I’ve reviewed):

  • 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

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  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.

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