It’s about time that I review the Amex Centurion Lounge at my home airport. I haven’t reviewed this lounge in nearly a decade, and for that matter haven’t even visited the lounge in quite some time. So, how is the Amex Centurion Lounge Miami? Let’s take a look…
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Amex Centurion Lounge Miami location & hours
The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami (MIA) is located in Concourse D, which is where most American Airlines flights depart from. Note that Concourse D and Concourse E are connected airside, meaning you can easily visit the lounge if you’re departing from gates in either area. However, if you’re departing from another terminal, you wouldn’t be able to use this lounge without clearing security twice.
The Centurion Lounge Miami is located near gate D12. When you clear security from most checkpoints, you’ll want to turn right and then keep walking down the main part of the concourse.
You should see signage for the Centurion Lounge.
Eventually you’ll find yourself in a rotunda, where you’ll see the elevators leading up to the Centurion Lounge on the left. The lounge is located two levels above the main concourse.
Once you’re on the level of the Centurion Lounge, you’ll see a hallway leading to reception, which is located on the right. There I had to present my Amex card, my ID, and my boarding pass.
The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami is currently open daily from 5AM until 10PM, covering a vast majority of departures from the terminal.
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami entry requirements
This lounge has the same access policies as all Amex Centurion Lounges. Amex Centurion Lounges can be accessed by those who have any of the following cards:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express (review)
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review)
- Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card (review)
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (review)
- Amex Centurion Card
When it comes to accessing Amex Centurion Lounges, there are some terms to be aware of:
- You need a same day boarding pass to access Centurion Lounges, and in the case of Delta Reserve cardmembers, the boarding pass needs to be for travel on Delta
- You can access Centurion Lounges up to three hours before departure, unless you’re connecting, in which case you can access earlier
- You can’t access Centurion Lounges on arrival, or with a standby or non-revenue standby ticket
- If you’re guesting people into Centurion Lounges, you need to stay with them the entire time they’re in the lounge
Note that as of February 2023, Amex is making significant changes to its Centurion Lounge guesting policies, which should hopefully help with crowding issues.
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami seating & layout
The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami is just over 12,000 square feet, making it roughly average as far as Centurion Lounge sizes go. So, what’s the lounge’s layout like? When you walk past reception into the main part of the lounge, you can either turn left or right. Let’s start at the very right of the lounge, and work our way left from there.
At one end of the lounge is the main dining area and bar, consisting of many cafe-style tables, plus some high-top seating at the bar. There are departure monitors here, in case you want to keep track of your flight status.
Past that is the small sitting area that’s right by the entrance. This is the highest trafficked area of the lounge, since everyone walks past here.
The lounge then gets a bit narrower, and there’s a single row of seats along the windows, with plenty of tables as well.
Past that is the business center, featuring communal workstations, a desktop, and a few printers.
Past that is more cafe-style seating, along with a wine bar. Generally the further in this direction of the lounge you go, the quieter it is, given that the main bar and food are at the other end of the lounge (and that tends to act as a magnet).
Then there’s one final room in the back of the lounge, which is the single largest space of the lounge. When the Centurion Lounge was expanded a few years back, this is the primary space that was added.
All-in-all, the lounge has great decor, and definitely feels a bit more premium than your typical domestic airport lounge in the United States. The lounge also has floor-to-ceiling windows of the apron and runway, so the plane spotting from the lounge is great. I visited early in the morning when it was dark and there was condensation on the windows, so I wasn’t able to get any good plane pictures.
I should also mention that I visited the lounge right when it opened at 5AM, so crowding wasn’t an issue. However, Centurion Lounges are known for having crowding issues. Hopefully that changes with upcoming changes to the guesting policies.
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami food & drinks
Centurion Lounges are known for their superior food & drinks, especially compared to what you’d usually find in other lounges in the United States. The Centurion Lounge partners with chef Michelle Bernstein, mixologist Jim Meehan, and sommelier Anthony Giglio.
The lounge serves continental breakfast from 5AM until 6AM, a hot breakfast from 6AM until 11:30AM, and lunch and dinner from 11:30AM until 9PM. You can find a sample menu for the Centurion Lounge Miami below, though the selection does rotate.
I visited the lounge when continental breakfast was being served (unfortunately I had to leave before the full hot breakfast was being served at 6AM).
The continental breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, and some pastries. Obviously the full breakfast selection was presumably much more substantial.
As far as drinks go, there were containers with drip coffee, a selection of tea, and than an espresso machine with lattes, cappuccinos, etc. Soft drinks are available at the bar.
Below you can find the Centurion Lounge Miami wine menu (available from 8AM until 8:30PM).
Below you can find the Centurion Lounge Miami cocktail menu (available from 10:30AM until 9:30PM) and beer menu (available from 8AM until 9:30PM).
I’d note that while there was a second buffet setup, it didn’t seem like it was being used. I’m not sure if that’s always the case, or was just the case in the morning when continental breakfast is served.
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami spa
The Centurion Lounge has a small spa just near the entrance. Travelers can reserve 15-minute treatments on a first come, first served basis. Treatments include chair massages and nail care. The spa wasn’t yet open for the day during my visit, and I should also mention that getting an appointment can be really difficult.
As you’d expect, the spa can only accommodate a couple of people at a time, while the lounge gets a lot of visitors. So think of appointment availability as being more like a lottery than anything else.
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami phone rooms
The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami has a couple of phone rooms near the wine bar, which are basically private rooms you can sit in. If you’re looking for a quiet place to hang out or make a phone call, I’d check to see if these are available.
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami family room
The Centurion Lounge Miami has a family room near the entrance and by the main buffet, with a TV and a variety of toys for kids. I’m sure this space is appreciated by parents and non-parents alike. 😉
Amex Centurion Lounge Miami bathrooms & showers
The Centurion Lounge has two separate sets of bathrooms, The bathroom capacity isn’t exactly huge, as one bathroom has one stall and two urinals, while the other bathroom has two stalls and one urinal.
The Centurion Lounge also has shower suites, though actually getting availability is a different story. I asked about the possibility of a shower at 5:30AM, and was told the next available appointment was at 8:30AM. Given that most people can only access Centurion Lounges up to three hours before departure, that’s pretty limiting…
The Amex Centurion Lounge Miami has nice decor, is a good size, and has great views of the apron and runways. The lounge also has a solid selection of food and drinks.
Historically I’ve avoided this lounge simply because of the crowding issues, and have instead visited the American Admirals Club. Fortunately that wasn’t an issue during my 5AM visit. Furthermore, I’m hopeful that with changes to Centurion Lounge guesting policies, crowding will become less of an issue.
With changes to guesting policies and no crowding issues during this visit, I’ll probably check the lounge out again the next time I fly out of Miami.
If you’ve visited the Centurion Lounge Miami, what was your experience like?