Amex Centurion Lounge Miami: Everything You Wanted to Know
American Express is finally stepping up its game with complimentary Centurion Lounge access for platinum and centurion card members. Other American Express cardholders can gain access to the lounge by paying a fee.
Apparently, Amex was feeling extra generous because platinum and centurion card holders can also bring in 2 guests for FREE or all immediate family members with whom they are traveling.
We recently had a very long delay in Miami so I had ample opportunity to check out the Miami American Express Centurion Lounge.
First and foremost, it was crowded. There is no sugar coating this one. However, there are plenty of tucked away places to work, relax or eat. The most crowded area is typically the tables near the bar and buffet. You should look for spots like this one.
Even though the Miami Amex Centurion Lounge was crowded, it was still da bomb! Now, I have been to my fair share of airport lounges so I feel as though I can be fair in reviewing the Amex Centurion Lounges.
Specifically, I am am American Advantage club member and the American Air lounges pale in comparison to the Centurion Lounges. The same goes for Delta Sky Clubs. Simply put, they suck in comparison to the complimentary amenities offered at the Centurion lounges.
The Centurion Lounges offer a full buffet style meal, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, children’s area with Wii, business center, and even a freaking SPA!!! Oh yeah, and Amex won’t charge you a penny for any of this.
The food and beverage offerings were well beyond what you usually get at airport lounges. In the Miami Centurion Lounge, the food and beverage menu was designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and it was truly fabulous. Yes, it was a full meal and not just a few pretzels and apples.
The complimentary beverage service offered almost anything you could want, other than say a glass of wine from a $100 bottle. If I remember correctly, the complimentary vodka was grey goose to give you an idea of what to expect.
We even had a waiter come by regularly to ask us if we needed anything else to drink! Now for the part of this Centurion Lounge review that every lady has been waiting for, the Spa.
It seems to good to be true. A free spa treatment during a layover?! Well, its partially to good to be true. There is a small spa, and the Centurion Lounge does offer 15 minute free spa treatments. However, it is based on a first come first serve basis. As I stated earlier, the Centurion Lounge at Miami was extremely crowded. Unless you have a very long layover, its unlikely that you will get a spa appointment. At least that was my experience.
In my case, I had a 3 day layover (thank you American Airlines for yet another miserable flying experience!). Thus, I was able to experience a 15 minute massage at the Exhale spa. It was very nice, and I would recommend putting your name on the spa list the minute you get there to try your luck at it.
Also, I noticed that a American Express Centurion card member (aka black card) was able to bypass the wait list for the spa and seemingly not limited to the typical 15 minutes. I don’t have a problem with this, as she is paying a pile of money for that card. It’s just an observation
Overall, I was very impressed with the American Express Centurion Lounge at Miami and give it a 5 star review!
Update: We just returned from La Guardia Airport, and attempted to find the American Express Centurion Lounge. Unfortunately, the Amex Lounge at La Guardia is not as accessible. It is located pre-security between terminal B and C. If you flying out of D for example, you would literally have to leave the facility in a shuttle to visit the Lounge. Its really only an option for those who are flying out of terminal B or C, and want to use the Lounge before they check in. I am not sure that I get the point. If you have any information on the La Guardia lounge that I am missing, please comment below!