It has to be weird to have a Black card from American Express these days. You don’t get that much material benefit over a Platinum card and the annual fee is $2,500, a full 5x what it costs for the Platinum card! One of the shared benefits of the Centurion Card and Platinum Card is access to the network of American Express Centurion Lounges. Located at DFW, Las Vegas, Miami, Seattle (a smaller concept), San Francisco, and soon to be Houston, these lounges are a step above the typical domestic lounge, with full buffets, premium booze, and special perks like massage treatments, wine tastings, etc. (depending on the lounge) I previously reviewed the DFW Centurion Lounge, you can check that out here. I’m currently sitting here at the Centurion Lounge in DFW and noticed some tables set up very nicely with big RESERVED signs on them. It turns out that some Centurion Card (Amex’s proper name for the Black card) members were upset that there was never any seating in the Centurion Lounge (at least in DFW, not sure about other clubs). Their solution? Tables in the lounge would be on permanent reserve for Centurion Card members. On one hand it was kind of annoying, since it was hard finding a place to sit, but on the other hand I totally get it and it’s a nice little perk for the Centurion Card members, one of the first perks they’ve received in a while from everything I’ve read. So, for… read more
Frequent flyer and world traveler Andy Luten guests you into the new American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. He compares it to other Centurion Lounges and reveals whether or not we have a true gem or a total dud.
At the beginning of a recent weekend trip to Europe (trip report in the works), I had the chance to check out American Express’s new Centurion Lounge at DFW International Airport. Pictures to follow, but first, some build-up… Life as a frequent flyer based out of DFW I live in Dallas and my primary airport is DFW, the fortress hub of American Airlines. This is both a blessing and a curse. The pros include being a 3-3.5 hour flight from either coast, usually on a nonstop flight, and DFW is fairly easy to navigate. The cons, though, can be severe at times. American doesn’t really have to try that hard at DFW. Take DFW-LGA, for example. My daytime job as a financial software consultant has me in and out of New York fairly often, so I know the DFW-LGA market well. American, for a long time, had a monopoly on nonstop flights on this route, and would routinely charge $200-300 more than its competitors, because they knew they could and they knew I (or, rather, my clients) would end up paying it. Even when Delta recently started flying this route they couldn’t muster up more than a regional jet for it. So most people just end up paying the premium for American (although we grumble like heck). Similarly, American’s lounges at DFW aren’t to the flagship standard of some of their other lounges. There is not a Flagship First Class lounge at DFW airport. Even though they have four Admiral’s Clubs, very… read more