Arguably our favorite benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express is the complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge Network. The card’s signature, state-of-the-art lounge collection is currently housed in eight airports worldwide (Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York [LGA], Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle). Noticeably absent from this current list is Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), arguably the most popular and second busiest lounge in the portfolio (behind Miami).
The Dallas Centurion Lounge was set to relocate in the first half of 2018, but due to construction delays this didn’t happen. We were also informed earlier this year that the current lounge would not be disrupted during the construction of the new space. Well that doesn’t seem to be the case either: The Dallas Centurion Lounge is currently closed for business.
Here, what we know—and don’t know—as we count down to the *new* Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
What happened to The Centurion Lounge at DFW that we know and love?
We received notice in late July that The Centurion Lounge at DFW would be closed until August 14 for repairs, with a reopening date subject to change. The original plan to move the lounge from its home in American Airlines’ Terminal D (near D17) to a new, larger home in American Airlines’ Terminal D (across Gate D12) had fallen behind. So, Amex was fixing a few things to keep the current space running.
August 14 came and went, and the lounge never reopened. Finally, American Express updated us with an ominous message in late August: “Due to additional maintenance needed, we will not be reopening this space.”
So when will a newer version of The Centurion Lounge at DFW debut and how will it be different from its predecessor?
American Express states, “We look forward to welcoming Card Members into our new expanded location across from Gate D12 starting early October.” There’s no exact date and, of course, delays could push the reopening. We’re hoping this is not the case!
The new location will bring an additional 3,000 square feet, a new telephone room, a private mother’s room, and an additional shower suite. The Exhale spa, cuisine by James Beard Award–winning chef Dean Fearing, and cocktails by noted mixologist Jim Meehan continue with the move.
Has American Express offered a lounge alternative during the Dallas Centurion Lounge closure?
American Express is encouraging its Platinum Card members to utilize their complimentary membership to Priority Pass™ Select. Priority Pass offers access to The Club at DFW located across from Gate D15.
However, this location is temporary, with a permanent location opening in the fall (we are guessing it’ll move into the old Centurion Lounge space). This current location is on the small side, and the lounge often restricts access due to space constraints.
Bottom line: With every Platinum Card member—and Priority Pass member—looking for a bit of food, drink, and Wi-Fi before their flights, don’t expect to get in. We’d avoid long layovers or arriving early to DFW until November, when both the new Centurion Lounge and Priority Pass lounge are almost certain to be open.