Arguably our favorite benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express is the complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge Network. And with the September 27thopening of the card’s signature, state-of-the-art lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport [DFW], card members can resume the love affair with DFW layovers and early airport arrivals. Here, the full scoop of the latest lounge in network portfolio.
Introducing The Centurion Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
On September 27, 2018 debuted—or re-debuted, shall we say—The Centurion Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The original lounge in American Airlines’ Terminal D (near D17) has now been replaced by a new, larger home in American Airlines’ Terminal D, across Gate D12.
The new lounge is an impressive 12,500 square feet, 3,000 more than the previous location. New amenities include three shower suites, private telephone rooms, and a mother’s room in addition plus all the hallmarks of a signature Centurion Lounge.
Visiting card members can look forward to a complimentary manicure or 12-min massage from the Exhale spa. Noted mixologist Jim Meehan has developed the artisan cocktail menu and Centurion Lounge wine director Anthony Giglio has handpicked the wines. (Note: this location also offers seasonal wine flights.) James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing has designed meal presentations offered throughout the day.
“We are excited to unveil the expanded Centurion Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport,” said Josh McKay, Vice President and General Manager Global Benefits and Services at American Express. “We know our Card Members valued the services and amenities of our previous Centurion Lounge in this airport, so we’re excited to offer these and more at the new larger location we’re opening.”
“The American Express Centurion Lounge offers customers a new world-class option as they journey through DFW Airport,” said Ken Buchanan, Executive Vice President of Revenue Management at DFW. “As we work to elevate the customer experience, we recognize the importance of providing customers with the amenities that they want and need. Passengers looking to relax, enjoy fine dining, or catch up on some work during their time at DFW will be pleased to find all that and more at this new location.”
What about the recent issues with overcrowding at other Centurion Lounges?
This new, larger location was designed to deal with the overcrowding that has become far too common at Centurion Lounges. Recently, American Express has been enforcing policies restricting access to 2 hours before scheduled flight departure and for outbound flights only. It remains to be seen if overcrowding will be a problem at the new Dallas location and if it will need to strictly enforce these rules.
What’s next for The Centurion Lounge network?
New locations coming in 2019 include: Denver, Los Angeles, and New York [JFK]. With the reopening of the Dallas location, the collection is currently housed in nine airports worldwide (Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York [LGA], Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle).
What has happened to the previous lounge space at Dallas Fort Worth International?
We believe that this space will become the latest iteration The Club at DFW, accessible to Priority Pass members. The current location is temporary, with a permanent location opening in the fall. If this is the case, it would be excellent, especially for those traveling through DFW who don’t carry a Centurion Card or Platinum Card from American Express.