Last month I mentioned that American Express was adding a new Centurion lounge in Miami’s North Terminal where American Airlines operates.
That turns out to be true, as American Express is now confirming Miami as a 5th lounge in its domestic US pipeline — after Las Vegas and Dallas Fort-Worth which are both open and San Francisco and LaGuardia which are on the way.
American Express Platinum lost access to American and US Airways lounges at the end of March and lost guest privileges at Delta lounges May 1.
But they’ve got a growing network of their own lounges, which are generally better than airline offerings. And the card comes bundled with Priority Pass Select, which provides access to a variety of airline lounges (such as Alaska Airlines lounges in the U.S.) and independent lounges.
The Miami lounge will be ~ 8000 square feet Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport, so about 10% smaller than the DFW lounge.
It’s going to be in the North Terminal, will offer top notch food and drink offerings that guests of American Express’ other US lounges have come to expect, and will have a complimentary spa like DFW has.
- Centurion and Platinum cardholders: Cardmember may bring in their spouse and children or two guests
- Other American Express cardholders: $50 per adult (children complimentary when accompanied by paying adult)
Everything inside the lounges — include food, drinks, and spa — are complimentary (although per US custom, tipping is expected but not required in the spa, I think $5 per 15 minute treatment is about average).
Timing of new lounges:
- The LaGuardia lounge should be opening this summer.
- And both San Francisco and Miami are slated to open by the end of the year.
American Express has cardholder data on where their Platinum and Centurion cards have been used for access in the past, as well as where cardholders who travel reside. They also know they’re mostly shut out of hub airports dominated by United and American. So it’s no surprise we’ve seen Dallas, Miami, and San Francisco. And a premium brand can’t ignore New York (although a second New York location and a Chicago location wouldn’t surprise me a bit).
Since their offerings are better than airline club lounges in the U.S. it’s one of the many things they’re doing that’s keeping me a Platinum cardholder.
American Express partners and benefits have long come and gone. I do miss the old domestic companion ticket benefit (it was tough to use but lucrative). It was only when it was clear American would lose Continental as a partner that they added US Airways lounge access. And they’ve already announced unlimited Boingo internet access starting next month as well as an improvement in their Global Entry fee reimbursement to offer an option for TSA PreCheck reimbursement instead (the fee reimbursement program itself is only a few years old).
It’s fantastic to see American Express continue to invest in its product this way! And since I travel to South Florida often, this lounge will be a welcome addition for me personally.