Update: Great news on a date for the San Francisco Centurion lounge opening. And a clarification that the ranking of best US lounges that I call out is meant to highlight best lounge that anyone can access for a fee (rather than making the broader claim about best).
Wendy Perrin lists her top domestic U.S. lounges.
And in the process she breaks some news.
The American Express Centurion lounges are certainly the best lounges in the United States.
Currently there are Centurion lounges in Las Vegas and in Dallas (see my review of the spa and showers, as well as the food and drink). The Dallas lounge is the best in the United States in my view, but pales in comparison to the best international lounges.
They’re planning to open many more, with both San Francisco and New York LaGuardia locations publicly acknowledged.
Wendy spills the beans that the San Francisco lounge will open in July.
I do have to take issue with some of her picks for best domestic lounges, though. Along with the two Centurion lounges, she lists:
- United’s F concourse lounge at O’Hare
- Star Alliance Lounge LAX
- Delta’s new JFK club
- Airspace Lounge, JFK
- The Club, San Jose
- The Club, Dallas Fort-Worth
- The Club, Atlanta
These are all reasonably decent clubs by U.S. standards. But I don’t think they are in the same league as the two Centurion lounges, and I think they leave off other better offerings.
Though they don’t come close to rivaling the Heathrow flagship, there are Virgin Clubhouses at San Francisco, New York JFK, and Washington Dulles.
The Etihad lounge at Dulles is outstanding, with ample seating and both a buffet and menu service as well as boarding direct from the lounge..
So is the Lufthansa lounge at Dulles (though not as good as Etihad’s but which does also offer direct boarding of the aircraft), and Lufthansa has its own lounge in Detroit and at New York JFK as well.
And while not impressive by international standards, I’d easily pick Cathay Pacific’s lounge in San Francisco over others on this list — if only for its noodle bar.
I’d also even consider American’s LAX Flagship Lounge over the Delta and United offerings listed, for sure.