The American Express Centurion Lounges are considered one of the best lounges throughout the United States. American Express is amazing at innovation and has truly created gorgeous and relaxing lounges at various airports in America. Current AMEX Centurion Lounges in the United States include:
- American Express The Centurion Lounge Las Vegas
- American Express The Centurion Lounge New York (LGA)
- American Express The Centurion Lounge San Francisco
- American Express The Centurion Studio Seattle
New Centurion Lounges are coming soon to Los Angeles (LAX) and Houston (IAH). What makes AMEX Centurion Lounges special is that they’re different and drastically better than any lounge ever operated by a U.S. airline. The Centurion Lounges feature real food and drinks (whereas most U.S. airline lounges feature snacks), the premium alcoholic drinks are complimentary (whereas U.S. airlines require you to pay), the Centurion Lounges are very comfortable and feature a range of different seating areas, and of course AMEX’s amazing customer service is displayed in the lounge.
AMEX has already changed the U.S. lounge “scene” by a mile and is innovating to bring Centurion Lounges to more airports nationwide. I’ve been to a majority of the Centurion Lounges and still will need to visit Miami to have a complete list (in addition to when LAX and IAH open). I frequently fly from Seattle through San Francisco, therefore it’s awesome to be able to have AMEX lounges at both locations. Since Houston and Los Angeles are United hubs, I will enjoy those lounges when they open as well.
American Express The Centurion Lounge Dallas is located at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport near gate D17 and is open from 05:30 until 22:00, daily. All gates are connected airside via a train and therefore this lounge is accessible from any terminal. American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders are granted complimentary access and the guest policy is as follows:
Centurion® Members and Platinum Card® Members who receive complimentary access may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge. Family and guests may not enter or remain in the lounge unless accompanied in the lounge by the Card Member.
If you purchase a one-day pass, your children under 18 may accompany you at no additional charge. You must purchase a one-day pass for any additional guests.
The Dallas Centurion Lounge is located on an upper level within Terminal D, above restaurants and shops. The lounge is unique in that it spreads across various shops and restaurants and the lounge is connected through a series of hallways and corridors that feature seating areas. Basically, the lounge doesn’t consist of one or two big areas, but rather has various smaller areas with plenty of seating that are connected together.
The AMEX Centurion Lounge in Dallas features the following amenities:
- Fresh Seasonal Fare
- Premium Bar
- Member Services Desk
- Shower Suite
- Large Flat-Screen TVs
- Conference Space
- Family Room
- Semi-Private Workspaces
- High-Speed Wi-Fi
- Print, Fax, Copy
- Computer Bar
Once inside the lounge, you will find a larger food area that features a buffet, drinks, and a bar. The food area features “restaurant-style” seating and additional, comfortable seating areas can be found near the back of the lounge.
Non-alcoholic drinks are located throughout the lounge and consist of tea, juice, water, and a coffee machine. Alcoholic drinks can be found at the bar, which is located in the food area.
Cocktails (10:30 – 21:30)
- White Mimosa | Sparkling Wine, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, Lemon
- Corn n’ Oil | Cruzan Black Strap rum, Falernum, Lime, Angostura Bitters
- Flor de Oaxaca | Vida Mezcal, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Pineapple Syrup, Jasmine Tea
Wine (5:30 – 21:30)
Prosecco | Torresella Prosecco Brut | NV | Veneto | Italy
Pinot Grigio | Danzante Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT | Italy
Cabernet Sauvignon | I’M by Isabel Mondavi “Deep Rosé” | Napa Valley | USA
Grenache + Syrah | M. Chapoutier “Marius by Michel Chapoutier” Rouge | Vin de Pays d’Oc | France
The food buffet consists of two phases, a breakfast and a lunch/dinner:
Breakfast (6:30 – 11:30)
- Vanilla French Toast | Seasonal Mixed Berries, Brown Sugar Creme Fraiche
- Egg Frittata | Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Asiago Cheese
- Texas Migas | Chorizo, Tortilla Strips, Sweet Onions, Tomatoes, Brazos Valley White Cheddar
- Home-Fried Potatoes | Red Chili Sauce
Additional breakfast items, include yogurt, cereals, breads, and fresh fruit, will also be available in the Lounge.
Lunch & Dinner (11:30 – 21:45)
- Texas Mole | Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Corn
- Roasted Chicken | Sage, Caramelized Shallot Brown Butter, Mashed Sweet Potato
- Wild Kale Arugula Salad | Texas Goat Cheese, Watermelon Radish, Sundried Cherries, Pine Nuts, Apple Sherry Vinaigrette
- Blackberry Buckle | Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche
As noted, snacks and fresh fruit are available throughout the lounge and located in various areas. I visited the lounge during the morning and therefore was able to sample a variety of fresh and delicious breakfast options – all of the food is simply delicious and I was able to eat a satisfying breakfast before my complimentary massage and shower.
The very end of the lounge features an additional seating area, media, a large TV, and comfortable sleeping lounge chairs.
There are two sections to the lounge – the food area and the seating area (as shown above) and then a media/business area/centre. As you enter the lounge, the food area is located to the left and the media area, to the right. All areas in the lounge are connected through a series of hallways that feature additional seating areas.
The media/business area/centre features a large conference table, snacks, drinks, TVs, a computer bar, and comfortable seating. Entrances to the spa, restrooms, and shower suites are located near the media area. A family room is also located near this area.
There are two options for the spa, both complimentary: a massage or manicure (both lasting about 15 minutes). I decided to try the massage, which was very relaxing and afterwards, showered.
The lounge features a few shower suites that include amenities from L’Occitane en Provence. The shower suites are gorgeous, but not as beautiful as the lounge overall. Access to the shower suites is of course complimentary, but you must request a shower and may be placed on a waiting list.
The shower room includes plenty of towels and a hair dryer, in addition to the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, and lotion.
All in all, the American Express Centurion Lounge in Dallas is one of the best lounges in the United States. My favourite Centurion Lounge remains the San Francisco lounge, the Dallas lounge is nice, however I don’t like how the lounge simply consists of smaller areas connected by hallways and doesn’t feature a larger room as other Centurion Lounges do.
Nevertheless, the lounge is up to the standards of other Centurion Lounges – and perhaps a bit more due to the fact that it features a complimentary spa. I spent about two hours in the lounge – an hour relaxing and eating, and then another hour enjoying the massage and shower. It is very convenient for the lounge to be accessible from other areas of the airport – the train is very quick and it takes about 7-10 minutes to reach the lounge from other terminals.
I encourage you to visit a Centurion Lounge, you will feel relaxed and comfortable for the start of your journey.