I woke up around 06:00 and we left the house at 07:00, my friend’s dad was nice to drive me to the airport and we made it there at 07:30 for my 09:45 departure. Check in was quick and within minutes I had my boarding passes (I couldn’t do Online Check-in because my passport had to be manually verified). There happen to be a Lufthansa flight departing at the time and I couldn’t help but look and see how the German efficiency was going.
I went through security in about 30 seconds and headed over to the American Express Centurion Lounge. I should note that Mexico City airport has several lounges, however I wanted to try out the AMEX Centurion Lounge as I’ve never been to one before.
If you are a Centurion or Platinum card holder, you get free admission to the lounge. It doesn’t matter what country you got your card in, you still have access to all of their lounges.
I should mention that there are 3 AMEX Lounges in Mexico City – one inside of security (where I went) in Terminal 1, one outside of security in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2.
The lounge itself was rather… disappointing. I was expecting something big and grand… however there was just one room and there was no WiFi. The lounge filled up quickly as more people showed up and soon there wasn’t enough room to fit everyone.
I should also note that you had to pay for the food. I mean seriously?!? If I have a $450 USD annual fee credit card, I still have to pay for the food in the lounge? I really wasn’t expecting that. Once I was presented with the menu, I looked at the prices and they were pretty high for airport food…
At least drinks were free so I decided to order a coffee with milk, which was actually tasty.
As more and more people showed up, there really wasn’t space in the lounge to do anything. It got hot quickly and there was no room for anything. I decided to head over to the United Club and at least make use of the WiFi there.