Amex Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport Now Open

by on August 12, 2014 · 21 comments

in American Express, Lounges, New York

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The Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport opened its doors today, making it the third US Centurion lounge along with the ones at McCarran airport in Las Vegas and in Dallas (DFW). Two more Centurion Lounges are set to open in San Francisco (this fall) and Miami (early in 2015).

Centurion Lounge LaGuardia banner

The Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia offers a complimentary buffet and full service bar.

I had a chance to tour the new space last week, and as someone who flies out of LaGuardia a lot, I’m excited to see it fully open for business. The lounge is smaller than its counterparts in Las Vegas and in Dallas, though still much nicer than any other lounge at LGA. Like the other Centurion lounges, however, it strikes a nice balance between relaxation and practicality: I feel like I could get work done there, or have dinner and a drink (or both).

Centurion Lounge nooks LaGuardia

The lounge is located before security on the 3rd level of Terminal B, and is open daily from 6 am to 8 pm. American Express Platinum, Business Platinum, and of course Centurion cardholders get complimentary access for themselves and immediate family OR up to two companions. Other Amex cardholders (including those who have American Express cards issued by other banks), can get a one-day lounge pass for $50, which also grants admission to children under 18.

To enter, plan to show your valid American Express card, ID, and a boarding pass for same day travel. (You can be arriving or departing, but you do need to be on a current itinerary.)

Beautifully designed Lounge Area

I’m looking forward to my first visit during normal operating hours, but I’m not sure yet when that will be. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from readers about their experiences. If you’re flying through LaGuardia and have a chance to visit the new lounge, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Jon

    Who puts a lounge before security?!

  • thepointsguy

    A lounge that wants to attract 3x the number of purple than if it was behind security since LaGuardia is just a bunch of small separate terminals. Security at terminal B isn’t bad- especially for Precheck

  • CJ

    Too bad I can’t load up on water bottles before the flight.

    Before security actually works because I just know in my luck, Delta would be in a different terminal and I’d never get to take advantage. Or just continue flying out of White Plains as I’ve been doing.

  • BubbaJoe123

    The only reason this is outside security is that there’s no space inside security. The only people who are going to use this are people flying into/out of terminal B (aka central terminal). People who are flying out of C/D (Delta) are going to use the Delta (quite nice) lounge there, since their Plat/Centurion cards will also get them in, rather than trek over from B.
    They put this in as a replacement for the UA and AA (who operate out of terminal B) lounge access they lost. Now, they’re back to having lounge access at LGA, regardless of which airline you’re flying (with the exception of the Marine Air Terminal, which is a special case).

  • Jake from MSP

    So so wrong.

    Delta Diamond with comp lounge access and I avoid the Delta lounges like the plague. They are a poor excuse for a business lounge and I’m willing to put in the legwork to avoid them.

  • Dan’s the Man

    Um, water is still free on the plane (unless you’re flying Spirit out of LGA).

  • Danny

    The delta lounge is not ‘quite nice’. Delta consistently has the worst lounges anywhere. Free drinks is only reasonable thing (but most lounges have that as default). The food is awful (peanuts and day-old carrots!) and the vibe is mediocre even when it isn’t overcrowded.

    The Centurion lounges, by contrast, are some of the nicest lounges anywhere. Great vibes, relaxing atmosphere, great food, great everything. I would actually consider going to the airport a little early to relax in the Amex lounge.

  • BubbaJoe123

    Have you used the one at LGA? It’s quite nice. Not as nice as the one at JFK, but one of their best (and recently redone).
    Really, though, you’d make the 10+ minute walk outdoors, each way, to use the Amex lounge in the central terminal, rather than use the Delta lounge? For me, that would cut my typical lounge stay at least in half.

  • BubbaJoe123

    Have you been in the new Delta lounge at LGA? They reopened it last fall.
    The Amex lounges are clearly nicer, but, as I noted below, I’m rarely in an LGA lounge for more than 45 minutes, so the travel time over to the UA/AA terminal is a killer.

  • Danny

    I have, I’m in NYC. Delta lounges are just consistently disappointing to me.

  • Ven

    Delta IS in a different terminal at LGA. About a 15 minute walk/wait for the bus.

  • Ven

    Looking forward to using the Lounge on Sunday. 2 Hour layover at LGA.

  • Alan

    If you’re looking at a long layover, that $50 one-day pass could be a pretty good deal all by itself. My home airport is DFW. So while I don’t have the need for a Centurion Club every time I fly (which isn’t often), just knowing it’s there is great for me. It sounds like a fantastic way to arrive early and kick off a big vacation.

  • Al

    Smart people put lounge before security.
    It was great that we could go outside for fresh air especially when flight delays are pretty common.

  • fsubeachguy

    Damn, opened one day after I traveled through and used my Amex Plat reimbursement for a layover Delta Skyclub entry. Nice to see them coming online now that the lounge benefits of Amex Plat cards are in decline.

  • John

    the new Delta lounge at JFK is nice. LGA is the pits.

  • Ven

    At LGA, United has it’s lounge before security also.

  • ABeagleKnots

    I fly out of DFW, and will sometimes arrive early, even if flying out of a different terminal. A Dean Fearing (Dallas celeb chef) meal and open bar are a nice way to relax before a flight, especially to have dinner before on overseas flight (so I can sleep instead of wasting 3 hours having a reheated airline dinner).

  • J

    Concierge Key offered to move me to an earlier flight when I got to the airport earlier than usual. I skipped the offer and instead made my way to the new lounge. It was a bit out of the way, but I’m so happy that I visited. The lounge is fantastic! Amazing customer service. Food was actually good (I’m usually a skeptic of airport/lounge food). I had the lemongrass fried chicken, summer squash, and ginger rice. Watermelon agua mint fresco and couple glasses of champagne. Ended it with the strawberry shortcake. They gave us a little travel pack gift of l’Occitane products. We’ll see if TSA precheck gives me issues for 2x toiletry bags… Needless to say, I will be back very often!

  • Ven

    Posting from one of the lounge computers. Excellent food and service and the gift bag was pretty awesome too! Suddenly, I don’t mind a layover at LGA.

  • orinoco

    Water bottles? Why don’t you buy a reusable bottle and fill it up post security? We’ve got way too much plastic in the world!

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