American Express to Open Centurion Lounge in Houston

American Express has just announced that they’ll be opening a new Centurion Lounge at Terminal D of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in the first half of 2016. Slated to be 8,500 square feet, this will be American Express’ seventh Centurion Lounge in the US, following those in Dallas (DFW — pictured above), Las Vegas (LAS), LaGuardia (LGA), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA), and the new Studio…

Your Layover Guide To Madrid (MAD)

The “Your Layover Guide” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as suggesting things to do if you have time to explore the nearby city. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through her home airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (MAD), located…

Review: The Amex Centurion Studio Lounge in Seattle

Last week, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart had a chance to visit the new Centurion Studio in Seattle. Here’s his take on the latest lounge offering from Amex. On my way home from Las Vegas, I stopped by the new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge at SeaTac International Airport (SEA). This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, and having been…

JetBlue Opens Post-Security Rooftop Space at JFK

JetBlue unveiled the new T5 Rooftop and the first post-security outdoor space available to all passengers at JFK Airport yesterday. The new family- and pet-friendly green space is located at Terminal 5, and features picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline and the Eero Saarinen TWA Terminal. The rooftop has free Wi-Fi, space for dog walking and even…

6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the perks offered by a variety of premium travel credit cards, and explains why they’re worth the cost of admission. Premium credit cards may scare many people away with their $400-plus annual fees, but travel rewards enthusiasts know that despite the high price tag, these cards can…

Seattle Amex Centurion Studio Lounge Opens Today

The new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge is officially open for business at SeaTac International Airport as of this morning. This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, joining others in Las Vegas (LAS), Dallas (DFW), New York (LGA), San Francisco (SFO) and Miami (MIA). It’ll be open for business every day from 5am to 10pm. Centurion Lounges…

Delta Unveils New Private Check-In Lounge at LAX

Yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport, Delta Air Lines unveiled its first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE at LAX — and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne was there for the big reveal. (All photos by the author.) As part of a three-year, $229-million refurbishment of LAX’s Terminal 5 (known as the Delta Terminal), Delta Air Lines…

Which Citi Card Is Best for Admirals Club Lounge Access?

TPG reader Eric wrote in to ask about getting Admirals Club access with Citi cards: “What’s the difference between the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card vs. Citi Prestige when to comes to Admirals Club access?” This is an interesting question, but before I answer, I think it’s important to understand the benefits of both cards. The…

First Glance at the New Miami Airport Centurion Lounge

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a preview of Miami International Airport (MIA)’s new American Express Centurion Lounge, which will open to the public on June 4, 2015. This former British Airways lounge space in the North Terminal has been vacant since 2007, but it’s now the fifth Centurion lounge in the United States. Centurions are my among…

Why Is the Service in Hotel Club Lounges Declining?

TPG reader Wes tweeted me with this question about hotel club lounges: @thepointsguy– “Have you noticed that many hotel club lounges in the US have been declining in their food and beverage offerings? What’s up with that?” To tell you the truth, Wes, I haven’t really noticed a decline in the US, maybe because I’ve…