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It’s been rumored for a while that American Express was going to be going a new Centurion Lounge in Miami International Airport, however they were seeking approval from the Miami-Dade County board. It was announced this afternoon that the Mayor of Miami approved the plan, and Amex will be opening the lounge towards the end of this year.

After American Airlines cut The Platinum Card from American Express access to their Admirals clubs the year, this is a welcome addition to Miami, especially for American flyers (Delta flyers with Amex Platinum cards can still access the SkyClub, but only when traveling on Delta). Amex card members can purchase a $50 one-day pass, however Platinum and Centurion card members have complimentary access with 2 guests or immediate family members, spouse/domestic partner and children under 18.

The Las Vegas Centurion Lounge bar
The Las Vegas Centurion Lounge bar
This will be the fifth Centurion Lounge, joining the other locations in Las Vegas and Dallas-Ft. Worth, and the two currently under construction at LaGuardia and San Francisco. The Miami location will be taking over the former British Airways lounge in the North Terminal, which has sat vacant since 2007.
Per AMEX, here are the details on the new space:
  • Will be approximately 8,000 square foot Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport.
  • Located in the North Terminal, the Lounge will feature locally-inspired cuisine and cocktails from award-winning talent, a spa with complimentary treatments and a family room.
  • Additionally, Card Members will enjoy access to high-speed Wi-Fi, personal computers and noise-buffering workspaces.
  • More details on the culinary team and specific menu offerings will be available closer to the opening of the Lounge.
Killing time is a joy at the Dallas Centurion lounge.. enoying a micro brew after my spa treatment on my last visit in December
Killing time is a joy at the Dallas Centurion lounge.. enoying a micro brew after my spa treatment on my last visit in December
According to the paperwork filed with Miami-Dade County, the Centurion lounge will feature signature elements such as a ‘living wall’ of plants, high end furniture, plush built-in nooks, noise-buffering private workstations, a communal library table and conversational areas for guests to relax, order beverages or be served complimentary signature ‘bites.’ American Express partners with renowned local chefs to develop upscale regional cuisine and has already identified a James Beard award winner in Miami who focuses on locally sourced ingredients and a Latin fusion menu.
As an AA flyer who has an Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and thus access to the Admirals Club, I’m definitely excited to be able to use the Centurion lounge instead, though it may take a while to get to AA gates, but I guess a healthy walk after indulging in good food and drink isn’t the worst thing! 

 

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