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Miami Airport 101: A guide to the lounges at MIA

Jan. 12, 2020
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Miami International Airport (MIA) is among the busiest airports in the world, accommodating over 100 airlines to more than 150 destinations around the globe. As the gateway to the Americas, MIA offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport and is America’s third-busiest airport overall for international travel. American Airlines uses the airport as one of its featured hubs and Frontier, Avianca and LATAM label it as a focus city for them.

In helping you plan for a layover or an overnight stay in Miami, we look at all the lounge options MIA has available for passengers. To understand Miami International Airport, it helps to first learn about its layout. MIA is designed in the shape of a sideways letter U. Its three interconnected terminals — North (Concourse D), Central (Concourses E, F, G), South (Concourses H and J) — are connected by moving walkways and skytrains.

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Pre-security, passengers can move between terminals by using the moving walkways on Level 3. Passengers, who have passed security, can take the Skytrain in Concourse D that allows them to move from one end to the other end of the concourse to visit their preferred lounge.

Miami International Airport Terminal Map (Image from Miami International Airport)
Miami International Airport Terminal Map. (Image from Miami International Airport)

Concourse D

American Airlines Flagship Lounge

(Photo by Emily McNutt/The Points Guy)

Location: After Security Checkpoint, North Terminal Concourse D, across Gate D-34

Hours: 4:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Access: Passengers traveling internationally in first or business class on qualifying flights marketed and operated by American or one of its Oneworld partners are granted access to the lounge. Elite AAdvantage members with Platinum status and up can access the lounge on qualifying international flights, regardless of class of service. Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members are allowed access if departing or connecting to any flight marketed by AA or a Oneworld partner, regardless of cabin. Concierge Key members are allowed access, regardless of class of service and itinerary. In order to gain access to the highly restrictive and exclusive 'Flagship First Dining' inside the American Airlines Flagship lounge, a passenger must be booked into first class on a qualifying American Airlines international or 3-cabin transcontinental flight or be an invited top-tier Concierge Key member.

Related: A sneak peak of the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at LAX

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Amenities: Chef-inspired snacks and meals, specialty cocktail bar, premium wine table, shower suites, expansive seating, Wi-Fi, power outlets and personalized service.

American Airlines Admirals Club

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Location: After Security Checkpoint, North Terminal Concourse D, across from Gate D-15

Hours: 4:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Access: Mid and upper-tier American Airlines elites can access when flying internationally on qualifying itineraries operated by AA or Oneworld partner, regardless of the class of service. Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire members earned through another Oneworld carrier, can enjoy access when traveling on eligible international itineraries. The only credit card that gives you access into Admirals Club lounges without having elite status is AA’s most premium co-branded credit card, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. Cardholders must show boarding passes for same-day travel on American Airlines or partner airlines for lounge access

Related: The ultimate guide to American Airlines Admirals Club access

Amenities: Complimentary snacks and drinks, Wi-Fi, power outlets, showers and children’s play area.

American Express Centurion Lounge

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Location: North Terminal, near Gate D-12

Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Access: The Centurion Lounge is complimentary for American Express cardholders with a Centurion or Platinum-branded card such as The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. To access The Centurion Lounge, the cardmember must present the lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier and a government-issued ID.

Related: The ultimate guide to American Express Centurion Lounges

Amenities: Fresh, seasonally-inspired fare developed in partnership with renowned James Beard award-winning local chefs, premium bar, complimentary spa services, family room, shower suites, high-speed Wi-Fi and Member Services professionals available to assist with travel inquires.

Concourse E

Turkish Airlines Lounge

(Photo by Juan Ruiz)

Location: Central Terminal Concourse E, Level 2, after Security Checkpoint

Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Access: All Priority Pass members, first-class and business-class passengers from the following airlines: Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Italy, LOT Airlines, TAP Portugal, and all Star Alliance members in the terminal. One-Day Pass available to all passengers holding a valid same-day boarding pass of any airline.

Related: MIA Priority Pass Lounge Options

Amenities: Buffet with nice selection of hot and cold dishes including alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea and hot chocolate free of charge. Also equipped with showers, a prayer room and computers available for use.

Military Hospitality Lounge

(Photo courtesy of Miami International Airport)

Location: To the right of the Concourse E Security Checkpoint, on Level 2, next to Starbucks

Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Access: U.S. and Allied active-duty and retired military travelers and their authorized dependents gain entry after showing their government-issued military ID’s and evidence of same-day travel.

Amenities: Complimentary snacks and drinks, Wi-Fi, televisions, kids room and comfortable lounge chairs.

Concourse F

Club America F

(Photo by Juan Ruiz)

Location: Central Terminal Concourse F, Level 3 after Security Checkpoint

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Access: All Priority Pass members. Also by invitation through the member airlines and generally offered to those passengers flying in first or business class. Visitors may purchase a one-day pass for $50, subject to availability and capacity.

Amenities: Limited selection of snacks such as sandwiches and cookies and complimentary alcoholic drinks upon request.

Concourse H

Delta Air Lines Sky Club

(Photo by Darren Murph/The Points Guy)

Location: South Terminal Concourse H, Level 2, after Security Checkpoint

Hours: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Access: Complimentary for American Express Platinum and Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express Cardholders, but only when flying on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight.

Related: The ultimate guide to Delta Sky Club access

Amenities: Hot and cold foods, certain complimentary wine and spirits, premium alcoholic beverages available for purchase, power outlets and showers.

Concourse J

Avianca VIP Lounge

(Photo courtesy of Star Alliance)

Location: Near Gate J-4 in South Terminal Concourse J, post-security, third floor

Hours: Open 24 hours daily. Access may be periodically restricted because of space constraints in particular during the hours of 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. on busy days.

Access: All Priority Pass members. Avianca and Star Alliance passengers traveling in first class and business class. LifeMiles-eligible Gold and Diamond members, and Star Alliance-eligible Gold members. One-day passes can be purchased, subject to availability and capacity.

Amenities: Various hot and cold food choices, self-serve bar with complimentary beer, wine, spirits, soda and juices. There is also a dedicated family room, business center equipped with computers and a printer and Wi-Fi.


(Photo by Victoria Walker/The Points Guy)

Location: South Terminal Concourse J, in front of Gate J-6, past Security Checkpoint

Hours: 5:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 4 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Access: All Priority Pass members plus one guest. Passengers traveling LATAM Airlines business class, Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members as well as Oneworld business-class passengers, Lufthansa first-class, Austrian Airlines business-class, Swiss first-class, Air France first-class, Caribbean Air first-class and El Al first-class passengers.

Related: LATAM opens massive new airport lounge at MIA

Amenities: Light spread of food along with complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Additionally, a business center with MAC computers and a printer, conference room, relaxation room, private shower rooms and strong Wi-Fi.

Bonus: Non-Lounge Priority Pass Options

In addition to the Concourse D and Concourse E lounges above, Priority Pass partners with three restaurants at MIA — Air Margaritaville (pre-security) in Central Terminal Concourse E; Viena (pre-security) in Central Terminal Concourse E, and Corona Beach House (post-security) in North Terminal Concourse D, that provide guests with access to a food credit of $28-30 (not including gratuity).

However, if your Priority Pass was issued through an American Express card, the complimentary $28-30 per person credit previously issued for Priority Pass-affiliated restaurants is no longer valid.

Bottom Line

One of the most coveted perks for frequent travelers with an eligible credit card is complimentary airport lounge access. Miami International Airport has a healthy dose of lounge options to choose from. Ranging from the ultra-comfortable American Express Centurion Lounge to the newly-minted Turkish Airlines Lounge and LATAM VIP Lounge, and everything else in between, there is no shortage of lounges to relax and grab a bite to eat before a flight out of Miami.

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