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The brand new American Express Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia just opened today, and personally I’m thrilled. LaGuardia is my airport of choice when flying in and out of NYC thanks to the proximity to Manhattan and the United flight schedule to Houston, but it is pretty much a dump. It’s a kind of charming dump, I guess, but a dump none the less. Having an Amex Centurion Lounge to visit for a quick bite or drink before a flight will make the whole LGA experience a little more chic and a little less shabby. It will also certainly be a helpful place to retreat to in the event of a longer delay.
At 5,000 square feet, the Amex Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia is smaller than the ones I have visited in Dallas and Las Vegas and does not have the family room that I love at both of those locations. Presumably this is for space related constraints, and I very much hope it isn’t a move away from the family rooms that I think help make those lounges so special for families (and for those who want families kept in their own room!). It does not have a spa like the location at DFW, but it does look like it will be a beautiful space with much better food than is available in almost all US airport lounges.
Here are some official details about the new lounge:
- Locally-inspired, seasonal cuisine designed by Cédric Vongerichten, Executive Chef at Perry St in New York City, named one of Zagat’s top 30 up-and-coming chefs under 30
- New York-inspired specialty cocktails and wine selections created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine director Anthony Giglio
- Connected work spaces with high speed Wi-Fi, outlets near every seat and private noise-buffering work spaces
- Member Services Professionals to provide onsite Card related and travel related services like reservations at restaurants, airlines and hotels
The new Centurion lounge is located before you pass through security on the third level in Terminal B at LaGuardia. Being located pre-security may be a tad annoying for some, but I personally rarely have any problems with long security lines at LaGuardia – especially if you have PreCheck (which you should have with a Platinum card as it reimburses that application fee for Global Entry or PreCheck). Terminal B serves flights operated by United, American, Air Canada, Frontier, Southwest, JetBlue, and Spirit. Basically everyone except Delta, WestJet, and US Airways. Being located before clearing security means that all of those Terminal B airlines can easily use the lounge rather than only serving a fraction of those if you put it post security when Terminal B splits into four concourses.
You and your immediate family or two traveling companions can access the Centurion Lounge complimentary with an Amex Platinum or Centurion card or you can access it with a daily pass by having any Amex card + $50. Regardless of how you enter, you must also have a same day boarding pass. The Centurion Lounge at LaGuarida marks the third such open lounge in the United States, with Miami and San Francisco both formally announced to be forthcoming. I expect even more airports to have these beautiful lounges in the coming years, and for frequent flyers, I think the Centurion Lounges really do help to make the Platinum card worth the annual fee.
I’ll be in NYC in the coming weeks and will be sure and check out the new Amex Centurion Lounge and share a full report. In the meantime, you can check out posts by View From the Wing and The Points Guy as both were at a preview event for the lounge before it opened last week.
What airports do you hope to see Amex Centurion Lounges at next?