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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.

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Opening Day at the Centurion Lounge in DFW last year

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.

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Family room at DFW Centurion Lounge

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.

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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?

 

 

Posted by Mommy Points | 6 Comments

6 Responses to “New Amex Centurion Lounge Opens at New York’s LaGuardia”

  1. Gary Leff says:

    “I very much hope it isn’t a move away from the family rooms”

    It isn’t!

    The thinking here is:

    * This lounge is only 5k square feet vs ~ 9k in Dallas, and in general the newer lounges are going larger where possible.

    * LaGuardia isn’t a big connecting hub, or international arrivals airport. Waits will tend to be shorter, and before the commencement of a trip. So the needs here are likely different.

    When looking to make tradeoffs with the space, they look at each location and how they expect it’ll be used and design accordingly.

    I would guess we’ll see family rooms in San Francisco and Miami (and probably in others whose announcement should come before the end of the year).

    • Mommy Points says:

      Gary, I thought space was the likely the primary limiting factor, but I do get the jitters as we have certainly seen the US lounges move away from family rooms…like that the Centurion Lounges bucking the trends though. ;)

  2. jettyboy says:

    Is this an advertisement by Amex on your blog? Because that is what it reads like.

    • Mommy Points says:

      jettyboy, ha ha. Well, def not an advertisement in the sense that you likely mean. Not sanctioned by Amex, no affiliate links, no info sent by Amex, certainly not paid for by Amex. However, probably is an advertisement of sorts in the sense that I really love these lounges as they make travel more comfortable for me and my family. I guess it is a ringing personal endorsement in the sense that I love something and am excited so telling my ‘friends’ about it because I think many of them may love it too.

  3. DWT says:

    @jettyboy– A lot of us (myself included) are truly excited about the new Centurion Lounges. Having been in the LAS one several times, I think they are amongst the best lounges in the domestic US, and superior to many European lounges I’ve been in as well. How many other airport lounges in this country serve premium cocktails and pretty good tasting (real, not prepackaged!) food for free? I can’t wait to check out the new LGA location myself in a few weeks.

  4. Kim says:

    Would love to see am AMEX lounge appear in PHL which currently has terrible lounges for Usair and AA.

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