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As I was reminded when flying through there this week, the Denver International Airport is a bit lacking when it comes to good airport lounges. However, that will likely change pretty dramatically in the coming year or two as it looks like the Denver City Council may approve two new lounges at the Denver Airport – one in Terminal A and a new Amex Centurion Lounge in Terminal C!
The new Denver Terminal A lounge may wind up being the first Plaza Premium Lounge in the United States (hopefully it is in the Priority Pass network) and the Terminal C lounge looks likely to be a brand new, big, 14,650 square foot Amex Centurion Lounge that can be accessed with an Amex Platinum Card®. For size reference, the current Amex Centurion Lounge at DFW is about 9,000 square feet and the new one coming to DFW will be 12,000 square feet. The JFK Centurion Lounge will be the largest when it is completed in 2019 at about 15,000 square feet, but this trend of building them larger from the beginning is a very smart move considering how popular (and crowded) the lounges have become.
The proposal to the Denver City Council states that the new Amex Centurion Lounge will have the full range of Amex Centurion Lounge amenities including hot food, bar, showers, and even a Family Room and Spa! This is great news for families as not all of the Amex Centurion Lounges have family rooms or spas, so I’m glad to see they aren’t walking away from those concepts when space allows.
The contract for the Amex Centurion Lounge will be for ten years and $20 million dollars, in addition to the over $14 million dollars it will cost Amex to design and build-out the space. Denver is a fantastic spot for a new lounge or two for many reasons, but selfishly I think it is great because it is very common to have a connection in Denver when flying United, heading to a mountain town for a ski trip, or just because you built-in necessary buffer time for driving I-70 out from the mountains after a ski trip.
For United flyers, neither Terminal A or C is the perfect spot for you, but you can pretty easily get between all terminals airside using the train at Denver International. In Denver, Terminal C is home to Southwest, Allegiant, Alaska, and Spirit Airlines. Terminal B is home to the United-operated flights and Terminal A gets pretty much everyone else.
Given this somewhat leaked nature of this new information regarding the proposed Denver Centurion Lounge, I reached out to American Express to see if they had anything to add, and their statement was “We are always looking at opportunities to bring our premium Centurion Lounges to more airports across the globe and are working closely with the Denver International Airport as this location is certainly of interest for both us and our Card Members. However, we don’t have any further details to share at this time.”
Thanks to One Mile at a Time for spotting this info. I am thrilled at the notion of families having a great lounge or two to enjoy in Denver in the coming years!
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