Review: American Express Centurion Lounge, Seattle, Washington, USA

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American Express established itself an American Express Centurion lounge in Seattle in order to attract many of it’s high earning information technology travellers that pass through this area. While it started off life as a smaller American Express Centurion Studio, a space upgrade allowed it to expand to full Centurion Lounge status.


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Review: American Express Centurion Lounge, SeaTac, Seattle, USA

We arrived into Seattle on Alaska Airlines Vancouver – Seattle and were connecting to Icelandair Sage Business Class Seattle – Reykjavik. When we arrived into Seattle, it was really busy with lots of families being the Friday before the last long weekend of Labour Day for the summer. It’s a busy place as it is but crowding makes it a bit worse since it’s not to spacious an airport.

Locating the Lounge:

The lounge is currently located in Seattle – Tacoma “B” Gates concourse, opposite gate B3. It is easily accessed from the main terminal if departing Seattle, and is a short train ride away if you arrive on a domestic connecting flight into the N Gates Satellite Terminal.

Accessing the Lounge:

Access to this lounge is granted through an American Express Platinum Card, or a American Express Centurion Card. When we arrived, we were asked to join the “wait list”. The current wait was 30 minutes and they took our names and verifying entrance eligibility.

The Entrance to the American Express Centurion Lounge – Seattle

I raced over to the Alaska Lounges at the C and D gates but they both had signs outside indicating they were not admitting priority pass members. They were exiting from the Priority Pass program the day after our visit, so there likely wasn’t much appetite to accept Priority Pass on their last day.

“The American Express Seattle Tacoma Centurion Lounge is among my favourite Seattle Airport Lounges. It offers a great bar with narrow airside views, if not a bit crowded in its surroundings.”

Inside The American Express Centurion Lounge:

I returned to the American Express Lounge and we were admitted a little early by a proactive lounge dragon attendant who was checking outside for waiting customers.

The American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle is a pretty compact place. While there is a small lounge area that seats about seventy people, there is also a bar / dining area that seats about forty people.

We entered and we were able to find a place to sit by the bar without any challenges.

American Express Centurion Lounge – Bar Area – Sea Tac

The lounge area itself is typically quite full and occasionally difficult to get a seat in. The food buffet counter is located immediately in the middle of the lounge.

American Express Seattle Lounge Seating

Overall, the lounge was well equipped and comfortable. It had a slightly compact foot print.

Food and Beverage:

There were Chicken Binh Mah sandwiches, proper salads, and tomato bisque soup. It was nice to be in a place with proper catering and an actual bar that offered mixed drinks. The mixed drinks are probably one of the best advantages to a Centurion Lounge over a regular conventional carrier business class lounge.

American Express Seattle Food Buffet

There was also a proper drink and wine menu.

Centurion Lounge Seattle Drink Menu
Centurion Lounge Seattle Wine List

The lounge also had respectable daylight views out towards the apron. Today’s views were of Delta and Southwest narrow bodies.

Views of Delta Airlines Embraer 175 aircraft from the Centurion Lounge

We would end up spending several hours here prior to connecting to our Icelandair Saga Business Class Seattle – Reykjavik flight.

In Summary:

We had an easy two and half hour layover pass by here in very comfortable environment. It was a more than decent place to pass the time away and among the better options here at Sea Tac.


If you’ve visited the American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle, is the small foot print of this lounge a disadvantage for you?

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