Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Miami, USA


American Express has operated The Centurion Lounge across many locations throughout the United States. The Miami location of The Centurion Lounge is one of their newer locations. It occupies a bright space above the D Concourse at Miami International Airport. We would get the opportunity to visit the lounge on our connection through Miami today.

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Review: American Express – The Centurion Lounge, Miami International Airport – Concourse D, Florida, United States of America

The Centurion Lounge by American Express Miami is one of the system’s newer lounge offerings. While it has been a while since I’ve passed through Miami International Airport, I’d get the opportunity to pass through The Centurion Lounge Miami.

Locating The Centurion Lounge Miami:

After arriving off of American Airlines First Class Dallas Fort Worth – Miami, we arrived into Miami International Airport at Gate D42.

We had a long walk down the D Concourse to Gate D10, where the American Express Centurion Lounge Miami was located. The Centurion Lounge Miami isn’t exactly conveniently located, with a location that is right at one end of the airport terminal hall.

The Centurion Lounge by American Express near Gate D10

While there was an available tram, I under estimated the amount of time it too to walk all the way down thirty gates through the Miami International Airport and it was about solid fifteen minutes of walking.

Walking Down the D Concourse at Miami International Airport
Walking Down the D Concourse at Miami International Airport

The lounge was reasonably well marked through over head signs. The signs confirmed the direction, but not the amount of time it would take to get there.

Some Reasonably Well Marked Signage Guided Us Towards The Centurion Lounge

We eventually made it to The Centurion Lounge elevators. The Centurion Lounge elevators are prominently displayed in the atrium at Gate D12. It was a short ride up to get to the upper level where we could get checked in.

Arriving to The Centurion Lounge under the Shells of the Walkway

On arrival to the lounge area, we travelled up the elevator two levels (only one level on the elevator) to arrive to the compact lounge reception for the American Express Lounge Miami:

Elevators to The Centurion Lounge

The Centurion Lounge reception was located immediately off the elevator bank. We would arrive to the familiar American Express Green Wall which is featured in all of it’s Centurion Lounges.

The Centurion Lounge by American Express Miami – Reception

Accessing The Centurion Lounge:

Access to this lounge is granted through an American Express Platinum Card, or a American Express Centurion Card. Currently, American Express Platinum Card members can bring in two guests at no charge.

After February 1, 2023, US Platinum Card Members will be charged a $50 USD fee for each guest (or $30 for children aged 2 through 17, with proof of age). U.S. Platinum Card® and U.S. Business Platinum Card® Members will qualify for Complimentary Guest Access for up to two guests per visit after spending $75,000 in eligible purchases on their Card between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 and in each calendar year thereafter.

The Centurion Lounge is considered a day of departure lounge. American Express does not admit arriving passengers, unless there is a layover or connecting flight.

Note: For Platinum and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members only.

The Centurion® Lounge is a day of departure lounge, which accommodates departing flights and arrivals when having connecting flights. Same-day round-trip itineraries are not considered connecting flights.

The Centurion Lounge provides admittance within 3 hours of the departure time stated on your same-day, confirmed boarding pass; or if your outbound flight departs after the lounge closes for the day, The Centurion Lounge will admit you as early as 3 hours prior to the lounge closing, subject to available capacity.

There was no wait for lounge access today. In addition, there was no queue at reception which some times occurs in other locations.

We were admitted after showing our American Express Platinum Card and our onward boarding card for our next flight.

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge:

The American Express Centurion Lounge is decorated much like all the other American Express Centurion Lounges.  I have to give American Express an award for consistency, their lounge offering is very similar whether it is in Las Vegas, Dallas or Miami.

The lounge is decorated in a contemporary modern style. The lounge offered seating around the glass windows of the lounge. The seating stretched across the length of the space. It was pretty busy when we arrived, with some challenges locating a seat.

The Centurion Lounge Miami – Lounge Seating
The Centurion Lounge Miami – Lounge Seating

While there wasn’t a lot of lounge seating, we were able to grab a pair of seats based on the departure of another set of travellers. At times, the American Express Lounges are a victim of their own success, making finding seating in the lounge a challenge at times.

The Centurion Lounge Miami – Lounge Seating
The Centurion Lounge Miami – Lounge Seating
The Centurion Lounge Miami – Lounge Seating
The Centurion Lounge Miami – Lounge Seating

At one far end of the lounge, there were additional seats after a wine bar. This zone had a tables and chair combination, with the balance of the lounge offering high density lounge seating.

The Centurion Lounge Miami – Wine Bar Seating
The Centurion Lounge Miami – Wine Bar Seating

Unlike it’s the American Express Centurion Lounge Houston, the Miami lounge offered great airside view from a commanding fourth floor view. Most of the planes parked at this end of the terminal were American Airlines narrow body planes.

American Express Centurion Lounge – Apron Views
American Express Centurion Lounge – Apron Views
American Express Centurion Lounge – Apron Views

It’s always better to have a view from the lounge and the sunny skies of Miami set for a great backdrop during our time here.


Food and Beverage:

Toward the other end of the lounge space, there was the usual American Express Bar. The Centurion Lounge bar was a full service variety that is always well staffed and attended. There is never usually a wait at the bar.

The bar offered wine before the hours of 11 AM. As always, The Centurion Lounge Miami offered an excellent beverage program and cocktail list.

American Express Centurion Lounge – Bar
American Express Centurion Lounge – Bar Cocktail and Wine Menu

The wines on offer were reasonable and there was enough there to keep you interested.

The food section at The Centurion Lounge Miami occupied a small space just off the bar area. It often got quite busy at the food service station.

American Express Centurion Lounge – Food Service Area

There were an assortment of hot and cold foods available at the lounge with enough variety during the breakfast hour to substitute for a meal.

American Express Centurion Lounge – Breakfast Menu
American Express Centurion Lounge – Breakfast Food
American Express Centurion Lounge – Breakfast Food

While we didn’t enjoy much of the food that was out for offer, there was a full breakfast available which included eggs, fresh fruit, Greek yoghurt and granola.

We would end up spending time here before heading over to the American Airlines Admirals Club D30 Miami and onwards to our American Airlines Business Class Miami – Curaçao flight.

My Thoughts on the Centurion Lounge Miami by American Express:

American Express Centurion Lounges offer a consistent product across much of their lounge network. The Miami International Airport location offers terrific airside views, along with a decent food and beverage program that will keep most travellers fed, content and satisfied. The only drawbacks of this particular lounge are it’s slightly inconvenient location located at a remote end of the Miami D Terminal, and the fact that it tends to get a little busy at this location making it sometimes hard to find a place to sit.

If you travel through Miami International Airport, is The Centurion Lounge on your regular visit list ?

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