Amex has been rapidly expanding its Centurion Lounge network over the past couple of years. We’ve seen new Centurion Lounge projects in Hong Kong, Philadelphia, and recently announced for JFK New York. And now it looks like yet another Centurion Lounge will be popping up, this time at Denver International Airport.
Amex Centurion lounges are consistently among the best domestic lounges offering great signature cocktails, decent hot food, comfy seating, wifi, showers, and great service. Aside from crowding issues, it’s usually an all-around solid experience at these lounges, so it’s always exciting to hear about a new Centurion Lounge on the way.
To access Centurion Lounges, you need to hold either the Platinum Card or the Centurion Card (Amex Black Card) since entry is no longer allowed for any Amex cardmembers. You’re also limited to bring in two guests and you cannot bring in unlimited family members any longer.
The new Centurion Lounge will likely be built at Concourse C, which serves Alaska, Allegiant, Southwest, and Spirit. However, the concourses at Denver International Airport are all connected airside meaning that it should be very practical to visit the Centurion Lounge even if you are flying on United or an airline in another terminal. This airside connection is huge because like at Houston (IAH), you can virtually always make time to visit the Centurion Lounge.
The project would involve a 10-year $20 million revenue contract and would result in one of the biggest Amex Centurion Lounges built to date at 14,650 square feet. The Centurion Lounge at JFK is set to be extra spacious and the Centurion Lounge at DFW is getting bigger, so it’s great to see that Amex has clearly heard the complaints of its guests and is taking action to resolve or at least help mitigate the overcrowding issues.
It also looks like this new Centurion Lounge would have a spa just like the lounges at DFW and MIA, so I think Amex is making a real effort to upgrade their new lounges. No word yet on if we’ll see a dispensary.
Overall, I’m still a bit surprised that Chicago wasn’t the next on the list to get a Centurion Lounge but I think it’s great for Denver International Airport and I’m loving the trend here of bigger, more equipped Centurion Lounges.
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