While having an American Express Centurion or Platinum Card gets you lounge access with several airlines (and even Priority Pass), American Express also has a few of their own lounges around the world, including in Buenos Aires, Delhi, Las Vegas, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo. I’ve only ever been to the one in Buenos Aires, and wasn’t impressed, as it was more crowded than the gate area and the wifi was unusable – but based on what I’ve heard other lounges are nicer.
It seems American Express is opening a new 9,000 square foot Centurion Lounge at DFW Airport on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, and it looks really nice. Access will be complimentary for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardmembers (along with a spouse and children or two guests), and $50 for other American Express cardmembers. It will be open daily from 5:30AM till 10PM.
The lounge will even have a spa with complimentary 15-minute treatments (managed by “exhale”), as well as complimentary “real” food, inspired by local chef Dean Fearing.
It will be located in the “D” concourse, which is where many international flights depart from (though all terminals are connected airside).
This sounds about as nice as the top lounges in the US — on par with the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in New York — so here’s to hoping it’s well executed.
The economics of a lounge like this are interesting. Obviously Centurion and Platinum members already get access to the Admirals Club, so my guess is that they’re opening the lounge at DFW since it’s probably one of the airports where American Express is paying most for lounge access. So rather than paying American it probably just makes sense for them to open their own lounge.
Regardless, this is very exciting, especially as an American flyer that frequently transits DFW!