The Amex Centurion Lounge Houston Is Now Open

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Last July we learned that the next airport to get one of American Express’ excellent Centurion Lounges would be Houston IAH Airport. At the time the lounge was expected to open in “early 2016,” though there were some delays with the completion.

The good news is that the Amex Centurion Lounge Houston is now open. The lounge is open daily from 5:30AM until 9PM.

The lounge is located airside in Terminal D at IAH, accessible via the elevator near gate D6. The good news is that there’s a train connecting terminals airside in Houston, meaning you can use the lounge when flying out of other terminals without having to reclear security.


The following people can use the Amex Centurion Lounge:

This new lounge complements Amex’s existing network of US lounges, including locations in Dallas (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), Miami (MIA), New York (LGA)San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA). Furthermore, we’ve learned that American Express is planning on opening a Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles, though we don’t yet have a timeline on that.

Centurion Lounge Miami

As is the norm at US Centurion Lounges (though not at the one in Mexico City, oddly), all drinks and food are complimentary, and they blow away what’s offered by other airlines.

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Centurion Lounge San Francisco bar

Here’s a sample menu for the lounge:


Meanwhile here’s a sample drink list:

Centurion-Lounge-Drink-Menu-1 Centurion-Lounge-Drink-Menu-2

The Centurion Lounge Houston doesn’t have a spa, unlike the lounges in Dallas and Miami.

Centurion Lounge Dallas spa, which offers complimentary 15 minute treatments

Amex had an opening party for the lounge on Wednesday, so if you’d like to read more about the lounge, check out Mommy Points and View from the Wing, as they both attended.

Bottom line

It’s great to see the Centurion Lounge network continue to expand. Centurion Lounge access is probably my favorite perk of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, as these lounges are significantly better than what’s offered by other airlines. My only complaint is how consistently crowded the lounges are, but I guess that’s a testament to their quality.

Do you have plans to visit the Centurion Lounge Houston anytime soon?

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  1. Great news!

    I sort of wish JFK’s terminals were connected airside and had an AMEX Centurion lounge but I imagine it’d be REALLY crowded.

  2. Sitting in the LGA lounge now and it’s like a refuge from the terribleness of LGA. Was worth a stop before heading in to Manhattan. Makes me a feel a lot better about the $450 annual fee.

  3. I’m in LGA now. Apparently you can only get champagne if you have a Centurion card. Platinum gets you prosecco.

  4. Just a heads up – the lounge is NOT open as of 14:45 and was still not open as of 16:50. The access to the lounge is via a single elevator from the D concourse. The elevator failed this afternoon, trapping about 30 of us in the mezzanine level, unable to get up to the departures concourse or back down the the check-in area. After about 30 min, a representative let us out via the emergency exit back to the landside of the terminal. Unfortunately this caused many folks (myself included) to miss flights. The worst part was that the Amex Concierge apparently does not have a phone number for the lounge (explained to me that this would cause staff to have to answer the phone all day) and had no representatives at the top of the elevator explaining to folks what was going on. This left a few of us that needed rebooking as the bearers of bad news about the lounge at the elevator. Of course Amex provided little help with rebooking, with United accommodating my first class ticket with a standby coach ticket…

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