Tuesday, October 29, 2013

American Express Centurion Lounge Dallas

We've been to some pretty outstanding airline lounges like the Lufthansa First Class Terminal In Frankfurt and Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai. It's not surprising that there's no lounge in the US that makes that list until now at least. We just visited the American Express Centurion Lounge in Dallas Fort Worth airport and in short, it's one of our favorite lounges so far and I would head to the airport early for it. To put it in perspective, it beats any offering in the US and even ranks ahead of Malaysia Airlines business class lounge in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore Airlines business class lounge in Singapore.

The lounge which is located close to gate D16 just opened a week or so ago and is complimentary to American Express Centurion or Platinum card holders with up to two guest. Other American Express card holders get to pay $50 to enter the lounge. That might seem steep but I would pay for it for the facilities on offer especially if I have a long enough layover.

We visited the lounge early in the morning and the breakfast buffet beats anything that's available in the US currently. Gourmet breakfast tacos from celebrity chef Dean Fearing with a cappuccino and mimosa anyone? There's no crummy muffins and stale bagels or carrot sticks here.

There's also an extensive alcohol list with several specialty cocktails on offer. I had the opportunity to try some of them out even though it was just seven in the morning and there were pretty good. Again, no annoying upcharge for premium alcohol/wine like other lounges in the US.

The lounge itself wasn't too big and would be interesting to see if it can handle the crowd when it gets busier later in the day. Amex obviously put thought into the lounge with plenty of power sockets available through out the lounge.

The lounge also boast a spa with complimentary manicure and massage treatments. Very first classy! Too bad the spa only opens at nine and we were too early. More importantly, there are also showers available which is crucial after a long flight to/from the US.

I'm sad that my next layover through DFW is only an hour long and probably not enough time to swing by the lounge. Both of us will still have plenty of opportunities to visit this lounge as we both complete our 30K Executive Platinum American Airlines challenge and switch over to American/Oneworld. The Amex Centurion lounge in DFW is definitely the cherry on top of the ice cream - bye bye United and the Houston layovers!

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