American Express Centurion Lounge – McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

We were able to visit the American Express Centurion Lounge courtesy of our Amex Platinum card, and I must say this is one of the nicest and best kept lounges I’ve visited in the U.S., which isn’t uncommon with any Amex product or service.

American-Express-Centurion

The lounge has great accommodations, including private areas for working, lounge chairs, a fully stocked bar with complementary premium drinks, espresso machine, juices, and an in-house chef who prepares great quality meals.

American-Express-Centurion

American-Express-CenturionAmerican-Express-CenturionAmerican-Express-CenturionThe staff is very attentive, and it wasn’t more than a minute or two after we would set our empty plates or glasses down, and a member of the staff would come by and clear them out.

American-Express-CenturionAmerican-Express-CenturionThere is free Wifi, which was reliable. The friendly front desk staff will provide you with a business card with the printed password and other club information upon arrival.

The restroom was small, but that didn’t seem to be a problem as the club wasn’t too crowded at any time during our stay. They were clean and the men’s restroom even had an automatic shoe buffer. There’s a shower at the club, but we did not check it out.

The best feature of the club is hands down the food. Everything is served in glass and porcelain. None of the plastic stuff non-sense. During our visit they had a great tomato soup, assorted grilled vegetables, cookies and brownies, and hot chicken sandwiches. All was of great quality, and I kept expecting to be asked to pay at any minute, being used to the cookie and pretzels routine at Admirals Clubs and other U.S. lounges. At 4:00 p.m. the chef put out the day’s entree, which consisted of short ribs on a bed of some sort of whipped cheese paste (forgive me for not knowing the type as I’m not a cheese expert by any means!). The ribs were phenomenal, and we made sure to try them prior to our 2-hour flight to DFW.

American-Express-Centurion

The club’s welcome webpage has an electronic survey which we completed to make sure we credited the staff as a thank you for their excellent work.

American-Express-CenturionAmerican-Express-CenturionAmerican Express is opening more of these lounges throughout the U.S. (including the newly open DFW Centurion Lounge), so be sure to check for additional locations and details when you fly. Be sure to get the American Express Platinum card for complementary lounge access for you and two guests, which is one of the best rewards cards when it comes to travel benefits.

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4 Responses to American Express Centurion Lounge – McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

  1. Thomas says:

    We saw this for the first time on our recent trip to Vegas. We were rushed for time and did not get to check it out, but will next time we are there. Is there a flat fee to use the lounge or a fee every time you use it, or a yearly fee for the use of these lounges?

    • travelguys says:

      Thomas, access is free for Amex Platinum and Centurion Amex cardholders, and they each get to bring two guests in for free. All other Amex cardholders must pay a $50 access fee per person, but at the very least you have to have an Amex credit or charge card to be able to get in. And a boarding pass, of course, but both lounges are beyond TSA security anyway.

  2. Kathy Lee says:

    Can access be gained with a Delta Reserve American Express? If not, a $50 access fee per person is quite high, especially since I pay $450 annual fee for this card!

    • travelguys says:

      Kathy, no. Only Amex Platinum personal and business cardholders and the Centurion card give you free access. Regardless, I would argue if you have a long layover or delay the $50 is well worth it if you’re going to be spending money on food or drinks at the main terminal anyway. I would not pay for a regular airline domestic lounge though.

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