Last week, American Express opened their latest Centurion Lounge in DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal D. This makes for the second Amex lounge in the US; the first being in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
Over the weekend during a mileage run through DFW (on our #questforEXP), Joann and I were able to stop in to take a quick look at the offerings of this new lounge.
Amenities & Services
The main draw of the lounge is supposed to be the Exhale Spa that offers a slew of complimentary 15 minute services:
- Manicures & pedicures
- Hand scrubs
We didn’t get to try them out since our connection was so short, but we will make it a point to on our next mileage run in 2 weeks!
Of course there is free WiFi (password protected). Just ask for the code upon check-in. Other bits that we quickly checked out in the lounge were a multitude of power outlets (perfect for all travelers), some workstations, TVs, and even a family room with an Xbox Kinect!
I think Amex did a great job with the design of this lounge, from the bright but not over the top colors to supplying the amenities that a traveler might not know they need until they need it.
Food & Drink
With DFW as the setting, it’s no surprise that much of the food is Tex-Mex inspired. There were a good number of hot options available – chicken or spinach enchiladas, pulled beef brisket tacos, rice & beans, corn soup. Then of course, there was also a salad bar and some cold options like roasted vegetables and guacamole.
We picked a bit of everything and were really pleased. Actual flavor and fresh ingredients! Very new for a lounge in the US.
While pleasantly surprised by the food options, I was pretty stunned by the cocktail selection. Tex-Mex based cocktails concocted by Jim Meehan of PDT in NYC… all on the house!
It’s refreshing to see everything on the menu complimentary versus domestic carrier lounges that charge for “premium” drinks/spirits.
Access to the American Express Centurion Lounge
Platinum and Centurion card holders can access the lounge free of charge, along with a spouse/domestic partner + children under 18 OR 2 traveling companions.
Any other American Express card holders can gain entrance to the Centurion Lounge for a $50 fee.
Even though we only got to sample a small part of the Centurion Lounge’s offerings, both Joann and I were really impressed. We both kept commenting on how the food was quite high quality for a lounge and the drinks were creative and strong! The staff was superb; they are really proud of their product here and it shows. We were asked several times if everything was OK and if we needed anything.
I definitely love the fact that, once inside, everything is complimentary. It really makes being a Platinum card holder and transiting through DFW worth it. I would even say that I would pay the $50 to access the lounge if I had a longer layover because it was just that much better than any airline lounges in the US and many across the globe. Very easy to get your money’s worth here. Kudos to American Express for a great job!