- American Express just completed renovations on its Las Vegas Centurion Lounge, adding more than 4,000 square feet.
- The lounge is only accessible to select cardholders, including Platinums and Centurions.
- Complimentary food and alcohol are just some of the perks that the Las Vegas-themed lounge offers.3
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Las Vegas is home to one of American Express' 14 Centurion Lounges, widely considered to be the gold standard of airport lounges because of their high-end offerings including complimentary and meticulous crafted food items and alcoholic beverages. The lounge is located in the airport's D gate concourse, home to United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, among others. Passenger on any airline can access the lounge, however, if they have the American Express Platinum or Centurion card. American Express Delta Skymiles Reserve cardholders can also use the lounge when flying Delta or a Delta-marketed flight. I had a six-hour layover in the airport so I headed straight to the lounge. Departing passengers are normally only allowed to enter within three hours of their flight but connecting passengers are exempt from that rule. Here's what it was like inside the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge. I checked into the lounge using digital check-in via the American Express mobile application and was given a QR code to show the agent. I only had to show my boarding pass and identification as the agent saw my check-in on her end. Within seconds, I was inside one of the most exclusive clubs in Las Vegas. Greeting me was this portrait of a dog resting on an American Express trunk accompanying two black armchairs, a staple of the Centurion Lounge that can be found in every location. The lounge was moderately crowded and employees, as a result, were escorting guests to particular seats to help ensure distancing. I was asked if I wanted to sit in one of the main seating areas.... Or the dining area. I chose the former to take advantage of the more comfortable seating. I was traveling alone so I was given one of these cushioned cubbies, complete with my own table. Capacity in the lounge is limited due to the pandemic so certain seating areas are blocked. Along the wall where I was sitting, for example, every other cubby was blocked. It created an extra degree of privacy and meant I had more room to store my bags, and another table to hold my laptop while I ate lunch. Once I got settled, I headed over to the buffet to get something to eat. These lounges are known for having good eats with menus crafted from local chefs. Chef Kim Canteenwalla had designed this menu. The offering was quite extensive and better than what I'd seen in competing airline lounges even before the pandemic. Light options included a chopped bacon, lettuce, and tomato salad... Butternut squash soup... And mango cranberry couscous. Hot items included kale pesto pasta... Brussel sprouts... Meatloaf... And chimichurri fingerling potatoes. And for desert, peach cobbler was on offer. Healthier options included fruits like apples, pears, and bananas. Cookies and honey mustard pretzels were also on offer but not many snacks were available other than that. All in all, it was some of the best airport food I've ever had. Every item was bursting with flavor and made for a great meal. And of course, the full bar is another big selling feature of the lounge as drinks are complimentary. The main bar was closed but this makeshift bar still did the trick. Most common cocktails can be ordered at the bar but American Express' in-house mixologist, Jim Meehan, also crafts specialty drinks for each location. One such drink was the "air mail," a sparkling wine drink with rum, honey syrup, and lime juice. Plexiglass partitions were also erected at the bar for social distancing. After having lunch, I walked around the more than 13,000 square foot space. American Express just recently renovated the lounge and it showed. The decor was very modern and very Las Vegas. It made me feel like I was in the heart of the Strip despite only being at the airport. Large sections of the lounge were blocked off but other sections included a sprawling conference table and more private seating. These lounges often lend themselves well to social distancing with high-walled chairs since privacy is a huge draw for discerning travelers. There are even private phone rooms that are enclosed for maximum privacy. I also discovered somewhat of a hidden room in the back of the lounge. It didn't have any windows but was well-lit and has its own television. The lounge's family room was, however, off-limits due to the pandemic. Roped-off areas were opened once the lounge was sufficiently crowded. It wasn't uncommon before the pandemic to see these lounges filled to the brim. Departure information screens could also be found throughout the lounge so passengers could stay up to date on the status of their next flight. Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy one of the seating areas near the window as a variety of aircraft can be spotted. Hot beverages were also available with multi-beverage coffee machines capable of making anything from a standard cup of coffee to espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate, and anything in between. A selection of teas was also available with hot water. Visiting this lounge made my six-hour layover go by in what felt like an instant. The only downside is that it closes at 3 p.m., at which point the only other lounge available to passengers in the terminal is The Club LAS. But for the few hours I got to spend in the lounge, I can say that it will become a staple on my future visits to Las Vegas. The renovations and superior offering make it a jewel in the Centurion Lounge network.
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