During the month of January it was quite the travel month for me as I flew over 30,000 miles and I had to deal with several flight cancellations, rescheduling and a few airport changes throughout the process. I am an easy flyer and things like this are out of my control, specially if it is weather related when thats something I really have no control over. After spending several days at the New York Times Travel show It was to head home for a day, re-pack and jet out again. My original flight schedule out of New York City was going to be as follow: JFK-DFW-LAX. The night before leaving was when New York City received the blizzard warning that would cause hundreds of thousand of flights to be cancelled. It cost me to give away my confirmed first class seat on all my flights and bite the bullet by being re-routed to LGA and on a 6:50 am departure rather than my original 2:00pm departure out of JFK which ended taking off anyway so I was bummed about that – but getting home a few hours earlier was well worth the change.
Anyway, the only upside of things during these flight changes was that I was set to depart from La Guardia and let me share that I haven’t flown out or into LGA out of all my travels because mostly when I travel to New York City I land into JFK, so in all of this hustle and bustle of flying not only did I get to scratch a new airport but also visit a new lounge that is fairly new, which is the American Express Centurion Lounge, being that I am an Amex Platinum Card holder my access is granted for free along with Centurion card holders. If you are a Gold amex holder, your admission into the lounge will cost you $50.
American Express Centurion Lounge info
Location: Terminal B, pre-security, on the 3rd floor West between Concourse B and C. If your flight departs from another terminal, you can reach that terminal by taking the Route A or B airport shuttle from the arrivals level.
Hours: 5:30 am – 8 pm (Sunday – Friday), 5:30 am – 6:30 pm (Saturday)
I was very short on time so my visit was brief and straight to the point and I was only able to cover certain areas of the lounge and being that the this lounge is before security I didn’t want to cut it short and get stranded in security for my 6:50am departure out of LGA. I arrived to the lounge right at the time they open which is at 5:30am, the friendly agents greeted us with a big smile for those waiting aside from me and welcome us in. I showed her my ID, Amex card and my boarding pass and in matters of minutes – I was cleared to go.
As usual, the atmosphere of the lounge is refreshing and the set up was nicely done. I wish I could have spent more time at the lounge but for the little time I was in, I truly enjoyed it. Once you enter the lounge you have two different options, to take a left or to go straight down the hall where TV monitors are and further down you will find the bar along with the one of a kind dishes that The Centurion Lounge offers. Keep in mind that the drinks and food is all complimentary, so take advantage of that and enjoy, but don’t forget to drink responsible ;).
The Centurion Lounge overview
Within this particular area of the lounge you will find a variety of sitting available, as shown on the photo you will see those little cubicles to relax which are some of my favorite. Furthermore a big desk with power ports to plug in your devises, sort of gives the feel of a conference table for a large group of people who want to gather up and work. You will also find one computer station to get some work done and print any documents you may need to print while next to it you will also find a water container with cups to quench the thirst if needed. Last but not least, you will also find a great sitting area with views of the runway. At the time, it was pitch black so I couldn’t enjoy the view much but I am sure the sight from here it’s nice.
The magazine and newspaper rack – It looked a little bare in my opinion but I am guessing throughout the day they re-stock it with much more magazines as I believe those magazines are complimentary for the guest to read and take home.
Tarmac sitting view.
The Centurion Lounge additional sitting & amenities.
At the time that I was close to leaving, the breakfast was getting served by the bar area – I was able to try one of their famous dishes which is the Egg Benedict’s and I was very pleased with that. Besides the egg benedict’s they also offer different pastries, fruits, yogurt and much more. The selection was wide and customer friendly as they were several options to choose from. Last but not least you can also find the refreshments on the dine in area as well ranging from juices to water and if you would like something else, you can request that at the bar.
Dine in zone
Keep in mind that the dine in zone area is much bigger than what it seems on the image below, at the time several other guest were on the premises and I didn’t want to intrude privacy by snapping pictures but you get an idea of what it looks like and what to expect when visiting The Centurion Lounge.
Breakfast the Lounge
My Favorite area at the lounge
If you are a frequent flyer and visit the same lounge over and over you probably have your designated spot that you like to relax, work and eat. It happens to me often when I am flying out of Los Angeles and visit the Admirals Club or the flagship, I call it my “lounge comfort spot” While I am definitely not flying through LGA anytime soon or not at all, this doesn’t really matter but for the little time I was in there I made myself at home in which I now call my favorite spot. This hall caught my attention as soon as I entered the lounge, spacious, comfortable, the sitting is plush and best of all? Power ports are mounted to the side of each cubby to charge up your device, now thats comfort and convenience at the same time. In this particular area you will also find wall mounted TV’s.
Power Ports to charge your devices can be found on the sides of each seat.
American Express Centurion Lounge – LGA bottom line
I am sure many of you can agree with me that the American Express Centurion Lounge its one of a kind. Everything they offer is incredible and their amenities are state of the art. While this one isn’t as loaded like the one at the Dallas Forth Worth Airport that offers massages, shower rooms, etc – in my opinion it’s still a great lounge to pass the time, get some work done and relax before your flight. American Express continues to grow and innovate their lounges while keeping customer satisfaction on their high priority list.
I enjoyed my visit at the lounge and all of the employees working were very friendly and attentive, making the visit very enjoyable.
If you are interested on seeing what the shower room looks like at the American Express Centurion Lounge DFW check out the following link (read more).
For those who have visited this lounge, what were your thoughts? What would you like to see added?