Houston to Be Home to Newest Centurion Lounge

Houston to Be Home to Newest Centurion Lounge

American Express is opening another branch of its popular Centurion Lounge, this time in Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Slated to open during the first half of 2016, the 8,500-square-foot traveler respite will be the seventh Centurion Lounge location.

Other cities with an Amex lounge include Seattle/Tacoma, Miami, San Francisco, New York (LaGuardia), Dallas/Fort Worth and Las Vegas.

The Houston Centurion Lounge will offer travelers a place to get some work done, clean up after a long day of travel, relax with their families and grab a drink and a bite to eat.

Platinum and Centurion Amex cardholders get free access to Centurion Lounges
Platinum and Centurion Amex cardholders get free access to Centurion Lounges

Lounge features will include noise-buffered workstations, private showers and phone rooms, a family room, comfortable seats, a computer bar, quiet areas and high-speed Wi-Fi. There will also be a free full bar and food buffet. The specifics on the chef, mixologist and menu will be forthcoming closer to the opening date.

Celebrity Chefs Tailor Menus to Local Specialties

Other Centurion Lounges have menus tailored by celebrity chefs such as Dean Fearing in Dallas/Forth Worth, Scott Conant in Las Vegas and Cedric Vongerichten in New York. Menus focus on regional specialties and locally sourced ingredients. Celebrity mixologist Jim Meehan crafts drink recipes for the Centurion Lounges, which also feature local specialty cocktails.

The lounge will be located in Terminal D of the Houston airport, which offers nonstop service to nearly 200 destinations.

“With Houston’s growing reputation as a global destination for business and leisure travel, and with international passenger numbers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport increasing at record levels, these types of amenities serve to enhance the experience of the discerning travelers embodied by American Express Card members,” said Lisa Durocher, a senior vice president at American Express.

The Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas
The Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas

Platinum and Centurion Card Members Get In Free

While anyone with an American Express credit card can visit a Centurion Lounge, only premium cardholders—those with a Platinum or Centurion card—get in free. They can also bring two guests or family members with them. Other American Express cardholders can pay $50 for a one-day pass. The pass entitles the cardholder, and any of his or her children under age 18, access to the lounge for the day. Any other adult, such as a spouse or friend, will have to purchase a separate pass for an additional $50.

Being able to relax, unwind and enjoy a drink or meal at the Centurion Lounge is one big benefit of being an American Express cardholder. These lounges are truly luxurious, with some even offering free spa services such as massages and facials.

Family rooms have toys, games and TVs to keep kids occupied, and computer bars have printers, fax machines and copiers, as well as Wi-Fi and conference spaces. Each Centurion Lounge has different features. More information about the Houston location will be available as the opening date approaches.