If you have never visited a Centurion Club by American Express you are really missing out. You can get entrance with any AMEX card for $50 per person or the better way is for free for you and up to two guests with either the:
If you find on your travels you will frequent airports with Centurion Clubs either of these cards can be a real value to you for access to the clubs. You will need a same day departing or arrival boarding pass and ID to enter.
Miami airport, much like San Francisco or LaGuardia, does not have connectivity of the concourses on the secure side, that is, you have to exit and re-enter (unlike Dallas where you can take a people mover around on the secure side). This is a real problem for arriving Delta passengers as to get entrance through security you need a same day boarding pass, but your ARRIVING pass is not good enough to get you back through security once you exit.
However, the day you depart from Miami you can enter security to the D concourse. You simply go to the right near the D12 gates and you will see ahead to your left the elevators to the club. (TIP be sure to leave ~15 to walk back to the Delta gates then also add time to again go through TSA checkpoint).
You really can not miss the entrance, that is, the entrance to the elevators up to the club.
It is on the 4th floor and the club is open daily from 5:AM to 11:PM.
At the top when you exit, if you look left, the view down to the concourse is impressive architecturally and worth a few moments of your time.
Turning right from the elevator and entering the club you are greeted by the reception desk. Be sure to take a peek at the “living wall” behind you and notice the artfully shaped airplane in green. Very nice touch.
At check-in be sure to request SPA time if you want either a massage or a manicure (they do not have the facial service that they have in Dallas btw).
To the right of the reception desk you will see a sweeping hall that has some seating for laptop use and is a bit more quiet than the main seating area.
Immediately to your left when you enter there is a bank of lockers where you can put your “stuff” and provide your own private code. Very convenient place for coats etc. but be sure to remember to grab everything before you depart! 😉
Continuing on to the left you next have a single shower that is bookable also at the reception desk. If you are in need of one I would inquire right away at check-in.
Continuing into the lounge, after reception, you will see on your left the Exhale Spa. There were two massage therapists on call the day I visited plus one for manicures. I had time for a massage from each and both did a great job. There is no fee for any of the services but tips are accepted.
At the end of the hall, turning left, you have seating and the bathrooms.
Lastly on the left you have a large work table as well as the lounges complimentary computers and printer. Outside is not open to the public, but would be an amazing space for a Delta SkyClub type SkyDeck seating but it is my understanding that the airport would not allow this. What a shame, but with a door in place maybe that can happen one day!
Returning back to the entrance corridor you have, moving right into the lounge seating, TV and
A coffee and snack area as well as a small kids room. Nice to see a space where kids can be kids and yet not disturb other guests.
Lastly we have the bar and dining area as well as the buffet. The lounge was quite full the entire time I was there but seating was not a problem. Food wise I got to the lounge at the tail end of breakfast just before lunch / dinner was brought out. Here are some shots of both choices.
I did not sample the breakfast options but they looked good. I very much like the breakfasts at the other clubs and did have lunch a little later. After a few drinks:
To be fair those were not all my drinks as my friend, and frequent contributor to the blog Noah Mark did join me at the lounge.
And we both had time to enjoy lunch and spa time. Just a nice way to spend a few hours any day of the week.
Keep in mind everything in the lounge is complimentary once you are inside unlike “The Bar” at the Delta SkyClub that has some complimentary and some at a premium price.
And as usual readers are everywhere. It was fun to see Joe again and I look forward to seeing you again later this year, Joe at the Chicago Seminars in October (have you booked your tickets yet?).
I really enjoyed my single day visit to the Miami Centurion. I was to arrive the night before to spend a full day at the club, but thanks to not just one, but two over sold flights from South Bend, I spent the day before collecting bump vouchers that more than paid for my trip down anyway that was booked with two one-way tickets also mostly on vouchers.
So is it worth it if you are flying out of MIA somewhere in the world to get to the airport a little early to try the lounge? No, get here REALLY early and spend all day here before your trip! – René