2 posh new lounges coming to SFO

Classy AMEX Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas McCarran International

Classy AMEX Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas McCarran International

San Francisco International will soon be home a new American Express Centurion Lounge and a new Delta Sky Club.

The Centurion Lounge is a posh new chain of airport clubs reserved for American Express card holders. Currently, there are Centurion Lounges at Las Vegas International and Dallas Ft Worth International airports. An American Express spokesperson would not confirm an opening date, or that the SFO location would be the third location, only that it would be the location “of a future lounge.”

All American Express cardholders traveling on any airline can enter Centurion Lounges. Regular card holders must pay a fee of $50 per visit; Platinum and Centurion (Black) card holders enter for free.

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The new lounge will be located in a space (currently under construction) in the mezzanine level above the premium security checkpoint in United’s Terminal 3 and gate 75, according to SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel. He also estimated that the new lounge will open sometime during summer 2014.

Here's the tempting menu from the Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas.

Here’s the tempting menu from the Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas.

Amenities included in the Centurion Lounges in Las Vegas and Dallas include: a gourmet buffet, complimentary premium bar, espresso/cappuccino, a quiet room for kiddies, showers, free wi-fi, large flat screen TVs, printers and conference rooms. I assume the SFO Centurion lounge will be as nice…or nicer…

In the 9000-sq-ft Dallas Ft Worth lounge,  (which just opened last week)  there’s a gourmet taco bar– for breakfast and lunch. The lounge at DFW also sports a spa free massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. A long list of specialty cocktails have been concocted by celebrity mixologist Jim Meehan, a contributing editor of Food & Wine magazine.

There are also four Centurion lounges located outside the US. 

Here's a shot of the bar at the Las Vegas Centurion lounge

Here’s a shot of the bar at the Las Vegas Centurion lounge

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Delta, which has been making big waves in the Bay Area lately, is considering building a new Sky Club lounge  in the area above the luggage store near gate C41. The current Delta Sky Club is inconveniently located outside the T1 Boarding Area C checkpoint. The space currently occupied by the Gallerie Luggage store will likely house an elevator or escalator used to access the new Sky Club. Stay tuned to The BAT for more details (including approvals and opening dates) as we get them… (UPDATE: We amended this blurb which previously stated that the Sky Club is under construction. Delta says that it’s only under consideration at the moment.)

(UPDATE: Here’s an indepth look at the brand new Centurion Lounge in DFW from the MommyPoints blog)

Is any of this new lounge activity going to change the way you spend time at SFO? Will you re-think your United Club or Admirals Club membership? Please leave your comments below.  

Chris McGinnis


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  • Herman

    Any ideas when SFO lounge will be opening up??

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  • http://www.travelskills.com/ Chris McGinnis

    That’s great to hear! Can’t wait til we see one at T3 SFO. Stay tuned to The BAT for more….

  • NT

    Just spent an hour at the Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas and it was honestly the best lounge I’ve been to in the US – great food, premium drinks, nice modern decor and not overcrowded at all. Huge fan and really really hope that the new SFO lounge is post security…

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  • BTSF1

    Is the upcoming SFO AMEX lounge pre security or post security?

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  • thinker

    Spouse/domestic partner and children under 18 *or* two traveling companions.


  • Judy Serie Nagy

    I find airport lounges in the US a big yawn. I have access to United lounges and occasionally go in if I have an extra hour but I can see little reason to stay except for the comp wifi. Always find them crowded, airless, noisy, trashy. Lounges in European airports, however, are another story – especially Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow. If I could find lounges in the US with a nice choice of seating where I can make a little nest and get some work done, enjoy some real food and champagne, it would be worth the cost. If I have to sit right next to a stranger with only a little table and a few snacks, I’d rather be out in the terminal.

  • http://www.travelskills.com/ Chris McGinnis

    Here’s an indepth look at the brand new Centurion Lounge in DFW from the MommyPoints blog– chris http://boardingarea.com/mommypoints/2013/10/16/review-of-american-express-centurion-lounge-at-dfw/#sthash.Ka3e33HN.FNbIgXgk.dpbs

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  • Consultant415


    1- That Amex club is going to need to be MASSIVE in order to accommodate the number of premium travelers in the United terminal as there have to be a very sizable number of Plat/Cent cardholders that will be in that club (including those flying from other terminals who have time to kill)

    2- Thank GOD on the Delta announcement. A new location is so so so needed.

  • Explore

    This will be a night-and-day contrast with any United Club’s grumpy matronly staff, unsmiling bartenders, and Soviet-style rations. Given the choice, who would pay for the UC? The only reason to do so would be for unserved airports and occasional irregular operations assistance.

  • http://www.travelskills.com/ Chris McGinnis

    I think (but am not certain) that spouse, child, travel companion are allowed for Plat or Black cards, but not for those paying $50 day pass.

  • Mike

    What about companions/spouses/kids? Anyone know?

  • http://www.travelskills.com/ Chris McGinnis

    Nope. Sorry. Only the standard ($450/yr) Platinum card and Centurion (Black) card holders get in free. — chris

  • Ray

    I am an American Express Optima Platinum card holder, will I get inside the centurion lounge for free?

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