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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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