Trip Report: Puerto Vallarta 2014 (part 2) Then Centurion Lounge Dallas (DFW)

 

Index

Puerto Vallarta (part 1) American Airlines & American Eagle MKE-DFW-PVR
Puerto Vallarta (part 2) The Centurion Lounge Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Puerto Vallarta (part 3) Sheraton Bunganvillas Resort and Conference Center
Puerto Vallarta (part 4) St. Regis Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 5) Marine Safari
Puerto Vallarta (part 6) Street scenes of Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 7) The food scene
Puerto Vallarta (part 8) American Airlines economy PVR-DFW-ORD
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The Centurion Lounge (DFW)

During our layover in Dallas on the way to Puerto Vallarta we had the chance to visit The Centurion Lounge. This is one of the nicest airport lounges in the United States however compared to many other international lounges it pales in comparison.

In order to enter this lounge you must:

My spouse and I both have the AMEX Platinum card which we obtained in January 2013 when for about 36 hours there was a 100,000 Membership rewards bonus offer! However we are canceling our Platinum cards this year as there is a hefty annual fee coming due on them! So we were able to gain “free” entrance due to our platinum cards.

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Walking to the lounge in the D terminal

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Entrance to The Centurion Lounge

On arrival you check in at the member services desk.  They will need your boarding pass, an ID and one of your qualifying American Express cards before you can enter. You can also schedule a massage and obtain usage of the shower rooms. However when we arrived, the massage appointments were booked and they noted that mid day is the busiest time and to schedule in advance if you want to book a free 15 minute massage. They will also offer you the wifi password if you want access.

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Member Services desk where you check in

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Quiet seating area near entrance

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Plenty of lounge chairs
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Main dining area
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TV area with more seating

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Plenty of magazines and newspapers as well
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The bar that makes awesome cocktails

There is plenty of seating and lounge areas in the lounge. The food and beverage are completely free which is awesome! The nice part is that the food and drink are really, really  good! I can’t believe we didn’t take a picture of the brisket but make sure you get a good heaping pile of the brisket as its amazing! Its a tex-mex theme so beans and rice and enchiladas and chips with salsa and guacamole and several dessert options as well.  The specialty drinks were very good and I am a sucker for a specialty drink!

You can guest up to 2 people with you so my wife and I could have brought a total of 4 other people not including ourselves to eat and drink for a 4-5 hour layover for example!! Im sure we could get it up to about a $300 tab with those drinks!
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Part of the buffet

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More of the buffet
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My wife’s plate as mine was sloppy looking

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Just two of the specialty drinks we tried with a small desert in the middle

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Two more before we go

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My wife enjoying her drink before having to get back on the plane
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Who does this right? Take a picture outside a lounge! 🙂

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A quick shot of the shower rooms (I got this pic on our way back on the inbound trip)

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Centurion lounge watercloset in the shower rooms
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The shower at the lounge, after a 15 hour flight it can be nice to freshen up

This lounge is a welcome addition to DFW and we were happy to fly through and make use of it! It is not even comparable to the Cathay Pacific lounges in Hong Kong as those lounges blow this out of the water in size and quality.  However this is a brilliant idea for American Express to offer this benefit to their card holders and they are expanding it to other airports. They have another Centurion Lounge open in Las Vegas and are scheduled to open up two more, one in San Francisco and one LaGuardia New York.

My wife was a fan of the lounge and it helped make flying economy a little more luxurious! I would highly suggest stopping in if your traveling through DFW anytime soon!

-pointspinnacle


 

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