The Escape Lounge is part of the American Express Global Lounge Collection. Currently, there are 10 Escape Lounges worldwide. Four are in the United States.
The MSP Escape Lounge is in Terminal 1, the Lindbergh Terminal. Proceed through security and the lounge is on the Mezzanine level at the entrance to Concourse E.
Admission is free for holders of the American Express Platinum card and two guests. Just present your card, same day boarding pass and ID. Others can enter for $45 or if advance payment is made on the website, the charge is $40. Children under two are free.
The lounge opens at 04:00 and closes at 21:00 daily.
This lounge has wifi, power, newspapers and magazines, flight monitors, seating, a buffet of hot and cold items and a bar. The lounge has tarmac and runway views. Restrooms are located outside the lounge. This lounge has no showers. In fact none of the MSP lounges have showers, and for an airport with a number of international flights, that’s a shame.
The check-in desk is directly in front of the entrance.
The primary seating area is to the right of the check-in desk. The seating is comfortable. Electrical outlets are available along the wall.
The selection of newspapers and magazines is located in this area.
Food and Beverages
The best attribute of the Escape Lounge is the buffet. Here is a sample food menu.
Food items vary from day to day. There are more than enough options between salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts to make a satisfying repast.
Once food items are selected, there are large booths for dining.
The bar area is next to the buffet.There are decent complimentary alcoholic beverages like Sam Adams beer. Premium brands are available for purchase.
The Escape Lounge is the best lounge at MSP. It is usually uncrowded, and the free food and beverages are better than in the Delta Sky Clubs. When I have a layover at MSP, I’ll spend most of the time here and maybe visit the next door MSP PGA Priority Pass Lounge to hit a few putts.