American Express operates a string of airport lounges under the Centurion name. Most are in the United States. U.S. sites are New York Laguardia, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. Currently, Hong Kong is the only international location listed on the Amex website.
It is curious that the three Amex lounges at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) are no longer listed as being in the Centurion Lounge network. The website now identifies them as being part of the Amex Global Lounge Network. When I visited this lounge in 2018 and 2019 it was a Centurion lounge. The Terminal 2 Amex lounge even has a private room designated for Amex Centurion cardholders only.
When I visited last year, this longe was still branded as being part of the Centurion network. Here is a link to my previous post.
Location and Access
This lounge is on the Mezzanine in Terminal 2. There are two Amex lounges in Terminal 1.
Mexico City lies at an altitude of nearly 7,400 feet. For those accustomed to lower altitudes, I strongly suggest taking the elevator rather than two flights of stairs to get to it. The elevator is hard to find. Ask for directions.
Holding an American Express Platinum or Centurion Card or a Delta Air Lines Reserve Card provides entry. Platinum Card members who receive complimentary access may enter with up to two guests at no additional charge. Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members may bring up to two guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person. Centurion members may enter with up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.
Access is granted for stays of no more than three hours before departing flights only. Platinum Card and Centurion Members may purchase a day-pass for any additional guests for $50 at the time of entry. The $50 one-day pass is valid at any Centurion Lounge on the same day, as long as the guest is accompanied by the Card Member. Children under 2 years of age free of charge.
The lounge is two levels. The first level is primarily a restaurant and bar. The second level holds more comfortable seating, another bar, the spa and showers.
First Floor Seating and Bar
Second Floor Seating and Bar
Food and Beverages
Like other Centurion Lounges, this lounge offers free food and beverages but with a twist. In the U.S. lounges food is only available on a buffet. This lounge has an a la carte restaurant only. Most of the items on the menu come with a reasonable charge. A menu of light fare is available for free. Like the U.S. lounges, alcohol is also free.
I spent several hours in this lounge on layovers on the outbound flight and the return. This what I ordered from the free menu.
Food is very good. The only problem I had was communicating with the wait staff. They spoke little English, and I speak little Spanish.
On this trip I discovered the lounge has a Zen Room. One definition of zen is a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion. So Zen Room is appropriate because this room is basically a room to sleep or chill out. I slept here on the couch pictured below for a few hours.
The Zen Room overlooks the first level.
There is a detailed list of rules. I found no English translation.
Spa And Beauty Salon
Centurion Lounges in the U.S. have small areas that provide free manicures and 10-minute chair massages. Guests in this lounge are treated to the comforts of a full service spa. A 15-minute full body massage is complimentary. Other spa services come with a charge that is discounted for cardholders.
It can be a real benefit to be able to get a haircut, hair styling or beauty treatment while traveling.
There are two shower rooms. A shower before a long flight always improves my attitude and makes me more relaxed.
It is important that a shower room also include a toilet and a place to sit while changing clothes. Some airline lounges lack those essential items.
Lounge staff will supply personal amenities like dental and shaving kits and slippers.
The American Express Lounge at Mexico City Terminal 2 is a great lounge. It has features the Centurion Lounges in the U.S. do not have such as a private sleeping area, a full-service spa, and a limited free a la carte menu along with the opportunity to partake of the restaurants more varied menu that comes with additional charge.