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I visited the newly renovated AmEx Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas airport and it was the best way to spend a layover in Sin City

The lounge is located in the airport’s D gate concourse, home to United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, among others.

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Passenger on any airline can access the lounge, however, if they have the American Express Platinum or Centurion card. American Express Delta Skymiles Reserve cardholders can also use the lounge when flying Delta or a Delta-marketed flight.

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I had a six-hour layover in the airport so I headed straight to the lounge. Departing passengers are normally only allowed to enter within three hours of their flight but connecting passengers are exempt from that rule.

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Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Here’s what it was like inside the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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I checked into the lounge using digital check-in via the American Express mobile application and was given a QR code to show the agent. I only had to show my boarding pass and identification as the agent saw my check-in on her end.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Within seconds, I was inside one of the most exclusive clubs in Las Vegas. Greeting me was this portrait of a dog resting on an American Express trunk accompanying two black armchairs, a staple of the Centurion Lounge that can be found in every location.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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The lounge was moderately crowded and employees, as a result, were escorting guests to particular seats to help ensure distancing.

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Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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I was asked if I wanted to sit in one of the main seating areas….

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Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Or the dining area. I chose the former to take advantage of the more comfortable seating.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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I was traveling alone so I was given one of these cushioned cubbies, complete with my own table.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Capacity in the lounge is limited due to the pandemic so certain seating areas are blocked.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Along the wall where I was sitting, for example, every other cubby was blocked.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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It created an extra degree of privacy and meant I had more room to store my bags, and another table to hold my laptop while I ate lunch.

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Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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The offering was quite extensive and better than what I’d seen in competing airline lounges even before the pandemic. Light options included a chopped bacon, lettuce, and tomato salad…

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Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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And mango cranberry couscous.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Hot items included kale pesto pasta…

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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And chimichurri fingerling potatoes.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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And for desert, peach cobbler was on offer.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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Healthier options included fruits like apples, pears, and bananas. Cookies and honey mustard pretzels were also on offer but not many snacks were available other than that.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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All in all, it was some of the best airport food I’ve ever had. Every item was bursting with flavor and made for a great meal.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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And of course, the full bar is another big selling feature of the lounge as drinks are complimentary.

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas Airport

Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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The main bar was closed but this makeshift bar still did the trick. Most common cocktails can be ordered at the bar but American Express’ in-house mixologist, Jim Meehan, also crafts specialty drinks for each location.

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Inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

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