I’ve long complained about overcrowding in American Express Centurion lounges. But now I’ve found the key to avoiding any crowds.
I spent 30 minutes in the San Francisco Centurion Lounge last week…and it was virtually empty. That’s unheard of for a lounge in which just a few weeks prior I left because I could not find a single seat. But it’s all about the time.
I was there from 10:30-11:00PM…and that made all the difference. Most food is taken away at 10:00PM and the bar shuts down at 10:30PM. All that is left is soup and salad plus coffee, tea, or water. A bowl of tomato squash soup and green salad hit the spot for me as I sate in the dining room…alone. Literally alone.
This sort of trend is true for every lounge to some degree: there’s always peak and off-peak hours. But I just could not believe it for a lounge that has tried several measures to reduce overcrowding and continues to fail.
I actually prefer the food in this lounge over the Priority Pass restaurants in the terminal (Yankee Pier and Giant’s Clubhouse). I’d still go here first if the crowding wasn’t so bad. But I’m done with standing around like a fool waiting for a seat when there are plenty of comfortable seats and fast wi-fi in the public gate areas.
Anyway, I was pleased to find the lounge so empty I had to pass on the goods news. If you want to avoid the crowds at the American Express Centurion Lounges, show up very late.
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