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After arriving at 2:30 PM and checking in at Mexico City Benito Juarez Airport, I had a few hours to spare before my 5:30 PM departure and decided to check out the Terminal 2 Centurion Lounge.
Around the world, Centurion Lounges can be gained through presenting any AMEX Platinum, Business Platinum, or Centurion card issued by any country. While most are located within the United States, other AMEX Centurion lounges are located within Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, India, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Access to these exclusive lounges can be gained through presenting any Platinum or Centurion card.
Although officially AMEX states the lounge is on the 2nd floor by the duty-free section, you have to walk up a flight of stairs from the 2nd floor before reaching the lounge.
When checking in at the counter, I had initially presented my Business Platinum card and was informed that complimentary meals would only be provided for Platinum cardholders. This struck me as odd as to why this sort of policy even existed. Luckily, I had my Platinum card tucked away in my wallet so upon presentation, I was provided a meal voucher card that provided access to ordering food. Upon entry, a lounge attendant greeted me and noted that the downstairs seating area was quite full and directed me upstairs. The lounge consists of two floors with a bar on each level and elevator access beside the stairs. Next to the elevators was the entrance to the private room for Centurion black cardholders.
After taking my seat, I presented the meal voucher to another lounge attendant and he started listing off items on the complimentary menu which included offerings of chicken soup, pasta, salad, and margherita pizza. As I had not yet had the opportunity to eat lunch yet after a hectic final day in Mexico City purchasing some last-minute pastries from Pasteleria Ideal and churros from El Moro, I ordered the chicken soup with vegetables and the pizza. With a side of cilantro and lime, the soup proved to be quite hearty and would pad my stomach before trying out some of their drink offerings.
Shortly after finishing the chicken soup, my friend’s spinach salad arrived along with my cheese pizza. As you can see from the pictures, there wasn’t anything too special about them.
As we took our first bites, the lounge attendant came by to take our drink orders and check up to see how things were going. While my friend ordered a beer, I requested for a Blue Door cocktail, which is a featured drink at the Hong Kong International Centurion Lounge. Although they weren’t too familiar with the cocktail, I pulled up the recipe ((Johnny Walker Black, Myer's Dark Rum, Benedictine, and lemon juice) and they gave it their best interpretation.
Having sat down for a while, I took a break and headed towards the bathroom which was kept clean and featured L’Occitane en Provence products.
With the clock counting down towards my flight and a desire to check out the neighbouring Aeromexico Salon Premier lounge, I was presented with this bill following my departure.
As I was heading out the door, I managed to take a quick look downstairs before heading off to the Aeromexico Salon Premier.
I found it incredibly odd that only Platinum cardholders and presumably Centurion cardholders were provided with access to complimentary food and would have expected equal treatment across the board. In addition to a limited food menu, I would have liked this lounge to follow the more traditional buffet-style format with a wider selection of food. As with the beverage offerings, the neighbouring Aeromexico Salon Premier had a much better selection, although the trade-off would be an even greater lack of food offering and busier lounge. Some high notes were the attentive staff from being welcomed upon entry, the well-kept bathroom throughout my stay, and the variety of seating available.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.