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Extending Relaxation from the Airport to the Beach and Back; American Express Opens The Centurion℠ Lounge in Miami International AirportPlatinum Card® Members can now relax in the fifth Centurion Lounge location in key hub for both domestic and international travel
NEW YORK,  June 4, 2015 -- 

Today, American Express (NYSE:AXP) announced the opening of The Centurion Lounge in Miami International Airport (MIA), its first location in the Southeast U.S., and fifth in the country. Located in the North Terminal in Concourse D, The Centurion Lounge in MIA will provide 8,000 square feet of space for Card Members to recharge and reboot on the way to their final destination.

 Access to the Centurion Lounge network is exclusive to American Express Card Members, and a key complimentary benefit for Platinum Card Members as part of a suite of benefits that help make travel more seamless.

 Once in the lounge, its range of amenities allows Card Members to enjoy an all-inclusive haven in the airport. The lounge includes complimentary:

  • World-class food from local James Beard award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein
  • Beverages from renowned Mixologist Jim Meehan
  • Spa treatments from exhale® spa, including massages and manicures
  • Dedicated work spaces with high-speed wifi and plenty of power outlets
  • Cozy semi-private nooks
  • Soundproof kids play area

 “At any given time, a  large number of our Card Members are likely traveling in and out of MIA, whether they’re leaving home, visiting, connecting domestically or passing through on the way to Latin America or the Caribbean,” said Lisa Durocher, senior vice president, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express. “We designed this lounge to reflect the vibrancy of Miami, with great food, entertainment and plenty of ways to relax. Whether traveling for work or pleasure, Card Members will find a retreat in the lounge.”

Lounge Features Miami-Centric Menus by Chef Michelle Bernstein
American Express is working with a James Beard award-winning chef to create custom, local menus for the lounge. Chef Michelle Bernstein, Chef/Owner of Cena and Crumb on Parchment and Chef of Seagrape in the Thompson Miami Beach hotel, will bring her locally inspired, seasonal menus to The Centurion Lounge in Miami. The menu is complemented by Miami-inspired cocktails crafted by celebrated mixologist Jim Meehan and wine selections by wine director Anthony Giglio.**

“What I love about joining The Centurion Lounge is that we’re elevating airport dining by creating a restaurant-like culinary experience,” said Chef Michelle Bernstein. “I didn’t design a menu for an airport; I designed a menu that has the same passion, quality and South Miami flavors that I serve locals and visitors every day.”

Chef Bernstein’s custom menu, which will rotate regularly for variety and seasonality, includes fresh and light items like watermelon salad and cool minty pea soup, as well as comfort foods like her signature fried chicken and vanilla bean panna cotta dessert.

Amenities & Features within the Lounge
The Centurion Lounge in Miami includes several unique features that pay homage to the city’s reputation for design, most notably a floor-to-ceiling textural wall resembling a wave that gives a nod to the city’s coastal vibe. Like its sister locations, the lounge features artwork by Rock Paper Photo, highlighting iconic entertainment and music moments from Miami.

Entry to The Centurion Lounges is complimentary for consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum Card and Centurion® Members, and their immediate family or up to two travel companions. Other American Express Credit and Charge Card Members may purchase a one-day pass at The Centurion Lounge for $50**.

The new lounge in MIA joins locations in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). In the coming weeks, American Express will also introduce The Centurion Studio in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

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* Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.
**Subject to availability/capacity.


Contacts

Melanie Backs212.640.2164melanie.l.backs@aexp.com

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