In this Las Vegas Lounge Showdown, I’ll discuss the pros and cons of two of the four lounges at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS). While my mom and I were flying to and from LAS, I decided to do a comparison between the two lounges currently open at Las Vegas Airport: the Club at LAS and the Centurion Lounge. Each category is worth 5 points, for a total of 25 points. Ok, let’s get started!
I was at both lounges for breakfast, and they both had pretty solid spreads. The Club at LAS was still not a self-serve buffet, and you have to ask an attendant for any of the food and drinks available. The Amex Lounge, however, is back to normal. With that being said, the buffet options are both below.
Overall, I found the Centurion Lounge to have better quality food, but The Club had more popular food options. Therefore, I would give the Centurion Lounge a 3.5 and The Club a 4.
Las Vegas Lounge Showdown – Amenities
For amenities, both lounges will be judged on 5 categories: showers, fast Wi-Fi (over 90mbps), a printer, a conference room, and complimentary alcohol. The Centurion Lounge has four of the five; fast Wi-Fi, a printer, a conference room, and complimentary alcohol. As for The Club, the lounge has showers, Wi-Fi under 90mbps, a printer, no conference rooms, and complimentary alcohol.
I give the Centurion a 4, and I give The Club a 3.5 since it lacks conference rooms, and while it does have Wi-Fi, it is slower than 90mbps, so it is therefore half a star.
Both lounges have a large variety of seating options. The Centurion Lounge has different areas of the lounge with varying types of seating, including tables, cushioned cubbies, conference tables, bench seating, and leather chairs. These chairs are all very comfy, and I enjoy all types of seating.
For the Club, the lounge has different zones of seating. Shawn showed this in his review. There is the relax zone, with recliner chairs, and then there are also other office-like chairs, cocoon chairs, some chairs around tables, as well as some other bench-like chairs. The “bench” chairs, in particular, are very stiff and quickly become uncomfortable.
For the Centurion Lounge, I give it a 5, as it has a large variety of seating. I would give The Club a 4. This mainly comes down to the quality of the seating, as the Centurion Lounge furniture is more comfortable.
Las Vegas Lounge Showdown – Service
I found the service to be excellent at both lounges. While both lounges have great service, the Centurion Lounge had the nicer staff. Specifically, the bartenders at the Centurion Lounge were exceptionally friendly.
I would give the Club a 4 and the Centurion Lounge a 4.5.
Centurion Lounge Ease of Access
This is a category where The Club truly shines. My mom and I were able to access it upon landing, but that is not possible at the Centurion Lounge. To access the Centurion Lounge with a Platinum Card or a Delta Reserve Card, which are the most common ways to get access, you must either have a same-day connecting boarding pass, or a boarding pass within 3 hours of departure. The only cards that grant access are the Centurion Card, which allows access with a same-day boarding pass. The Platinum Card and Centurion card both allow two guests, but the Delta Reserve card does not allow any complimentary guests, and you must be flying with Delta on that day. But, come January 31, 2023, the guest access will get much worse, as no guests will be allowed with a Platinum Card unless you spend at least $75,000 a year.
The Club At LAS Ease of Access
The Club is much easier to access. You can access it with a Priority Pass membership, which is a benefit included with many credit cards. Here is a guide that ranks credit cards based on their respective Priority Pass benefits. If you are getting access through Priority Pass, you can access it on the same day, which means it’s possible to access the lounge after you land. I have heard multiple reports that this lounge will sometimes not allow access after landing, but my mom and I didn’t have any issues. It is also possible to access this lounge if you are flying business class on Virgin Atlantic or Condor, or if you have a Lounge Key or Lounge Club Membership, as well as a Diner’s club membership. Access can also be purchased for $45.
For this category, I give The Centurion a 3, due to how restrictive the policy is now and will be in the future. For The Club, I give it a 5, as it really doesn’t get easier to get access to this lounge.
Las Vegas Lounge Showdown – Final Thoughts
Both lounges are excellent, and both definitely have their pros and cons. Adding up the ratings for both lounges, The Club got a score of 20.5 out of 25, and the Centurion Lounge got 20/25. This means based on my scores, The Club is the winner! As you can see, this was a very close call. I think that it is great they are so close, as it shows that they are both competitive. I will probably continue visiting the Centurion Lounge over The Club, but both are excellent lounges.
What are your thoughts on these lounges? Let me know what you think!
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The lineups to enter the Centurion Lounges are crazy long and make it unusable.
Great point. I definitely left that part out of the article, though I’ve heard about issues of crowding at both lounges.
We visited both of these lounges on November 12th. The long line at the Centurion club moved quite quickly, so we were in the club within 20 minutes.
After our flight had a last minute 2 hr delay, we decided to check out the Club. Unfortunately, we were told that the wait to get in would be 40-45 minutes. We waited for our text and were shocked how empty it was after getting in 40 minutes later. I have know idea why they made us sit out at area gates when there was plenty of space in the lounge.
Yeah luckily the Centurion Lounge is quite big, so that is why it was probably a bit easier to get in.
That is odd about The Club. When I went in April, it was quite empty. Then again, it makes sense why you had to wait though, due to the number of ways it is possible to access the lounge at no extra cost.
Indeed. In my experience, I have had good luck with getting in, as there hasn’t been a line in Vegas, and when I went to the JFK lounge, it was surprisingly empty. The benefit of that lounge is that I assume Delta flyers go to the SkyClub, and the majority of the people at T4 are flying Delta anyway.
I’m interested to see how it will be in Atlanta because I feel that no matter how big Amex makes that lounge, it will still be full.
I recently did this at the LGA airport comparing the Centurion Lounge in Terminal C and the Delta Lounge in Terminal B. Hands down the Delta Lounge wins. I was surprising disappointed with the very limited food available in the Centurion Lounge. I left reviews with pictures on LoungeBuddy app. At LGA the Terminal are not linked to transfer between Term B & C you must take a shuttle bus and go through security each time. I only did it because I had extra time and wanted to use my Clear access for first time. One thing to note is both Lounges only let you enter within 3 hrs of your flight.
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The other thing you didn’t mention is the often long lines to get into the Centurion Lounge. My wife and I was in Las Vegas in September and I could see the line at the Centurion Lounge as we came up the escalator. I immediately walked over to The Club LAS and got in w no trouble at all. As a long time Amex member (since 86) I live the Centurion Lounges but won’t stand in line if there is any other option.
Yeah, that’s one part I left out, primarily because this article was written a couple of months before it became a real problem, and also because both lounges have crowding issues. I think when the lounges get crowded to a point, it is much better to find an empty gate area, as other than the food, there is not that much of a difference.