Review: Best Airline Lounges At Mexico City International Airport

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Mexico City International Airport, also known as Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), is located eight miles east of the city center. Below I outline the very best Priority Pass lounges at Mexico City airport and the best non-Priority Pass airline lounges too.

Airlines that service this airport including American Airlines, AeroMexico, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, AirTran, and US Airways. These airlines connect Mexico city to the major hubs in the United States, including Phoenix, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, JFK in New York City, and Miami.

Mexico City International Airport is Latin America’s second-busiest airport (after Sao Paolo, Brazil, and we have reviewed the best airport lounges in Sao Paulo too). Mexico airport has two terminals, 1 and 2, which are connected by AirTrain and buses.

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal in America and is split into areas 1, 2, and 3. Gates in this terminal run from 1 to 36, and there is both an International and a domestic area. If you are flying on the following airlines, you will be flying out of Terminal 1; Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air France, Alaska, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, China Southern, Cubana, Hainan, Iberia, Interjet, JetBlue, LATAM, Lufthansa, Southwest, United, VivaAerobus, Volaris, WestJet and Wingo. Terminal 1 is close to four hotels: Camino Real, Courtyard by Marriot, and Fiesta Inn by Fiesta Americana and Hilton. The Courtyard by Marriot is a great choice and features in our best Marriott hotels in Mexico City.

Terminal 2 has 2 halls: K and H. Hall K has gates from 52 to 62, and Hall M has gates from 62 to 75 (+ gate 75). You are likely to be using terminal 2 if you are flying Aeromar, Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Copa, or Delta. Terminal 2 is close to NH Hotel.

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Free Airport Lounge Access

If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can still access lounges in Mexico City airport for a fee or for free if you have a Priority Pass. Get an unlimited Priority Pass with the Amex Platinum card, or you can also access most Priority Pass lounges for free using the free American Express Gold with its two free Lounge Club passes. To get extra referral points and advice on these free-lounge-access cards and more, have a read of our best credit cards for luxury travel.

Mexico Terminal 1 is equipped with the following lounges:

1. American Admirals Club

American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport is definitely one of the best airline lounges in terminal 1. It is around the same level of quality as the Oneworld lounge listed in position 2 and is a better lounge than the Grand Lounge Elite, which is accessible with your Priority Pass.

This lounge is in the same place as the United Club Airline lounge. You go in one direction for the United lounge and the opposite direction for the American Admirals Club lounge.

The Admirals Club Mexico City is open every day throughout the day and can be accessed by club members, Oneworld First & Business class passengers, and Oneworld Sapphire & Emerald members. If you want to gain access with an Admirals Club membership, there are two credit cards that get you an Admirals Club membership (plus 10 authorized guests at no additional cost). We have reviewed the best credit cards for luxury travel which include cards that get Admirals Club access.

This lounge is utterly stylish with a peach marble floor, smart leather seating, and a bar at one end. There is plenty of space with lots of small, bespoke partitioned areas with seating, and there is lots of natural light in this lounge. Some of the windows look to the tarmac, but many look towards an inward foyer of the airport, so the views are fairly uninteresting and not an aviation geek’s dream.

There is an area with lots of computer workstations, and there’s also a business area where you can use printers, etc. The buffet area is very stylish, and the food is set out on black and white work surfaces.

The food on offer includes tortilla soup, chips, and guacamole, salads, olives, cookies, sandwiches, cut-up ciabatta with salad, cheese, ham, and meat fillings, including chorizo. There’s also potato salad, guacamole, quesadillas, and cakes for dessert. All the sandwiches and salads are really fresh and appealing. There are also hot dishes with chicken and rice.

If you’re a Oneworld elite member or traveling in First or Business Class, you can use either this lounge or the Oneworld lounge. There is little to choose between either lounge as they are both good.

2. Oneworld GIS Lounge

If you’re a Oneworld elite member or traveling in First or Business Class, you access this lounge or the American Airlines lounge outlined above. The American Airlines lounge and this lounge are the best in terminal 1. Both have great food and a different style, and both are very good. If you are flying First or Business on British Airways LATAM and Iberia, this Oneworld GIS Lounge is the lounge you’ll be given access to.

The American Airlines, United Club, and the Oneworld Business Class Lounge can all be accessed via the same lift system, the Oneworld lounge being one floor up from the American Airlines lounge and the United Club.

This lounge is stylish and looks nice (slightly Ikea in design, but in a sleek way), with lots of pines, although it lacks much natural light. Like the American lounge, it has views out over the internal concourse of the airport, so it is not ideal for aviation geeks.

Food and drink-wise, there are plenty of fridges with soft drinks and a long buffet area with sandwiches (cheese and ham mainly), veggies and a huge array of salad items, and hot pasta dishes. There’s also a panini presser, just in case you would like to warm your sandwiches up. Behind the buffet, there are plenty of spirits set up in little backlit shelves. There’s loads of choice plus wines.

While the food is pleasant in this lounge and it looks nice. The food is marginally better in the American Airlines lounge, which is why this comes below the AA lounge when reviewing the best lounges in this airport.

3. United Club

The United Club lounge at Mexico Airport is has a traditional (dated?!) style and once again has views over the internal airport foyer.

The buffet here is decent, and if you are there for breakfast, you can enjoy croissants, Chilaquiles, illy coffee, hot pancakes, and eggs, as well as free spirits, wines, and beers (which are more popular later in the day).

4. Grand Lounge Elite

The Grand Lounge at Mexico City airport is a brilliant Priority Pass lounge. It is located on the upper level and is open 24/7. Because this lounge is a Priority Pass lounge, American Express Platinum Card holders get unlimited free access, and it is a really nice lounge with decent food. In fact, this is a Priority Pass lounge to look forward to rather than dread.

This is an unusual-looking airport lounge with blue and red seating on a navy carpet. Some of the walls are covered with (fake?) greenery, and there are all sorts of plants growing out of pots. There are also sleep booths, and there’s a bar area with free soft and alcoholic drinks.

The buffet here is fine if a little uninspiring, with chips, dips, hot dogs, and sandwiches (what looked to be fresh tuna and mayonnaise and ham and cheese) along with cut fruit and bread. The good news is that there is also a table a la carte menu, which is also free, and all this free food is included with your Priority Pass. There are also hot dishes like fully loaded burritos, pasta, arrabbiata, and tacos with pork. Overall, this excellent selection of food along with the cans of soft drinks in the fridges makes the overall food and drink offering in this lounge very good, particularly for a Priority Pass lounge.

5. Avianca Lounge

The Avianca lounge is run by Global Lounge rather than the airline Avianca. This is one of three Priority Pass lounges in Mexico City Airport Terminal 1, the others being the Grand Lounge and Lounge 19. There are views to the tarmac from this lounge, but because it’s on the ground floor, the views aren’t very special at all.

This lounge is fairly foul looking, like a 1990’s office, but it has what you need in terms of TVs, newspapers, soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks. The food is some mangy sandwiches, bread and a bowl of salad and a bowl of fruit. Not great! This can also be a bustling lounge, and because it is basic, this is not one of the best lounges at the airport. If you have a Priority Pass, I would try the Grand Lounge instead.

6. Amex Centurion Club Mexico City

We usually love an American Express airport lounge. Check out our review of the fantastic American Express lounge at Hong Kong airport. This lounge is open to those with the Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. Cardmembers can take two other guests for free, and you can have a read of our best credit cards for luxury travel to work out which lounge is best for you.

In fact, this Amex Centurion Club Mexico City is not great. This lounge is not stylish and is basically just one large area that reminds me of an airport gate area. This lounge is usually busy with brightly colored seating. The lounge has a business area and a bar area with high stools around the bar (that were full during our visit). The toilet and shower area is nice, and there is a spa area where you can enjoy a 15-minute massage for free.

Strangely, there is NO buffet in this lounge and only an a la carte menu that you have to pay for, which is a major fail in my books. The whole point of an airport lounge, beyond offering you a peaceful place to sit, is to provide free food and drinks, or at least free snacks and drinks. The lack of a buffet makes this one of the worst lounges in the airport and a disappointment for Amex cardholders.

7. Lounge 19

This lounge is pretty awful and hardly worth the detour! It’s a small lounge with limited seating, average food, and plenty of alcohol. This 3rd party lounge can be accessed with your Priority Pass, but if you have a Priority Pass, you should instead head to the much better Grand Lounge Elite in terminal 1 as it’s the best Priority Pass lounge at Mexico Airport.

Mexico Airport Terminal 2 is equipped with the following lounges:

8. Aeromexico Lounge Terminal 2

Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport has two Aeromexico lounges in Terminal 2. Both are Priority Pass lounges. The larger is located on the upper level and is dark with minimal lighting making it feel like a bar rather than an airport lounge.

There’s a big round (free) bar with lots of spirits and a complimentary buffet to one side. The food is not overly appealing, but there are plenty of soft drinks, water, beer, wine, and liquor. Breakfast has bread, pastries, cereals, juices, cut fruit, and yogurts, but the food quality and variety aren’t great. There is also a lack of hot food. In the lunch buffet, there are lots of veggies with dips and bowls of nuts, pickled artichokes, and more to add to your salad items. There are a number of metal dishes with sandwiches, beans, and sandwich wraps in and a big bowl of nuts to accompany the cans of soft drinks and beers in the fridge.

This is one of the best food spreads of any airport lounge in Mexico City Terminal 2, but the toilets can smell bad in this lounge.

9. American Express Centurion Lounge Terminal 2

The American Express Centurion Lounge Terminal 2 at Mexico City International Airport can be found near the Aeromexico Salon Premier on the third level of the terminal.

This is not a great Centurion Lounge, and like the Centurion Lounge in Terminal 1, this lounge charges for food. American Express Platinum Cardholders can choose some very basic menu items for free but no complimentary dessert options.

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