Denver International Airport (DEN) is the fifth busiest in America. It is the main hub for Southwest Airlines. We review the best airport lounges if you are traveling with lounge access or have a Priority Pass. All three of Denver’s concourses are connected airside, so you can move about between them airside if you want to visit a lounge in a different concourse from that which you are departing from.
Once you arrive at Denver Airport, we have reviewed the best hotel executive club lounges in Denver. Wherever you decide to stay, in Denver or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels, including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, InterContinental, and more.
Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Free Airport Lounge Access
If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can access lounges at this 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.
1. American Airlines Admirals Club, Concourse A
American Airlines Admirals Club, Concourse A, is located to the north of the A-gate bridge. Access is granted to AAdvantage Platinum elites and above traveling internationally, along with Oneworld Sapphire and Emeralds who are connecting on a qualifying international or premium transcontinental Oneworld operated flight and Admirals Club members.
The American Airlines Admirals Club in Denver is co-branded with British Airways, both being Oneworld airlines. This Admirals Club is smart with lots of dark wood and dark grey/navy leather seats and stools with backs along a long bar. The lounge is mainly a long thin room with views of the airport through big glass windows on one side.
The breakfast here is limited to a continental selection with pastries, bread, jams, bagels, a coffee, and a juice machine. There is also a paid menu for alcoholic drinks from the bar and larger dishes.
2. Delta Sky Club, Concourse A
Delta Sky Club can be found on the fourth floor to the south of Concourse A. You can access any of the Delta Sky Club lounges if you are flying Delta in Business or First or have an American Express Platinum card and are flying on Delta the same day.
For complimentary Sky Club access, certain American Express Platinum and Centurion cards enable you to access Delta Sky Club lounges. Cardholders need to be traveling on a same-day flight operated by Delta or on a flight operated by WestJet, as long as it’s booked through Delta (tickets starting with the number 006). As a Platinum cardholder, you can bring two guests into AMEX Centurion lounges for free. As a Platinum cardholder, you can’t bring guests into Sky Club lounges. You have to pay an additional fee of $29 USD per guest at Sky Clubs.
This lounge is less stylish than the American Admirals Club reviewed above, but the breakfast is marginally better as there are hot eggs as well as toast, bagels, muffins, and spreads. There’s also hot oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, and veggies to pick at.
The decor feels quite dated in this lounge, and the big windows to one side overlook the internal airport, so the views are not very exciting from this lounge either, much like the lounge above.
3. United Club West, Concourse B
United Airlines has two airport lounges in Denver; both are on Concourse B Gates (one east, one west). The United Club services include comfortable lounges, travel assistance, complimentary Wi-Fi, drinks, breakfast pastries, and afternoon snacks. United Club West, Concourse B can be found near gate B32 at Denver airport. This lounge is dated, but the food is decent, and buffet format, and you can pay for alcoholic drinks.
Both the United East and West lounges are pretty much the same in terms of food, look, and refurbishment. There is little to choose between them.
4. United Club East, Concourse B
United Club East, Concourse B can be found near gate B44. The furnishings in this lounge also feel dated, but it has the major advantage of offering a great view of the planes and the tarmac, which beats most of the lounges at Denver airport. The food is decent and buffet format, and you can pay for alcoholic drinks.
5. American Express is set to open a Centurion Lounge, Concourse C
There are no lounges currently in Concourse C, but 2020 was set to be the first year of Denver’s American Express Centurion Lounge. It is unclear whether this lounge will now launch in 2020, but when it does, this lounge is expected to be the second-largest in the network (after JFK) at 14,650 square feet. Access will be available to those with a Centurion Card, The Platinum Card from American Express, or The Business Platinum Card from American Express.
6. USO Lounge, Concourse A
The USO airport lounge is located on the fourth floor, on the north end of the concourse. If you have a current active-duty, Guard, Reserve, or dependent ID card, you will get in. Military retiree ID cards are also accepted if space is available. This lounge offers free snacks and drinks, Wi-Fi, and a children’s play area.
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