McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the main airport for public and military use in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is about 8 km south of Downtown Las Vegas. We review the best airport lounge if you are flying in First or Business Class or if you have a Priority Pass or relevant credit card.
Las Vegas is one of the top convention destinations in the U.S., being famous for its casinos and its neon strip. 50 million passengers pass through this airport each year.
Las Vegas Airport airport lounges are either located at D Gates or E Gates. Airlines that leave from Las Vegas include:
- Allegiant Air (A gates)
- Southwest (B and C gates)
- Spirit (C gates)
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Contour Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Sun Country Airlines
- Thomas Cook Airlines
- United Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- British Airways
- Copa Airlines
- El Al Israel Airlines
- Hainan Airlines
- Korean Air
- Virgin Atlantic
- Viva Aerobus
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Free Airport Lounge Access
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1. American Express Centurion Lounge, D Gates
I love an American Express Centurion Lounge. Just flash your American Express Platinum card or Centurion card and your same-day ticket, and you will be welcomed inside, whatever class you are traveling. Each card will allow you to bring in up to 2 guests for free.
This American Express Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 1 in the Concourse near gate D1. This area is usually served by Air Canada, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.
The Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas is superb, with the usual wall of vegetation at the entrance. Inside, the lounge feels like a luxury hotel with artwork on the walls, a mix of dark wood and carpeted flooring, and lots of stylish seating. This Centurion Lounge also offers incredible views of the planes and runway through floor-to-ceiling windows.
In addition, there is complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, large, flat-screen televisions, a family room, magazines and newspapers, semi-private workspaces, and a conference room (reservable). There is also a shower suite with a bathroom which you can reserve, plus printing and copying services.
The full buffet is particularly good. Kim Canteenwalla, a James Beard Award-nominated chef sources all ingredients locally when possible. The food is exceptional when compared to other airport lounges.
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Honey Salt Frittata
- Monkey Bread
- Corned Beef Hash
- Banana Pancakes
Beyond breakfast you will be able to choose from something like Lunch and Dinner:
- Lemon Chicken Salad
- Elizabeth’s Caesar Salad
- Grain Power Salad
- Turkey Meatballs
- Vegetable Curry
- Honey Salt Mac & Cheese
- Brookie (brownie and chocolate chip cookie combo)
The menu rotates, so the offerings may differ slightly from the list above when you use this fabulous lounge. You can also enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or an alcoholic drink of your choice for free, or select from a vast range of soft drinks in this lounge too.
2. The Club at Las Vegas Airport, D Gates
The Club at LAS has two locations at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The best Club at Las Vegas Airport is located in Terminal 1, Concourse D. Airlines in this concourse include Delta, American, United, Hawaiian, Air Canada, Frontier, and Sun Country, making it easily accessible if flying on any of those. It’s open daily from 6:00 – 2:00 am. This lounge is part of The Club network of lounges and is available to Diners Club cardholders, Priority Pass members, and passengers on Hawaiian Airlines. This lounge also offers day passes for $35 USD.
The Club at Las Vegas Airport is not great compared to the fabulous American Express Centurion Lounge reviewed above. The food used to be very poor in this lounge. There were snacks, but more the kind of snack offered with a drink and would not be classed as any meal type. Snacks included packaged cookies (including Oreos), pretzels in jars, apples, bananas, oranges, crisps, popcorn, packaged crackers, hummus, and trail mix.
The food has improved more recently, and the buffet now includes egg salad and chicken salad sandwiches. The bar has decent, free red, white, and rosé options as well as three beers from Nevada’s Great Basin Brewing and spirits.
The Club also has floor-to-ceiling windows with views out to the planes, but this view is not sweeping. It is blocked by walkways to the planes.
3. The Club at Las Vegas Airport, E Gates
The Club at LAS has two locations at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The Club at LAS Terminal 3 is on the far east side of the terminal, near Gate E2. There is a bar area within the lounge with bar seating and bar staff, and separately, there are lots of armchairs and a frosted window.
The food is fairly decent for a contract non-airline lounge with snacks, soups, a decent salad bar, instant noodles, and coffees. You can also pick up various soft drinks and order complimentary wine, spirits, or beer at the bar.
4. United Club, D Gates
The only actual airline-specific lounge at Las Vegas Airport (LAS) that is not a contract or a third-party lounge is the United Club.
This is a nice enough United lounge with lots of space and big windows offering lots of natural light and excellent views of the runway and Strip. Usually, it is quite empty with plenty of space, but it can get crowded towards the end of larger conventions.
There’s a hot and cold breakfast buffet and then finger food and soup later in the day. A very similar spread to “The Club.” Complimentary house wine and beer are also available, or you can upgrade to paid-for premium brand drinks. Also, there’s a printer and fax machine along with lots of power outlets.
While the food and drink are nothing special in this lounge, the staff are consistently rated as exceptional, and they make this otherwise average United Club lounge a little bit special.
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