DFW Airport Lounge Hopping
I, and many others, had a blast at the recent MtM Diamond meetup in Austin. Before going our separate ways, a pal and I transited Dallas/Fort Worth airport (DFW) and enjoyed our 2.5 hour layover. “Enjoying a layover” is a silly thought in most every domestic airport, but not DFW. This airport has a wealth of lounge options, and we visited three during our recent transit. Here’s how our DFW Airport lounge hopping experience unfolded, including a few observations and the cards we used for access.
Arriving at DFW
We arrived in DFW terminal A and used SkyLink to travel to terminal D, where our three selected lounges are located. Timing was a big consideration, given our ambitious plans to visit that many lounges in a short period. Between waiting for the train and the actual transit time, we arrived at the D terminal ten minutes later. Luckily, our first stop was not too far from the SkyLink stop.
American Airlines Admirals Club
Our first lounge was the Admirals Club close to gate D24. I had low expectations based on recent visits to Admirals clubs in CLT and AUS. Perhaps I should have set them slightly higher here, as American is headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth and one of their major hubs. Before entering, I figured we’d spend 20 minutes or so here, tops. I admired the excellent views and spacious feel of this Admirals Club. While I didn’t pick up a drink at the bar, it was plenty big for the healthy number of guests. With its layout, design, and lighting, the lounge put off the illusion of being much less crowded than it actually was.
Food offerings were solid here compared to my other Admirals Club experiences. I enjoyed customizing my own fresh tacos – pico de gallo was the highlight. Obtaining my own fountain beverage was a welcome feature – something seemingly impossible in Centurion lounges. We ended up staying just over 30 minutes, but I wish we could’ve lingered longer.
Card Used: Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard – Learn More
Capital One Lounge
The Capital One Lounge at DFW is located close to gate D22, a short stroll from the Admirals Club. We took a packed elevator ride upstairs. The Capital One and American Flagship Lounges are located across from each other. Notably, only my pal and I were headed to the Capital One Lounge – everyone else headed to the AA Flagship. After a quick check-in, my friend and I looked for seating. Unfortunately, half of the lounge was blasted by sunlight in the late afternoon. We settled for seats at a counter across from the bar then grabbed drinks and a few small dishes to enjoy.
The lounge still has a newish feel, and our solid hour or so inside flew by. Similar to the Admirals Club, I found myself not wanting to leave. However, I was curious how the last stop would turn out. (I’ll share more about my Capital One Lounge DFW experience in a future article.)
Card Used: Capital One Spark Travel Elite Mastercard
Amex Centurion Lounge
I enjoyed DFW’s original Centurion Lounge, but I haven’t been back since the subsequent renovation was completed a few years ago. This time, I was more curious than excited. Unfortunately, the high point of the visit was checking in without a line. That said, it took more than five minutes with the attendant, as she had to fuss with rebooting her iPad to check us in. Apparently, asking the colleague next to her to immediately check us in wasn’t an option.
The lounge was clearly slammed. People were everywhere. I find the long, skinny layout similar to an austere, overcrowded airport terminal. The buffet line was comical – the layout resembled an amusement park ride line. We found a small table (which hadn’t been cleaned yet) located next the the bathrooms and dropped our stuff. I explored a bit, narrowly avoiding rushing patrons along the too-thin walkway. No one looked happy to be in the lounge. I know we weren’t. A few minutes later, I returned to our table, grabbed my stuff, and we left.
Card Used: Amex Schwab Platinum
Capital One Lounge Encore!
My buddy’s flight was slightly before mine, and we bid each other farewell. I returned to the Capital One lounge for 20 minutes and enjoyed a bit of baklava. I also took the opportunity to grab a few to-go items, one of the lounge’s solid features.
DFW Airport Lounge Hopping – Conclusion
After my second Capital One Lounge stop, I headed to my gate not too far away. It was an exhilarating experience, especially with a buddy as into the points and travel hobby as I am. I’ll be through DFW a few more times (at least) next year, and I’ll use this recent experience to inform my future lounge decisions. And maybe I’ll try out a few more – I haven’t been to the Priority Pass offerings at DFW in several years. Have you lounge hopped at DFW? Which lounges are your favorites there?
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