January 20, 2018

Admirals Club DFW Review

Admirals Club DFW entrance

I visited the Admirals Club in Dallas in mid December.  The Dallas Fort Worth airport represents a hub airport for American Airlines.  As a result, American Airlines operates 4 lounges in the Dallas airport in terminals A, B, C, and D.

My arrival into the airport was through terminal D.  I previously visited the Club at DFW which also occupies space in terminal D.  On this trip, I stopped in the terminal D Admirals Club.

Details

  • Location: Dallas Fort Worth airport, terminal D near gate 20
  • Hours: 5am to 10:15pm
  • Access: Admirals Club Day Pass, various credit cards including Citi Prestige and Citi American Airlines Executive
  • How I Accessed: Citi Prestige credit card
Admirals Club DFW skylink
The entrance to the Admirals Club next to the skylink tram.

Entrance

The entrance to the club is well marked.  It’s also conveniently located by the entrance to the skylink airport tram.  The tram offers quick access to all the major terminals of the airport.

Admirals Club DFW elevator
Elevator up to the Admirals Club in terminal D.
Admirals Club DFW elevator
The Admirals Club was located on the 5th floor which offered a great view onto the runway.

First Class International Dining Room

The terminal D Admirals Club doubles as the international first class lounge for American.  First class international customers have access to a separate dining facility located in the center of the lounge.  Although I was flying American Airlines First Class, it was only on domestic, not international, so I wasn’t able to go inside.

Admirals Club DFW international first class dining room
The international first class dining room was restricted to international first class flyers.

Unfortunately, the first class dining facility included an employee stationed by the entrance that checks boarding passes.  I watched as one person tried the “Oh gee, I must have went through the wrong door,” excuse and was promptly denied access by the lounge employee.

Some of the notable amenities inside the lounge included:

  • Showers (required a key from the front desk).
  • Office and work space with copiers and printers.
  • Full sized bar with free soft drinks and house drinks as well as an optional food and premium drink menu for an additional charge.
  • A separate cell phone free section of the lounge.
Admirals Club DFW shower sign
Signs to the business center and showers inside the club.
Admirals Club DFW showers
One of the private showers available inside the club.
Admirals Club DFW bar
Main bar inside the club.
Admirals Club DFW bar seating
Seating directly behind the bar.
Admirals Club DFW corner bar area
Seating by the corner of the bar area.
Admirals Club DFW computers
One of the free computers available inside the lounge.
Admirals Club DFW office space
Available office space at the back of the lounge.
Admirals Club DFW office space printers
Copiers and printers available in the office space section.
Admirals Club DFW newspapers
Free newspapers and magazines inside the Admirals Club.

Cell Phone Free Area

Plenty of natural light filled the lounge from the large, clear glass windows facing the runway.  The lounge shape resembled a large rectangle with a small triangle shape at the top corner in the cell phone free section.

Admirals Club DFW cell phone free sign
Sign for the cell phone free section of the lounge.
Admirals Club DFW cell phone free area
Windows facing the cell phone free area.
Admirals Club DFW cell phone free section TV
TV inside the cell phone free seating area.
Admirals Club DFW cell phone free seating area
Seating area with pictures on the wall inside the cell phone free section of the club.

Main Seating Area

The lounge was relatively crowded when I visited.  Despite the crowd, it was still easy to find plenty of seating inside.

Admirals Club DFW seating
General seating area.
Admirals Club DFW seating
Seating near the large windows inside the club.
Admirals Club DFW runway view
Direct view onto the runway at the airport.
Admirals Club DFW runway plane
Closeup of the American Airlines plane near the gate.
Admirals Club DFW seating
Main seating section.
Admirals Club DFW
Light snacks available inside the club.
Admirals Club DFW large windows
Large windows inside the club with a great view outside.
Admirals Club DFW seating
Seating near the window.

Pros

  • Large lounge with plenty of seating.
  • One of the few American Airlines lounges I visited with a shower.  The other lounge was the Miami Admirals Club in terminal C.
  • Centrally located by the skylink airport tram for easy access to other terminals.

Cons

  • The first class dining area really was restricted to international first class customers.
  • Crowded lounge, but large enough to easily find seating even with the crowd.

Final Thoughts

The DFW Admirals Club represents a high quality Admirals Club with a nice range of premium amenities.  This Admirals Club was among the larger sized clubs I’ve visited.  It was also one of the few Admirals Clubs I’ve visited with showers.

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Travel enthusiast that spent years flying in the back of planes and staying at cheaper hotels in order to save a little money. After learning how to leverage airline and hotel loyalty programs, I've developed an interest in luxury travel and write about my experiences with it.

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