The American Airlines Admirals Club in Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal D is worth a stop for the guacamole alone…but otherwise just another crowded domestic AA lounge.
American Airlines Admirals Club DFW Terminal D Review
My flight was about a week before the nearby Flagship Lounge reopened, which was regrettable, but with a feast awaiting me onboard, it probably was best I was not tempted by a nice spread of lounge food.
Access + Hours + Location
The lounge is located in Terminal D of DFW Airport, near gate D24 (post-security). It is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:15 pm.
Access is reserved for:
- Admirals Club members
- Qualifying first and business class passengers, including those traveling same-day on American or another oneworld member to:
- Central America
- Middle East
- New Zealand
- South America
- “Flagship” first class customers traveling to Hawaii:
- Honolulu (HNL)
- Kona (KOA)
- Maui (OGG)
- AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Platinum members traveling internationally in any cabin of service
- oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members from other oneworld carriers (on any oneworld itinerary in any cabin of service)
- Admirals Club day pass holders
- Citi / AAdvantage Executive Card authorized users
- Active-duty military traveling in uniform with military ID
International first class and oneworld elite customers are allowed one guest (a child over two counts as a guest). Admirals Club members or members of the military may bring in their “immediate family” (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18) or two guests.
Upstairs, I found a large and airy lounge, but it was quite crowded (though not quite as bad as the nearby AMEX Centurion Lounge). I had no trouble finding a seat, but most seats were occupied.
The good news is that when you find a seat, you are likely to find a plug nearby. Furthermore, the internet worked well.
In one corner of the lounge, I even found some unused easy chairs that looked comfortable enough to nap in.
Food + Drink
Unlike Delta SkyClubs and United Clubs, American Airlines offers a complimentary selection of food and drink items, but also sells food. The menu was posted in the buffet area:
There was also a vending machine offering food and drink to go:
I certainly understand the appeal of offering food, especially when American Airlines has not restored its full buy-onboard service offerings that were available before the pandemic. At the same time, it really screams “cheap” to offer food via a vending machine in a membership lounge.
There was actually plenty of free food available, including a lovely guacamole station, build-your-own BBQ sliders, soups, salads, raw vegetables with hummus or ranch dip, cheese cubes, cookies, brownies, whole fruit (apples and oranges), and candy.
I can (dangerously) eat chips and guacamole all day and appreciated this aspect of the lounge most of all.
Non-alcoholic beverages included coffee from La Colombe, tea, and a Coke Freestyle machine.
The bar area includes beer, wine, and a limited selection of liquor for free, plus other drinks for purchase.
Restrooms + Showers
Shower facilities and large restrooms were available. There was a wait for the showers, so I have not included any pictures of the shower suites.
The guacamole made this lounge stop worthwhile and even though the lounge was crowded, I had no trouble finding a seat. While I’ll go straight to the nearby Capital One lounge next time, I was happy to check this one out and appreciate that there is more to eat than just sandwiches from a vending machine…