Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) was the connecting point for our 4,000 mile (6,400 km) journey from Anchorage, AK to Charlotte, North Carolina. There was a three hour layover at DFW. We passed most of that time in the American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal A.
Other posts from our Alaska trip in May 2021.
Access to Admirals Clubs comes in a variety of forms. Frequent American flyers usually purchase a membership. The price varies depending on status in the American AAdvantage program. Individual memberships ranges from $550 – $650 for an initial annual membership. Renewals are slightly cheaper. Our access was curtesy of my American Airlines MasterCard that has a $450 annual fee. International business or first class passengers and elites in the oneworld alliance also have access. In addition, anyone flying on American or a oneworld partner can purchase a day pass for $59 if space permits.
The Terminal A club is located across from Gate A24, which happened to be the departure gate for the flight to Charlotte. Check in is on the concourse level. The club is one level up.
Tip: In the event of travel disruptions these reps are invaluable. They can rebook flights and there is no waiting in a phone queue that can be longer than an hour during system disruptions like major storms. In those situations, buying a day pass can be a bargain for travelers without elite status as they can get immediate, face-to-face service and wait out delays in comfort.
Admirals Clubs provide a pleasant break from the noise and commotion of the concourse and airport restaurants. Soothing décor, cozy seating, hot and cold snacks, free wifi, free house beer, wine and liquor, runway views, and plentiful electrical outlets are the attributes of Admirals Clubs I like the most. These clubs also have showers but they are closed due to Covid.
The Terminal A club is large lounge with several seating areas.
The food service area offers non-alcoholic beverages and snacks that vary with the time of day.
Breakfast choices include whole and sliced fruit, pastries, yogurt, oatmeal, cold cereal, hard-boiled eggs and bagels.
House and premium drinks for a fee are available in the bar.
Admirals Clubs also have business centers and work areas. This club has two conference rooms that can be rented by the hour.
Carry on luggage can be stored in lockers.
Flight monitors are always important to keep up with the status of flights. Our flight to Charlotte, Flight 790 is showing a 33-minute delay. The delay would actually be much longer. That will be another post.
American’s business class lounges, Flagship Lounges, have much better food and free premium drinks. They have been closed since Covid but are scheduled to begin reopening next month. Things are looking up but that can all change depending on the course of the pandemic.
When Covid struck many airport lounges closed or offered only very limited services. It was nice to see that the services and amenities in this stylish Admirals Club had almost completely returned to pre-Covid standards. Admirals Clubs are very basic for airline lounges in terms of the type of free food and beverages available. However, this lounge was a nice respite from the hassles of the terminal during the three-hour layover that was extended by a flight delay.