I have to admit, I don’t fly American Airlines as much as I’d like to. Even when I fly on American Airlines, sometimes it’s using another programs points or miles. For example, I flew American Airlines on a recent flight after booking a cheap one-way award ticket for only 7,500 points.
In the past, I wasn’t even able to get into the American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge when flying American Airlines. But this trip was different. I was granted access to the AA Admirals Club in Dallas thanks to the 100,000 Platinum American Express offer I signed up for earlier this year.
Dallas A Terminal Admirals Club Lounge
Once through security, I found the entrance to the lounge near gate 24 in Terminal A. I handed over my boarding pass and Platinum American Express card. After a few clicks by the agent, I was waived through to the elevators which took me up to the lounge where I found some unexpected surprises.
I know Texas likes to do things big, this lounge is huge. It has plenty of seating with great views.
Once inside, I turned left and was hit with surprise #1, a smoking lounge. I know I don’t fly American Airlines enough when this is a surprise. I’ve seen lounges in airports before, but this is only the second time I’ve seen a smoking lounge in a lounge. The first time was in the Senator Lounge in Frankfurt when I flew Lufthansa First Class to Spain. The smoking lounge didn’t bother me at all because the doors were sealed tight which traps the smoke smell inside the smoking lounge.
Moving past the smoking lounge and towards the destination, I found a cool computer station with HP computers. The station has four HP computers. I saw one person walk right up and start browsing on a computer. I think this is more useful to have than a Beats Noise Canceling Headset Room within a lounge.
The next surprise I stumbled on was a workout room. This is a first for me. I’ve never seen this before and I actually think it’s pretty useful, especially since it’s right next to the shower rooms.
The next pleasant surprise was the children’s lounge. During Baby Weekly Flyer’s first long flight, we visited a lounge in Atlanta and didn’t see any space designated for Children. It is nice to see a dedicated space for children.
At one end of the lounge, I felt like I had been transported to Initech. This probably makes some business travelers homesick. But seriously, a full cube with a bit of privacy is a welcome amenity for a business traveler.
The snack selection included mix, crackers, apples and a few miscellaneous snacks. I continued past to the main attraction in the club lounge.
The Admirals Club offers complimentary beer, wine and spirits. But they also offer a premium menu.
Instead of Delta’s Non-stop drink, they serve the American Layover. I found this slightly amusing because I always prefer a non-stop over a layover 🙂
My eyes immediately honed in on the spirits. While they don’t serve Woodford Reserve, they have a good selection of Scotch and Bourbon. Although $12 for a glass of Makers Mark is a bit on the pricey side.
I went with the Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks which rang up to $10 plus tip, no tax.
The final surprise I found in the Admirals lounge is that every bar table has a land line phone. At first it made me think of two things, (1) instead of the phone, a trivia game might be cool in the bar areas to help people relax and interact. And this brings me to my next thought (2) maybe they are there as part of some scheme to connect passengers to each other. Are the phones meant for some sort of dating game where people can call up the next table and chat people up? Either way, the phones just seemed out of place and a waste of space. Have you ever used one of these while in an Admirals Club Lounge?
The Admirals Club Lounge in Dallas is huge. It has plenty of seating, a smoking lounge, children’s lounge (far from the smoking lounge), a workout room, showers, plenty of seating, and a bar with with a good selection of beverages and food.
After returning a few pages using the land line table phone, I headed to the gate to grab my middle seat in coach for my 2.5 hour flight westbound, all for only 7,500 Avios points and $2.50 in taxes and fees.