Airport lounges in Dallas Fort Worth International and how to get access

Will you visit the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, USA, for business or leisure anytime soon? While planning your trip to D-Town, you may want to find out what to do during your stay, especially if you are travelling by air. For instance, you could get into a passenger lounge after landing in DFW airport, and take a nap or have a shower before commuting to the city or catching a connecting flight. Whenever you go through Dallas-Fort Worth International, you will have a wide array of airport lounges available, which you might be granted access into by either purchasing a one-time pass -regardless of the category of your boarding ticket- or by being a member of frequent flyer programs or holding specific carrier or credit card loyalty memberships. Continue reading below to discover where to find Admirals Club, Centurion and American Flagship lounges, Minute Suites, Plaza Premium, United, Delta and other airline lounges inside DFW, as well as its opening times and the amenities they offer.

Terminals in Dallas Fort Worth International airport (Washington, United States)

DFW International airport has five terminals or concourses: A, B, C, D and E (which comprises the E satellite building). Passengers of American Airlines flights are often scheduled to depart from any concourse (but mostly from A, B and C). If you are flying with Aeromexico, Avianca, British Airways, Cayman, Emirates, Icelandair, Interjet, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Sun Country or Volaris, you will need to go to terminal D, while operations handled at the satellite E concourse include those by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit and United.

Lounges in Dallas Fort Worth airport and how to get access

Note that if you have a Priority Pass subscription, or take part in another frequent flyer loyalty program that grants admission into airport lounges, you may want to check whether it entitles you to access the lounges listed below without the need to meet the mentioned requirements.

American Admirals Club in DFW and the American Flagship lounge

There are American Admirals Club lounges after the security checkpoints of Dallas Fort Worth airport in every concourse (more precisely near Gates A24, B3, C20, D24, and E22 in the satellite building), and aside from the usual complimentary beverages, drinks and WiFi, some of them feature conference spaces and specific areas for kids. Their working hours range from 4:00 to 22:15 Monday through Sunday, and they can be accessed by Business and First Class flyers, passengers in possession of an Admirals Club membership and Citi, Mastercard, Air Pass and AAdvantage card holders.

The American Flagship lounge in DFW is found in level 1 of Concourse D (next to Gate D21) and stays open between 5:00 and 22:15 every day of the week offering personalized service, chef menu, premium wines and cocktails, extra comfortable seating and showers for guests.

The Centurion Lounge in Dallas Fort Worth International

The Centurion Lounge in DFW airport is located near Gate D12 and its opening hours go from 7:00 to 19:30 daily. Travellers holding an American Express Platinum, Business Platinum or Corporate card, as well as those who have a Centurion or a Delta SkyMiles Reserve card are granted admission into the lounge after showing their ID and valid same-day boarding card.

The Club Lounge at DFW

To enter the Dallas Fort Worth airport Club Lounge in the upper level of concourse D, near Gate D27, you can purchase a one-time pass in advance (but no later than 24 hours prior to arriving) through their website, or else pay at the reception desk if there is availability. The lounge is open from 4:30 to 22:30 all throughout the week and you can spend the 3 hours before your flight enjoying their services.

Delta Sky Club

The Delta Sky Club lounge in DFW is in terminal E close to boarding gate E10, and its opening times vary subject to scheduled flights. All Delta Sky Club members can access it, including those in the Delta One, SkyTeam Premium and SkyTeam Elite Plus programs, holders of Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express cards (Platinum, Gold and Centurion), Westjet Business class passengers and those in possession of a Delta SkyMiles Diners Club or Visa.

Minute Suites with day rooms and showers at Dallas Fort Worth airport

There are two Minute Suites locations on the airside at DFW: near gate A38 and close to gate D23 (terminals A and D). Among some of the perks of making a reservation with them we count that you can get a private suit to sleep during the day on a long layover or while in transit, that they are open 24 hours a day, that you can stay alone, with somebody else or with more people travelling with you thanks to the different capacities on offer, and that you will get nice amenities such as free WiFi, Netflix, minibar for a nominal fee, working space and shower facilities.

Plaza Premium Lounge in DFW

Conveniently situated just a 2-minute walk from the Skylink in concourse E, the Plaza Premium Lounge in Dallas Fort Worth airport is accessible between 6:00 and 20:00 daily, although its working hours may vary to adjust to flight operations. Offering its signature AeroBar, a kitchen serving vegetarian and vegan options, cosy seats, charging stations and business facilities, this lounge opens its doors to travellers who purchase a pass online or at the reception, and to loyalty membership cards and holders of credit cards with current agreements with this services provider.

United Club lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International

The United Club Lounge in DFW is found in terminal E near boarding gate E6, and stays open from 4:15 to 19:15 every day. In order to get into it, travellers must have an either paper or digital one-time pass, be a member of the United Club or have an elite frequent flyer status when catching a flight operated by a Staralliance partner airline.

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A quick guide to Dallas Fort Worth airport in Texas, USA

Are you planning a family holiday in Texas? Will you be taking a business trip to Dallas for the first time anytime soon? Providing you travel by air, your gateway into the state will be the second largest airport in the United States of America and headquarter of American Airlines: Dallas Fort Worth International (IATA code: DFW). Strategically situated halfway between the two cities that give it its name, the hub currently handles 176 domestic routes and 57 international ones from its five terminals.

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Terminals of Dallas Fort Worth International airport in the United States

If you have never flown out of Texas before, you might be wondering which terminal in Dallas airport you need to go to in order to catch your flight. See the classification below and check the building from which your plane will take off depending on the airline operating it.

Terminals A, B and C: American Airlines.

Terminal D: American Airlines, Aeromexico, Avianca, British Airways, Cayman, Emirates, Icelandair, Interjet, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Sun Country and Volaris.

Terminal E: American Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit and United.

Transit hotels in Dallas Fort Worth International airport

There are some major hospitality chains with member hotels in Dallas Fort Worth International or nearby, as is the case with the Hyatt Place hotel located in the Southgate Plaza area inside the facilities of the airport. Guests staying here will benefit from the proximity to the five terminals reachable either on foot or by shuttle van as well as to the car rental offices, and will enjoy an indoor pool, a sundeck terrace and an onsite restaurant serving meals and Starbucks coffee. Should you need to sleep in Dallas airport between flights or before an early morning departure, we recommend the Minute Suites located near boarding gate D23 after security; this establishment provides spaces to sleep for a few hours, relax, work or take a shower.

Travelling from one terminal to another in Dallas Fort Worth airport

Whether you have just landed in Dallas airport and need to go to a different terminal without leaving the transit area to catch your next flight or you need a transfer between terminals of Dallas Fort Worth while in the public zone because you are in the wrong building, the free light rail train known as Skylink as well as the shuttle vans specifically designated for such purpose provide regular and fast transfer services both after and before the security checkpoints.

In the boarding area, follow the signage guiding you towards the nearest Skylink stop; services run every two minutes 24 hours a day. In the non-restricted area, hop on the inter-terminal shuttle vans you will find outside baggage claim; all vans are wheelchair-accessible and operate from 5 am until midnight every day. Both services are complimentary and no pass or ticket is required for admission.

Going through security at Dallas Fort Worth airport

In order to ensure that clearing security will be a breeze even at peak-times, multiple TSA security checkpoints have been enabled in every terminal of the always busy DFW airport in the United States, not to mention the automated screening lanes present in terminals A, D, E, and that TSA PreCheck is applicable to passengers departing from terminals A, C and D. If you have been considering whether to apply for TSA PreCheck or not and you have already make up your mind, there is an enrolment centre in terminal D.

Cars, trains and buses from DFW airport in the USA

The majority of arriving passengers typically commute to Dallas, Fort Worth or other destinations in Texas and the US upon arrival in Dallas airport. Should you go for hiring a vehicle to this end, you will find the car rental offices at the south entrance of the complex. Buses connecting the airport with Dallas city centre (route 408) await passengers near the south parking, while Trinity Railway Express trains departing from the airport station provide links to both Dallas downtown and Fort Worth. Greyhound buses and Amtrak rail services at Dallas Union Station may help you reach your final destination.

Will your journey take you to a domestic destination within the United States like Seattle? If you travel for business, we advise you to consider staying in a hotel near Tacoma International airport.

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Hotels in Downtown Dallas, Texas

Whatever your reason to visit Dallas, finding and booking a hotel in the downtown area is highly recommended, and this applies particularly to those staying only for a few days who want to make the most of their trip by visiting its main landmarks. Some may travel for business, others as tourists, or perhaps including Texas as one of their stops along the way on a USA road trip, but all travellers share common goals while in the city: roam the Dallas Arts District and the West End Historic District, immerse themselves in the history of the state and the country at the President Kennedy Memorial, be delighted with the spectacular city views seen from the Continental Avenue Bridge, feel glamorous in Highland Park, take a stroll along the Hall Texas Sculpture Walk and attend a sports event or concert at the American Airlines Center. By finding a place to stay in this central area, you will ensure that all the aforementioned are within reach either on foot or by taking a short commute.

Plan for your trip to Texas in the United States

Provided that you arrive by air, transferring from Dallas Fort Worth International airport to the city centre will be easy thanks to the 408 shuttle buses connecting terminal buildings A, B and C with the airport railway station and Dallas downtown, as well as to the orange line of the Area Rapid Transit system, which runs its services from all terminals towards the city between 4 am and 1 am daily. Covering this distance by using public transportation costs as little as 2,5 US dollars one-way, even though arriving passengers may also opt for hiring a car or booking a shared van ride.

In order to help you decide where to stay during your trip to Texas, find below some of the best-located hotels in Downtown Dallas.

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The Aloft Hotel in Dallas, Texas

This 3-star hotel is conveniently located within short walking distance of the City Hall and the Convention Centre – known as the Kay Bailey Hutchison venue-, and only a 10-minute drive separates it from the American Airlines Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. There are restaurants and supermarkets in the surroundings, as well as a Starbucks Coffee roughly 1 kilometre away. The Aloft offers accessible and spacious guest rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TV with cable channels, a desk, a fridge, cosy beds and private bathroom. As far as occupancy is concerned, their category may be King or Queen with the possibility of having sofa beds to accommodate more guests at once. Among other perks of staying here we count their payment parking spaces, safes to store our valuables, the onsite gym, the pool and the restaurant/lounge. There are both continental and American breakfast options available every morning.

Cambria Hotel in Downtown Dallas

The Cambria is a 3-star hotel in Texas frequently chosen by corporate travelers for its accessible business facilities, the onsite gym and its excellent location close to the most important event venues in the city and some of the best regarded museums, historic places and landmarks. DFW airport is 26 kilometres away. The rooms of this hotel in Dallas have en suite bathroom with amenities, air conditioning, work desk and TV, and grant access to the restaurant inside the facilities which serves breakfast daily as well as American meals throughout the day. The ample units include one or two King-size beds, and the room service provides fruit, bottled water, wine or champagne upon request for a surcharge. Additionally, there is a minimarket inside the premises, and special diet and kids’ menus may be ordered.

Indigo hotel in Dallas, United States

Those looking for a place to stay in the centre will find an ideal home away from home in this smoke-free establishment featuring transfer services to the iconic John F. Kennedy Museum and other relevant attractions, a restaurant serving both breakfast and dinner, round-the-clock gym, free WiFi internet all throughout and fully-equipped rooms with a variety of amenities and appliances, all within walking distance of the Convention Centre and many shopping malls, venues and local businesses. The Indigo Hotel in Downtown Dallas provides standard, king or queen rooms and suites that may accommodate solo travellers, couples or families while helping them enhance their stay with extra services such as payment parking on site, express check-in and check-out, laundry, left-luggage and safes to deposit their most valuable belongings and the city with absolute peace of mind.

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