I made another pilgrimage to a lounge so exclusive that it is not a lounge at all, it is a separate TERMINAL!
At the beginning of a recent weekend trip to Europe (trip report in the works), I had the chance to check out American Express’s new Centurion Lounge at DFW International Airport. Pictures to follow, but first, some build-up… Life as a frequent flyer based out of DFW I live in Dallas and my primary airport is DFW, the fortress hub of American Airlines. This is both a blessing and a curse. The pros include being a 3-3.5 hour flight from either coast, usually on a nonstop flight, and DFW is fairly easy to navigate. The cons, though, can be severe at times. American doesn’t really have to try that hard at DFW. Take DFW-LGA, for example. My daytime job as a financial software consultant has me in and out of New York fairly often, so I know the DFW-LGA market well. American, for a long time, had a monopoly on nonstop flights on this route, and would routinely charge $200-300 more than its competitors, because they knew they could and they knew I (or, rather, my clients) would end up paying it. Even when Delta recently started flying this route they couldn’t muster up more than a regional jet for it. So most people just end up paying the premium for American (although we grumble like heck). Similarly, American’s lounges at DFW aren’t to the flagship standard of some of their other lounges. There is not a Flagship First Class lounge at DFW airport. Even though they have four Admiral’s Clubs, very… read more