Review: New American Admirals Club DFW Terminal D

by Chris Dong

After more than a year-long renovation, American has finally re-opened its Terminal D Admiral Club at its hub in Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW). The membership-based club opened alongside the new American Flagship Lounge which we also reviewed prior to its grand opening on May 17, 2019.

I got to take peek inside the new Admirals Club, without the crowds. The design aesthetic is similar to other Admirals Clubs across the country (for better or worse). That means the same furniture, same cheap-looking flooring, and same overall decor. While food and beverage was yet to be set up yet when I took a look around the club, expect complimentary food and drink options to also be par for the course –meaning light bites of cheese cubes, chips and dip, crudités, and house drinks. And those tall snack towers of sadness.

Where Is DFW Admirals Club Terminal D Located? 

The American Admirals Club in Terminal D (where most of American’s international flights depart out of) is located after security, near gate D24. While the overall spaces are adjacent to each other, this entrance is different than that of the Flagship Lounge which is at Gate D21.

Hours of operation are from 5:00am to 10:15pm which should cover the vast majority of all of American’s flights.

The Admirals Club Terminal D Shrinks

At 10,430 square feet, the renovated Admirals Club Terminal D is a lot smaller than the club in its former iteration. Prior to the renovations, the Admirals Club (including International First Class Dining) was 21,000 square feet so this new Admirals Club is about half the size of what it used to be.

Additionally, the Admirals Club loses one shower room (down to four instead of five previously). However, the Flagship Lounge gets eight showers though so it’s a net gain of seven.

In total, the lounge footprint for Flagship + Admirals is 35,000 square feet, which is much, much larger than before.

Square Footage

Seats

Flagship Lounge

23,130

350

Flagship First Dining

1,440

54

Admirals Club

10,430

206

TOTAL

35,000

610

Photo Tour of the New Admirals Club Terminal D 

This new Admirals Club is now mostly one large room divided up into smaller sections. There’s the main bar and snacks area, one enormous general seating area, a side wing with some chaise recliners, a small kids room (not pictured), and bathrooms and showers. Let’s get straight to the photos.

Entry foyer as you step off of the elevators (facing the Flagship Lounge):

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Hallway leading into the Admirals Club:

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Main bar area with some tables and high top seating:

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Main general seating area in one large room (power outlets aplenty): 

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Seating next to the floor-to-ceiling windows (with amazing tarmac views):

A rather-exposed business center that’s in the main lounge area:

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Side wing with some lounge recliner seating (still quite exposed):

A look at the entire lounge space at the far end of the dining area:

One of the  four Admirals Club shower suites: 

Paid drink menu:

Paid breakfast menu:

Paid lunch / dinner menu: 

The Upshot

The renovations for the Admirals Club Terminal D at DFW brings the club in line with offerings elsewhere in American’s Admirals Club network. That means creating a cohesive brand identity, but also giving the Flagship Lounge the top billing it deserves. Without a doubt the Admirals Club is smaller but with the Flagship next door for international premium passengers and elites, overcrowding shouldn’t be a huge issue.

If the Admiral Club in Terminal D doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always access (the likely soon to be less crowded) American Express Centurion Lounge. That comes with a host of amenities like an expansive buffet dining (with real food) and spa services. You can access the network of Centurion Lounges via the Platinum Card from American Express or the Business Platinum Card from American Express.

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Michael May 30, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Why did you say “the likely soon to be less crowded American Express Centurion Lounge” . Curious why you think the CL will soon be less crowded??

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Chris Dong June 3, 2019 - 10:54 pm

My hunch is that some people were using the AMEX lounge because the temporary “premium lounge” that American had in Terminal D was subpar. Now with Flagship and Admirals open, I suspect those folks will start using American’s offerings now.

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