Being unexpectedly stuck at Dallas Fort Worth Airport in the US was made all the better with access to the American Airlines Flagship Lounge. I was the guest of a friend who was travelling on the same flight. Thanks to my friend’s lounge access, I was able to enjoy all the spoils of the lounge for the many hours while we were waiting for our delayed (later cancelled) flight to San Antonio, Texas. With plenty of time to spare I selflessly drank champagne, tested all the amenities, took photos and notes so I could do a thorough review.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge review – Dallas Fort Worth, Texas
I felt like letting out a big “Yeeeha” in my best Texan drawl when my friend invited me to join her in the American Airlines Flagship Lounge. At that point I was just looking forward to the comfort of the lounge while we waited a short while for our connecting flight. As it turned out, with bad storms in Dallas we had continued delays and we stayed in the lounge until it closed and we were politely asked to leave. While we still found it a drag having so many hours waiting, it was made much more comfortable being in the lounge.
The American Airlines Flagship Lounge is extensive with several areas available for relaxing. Floor to ceiling windows offer uninterrupted views of the tarmac action that kept me entertained when flights resumed. A few long lensed plane spotters were lined up at the windows snapping action shots of the various aircraft taking off.
If I hadn’t been so busy chatting with my friends I might have reclined in one of the lounge chairs to catch up on sleep but I’ve never been one to turn down a good chinwag. I did however, book in for a shower.
I noticed all the bathrooms in the American Airlines Flagship Lounge are accessible which is awesome. They offer grab rails throughout, a shower bench and hand-held shower.
Toiletries are supplied and the bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer and towels.
The bathroom was spotless with an attendant cleaning the bathrooms between uses. I was pleased I had packed a change of clothes in my hand luggage and grateful to have access to a shower after a 15 hour flight from Australia.
For travellers who are more about working on the go rather than chatting, there’s plenty of work stations and facilities to keep you productive. Charging stations are located liberally around the lounge.
On arrival in the lounge we were presented with a glass of bubbly and it was good to have food to keep us fuelled for our long stay.
It’s a free for all at the bar with no bar tender to pour drinks. I’m sure generous serves are an indulgence of many a lounge dweller. I stuck to the free-flowing bubbly instead.
Several self-serve buffets offer a mix of hot and cold food. I enjoyed some pasta, vegetables, rice and a roll. There’s plenty on offer and a good variety to suit most tastes.
There’s also plenty of water, soft drinks, tea, coffee and sugar hit items to keep you going too.
When our flight was cancelled we had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast in the American Airlines Flagship Lounge the next morning. The breakfast options made my heart sing.
Made to order waffles with fruit, a bagel and bubbly with orange juice fuelled me for the flight.
If you don’t qualify for lounge access, my best tip is to always travel with a friend that does. My friend was travelling business class on our Qantas flight which entitled her to access for herself and one guest.
A single entry pass is available for USD150. That price tag is too steep for me but I did thoroughly enjoy all the treats the lounge offers.
Accessibility of the American Airlines Flagship Lounge Dallas Fort Worth Airport
Lift access is available to the American Airlines Flagship Lounge from the terminal.
Good circulation space is available throughout the lounge and the majority of facilities are at a good height for a wheelchair user.
Tile flooring links the main areas of the lounge making wheeling easy. Carpet is in the seating areas.
All shower suites are accessible with shower seat and height adjustable hand-held shower head.
Accessible toilets are located within the male and female toilets. There are no unisex stand-alone accessible toilets.
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