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Confession: I’m not a huge user of airport lounges. I try to book nonstop flights whenever possible, so I don’t have a need for a lounge during a connection. Also, my family normally doesn’t have too much time to spare before boarding our flights at DFW, so we’re not in the habit of utilizing lounges before takeoff.
However, on a recent weekend trip, I made time to check out 7 airport lounges that I can access through my Capital One Venture X card. My first stop was the new Capital One Lounge at DFW.
Getting to the Capital One Lounge at DFW
Although my flight was leaving out of Terminal E, it was very easy to get to the Capital One Lounge in Terminal D. My daughter and I hopped on the Skyline automated people mover after we were inside security. We only had to ride it for 2 stops to get to Terminal D.
Checking In and First Impressions
Upon arrival around noon on Saturday, there was a short line at the check-in desk. But, it moved quickly. I simply had to show my Capital One Venture X card and boarding pass. Each card holder and authorized user are allowed to bring in two guests for free. Note: Capital One Venture Rewards and Capital One Spark Miles for Business card holders will receive two passes a year.
The attendant was very friendly, and asked if I had been there before. When I said no, she gave me a brief overview of the lounge and explained that lunch was currently available.
My daughter and I gravitated to the chairs by the giant windows. What a great view!
My first impressions: This lounge is large, it’s modern, and there are tons of charging outlets available!
Spaces Within the Lounge
One thing I loved about this lounge is that it has so many different types of seating available. There were comfy chairs, counters, large tables, small tables…
The lounge has an exercise room with Peleton bikes and a view:
The lounge also has two prayer rooms, two relaxation rooms and a nursing room. I really wanted to try out the nap pod in a relaxation room, but unfortunately both rooms were already occupied.
The bathrooms are four separate small individual rooms that are large and well-equipped. These are great for families with small children.
Food and Drinks in the Capital One Lounge
Food offerings were spread out over four walls, so there were no lines or crowds. The front wall of good is a grab and go section. It is stocked with juices, sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, etc.
The nearby snack machines also have bags to fill up and take with you.
The hot items at the lunch buffet were all individually plated and were easy to stack on a tray. I tried a gourmet mac and cheese as well as hummus with pita bread.
One wall had a selection of breads available through a more traditional buffet service:
And the desserts were a hit with both me and my daughter:
For drinks, there are sodas on tap as well as beer and coffee on tap.
There is also a full bar:
What could possibly be missing from this lounge? Not much, actually. However, I thought of a few things:
- Family space–there are no separate family/child areas where kids can freely make noise and run around. This isn’t really an issue for me since my kids are older, but if they were younger it would be nice to have a separate space.
- Kid-friendly food–the food is delicious, but it’s all a little gourmet for some kids’ taste buds. I would like to see some kid-friendlier snacks, especially in the to-go section.
- To-go water–I would love to have regular bottles of water added to the grab and go section.
The Capital One Lounge at DFW is a great space and a nice benefit of the Capital One Venture X card. It’s easy to get to the lounge, and the lounge is quite comfortable with great amenities. There is really no comparison to the Priority Pass lounges offered in the rest of the airport. I predict my family will enjoy this lounge on many of our future trips out of DFW.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.