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Another Reason To Love DFW Airport?

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Last year I spent a lot of time in DFW while going for top status on American Airlines, and it’s one of my favorite domestic airports. Not only do they have some of the best domestic American Airlines lounges I’ve visited, they also have an American Express Centurion Lounge!

DFW Centurion Lounge Sign

The food options are better than usual, Dickey’s BBQ is fantastic for airport BBQ and not bad for BBQ in general (although if you can go offsite to visit nearby places you should!), and apparently they’re even getting a Bahn Mi restaurant.

Dickey's BBQ sweet tea

When my trip to Alaska turned into a day in Dallas with a stopover in Alaska, I actually enjoyed my stay at the very affordable Hyatt Regency DFW (great diamond amenity below). I’ve heard the Grand Hyatt is even better!

Hyatt Regency DFW Dallas Airport Diamond Amenity

Now it sounds like there might be one more reason to get excited about a layover there? They’ve just opened a new light rail link to downtown Dallas, which means I won’t have to rent a car or hope Tiff is free at the last minute if I want to leave the airport for a few hours!

I’ve never ridden any public transportation in Texas, so not sure if this will actually be convenient — DC’s Metro is, Atlanta’s MARTA, not so much — but it sounds promising. The fact it only goes to Terminal A means folks will have to take shuttle buses to other terminals to check in, so that’s still a bit of a hassle, but at $2.50 a ride I’m willing to try!

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5 Comments

  1. Brian

    August 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    A couple of things.

    DART rail is a nice system but DFW is a long way to downtown Dallas (50-60 minutes). If you want to ride the Orange line all the way to the end (Parker Road, in Plano), it’s 90 minutes.

    On your shuttle bus comment. If you are flying American Airlines, you can check in at A even if you are flying out of B, C, or D. Then take the Skytrain past security to your terminal. It’s better than the buses. I’m not sure if you can do that on an International flight, however.

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  3. JustSaying

    August 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    If you are committed to green transportation this is a great opportunity…….don’t see the dramatic change in time from a rental car counter and directions and driving on new streets to sitting in a relaxed chill shuttle. It’s not the top of the line metro but it will do and it certainly beats paying for a taxi or uber from the airport to downtown Dallas or Fort Worth.

  4. Joe

    August 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Native Dallasite here and currently live here. I think the DART to DFW is important to show the progress, but it’s still a long way, and much longer to places other than downtown. Not that convenient for most folks who actually live here, I fear. There have also been some high profile crime cases on DART recently.

  5. Jack

    August 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah, it would be about a 90 minute train ride for me. It stops a lot all along the way, like every five minutes. Its like a local bus. According to the schedule on the Dart website it would be about 90 minutes for me to go from home to the airport vs. 40 minutes if I took a SuperShuttle van, less if I drive myself. The train does cost a lot less with the train being only $2.50 vs $32 for Suppershuttle. So unless you really want to economize on your trip or you are a fan of light rail I think most would prefer to drive.

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