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Capital One Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport [Review]

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Capital One made its airport lounge space debut in 2021, along with the launch of the premium Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card. The first Capital One Lounge location is at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and doesn’t disappoint.

By many standards, it could be considered one of the nicest airport lounges in the U.S., so let’s take a peek inside and see what this exclusive new lounge has to offer.

Location

This lounge is located in Terminal D, right next to gate D22. If you’re unfamiliar with Dallas-Fort World International Airport (DFW), the D gates are usually used for widebody or international flights because the customs area is located in this terminal. You’ll mostly find American Airlines flights here, as well as major international airlines such as Qantas, British Airways, Qatar, Lufthansa, and more.

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All terminals at DFW are accessible airside, so if you’re flying into another terminal, you can either walk or take the overhead SkyTrain to Terminal D, and then walk to gate 22.

Capital One Lounge DFW Entrance
The Capital One Lounge DFW is located in Terminal D.

This lounge shares its entrance with the American Airlines Flagship Lounge, American’s premium lounge for international business class customers and elite members flying on an eligible itinerary. You’ll see a shared entrance and lobby area on the terminal floor, and take an elevator upstairs, where you’ll head left for the Capital One Lounge and right for the American Airlines Flagship Lounge.

Hot Tip: Check out our full list of airport lounges at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for details on each lounge’s location, hours, and entry requirements.

AA Flagship Lounge and Capital One Lounge DFW Signage
American Airlines has its Flagship Lounge just down the hall from the Capital One Lounge.

Interestingly, there is a small lobby area at the foot of the elevator before you take it up into the lounge area. There are a few couches here, and it’s a very quiet area separated from the terminal itself. It isn’t a separate lounge, and there is no one checking to prevent anyone from sitting here. Should you be on a very short connection or want to access a quiet space without lounge eligibility, I see no reason why you couldn’t utilize this space.

Capital One Lounge DFW Lounge Entrance Seating
Just prior to entering the lounge space is a mini-lounge on the ground floor with a few couches and chairs.

Hours of Operation

The lounge is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Guest and Check-in Requirements

To access the Capital One Lounge, you’ll need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a cardholder of the new Capital One Venture X card, which allows unlimited visits for the cardholder and 2 guests. Additional guests are $45 per visit.
  • Be an authorized user of the new Capital One Venture X card, which also gets unlimited access.
  • If you do not hold one of these eligible Capital One cards, you can pay a general public admission fee of $65 per person. This is fairly steep and not necessarily worth the per-visit usage of the lounge, so you’ll want to ensure the cost makes sense for you before purchasing.

If you’re a Capital One Venture X cardholder, the 2 guests allowed in with you do not have to be immediate family. They can be anyone you choose, and there is no spending requirement to be able to let in guests.

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The Capital One Venture X card is an excellent option for travelers looking for an all-in-one premium credit card.

The Capital One Venture X card is an excellent option for travelers looking for an all-in-one premium credit card.
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
75,000 miles
$1,350
$395
19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)
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Excellent (740-840)

The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is the premium Capital One travel rewards card on the block.

Points and miles fans will be surprised to see that the Capital One Venture X card packs quite the punch when it comes to bookings made through Capital One, all while offering the lowest annual fee among premium credit cards.

Depending on your travel goals and preferences, the Capital One Venture X card could very well end up being your go-to card in your wallet.

 

Pros
  • 10x miles per $1 on hotels and rental cars purchased through Capital One Travel
  • 5x miles per $1 on flights purchased through Capital One Travel
  • 2x miles per $1 on all other purchases
Cons
  • $395 annual fee (rates & fees)
  • Does not offer bonus categories for flights or hotel purchases made directly with the airline or hotel group, the preferred booking method for those looking to earn elite status
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive a $300 annual credit for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Elevate every hotel stay from the Premier or Lifestyle Collections with a suite of cardholder benefits, like an experience credit, room upgrades, and more
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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Very similar to the nearby Amex Centurion Lounge, there are several further rules for admission:

  • You can only utilize the lounge within 3 hours of your departure and must hold a confirmed boarding pass for a flight. Unlike the Centurion Lounge which allows unlimited usage in between connecting flights, you’re still held to the 3-hour rule even if you have a longer connection in Dallas.
  • You cannot utilize the lounge on arrival, only departure.
  • Children under 2 can enter for free with a supervising parent or guardian.

After stepping off the elevator and turning left into the lounge space, a small front desk awaits where Capital One staff will check you in. It’s a very painless process.

Capital One Lounge DFW Check In
You’ll check in with the representative to verify your credentials as you enter the lounge.

You’ll be asked to present your boarding pass, identification, and eligible Capital One card, then you’ll be promptly let inside. Since this was my first visit (and this lounge is fairly new), I was given a short tour of the space before settling down. Having come off of a long-haul flight, I also requested the use of the shower room (more on that in a bit). I was told it was being cleaned and I would be able to use it shortly.

Bottom Line: The lounge is only open to departing passengers within 3 hours of a flight, sharing many of the same entry rules as the nearby Centurion Lounge.

Seating

Just off of the check-in area is a communal table where you can quickly work if you don’t have too much time to spare.

Capital One Lounge DFW View from Check In
The lounge space is quite impressive!

The entire lounge space is approximately 10,000 square feet, so while it’s not the biggest lounge in the U.S., it is quite large.

Capital One Lounge Seating and Size
The Capital One Lounge really felt very spacious, and it wasn’t crowded at all.

Finding a seat shouldn’t be a problem. There was a mix of couches, individual seats, tables, and more scattered throughout.

Capital One Lounge DFW Table Seating
There were plenty of places to sit and eat after grabbing items from the buffet.

There were also plenty of charging ports, and most seats had an outlet nearby for quickly powering devices.

Capital One Lounge Overview
If you’re an aviation geek, enter this area and grab a spot by the window to the left for sweeping views of the runways in the distance.

Throughout the lounge and its seating areas, you’ll be treated to more than 55 pieces of original, diverse, local artwork across a variety of mediums, including paintings, silkscreen prints, textile pieces, and wood.

Food and Beverage

This is where the Capital One Lounge really excels. There are several food and beverage areas, each serving a different purpose.

To-Go Stations

At the front of the lounge was a small to-go coffee station featuring both hot and cold coffees you could take away with you.

Capital One Lounge To Go Coffee Station
Iced and hot coffee beverages were easy to grab from the to-go coffee station.

Just next to the entrance was one of the lounge’s coolest features, a to-go food and beverage refrigerator. Here, you’ll find tons of bottled juices, canned beverages, packaged sandwiches and salads, yogurts, and other delicacies that you can quickly grab on your way to your flight if you didn’t have time to stop for a sit-down meal.

I saw plenty of people using this station (I even grabbed a juice as I was headed to my seat), and it was definitely the highlight of my visit.

Capital One Lounge DFW To Go Food Section
A to-go food refrigerator was available with plenty of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, juices, yogurts, and more.

There weren’t any rules surrounding how much you could take or when. It’s not necessarily for people just leaving the lounge; you could grab something to eat inside, too. I did see 1 person indulging a bit more than their fair share.

Capital One Lounge DFW To Go Food Items
The to-go food items all seemed very fresh and high-end.

Buffet Lines

Just behind the to-go food area was a large walk-around buffet line uniquely designed to prevent crowding. As you walk around it, you’ll notice various individual portioned hot and cold food items. I visited during breakfast, and there were several selections, including:

  • French toast
  • Yogurt with granola and peaches
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Potato hash
  • Fruit salad
  • Meat and cheese cone
Capital One Lounge Meat Cone
Food in the lounge was served creatively!

There was also a large selection of pastries, including croissants, scones, muffins, and more. Next to each station was a bag where you could grab an item to go, which I thought was very thoughtful.

Capital One Lounge DFW Pastries
The pastries were scrumptious! I may have had 1… or 2.

You’re welcome to grab as many items as you like. I think the individual portions concept works very well. It cuts down on waste, keeps items a little fresher, and is more sanitary.

Capital One Lounge Hot Food
Hot food was served in individual containers.

For lunch and dinner, you could find a variety of hot and cold dishes, including salads, chicken, beef, and pasta.

Capital One Lounge Cold Food
I loved that cold food was really kept cold. Individual containers were placed on a bed of ice, which I thought was a great touch.

Beverages

There were several beverage stations around the lounge, including:

  • A coffee station by the entrance
  • To-go bottled and canned beverages
  • Sodas and iced teas on tap along the buffet
  • A full bar staffed by a bartender

The bar is situated along the back wall and had a number of seats in front. The bartender here was happy to make any drink, and all drinks were complimentary except for super-premium liquors.

Capital One DFW Lounge Bar
Most beverages were complimentary at the bar, except for a few top-shelf premium liquors.

Instead of using a soda machine or having to visit the bar, Capital One installed taps to pour non-alcoholic beverages.

Capital One Lounge DFW Non Alcoholic Beverages
Non-alcoholic beverages like water, soda, tea, and lemonade were available via tap.

Amenities

Capital One advertises these amenities inside the lounge:

  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Charging ports and outlets
  • Luggage lockers
  • Cycling and yoga room
  • Shower suite
  • Relaxation room
  • Nursing room
  • Multi-faith room
  • Grab-and-go food
  • Dining stations
  • Full bar
  • Coffee bar

The Capital One Lounge is uniquely divided up into sections, which makes it very well laid out.

Unlike many other lounges that seem to have amenities scattered throughout, the layout the Capital One team used was very logical. The lounge included design features that really make sense for busy travelers.

Capital One Lounge DFW Signage
Everything in the lounge was very clearly labeled.

Co-working Table

One of the first things you’ll see as you enter the lounge is a large co-working table with plenty of outlets at every seat.

This is a perfect spot to check emails quickly if you’re running between flights or need a place to sit after grabbing a quick drink.

Capital One Lounge Co Working Table
If you have some quick emails to check, want to grab a bite to eat from the to-go food refrigerator, or simply need a cup of coffee, the front of the lounge is designed for travelers who are on the go.

Restrooms

One of the greatest features of this lounge — in my opinion — is the individual restrooms. There are no mass men’s or women’s restrooms. Instead, Capital One has installed several singe-patron restrooms, allowing you to use the first available one. The restrooms were clean but also super spacious, with enough room to change if needed, which is something really welcome in an airport atmosphere.

Capital One Lounge DFW Individual Restroom
The individual restrooms were one of my favorite features of the lounge space.

Showers

Unfortunately, the lounge only has 1 shower room, and I wish Capital One would have installed several. You’re allotted a 45-minute use of the shower with a 15-minute cleaning period (meaning you need to wait up to an hour to use it if it’s occupied).

Capital One Lounge DFW Shower
Unfortunately, the lounge only has 1 shower available for use.

Inside is a very large room with a sink, toilet, and separate shower area. I really love it when lounges include both a toilet and shower within the same room so you can get fully ready all at once. While there was only 1 towel laid out for use, a nearby cabinet had plenty of extras.

Capital One Lounge DFW Shower Stall
The shower was very nicely sized and stayed warm during my entire session.

The shower features both an overhead rain shower and a side nozzle and was perfectly adequate.

Shampoo and body wash were provided in small biodegradable “pods.” A set of instructions explained to cup your hands in the shower to fill them with water and then place the pod inside. However, I didn’t find the process as easy as it was explained, as both the shampoo and body wash left a film in my hand of the casing that originally housed the liquid. Perhaps I was using it wrong, though I wish a communal pump was provided or some sort of other efficient dispenser.

Capital One Lounge DFW Soaps
The lounge featured very weird biodegradable soaps that didn’t disintegrate.

Hot Tip: If you wish to use the shower, make sure you schedule your time early on in your visit since there is only 1 shower room.

Exercise Room

If you’re feeling the need to burn some calories, there were 2 Peloton bikes located in a private exercise room across from the shower room. Both bikes looked out onto the tarmac below, and there were bottles of water in a fridge inside, as well as some cold towels.

Capital One Lounge DFW Exercise Room
If you feel the need to burn some calories during your lounge visit, there were 2 bikes for use.

Hot Tip: While I didn’t see any to-go bottles of water in the main part of the lounge, a refrigerator within the exercise room had several bottles stocked. If you want a bottle of water to go, head to the exercise room.

Prayer Rooms

There are 2 prayer rooms in the lounge, and both are private, where you can go inside and close the door. Each included signage for various religious obligations and included a wash station for rinsing.

Capital One Lounge DFW Prayer Room
A prayer room is a very unique benefit to a U.S.-based lounge, and the Capital One Lounge is one of the few that has one.

Relaxation Rooms

There are 2 relaxation rooms, located immediately next to the prayer rooms. These rooms are completely individual, with a closing door, making them truly 100% private — perfect for a quiet nap. Inside, you’ll find a sleep pod — an ergonomically designed bed that allows you to rest in a comfortable sleeping position with the perfect amount of light. Most other lounges offer larger restrooms with multiple beds, but this lounge’s individual space makes it really stand out.

Capital One Lounge DFW Sleep Pod
These sleep pods offer a great place to relax in between flights.

Final Thoughts

This Capital One Lounge is one of the nicest lounge facilities in a U.S. airport, hands down. The facilities are well-thought-out, and the amenities on offer seem to be a step above what other competitors have. Capital One is opening 2 more locations, in Washington, D.C. (IAD) and Denver (DEN), in 2022, and these will be welcome additions to the lounge network. If you get a chance to stop by this new lounge in Dallas, you’ll surely be impressed!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Capital One Lounge?

Cardholders of the Capital One Venture X card get complimentary access, Capital One Venture card or Capital One Spark Miles cardholders get 2 free visits a year and everyone else gets access for a $65 entry fee.

Where does Capital One have lounges?

Capital One currently operates a lounge at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and is opening lounges at Denver International Airport (DEN) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in 2022.

Does Capital One have airport lounge access?

The Capital One Venture X card includes a Priority Pass lounge network membership, as well as access to Capital One’s own lounges.

How many Capital One Lounges are there?

Currently, there is only 1 Capital Lounge open and this is at DFW. There are plans for 2 more locations at IAD and DEN to open in 2022.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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