We often have a layover at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Especially when traveling across the country with Baby Flyer (LAX to BDL), DFW is almost in the middle. It’s a nice point for us all to stretch our legs and have a change of pace. Plus, it breaks up the travel time into two manageable flight times (less than 4 hours each, usually somewhere between 2 hrs 30 min and 3 hrs) which makes it seem less daunting, especially when traveling alone with a baby. We typically have 6am flights which equal an early morning for all of us. I usually can count on Baby Flyer to nap for at least part of each flight which also helps break it up.
Since we’re American Express Platinum members, we have access to, and almost always visit the Centurion Lounge when we are in DFW, even if it means riding the Skylink and switching terminals. It’s worth it! They have a delicious full complimentary buffet that changes throughout the day, plus free drinks (both alcoholic and otherwise), and even offer 15 minute manicures, facials, and massages! They also have an excellent kids’ space that has never been crowded. We’ve always either had it to ourselves or shared it with one or two other kids.
The Centurion is located in Terminal D, opposite Gate D17, on the mezzanine. The Centurion can be reached from any other terminal via the Skylink train. Its current hours of operation are 5:30am to 10pm. Terminal D is the international terminal and was relatively recently renovated. The Terminal itself has high ceilings and an open feel.
The kids room is a bit hard to find if you don’t know it’s there. We’d been going to the Centurion for years before having Baby Flyer, and we never even knew it had a kids’ room. I was so delighted the first time I learned it was there. It is to the right of the entrance tucked in the far corner next to a conference room. To keep the room clean and tidy, no food or beverages are allowed. Aside from the slight inconvenience, I appreciate that the space is clean. I usually grab something to eat from the buffet and then once I’m done, we head back there to let Baby Flyer loose to roam around and play.
The room itself is light and airy, as are the other spaces in the lounge. It’s not huge but has luckily never felt crowded. There are puffy ‘chairs’ to sit along the perimeter on one side, a young children’s height shelf with lots of toys, a large activity cube with things to do on all sides, as well as a television for older kids.
Overall, it’s as good or better than any domestic lounge childrens’ lounge spaces we’ve been to, and the added bonus being that the lounge is awesome from an adults’ perspective as well, so truly fun for the whole family. It makes keeping our Amex Platinum membership make even more sense. There’s currently lounges like this also in Houston, Miami, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Newark, with more coming soon, including Philly and Hong Kong. They’re worth planning stopovers around!
Travel well, and enjoy,