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Review: Dallas Korean Air KAL Lounge

Well, there’s nothing quite like watching a grown man throw a temper tantrum because he’s not allowed to stay in a lounge. As someone who’s on the phone with bank/airline customer service hours each week (yes, really), I can attest that honey works better than vinegar. This sentence is my go-to: ‘I know you’ve got to deal with a bunch of nutjobs today, don’t worry, I won’t be one of them.” Follow it up with a little ‘I know this isn’t your fault’ and a sprinkle of ‘I’m sorry I messed up, I really hope you can help’ and you’ll be golden. Moving on…

 

I got to check out the DFW Airport Korean Airlines (KAL) lounge. It’s one of the lounges that can be accessed for free through Priority Pass. It was situated in a strange, fifth-floor hallway that housed around 6 lounges. From what I could gather, they were identical. Each had a TV screen outside the door with the logo of the corresponding airline. Priority Pass had ‘The Club.’ I noticed it was pretty full so I walked into the KAL lounge with confidence. As usual, that did the trick. I joined just a few other travelers for a great view, some snacks, and some dorm-r0om style Korean food.

 

Unfortunately, the lounge closed about an hour later, as the last KAL flight departed. I moved over to PP which was, in turn, closed after I spent an hour there. They moved us into a new room (small, cramped, 17-person capacity) and on the way, I noticed the KAL lounge had been relabeled the Qantas Lounge. All of this shuffling was frankly pretty annoying. As we were being moved out of the PP lounge, the aforementioned grown-a$$-man threw a fit. I took the honey approach and was expedited off of the wait-list just three minutes later. Coincidence? 😉

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Space is a commodity!

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A place to leave the heavy bags and explore. However, I love checking bags because if/when they’re lost, I get a free shopping spree.

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Lots of outlets, even printers. Who needs PCs anymore, though?

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A really great view of dozens of takeoffs– didn’t get any great photos though.

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A view of downtown Dallas?

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Both KAL lounges I’ve visited have offered instant noodles. I have no idea how ‘authentic’ they are, but it sure takes me back to my dorm room days, which are still taking place. Tea, Coffee, and Miss Vickies and Milanos (not pictured), as well as more fresh fruit.

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Very rare, high-quality, vintage blends of zinfandelian turkish reds with notes of berry-charged merlot tomfoolery. I’m something of a wine buff, but stayed sober on account of it was 11:00am.

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Free, free, free, as far as the eye can see. It’s really just a novelty, but still is exciting to me.

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I went for Miss Vickies, Banana and Perrier, which is what Don Draper famously eats once-per-episode on the hit TV show ‘Mad Men.’wonder learn invest korean airlines lounge review travel hack priority pass

Shower!! Ran out of time to try it, though, which was the great disappointment of the day. wonder learn invest korean airlines lounge review travel hack priority passwonder learn invest dallas korean airlines lounge review travel hack priority pass

I like to sit down as I comb my hair 100 times with an ivory brush, so the chair was a great addition for me.

 

And that’s it! I ended up in two other (identical) lounges after this, and finally ‘Minute Suites,’ which is reviewed here. Long layovers mean adventure! All in all, the brief stay with KAL was the highlight. The other two PP lounges brought too much moving around, staff ignoring the guests while loudly discussing personal topics, and bad elevator music pumped into the packed, 17-person room.

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