LINK. Kevin Cox, American's vice president of real estate told the airport committee that the new lounge would put American at a disadvantage because the travel company would pay a lower rate per square foot, according to a report in the Dallas Star-Telegram. "Never in our wildest dream did we anticipate that there would be a third party building a club in Terminal D," Cox told the board according to the article. Cox claims American's Admirals Club in the same concourse is never full, even during peak times. He also notes travelers already have a third-party option available at The Club at DFW — a lounge that also doesn't require airline membership, according to the Dallas Star-Telegram. American Airlines spokesperson Stacey Frantz tells CNBC.com in an email, "At American, we certainly encourage healthy competition including choices for customers traveling through DFW airport. However, the conditions of the American Express contract put us and other tenants at a significant competitive disadvantage. We applaud the board's desire to generate additional revenue, but feel the terms should be based on a more level playing field."