Thursday Giveaway: Delta Sky Club Passes

by on January 30, 2014 · 326 comments

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News on the airline lounge front has been pretty dismal lately with American/US Airways announcing that they would no longer grant complimentary access to Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders starting March 22, and Delta jacking up its membership fees over $200 as well as restricting Platinum and Delta Reserve access to their lounges to cardholders alone. If you’re affected, check out my post on getting free or discounted lounge access.


It wasn’t all bad news, though. On Tuesday, Delta announced that it would be testing out some new amenities including premium food and beverage options and services like manicures and shoe-shining at select club locations over the next couple of months through mid-April, and that the items with the most positive feedback from members will be kept on. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see:

  • More food options, including pancakes and upgraded bagels for breakfast, sandwiches and hot soups mid–day, and hors d’oeuvres, antipasti and dessert choices in the evening
  • Nourishing snack choices, including energy bars, fresh fruit, popcorn, nuts and smoothies
  • Select complimentary services, including shoe shines, manicures and relaxing chair massages (my bolding)— perfect for a busy day of travel
  • In addition, based on your feedback, we will immediately upgrade the current complimentary vodka offered across all Clubs to Finlandia Vodka.

The test Club locations will include Atlanta (Gate A17 and Concourse F locations), Dallas–Fort Worth, Detroit (across from Gate A38), Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia (Terminal D location), Raleigh–Durham and Seattle.

So for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, I am going to give two lucky readers two Delta Sky Club passes each so that they can test out these amenities for themselves. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite lounge amenity of all time is. Maybe it’s the Sydney Qantas First Lounge’s Payot Spa, or the hot tub at the London Heathrow Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. Whatever it is, I want to hear about it.

Enter by 5pm ET on Sunday, February 2 (do it before the Super Bowl starts!) and we’ll pick two winners at random to announce next week.

And the Winner of the Shania Twain Tickets Is…

Earlier this week, I gave away tickets to Shania Twain’s “Still the One” show at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. I purchased the tickets through SPG Moments for Starwood Amex cardholders, but wasn’t able to go to Vegas this weekend to see the show after all, so I asked readers to write in with their favorite Shania Twain song and why. We got a lot of great entries and the winner, chosen at random, was:

Shane: “From this Moment” – This is one of the song’s my wife and I danced to on our wedding day. The other was a Garth Brooks song. We have been married five years and part of our marriage is I get to kiss Shania if I ever get a chance, and she gets to kiss Garth if she ever gets a chance!

Well, Shane, congratulations, and we hope you get that kiss! Enjoy the show!

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  • Bob

    I don’t have a favorite as I have never been anywhere.. Just found out about this site.. Love it! Thank you!

  • Rob

    Free booze, enough said.

  • Ryan

    I love the international snacks and sodas at the KLM Crown Lounge in Schipol!

  • steve

    my favorite lounge amenity? The ability to take a shower after having not showered for 3 days…. and 2 flights :)

  • Christina

    puffed pancakes and Mimosas at the KLM Crown Lounge (AMS)

  • Ivan M.

    After a long flight, all I really need on a layover is a nice shower!

  • Jason Gerdon

    My favorite would have to be the Sky Deck in ATL. Small, but a great way to enjoy watching the planes comes and go while sipping a cocktail.

  • Shari

    It doesn’t take much – but I actually really love the English Breakfast as the Delta LHR lounge (and I don’t mind the unlimited open bar – help yourself!). We are flying a few new routes this year so – very sad that my spouse can’t join me and/or I’ll have to pay – but hopeful that we’ll pass through a test lounge!

  • Raul Jimenez II

    Coin Operated TVs

  • Bradley

    Hot food.

  • RuffMcgree

    Why don’t you shower?

  • Deborah

    Sounds simple but just a quiet, comfortable place to sit and wait on my flight.

  • Brian

    I’ve never been in a lounge, but I would love to test one out!

  • r0m8470

    Mine was the China Airlines noodle bar at their TPE lounge. I was flying in coach but since I had Gold Sky Team at the time, I got admitted to the lounge.

  • Kasandra

    I’ve never been but I would imagine either food if it’s a long connection or a shower after a long flight.

  • SFphotocraft

    My favorite lounge amenity so far was the hot noodles and Dim Sum in the Cathy Pacific lounge in Hong Kong (HKG) … I ate so much Dim Sum I was full by the time we boarded and I turned down dinner!

  • girlycheckin

    Been years since I had a membership to any of the airline lounges and back then it was mostly free beverages and goldfish and phone calls. I’d say my fave would be any that offer massage, especially the table massages offered by Thai Airways at BKK (also have bubble baths!) and Quantas at SYD. But I’d settle for a chair massage at LGA or DFW any ol’ time.

  • Uri

    The only lounge I was ever in had Bailey’s, which was just right after a long and nagging line in securit

  • Wes

    The showers at Seattle are great while doing a 24 hour mileage run.

  • Ben Sann

    My favorite lounge amenity is the view at the Wingtips Lounge at JFK while sipping a martini from their wonderful open bar.

  • Mike R

    Dedicated Personnel to help you change your flight in a pinch- Hopefully you never need them but when you do…. Boy are they useful!

  • msusocal

    haven’t had a really nice club amenity at the only club ive been to so would love to try it out!

  • Robertplafker

    The quietness and peacefullness of the SFO sky club.

  • Jeremy Krall

    Nothing beats a shower and a decent breakfast at JFK after a hellish red eye. Sometimes it’s the simple things.

  • KariAud

    The croissant selection at the Diamond Lounge in Brussels

  • kyle

    My experience is limited, but in Narita, there was a sweet machine that poured you a beer. It even tilted your glass for a perfect head.

  • Tim S

    The SkyDeck is my favorite amenity by far, I have always wanted to be able to sit outside at an airport, to hear and see everything happen – just the greatest idea ever.

  • Amy

    My favorite amenity is just quiet next to an outlet. Simple, but highly valued!

  • islandhome

    A hot shower from any lounge that offers it. Nothing is better before a long flight.

  • Sara P.

    I just like a really good cocktail in a lounge! (though I have pretty limited experience in lounges, I recall that Virgin had creative drinks). I am traveling to Atlanta soon, so could really use this pass :)

  • Txtjames

    I just enjoy the peace away from the busy terminal gates..

  • James Wong

    Bells and whistles are great, but I think that most any lounge’s most attractive amenity is simply that it’s not in the stream of traffic for everyone else trying to run around; a chance to breathe and relax is all you need sometimes.

  • Hassan Alam

    Singapore Air FC lounge in Changi. There is a wonderful buffet and the cook will make you fresh food (Roti in my case). Showers are great and they have a place to sleep. :)

  • Bhasu Risal

    I’ve only ever been on one airport lounge. On my way from ORD to KTM, I had a 16 hour layover in Abu Dhabi. They gave me a hotel room and meal coupons. I made myself at home, went to the bar, drank a good bit, got good sleep, worked out at their gym in the morning and caught my flight afterwards. On my way back from KTM, I was actually looking forward to re-experiencing it. However, due to a rare storm, they routed our flight to Oman and kept telling us hour after hour that we’d be flying out soon. By the time we actually arrived in Abu Dhabi, it was flight time after spending well over an hour getting my boarding pass for the flight to ORD.

  • Bryant

    I loved the free 10 minute massage at the VIP Lounge in the Los Cabos airport.

  • LRD

    At the Delta Sky Lounge at the Tokyo Narita airport they have an electronic Sapporo tap. It tilts the glass for you so you get the perfect pour which makes it taste that much better!

  • Adam Berger

    Free wifi and comfortable seats.

  • KidMcCoy

    Fresh hot pancakes at Alaska Airlines Boardroom at SEA!

  • jlgctm

    It may be mundane, but I like the free snacks!

  • Ethan

    I have spent a lot of time in Virgin’s LHR Clubhouse- best amenity is the den area with the plush chairs, multi-screen TV’s and noise cancelling headphones,followed by the full deli and accoutrement station.

  • Rellim79

    Delta’s little lemon cookies dusted with powdered sugar are excellent. I also like the sky lounges with shower facilities and bathrooms that have a toilet, sink and small shelf all in one private area. Makes it easy to justify the cost of the membership!

  • Stuart

    The Amex Centurian lounge at LAS’ breakfast buffet and free front line alcohol!

  • JeffreyLA

    My favorite lounge is the Turkish Airlines one in Istanbul. Showers and massages available for free on request. wonderful, fresh local food and great choices of beverages. and my actual favorite item in the lounge is the Kabob station where they grill the freshest, well-seasoned kabobs and serve them with seasonal vegetables and rice in a bowl. Its a Kabob bowl and its yummy!

  • Bill

    Free beer and comfy seats… Lame I know but nothing beats relaxing with a beer.

    Hendricks Gin being poured at a few was a pleasant surprise as well!

  • RobertnSMF

    Sapporo Beer Machine at Sky Club in NRT!

  • RobertnSMF

    Good one

  • Julia Beckner

    my favorite lounge amenity is liquor… it’s always liquor. :)

  • Ed Jorczyk

    Reading all these posts makes me want to check out some of those clubs! I’m just happy to find an oasis of peace and quiet inside the busy terminal

  • Carter29072

    I love having a place to relax when we have long layovers.

  • FT

    I’m happy any time there’s snacks I can take on the plane.

  • nwkiley

    A quiet place to take a nap.

  • mkm

    Definietely the whiskey. Nothings better than on your way home to get a little boozy.

  • EJ

    Love the sushi bar in the Narita *A lounge.

  • DH

    My favorite are definitely the massages at the Thai lounge in BKK. The most unique but least useful lounge amenity I’ve come across recently is the sound recording studio at the Virgina Clubhouse at LHR.

  • Anthea Watson Strong

    Showers and naps

  • ttxtri

    The lounge at NRT has these little chocolate cakes which were great and then washed it down with some Sapporo in a nice iced glass. It was a great 6 hour layover!

  • Shannon Kennedy

    I’ve never actually had the opportunity to enjoy an airline lounge. I would love to one day though.

  • Matthew Ender

    Simply getting away from the terminal “hustle”.

  • Zachary E Blumenfeld

    The Oxygen bar at the SkyTeam Lounge in Terminal 4 at London-Heathrow! And they have video games!

  • Sfera

    Free massages at DFW

  • pepper4

    Peace and quiet

  • Wayne

    Nothing gets me more excited than the view of the plane I’m about to board from the new Delta Sky Deck at JFK!

  • Chris Morris

    The Delta lounge in LHR terminal 4 for sure, especially as a United Club member with free crossover access.

  • Leon

    Showers at the Atlanta hub.

  • AMSBelle

    I haven’t had the opportunity to visit too many lounges, but I do like the local craft beers on tap at the SFO United Club!

  • Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    My favorite lounge amenity is the sheer reduction in volume that you get in lounges as opposed to sitting at boarding gates! :D

  • Steve

    Bloody Marys before heading down to New Orleans — start the party early

  • Rob D

    For me a nice hot shower is the thing I need most after a long flight. The one at JFK has been a life saver for me.

  • Ketan S

    My favorite amenity for lounge is wifi access and some hopefully quiet work space.

  • Jay K

    Anywhere quiet with hot food! The Sky Club at SFO does fine at this.

  • jennybento

    i’ve never been in one!

  • Neer

    US Airways Olives in the PHL Lounge….some of the best olives around

  • Erin Kendall

    Any lounge with showers is my favorite


    I still have never been in an airport lounge. However, I’m flying Delta a couple times in the coming months and I hope to try out the chair massages a bloody mary or two.

  • Lee

    My favorite amenity is a ride in a luxury car to the aircraft on the tarmac at Frankfurt/Lufthansa First Class Lounge.

  • Dan

    My favorite lounge amenity is the help of the desk agents when there is an en-route travel issue. Especially useful after I lost my Platinum status.

  • Linda

    Elemis spa at Heathrow! After a long day of traveling a complimentary massage is the perfect way to unwind. :)

  • Burton

    Breakfast buffet at the centurion lounge at DFW, Get ready for the whole week of business trip.

  • Guest

    The Minneapolis lounge after experiences grueling delays all day – just being able to sit by the fire with a Bailey’s on the rocks, a handful of popcorn and a football game – and yes, even though I’m a woman, there’s nothing better than a Bailey’s, popcorn and football!

  • Janell J.

    The Minneapolis lounge after experiencing grueling delays all day – just
    being able to sit by the fire with a Bailey’s on the rocks, a handful of
    popcorn and a football game – and yes, even though I’m a woman, there’s
    nothing better than a Bailey’s, popcorn and football!

  • Rod

    The food at the Air France lounge in Paris was the best I’ve had in any lounge. It was phenomenal!

  • mangoManFT

    The champagne in the Concorde Room! Great stuff (and not something I keep in my house, so it’s a treat)!

  • michael

    Definitely the clean bathrooms. Some airports need to clean their bathrooms.

  • Edgar L

    The designated and very friendly desk agents in the lounge, skipping the hectic lines at the gate/terminal. More than the amenities, food and drink, when the flights to New York were dropping like flies in late June, this alone was why I was happy to have lounge access via AMEX Platinum.

  • Matt

    Free Wi-Fi. I’m a simple man with simple needs

  • Sean G

    I’ve never been in one, so I can’t say!

  • Pazpeaceman

    Oxygen bar at Skyteam Lounge in T4 at LHR – a very organic and refreshing therapy. The ambience there is so uplifting and really makes you forget about the exhaustion!

  • LXZ

    To me, it’s just the dedicated access to a person without needing to wait in a long line outside of the loudge

  • steve

    sometimes when you’re out doing stuff, and things happen that delay arrival to a location, then you don’t have much of a connection, you just don’t have an opportunity to shower (think locations in Africa).
    S** happens.

  • SSM

    Comfy chairs

  • Amanda

    I just like to find a quiet corner at ATL to be away from people after being on a crowded plane

  • Traveler

    The best is getting away from the masses and not being gouged for a snack and a drink! That coupled with free wifi and comfortable seats and I am blessed. Thanks for your consideration.

  • Jerm

    Beer machine at NRT!

  • tpup

    Comfy seats in relative quiet

  • Jason Michael

    I haven’t seen many lounges yet, but I loved the sky deck at JFK. Being able to sit outside and watch the planes as I enjoy a nice cocktail on a warm sunny day.

  • joshb8403

    I didn’t realize London had a hottub! But that would have to be my favorite. hot tub at the London Heathrow Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

  • Peter

    alcohol, any lounge

  • Drac TZ

    Hot dogs and beer at the EVA Air lounge in Taiwan.

  • LMP

    The cold beers at all the clubs but my home club is ATL

  • Meghanb904

    Hands down the 60 minute body massage in the Thai Airways Bankok Royal Orchid Spa!

  • Bonnie

    My favorite amenity was the showers at the Admiral Lounge in Chicago!

  • Junior Taylor

    I need to just get out of the rat race and see what happens from there !

  • Kay

    I’m pretty easy to please — I most enjoy being able to have a cocktail away from the hustle-and-bustle.

  • Armando86

    A nice cold beer before heading to the gate is wonderful at a lounge!

  • Jordan

    I have never been in one before!

  • George

    The showers at the Cathay Pacific Arrival Lounge at HKG. I know showers aren’t a special amenity really, but after getting off a 15+ hour flight, the showers feel pretty awesome. Great espresso there too!

  • Steve

    British Airways LHR massages. I have yet to try some of the fancier lounges, but that was impressive enough for me.

  • Dan

    A cold beer, a comfy chair, and free wifi.

  • Christopher

    Showers at LAX! I great way to refresh before or after a cross-country flight!

  • emanuel

    would love to try the new jfk sky club out

  • Stan

    Beer machine at Narita Airport :)

  • Alberto

    Getting a massage before flying back from Mexico City to Altanta!

  • Nina

    I want to enter the contest, but I’ve actually never been into an airline lounge before :(

    I’m new to the game but also on the broke side of things because I’m a sort of recent college grad, so no airline lounges for me just yet. But if I won, I have a trip to Ireland in two weeks and I’m flying Delta so that would be super cool :)

  • 76izzyg

    I love the Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow, and while it’s perhaps a strange amenity to get excited about I love getting the free haircuts there! It’s a nice perk and starting off the trip by having a fresh haircut makes me feel good.

  • Jacob

    Cocktail shaker at United’s Global First Lounge in Chicago. Not my favorite per as but I’ve never seen it at any self serve lounge bar in the world. Of course the better question is why the Global First Lounge doesn’t have a staffed bar. :)

  • MB

    Coolest lounge feature/experience by far is the free tour of Istanbul during Turkish Airlines layovers at IST.

  • u600213

    My favorite lounge amenity is the food at Lufthansa First Class lounges. I’m usually a Star Alliance person but fly Delta if it’s a good deal or no other service or some similar circumstances.

    Thanks for the contest

  • David

    My favorite lounge amenity of all time is peace and quiet!

  • Tom Burnstein

    I have to go with the unlimited supply of biscoff cookies in ATL

  • CS

    Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge Atrium with the olive trees. A little bit of heaven.

  • Jenny

    The Bloody Mary’s in the Alaska Airlines lounge at SEA

  • Eric

    ATL Sky Deck all the way!

  • Ben

    Facial at the DFW Centurion Lounge. Way to go Amex!

  • Mary W

    The manicure idea is my favorite. I would love to take advantage of that perk!

  • Justin

    The Ginormous video wall at the LHR Virgin Atlantic Upper Class lounge with the ergonomic seating! That lounge is great. I was sick and they just kept coming with hot tea, soup and even went down to the shopping area to get me cold medicine.

  • Steven

    Best amenity is the cell phone free room in any lounge…nothing more annoying than trying to get some work done and someone decides they want to scream into the cell phone about their business trip for an hour.

  • Peter D

    The old Ambassador Club @ JFK for the style and service. Cheers for the giveaway!

  • Susan Pertierra

    Showers sounds like a great amenity!

  • Aimee

    Definitely a hot breakfast. Most important meal of the day.

  • Roby Johnson

    Can’t beat the wrap around “moon chairs” at the MSP lounge. Serenity now!

  • Jay R

    Always prefer a shower after a long flight

  • Zilawapinski

    Hot shower, a free massage and a fantastic spread of food at the “King David Lounge” in the Ben Gurion airport, Israel.

  • Mary McNealy Czarnecki

    Spa showers at the British Airways club at Heathrow… Amazing!

  • Jordan

    the showers at JFk after a redeye from LA and going straight to the office!!!!!

  • John W.

    Admiral’s Club in Dallas, the gym and showers.

  • yellowpad

    Cathay Pacific’s noodle lounge.

  • Layla

    clarins spa at Heathrow Terminal 4 Skyteam lounge. A 20 minute shoulder and neck massage fixed a lower back spasm before an 8 hour flight home in economy. Since I have free lounge access, if I win, please give the passes to Nina.

  • savscott

    Showers are the best amenity after a long flight

  • Josh

    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

    Louis Tavern Lounge
    Putting Greens + Sushi + Cocktails + Showers

  • Nirmal

    Showers at the Singapore airport

  • amy

    Believe it or not my fav amenity is simply being able to relax in a clean and spacious space

  • reikokorin

    I mostly like the relative quiet of the lounges compared to the constant din in the rest of the airport.

  • Geoff

    Mine is easy – I don’t care about the snacks or drinks as much as I do the relative peace and quiet afforded through the magic portal of the lounge.

  • Judith Jacobson

    The private family room in the Copa lounge in Panama City, Panama. My crawling 9 month old didn’t need to deal with the other people in the lounge and they didn’t need to deal with him!

  • benstephens

    Easy – massages, especially if it’s the 1 hour TG variety.

  • Mike G.

    Call me crazy, but the tub of Biscoff cookies in Delta lounges are my favorite.

  • Ashker

    Showers after a long flight!

  • Talat

    Hot breakfast!

  • Robin Kinney Witte

    My answer may disqualify me, but I’ve never been in an airport lounge. I would love to see what all the hype about!

  • astroflex

    Free flowing Veuve Clicqout and shrimp cocktail at United Global First Lounge in Chicago. Antonio Amadeo/Tampa

  • KurtisK

    I love the Delta Sky Deck at JFK.

  • davemethvin

    I’m a simple guy, soft drinks and the little Biscoff crackers are all I need to freshen up.

  • Tom

    Lufthansa first class lounge in Munich. During Oktoberfest of each year they give out rubber ducks dressed up in lederhosen if you take a shower. They’re very cool and highly collectible.

  • Oldmanbob

    The outdoor Sky Deck in ATL’s Club in Terminal F . Sure, sometimes it reeks of jet fuel smell, but for anyone who loves planes, it is still major cool. Plus there is ample power plugs throughout the entire club. It always provides a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the terminal.

  • BB05

    I’ve never been but want to go!

  • Chris Robinson

    Free beer at any lounge.

  • Jereme

    All I ever really need is a quiet space and bottomless bloody marys to help put me to sleep on my Detroit – Shanghai trips.

  • Traveling Scholar

    Shower at the Miami airport Admiral Club

  • Devon

    Definitely showers after along flight across the ocean!

  • K L

    The outside deck in Atlanta! What a unique location to destress

  • Mike Palmer

    Massage at the AF lounges in CDG!

  • Barbarah2

    Will always remember my massage at the first class Qantas lounge in Sydney, before our frequent flyer flight home. What a relaxing prelude to the long trip back home.

  • Dave

    Any lounge with a shower!

  • Carl Cheng

    Cathay First Class Lounge Cabanas in Hong Kong. It’s almost bigger than my apartment!!

  • Ryan

    Great drinks at the Centurion Lounge in Vegas!

  • sherm485

    Just some decent drinks to help with the relaxation

  • Bee

    I have never had the privilege to have access and would love the chance to see what it’s like. I travel coach but I would like to know exprience a little travel luxury. :)

  • Randy

    Coffee with BALEYS IRISH CREAM any time of the day.

  • Rob P

    Free drinks! Thank you!

  • Retire With Me

    I’ve never been, but the Cathay Pacific Lounge in Hong Kong is definitely on my bucket list!! Someday…

  • Brian

    Like a few others, I have never been in a lounge, but I would love to check out the SkyDeck at ATL!

  • Jackie

    It’s gotta be Biscoff cookies with Nutella at the Delta Sky Clubs!

  • loganbrownmedia

    Haven’t had the privilege of being in very many. But I’m sure the showers would be really nice!

  • Tim

    I’m simple and like the free food and drinks

  • LT

    A Thai Silk massage at the Thai Airways Royal Silk lounge at BKK — especially after a trans-Pacific flight

  • Jonathan Sha

    My favorite amenity for lounges is the ability to take a hot shower in middle of a long journey

  • Emily

    I’ve never had the privilege of lounge access but would love to win so I can try it!!!

  • Jae Kim

    ICN Korean Air Lounge. Great place to relax and have a drink.

  • Jordan McGirk

    Free massages at Heathrow!

  • Charlie

    The ability to get some water to drink during transit.

  • Mandy

    I’ve never been to a lounge, but the manicures would be awesome! With a drink! Sounds amazing. :)

  • Mark R.

    Sushi at NRT

  • r hirsch

    I love(d) the humus. it better be coming back. I’d squirt them right in my mouth. no carrots or crackers necessary!

  • Jessica

    I’ve only been to a lounge once, and it wasn’t very exciting. However, I’d be all about pancakes and manicures. I fly out of Atlanta often, and I’d love to check it out.

  • Denise L

    Showers after a long flight.

  • Lily

    Complimentary massages in the Virgin Heathrow lounge, or complimentary gourmet meals in the Virgin lounges in Heathrow and Johannesburg (unlike paying for meals in the new Delta JFK lounge).

  • Mindray

    Showers at no.1 lounge at Heathrow…best thing ever after a long flight

  • mbg

    Quiet sanity in lounge @ JFK – in contrast to the rest of the airport experience.

  • beth

    good wine!

  • Jonathan N.

    Massage chairs at lax

  • Grosscar

    Great food options at the Admirals Club American Airlines LAX

  • Corinne

    Free massages

  • Stogs2

    Skydeck at Atlanta Skyclub Concourse F

  • JR

    Snacks that make me thirsty for more wine!

  • ToluT

    I love, love and have i said it enough love the complimentary facial at the Air France Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Nothing beats having a french lady slather Clarins product on your face while soothingly describing the process with a French Accent!. Gets me all the time i pass through there. Did i also tell you about the mini samples of Clarins products you leave with!.
    It is amazing!

  • Sherman

    Sushi, noodles and plum wine at NRT (and HKG) !

  • Gantrioch

    I’m just happy that there’re liquids like water and soda.

  • Or N

    For me the best thing is getting my hair done at the lounge.

  • Noy

    Getting my nails done while having a glass of champagne in the lounge : )

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  • Krista

    I really liked the full espresso bar, with barista, at the Qantas lounge in Brisbane!

  • Makame

    Stroopwaffles and showers in AMS

  • sean

    Booze and grub

  • Laney S

    Only been to two lounges but it sure beats sitting at the gate. Great food an view of the planes at the hong kong Cathay lounge. Would love the lounge tickets for my flights to Easter island and Santiago next month

  • Patrick

    Definitely the showers. Whenever I’m flying out internationally from DTW or JFK, the showers are the best amenity. Nothing like feeling fresher arriving at the destination specially when on a tight schedule.

  • Joe

    The kids play room at the Centurian Lounge in Vegas.

  • Matthew Riter

    SkyDeck at JFK’s Delta SkyClub.

  • Meredith

    It may seem trivial to some but my favorite is the little cheeses in the Air France lounges I’ve visited. I love free cheese!

  • Jennifer

    Just a nice cushy, leather chair with electrical outlets, along with a glass of red wine. Away from screaming kids.

  • Dan R

    I most enjoy a shower after a long international flight.

  • Marvin

    The free sweetwater 420 beer at atl hub.

  • Jenny

    You can’t top a hot tub, so I’ll go with the hot tub at the London Heathrow Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

  • Ed

    A hot shower in ATL when we arrive Feb 15

  • Free Stuff Scavenger

    A nice free glass of single-malt!

  • Steve

    An iced G&T

  • Christine R

    Wow – I have never had the opportunity to experience a lounge before, I am always standing with the rest of the cattle in the southwest boarding line! :) The complementary spa services sound amazing. I think that’s what I would enjoy most!

  • bhavesh

    JFK’s new Delta lounge’s view. The huge windows and sky deck make me feel like a kid again going flying for the first time!

  • HeavenlyJane

    I admit that my favorite amenity is the possibility of a free meal.

  • J Swartz

    Showers–Cathay Pacific “wing” style would be the best!

  • Quinn

    Free spa at the Virgin Clubhouse in London

  • shonuffharlem

    Free alcohol, if you have enough of that, you don’t even know you need other amenities!

  • DanielH

    It will have to be the free manicure at the Centurion Lounge at DFW

  • EJ

    Met Mark Bavaro in the DL SkyClub yesterday — wish I’d had something better for him to autograph!

  • RobL

    The lounges I get to go to are pretty tame, but above all else I really just appreciate that there is a cup of coffee and a power outlet. The coffee I could theoretically get anywhere, so the power outlet is the big deal.

  • Sarah

    All my traveling has been in economy, so I’ve never actually been in an airline lounge. Hot showers sound awesome, especially after a long flight!

  • Norville Rogers

    The Clarins Spa inside the Air France Lounge at CDG — free 15 minute massage.

  • Steve

    The wine cellar at Qatar Airlines Lounge in Heathrow. Best selection you can find. Hoping to use two passes on a honeymoon flight to Hawaii this year!!! Thanks TPG

  • Megan

    Chocolate croissants at Air France lounge in Paris! yum

  • SW

    If flying business or first on Thai Airways via BKK, then access to their Royal Orchid Spa Lounge is hands-down one of the best lounge experiences out there. Business customers get a free 30-minute neck & shoulder or foot massage. First class customers get a free 60-minute full body massage. The level of service is impeccable and quality is unparalleled with what we can find in North America/Europe.

  • Leslie

    The observation deck at Gibraltar airport that has a fabulous view of The Rock, and where you can relax with a glass of wine while watching the planes come in.

  • Pat Lynch

    A bathroom that isn’t, well, like a regular bathroom in an airport

  • leeschneider

    Took an awesome shower at the lounge in IAH even though there was a shower at the airport hotel. Had to try the experience. Travelling Delta 5 days after the Amex Plat access ends. Grrrrr.

  • Robert P

    The Spa at the Amex Club in Dallas

  • Jon

    The spa at the new Centurion Lounges. Something about getting a massage beforehand just makes flying that much more enjoyable.

  • BenTraveling

    I feel like I should restrict the lounge amenities to ones that I have experienced. By far the one that I have appreciated the most repeatedly are showers. On long trips from the states to East Africa, I have so much appreciated showers between long intercontinental flights. My experience is limited to facilities in London and Amsterdam, but I have always appreciated feeling fresh half-way through 24 hours or more of travel.

  • Jamesk

    The Spa at the Amex Lunge in Dallas.

  • Peter K

    Peace and quiet from the chaos outside the doors is all I want most days in the lounge!

  • Scott M

    The SkyDeck @ Delta’s new JFK Terminal. Amazing views!

  • dantheman

    The showers are always welcome when you are flying for 24 hours or more. I also love the windows. I find that most lounges offer some of the better runway views at an airport.

  • bill twombly

    simply showers, a free drink and no overcrowding

  • mat

    Favorite perk- the quiet. It’s nice to decompress every once in awhile. Once you go through those doors, it’s a little quieter, a little less stressful.

  • MSPpete

    Tasty snacks and fast wi-fi!

  • AlwaysNever

    Family room at the Tokyo Narita Northwest (now Delta) lounge. It made it so comfortable to be there with a two-year old.

  • John Tashie

    Cheese and Crackers at Atlanta

  • Vinay Anantharaman

    After staying with family over the holidays the best feature of the lounge before I returned to NYC was peace and quiet in the corner of the lounge.

  • Marc

    Wine Cellar at British’s Airways Heathrow Lounge

  • Andrew

    Beer dispensers that tilt your glass for you at the Delta SkyClub in Narita.

  • James

    showers in London lounge!

  • Colby

    Yogurt covered pretzels in all Delta lounges…because they are that good….

  • Rhen

    I must be easy to please – I’m just happy to be separated from the hustle and bustle of the airport

  • Journey4Happy

    As a simpleton who never had access before this year, the wifi and comfy chairs do it for me.

  • Jeffrey B.

    Having minimal experience in only a handfull of domestic lounges, the “perk” I appreciate the most is the cleanliness of the lounge…especially the bathrooms.

  • Josh Cabrera

    Favorite amenity is the showers the Delta LAX SkyClub.

  • Marc

    The yogurt covered pretzlers, on the rare chance they are available.

  • Sarah

    It is always a pleasure to arrive to REAL food. I don’t get to go to lounges very often, but if there is something other than nuts and hummus packets, I’m a happy camper.

  • ToddS

    Sushi in NRT :)

  • Brad

    I haven’t been to too many clubs, but I did try the new Centurion Lounge in Dallas and that was pretty great. Nice buffet and a very friendly bartender that was generous with the booze.

  • Monica

    Enjoying free drinks on the sky deck in the Atlanta airport while watching the planes take off & land.

  • Cris Fishback

    This was my response to one of The Points Guy’s Thursday Giveaway Challenges. Hands down, my favorite airline lounge experience was the afternoon I spent at Atlanta International Airport-Delta Airlines SkyDeck. To me, this is an amenity like no other. Since the age of 5, I have been an airline/airplane enthusiast. In fact, I used to have my father take me to O’Hare almost every weekend when I was in elementary school to watch the arriving and departing aircraft. When I was in high school and could drive myself, I would often times do my homework at the airport (Omaha, NE was home then), just to catch glimpses of my favorite airlines and their jetliners. In addition, between the ages of 10 – 11, I spent countless hours creating my own airline, complete with a timetable. In addition, Being outside on a sunny October day in Atlanta with low humidity, a light breeze and mid-70s, enjoying a vodka cran, while watching planes land and take-off on either side of me made for an incredibly exhilarating and nostalgic afternoon.

  • Haowei Chen

    Shower amenity is my favorite!

  • Mary B

    I’ve never been in an airline lounge :-(, but if I’d had a longer layover coming back from Tanzania I definitely would have considered paying just to advantage of the showers… coming off of 10 days of camping and 10 hours in the un-airconditioned airport, I think my fellow passengers would have appreciated it.

  • Eva

    I’m new to this whole Club thing. I’ve only gone to two and in the last six months! But my fave out of those two experiences was the comfy seats and free food! :)

  • Katy Benjamin

    Koru club Air New Zealand lounge at Auckland Airport has the best food selection, including sushi and a fantastic wine selection.

  • Mrtravel28

    Getting 4 oz. of soda in MSP with a look like a $10 tip should be given from the bartender. I think that pretty much sums up the exclusivity of the “overcrowded” skyclub with “enhanced” amenities and complimentary snacks.

  • Jason

    I don´t care how old I am. Something about free beer always gets me excited. It´s like a classy spring break.

  • Mitty

    I would still have to say that the full service food buffet and hot noodles made to order in the lounges in Asia (such as the ANA Lounge in Narita) still have me. But the free spirits, cocktails, and craft beers are some lounges also are almost equally as important. :)

  • LRZ

    there’s nothing like a warm shower!

  • Scott Lerner

    Having access to the Delta Sky club via my AMEX Reserve card ($450)
    for the past 3 years has been great for the few time I fly with my Family. Its deeply disappointing that I no longer can take my 2 kids (who do behave) in the Sky Club for a bagel and juice while we wait for our flight.
    Shame on Delta!

  • Joseph May

    Heineken on open self serve tap at the KLM Club in Amsterdam

  • Dave Glaze

    I am new to the club experience but just got my Delta Reserve card in so I am looking forward to try out the upgrade club amenities.

  • Amanda McGowan

    I have a picture in one of the Delta Sky Clubs from many years ago eating the most delicious little tiny cakes. They were very delicate and fancy, and it was a nice start to our trip!

  • Lauren

    Lufthansa first class lounge ducks!

  • Nate Kolakowski

    To be honest I’m new the the whole points game and just recently started traveling for my job but have been learning like crazy since joining TPG blog. I don’t have any worthy luxury travel to boast about to date. However, a few years ago while I was still in the military flying from Afghanistan back home to Michigan I spent a few hours in the USO space in ATL. I had a few slices of pizza and hung out in a nice recliner. That was all i needed.

  • teachuslove

    call me simple but i like the food in the united lounge

  • Chad

    In the Qantas Business Lounges, they have food buffets at each mealtime, but they also have a separate seating area where you can order a complimentary, fresh-cooked meal. The choices change each day, and the best part is that they often feature meals that are uniquely Australian, or meals that put an Australian “twist” on familiar dishes. I’ve had some interesting mushroom omelettes and bacon frittatas (with Aussie-sourced ingredients, of course) at the lounge in Sydney. Especially at the beginning of a trip, it’s a pleasant way to immerse yourself in the culture of a different country, remind yourself of the country’s uniqueness, and experience Australian hospitality & charm with their friendly wait staff. This is my favorite lounge “amenity” because it’s uniquely tied to the airline’s country and cultural heritage.

  • Eric

    I am pretty low maintenance. Any lounge where there is a clean shower is amazing! Particularly on long-haul flights, the ability to freshen up makes a world of a difference!

  • ben

    free showers and bed

  • joanna

    free food

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  • ben

    free food

  • Cindy

    I live in Hawaii so EVERYWHERE is a long haul…the flights from Kona to Europe take literally days , so showers are the BEST.
    Also I have to agree with Scott Lerner on the Amex Platinum situation…I called them yesterday and although they didn’t offer anything for that, they DID offer me a $100 credit against any American charges incurred in buying Admirals Club access, and promised “great” things around the corner….We’ll see…….

  • zacklur

    Easy access to power outlets.

  • kimk

    Space to relax and have a cocktail.

  • Christina Oddy

    I do enjoy the free drinks at DTW.

  • Cgp3

    My favorite experience was the free drinks and warm towels in the Manila Cathy Pacific Lounge after we had been stranded in a hotel with gunfire in the streets for 5 days in Manila during an attempted coup in 1988. Nothing will ever taste as good again.

  • SoloFlyer

    The Virgin Atlantic Hair Salon/the free candies haha

  • SusanK

    Desk staff taking care of issues with delayed flights while drinking free wine

  • HNM

    Favorite lounge amenity: free food and drink — works wonders to improve your mood during airport waits.

  • Doctoranne

    The showers at he American Airlines Admiral Club in Miami–and the soothing green and nature-themed decor–very relaxing!

  • chris

    The idea of a complimentary massage at a Royal Orchid Spa inside the Thai Airways lounge in Bangkok… sounds heavenly!

  • TONY

    Centurion Club at LAS

  • augias

    I love the good in Lufthansa senator lounges (like pretzels, warm buffet, smoothies in the morning, fruit selection). Other than that, having a shower in a lounge is amazing after a long flight

  • C.T. Rex Pope

    Showers!, showers!, and showers! Japan does this well, with both the big international airports having lots of shower options (in airline clubs and in pay-to-enter clubs alike). A close second, though not a feature of an airline lounge in this case, is the pool in Singapore International. There is nothing better than going for a swim after a US to Asia international flight.

  • Kristopher Nelson

    Being woken at the SFO Delta Lounge so I would not miss my red-eye to Minneapolis. Simple things!

  • Jennifer

    The lounge showers at MIA are a godsend when I come back from Panama covered in dirt!

  • Linda

    Love the showers to freshen up between flights.

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  • Joeheg

    Biscoff Cookies.

  • Annalisa

    Biscoff cookies! That really is the best part of Delta.

  • Anjani

    I wish I knew! I have yet to be inside a lounge so, finger’s crossed!

  • MK

    Shoe shines… so practical and saves me time and money!

  • TK

    Had a shower for the first time at a lounge while on my way to Asia last month. So, I have to agree with all the shower comments. It felt fantastic!

  • healyje

    Definitely showers wherever available…

  • Jeremy Nauert

    At the Sala Miro lounge in Barcelona, they have a huge array of food and drinks, scattered all over the enormous lounge. My favorite amenity, however, was the cooler full of high-end ice cream treats! The most unique and unexpected amenity I have ever found in an airport lounge…and the perfect treat after schlepping through hot airport corridors.

  • SamL

    Family room in the DFW AA lounge! It’s on the smallish side, but it’s still so nice to have a place where we can relax when traveling as a family!

  • Brennan

    Fast internet, anything else is extra :)

  • CR

    My favorite amenity is the lounge itself, since I’ve never been in one!

  • Cassy Turner

    Best amenity were the treats in United’s Narita lounge. california rolls, edamame, sake and the Asahi beer machine.

  • Clift

    Most of my traveling is done side-by-side with my children, so my favorite amenity has been the “family room” at many clubs! It’s worth its weight in gold!

  • MatthewV

    The quality service and just the ambiance that your business is appreciated! All else is mainly fluff in the end. :-)

  • Daniel M

    The Make your Own Sandwich bar at HKG’s the Wing (or is it the View) lounge.

  • m1polton

    regular perks (space, quiet, outlet, wifi, food) are great

  • jesi12

    This traveling mother of infant twins is elated to enjoy the basic MKE Delta Sky Lounge extra early before heading out.

  • Shannon M.

    It used to to be the Heineken in the Sky Club Lounges before the switch to skunky beer!

  • nangress

    Showers and massages at the British Airlways London Heathrow lounge. That was my first time flying business class internationally and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

  • Ben

    Preflight “meet the pilot” in the Concorde Lounge (back in the day)…

  • Colin

    FCT rubber ducks!

  • JB

    Have only been to one lounge, and for sure the free WiFi at airports that charge for it has been a great perk.

  • Scott

    favorit amenity is showers

  • Wen Wen

    I like the free food and drinks!

  • Duncan W

    Having a free seat and power outlets with free wifi is great for when I travel, especially when many airports have that in short supply.

  • DogsOfWar

    Booze and a nice chair.

  • Frante Camar

    I always travel in business first class to my business in Barcelona – so I don’t worry about lounge access with my platinum Amex priority pass but I think anyway that it ts not worthit to pay the high fee anymore and it seems like Amex is not doing anything about it.

  • Red badger

    Delta has some great lounges in ATL (Concourses-A,E,F) but B lounges are like the damn DMV. Also, many times wifi in any lounge is SLOW.

  • Koch

    Being able to get a drink with out flagging down a bartender is enough for me

  • Tonya

    has he a picked a winner yet?

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