The best Delta Sky Club lounges in the US
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. It was originally published on June 8, 2019.
Delta operates more than 50 Sky Club locations globally, with the vast majority of those in the United States. Unlike American Airlines and United, which operate subsets of Flagship and Polaris lounges, respectively, Delta does not give special designation to its biggest, boldest and most elaborate lounges — some of which have awe-inspiring airport views, showers or enhanced food options.
Here we’ll give you an exhaustive guide to gaining access to Delta’s network of Sky Club lounges, though the most straightforward way is to hold the right credit card. The Platinum Card® from American Express, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card grant entry into a Sky Club for the primary cardholder when that person is holding a same-day Delta ticket.
Here are the best Sky Club locations that make arriving to the airport early worth it:
Situated between Concourses A and B at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this sprawling 21,000-square-foot lounge seats over 400 customers across two levels and has nabbed awards for its design. This club also has one of the more elaborate food spreads, including sandwiches, soups and a salad bar.
Delta touts a partnership here with chef Ethan Stowell, who provides locally-inspired fare that you won’t find in any other Sky Club. Those needing a massage will appreciate the Asanda Spa Lounge, and AvGeeks will love the huge glass panes that provide breathtaking views of airport operations and Mount Rainier.
The lounge features 30-foot ceilings with curved paneling and a mezzanine level with art from emerging artists and local galleries. A half-dozen shower suites are perhaps the ultimate luxury. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a shower after a long-haul from Asia.
Given that Delta’s headquarters is within a stone’s throw of the world’s busiest airport, it’s no surprise that one of the airline’s most spectacular Sky Clubs is in Atlanta. While each of ATL’s terminals have at least a single Sky Club, the best and brightest is in Concourse B, near gate B18. Sitting above the rest of the concourse, this Sky Club spans nearly 25,000 square feet and gives incredible views of the airport’s operations. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a peek at downtown Atlanta, too.
There’s a unique wine wall where guests can request a taste, glass or a flight of wines. Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins provides locally-inspired soups, salads and breads exclusive to the Atlanta B Delta Sky Club. Local art decorates the walls, and power outlets and high-backed seats abound.
Delta expects this to be the busiest Club in the entire system, and I believe it. With room for 500 people, noise levels are often quite high, and the line for entry can resemble a TSA queue on the day before Thanksgiving.
If it’s peace and quiet you’re after, the oft-overlooked Sky Club in terminal D is a good choice. There are no views whatsoever, but it’s the most suited for working. If it’s a massage you’re after, head to Concourse E. That Sky Club is home to a new Asanda Spa Lounge. If the weather’s good, the Sky Club in ATL Concourse F has an outdoor viewing deck for open-air planespotting, not to mention a few showers.
Lastly, if you have an exceedingly long ATL layover, leave the terminal and shuttle over to the nearby Delta Flight Museum for a slice of AvGeek paradise.
Delta’s Sky Club at JFK’s Terminal 4 is the stuff of legend. It’s located in concourse B near Gate 31 and is a huge space — nearly 27,000 square feet in total. This lounge is currently undergoing renovations, though Delta reports that several of the upgrades are complete “including more seating and a completely redesigned food and bar experience.”
“Other Terminal 4 Club renovations underway include the addition of a retractable roof on the Sky Deck – including heaters and fans so guests can enjoy it year-round, a reimagined lobby area with additional seating, and restroom expansion and refresh,” Delta said, adding that is goal is “to complete these projects in 2020.”
Opened in May 2019, one of Delta’s newest Sky Clubs in its network is also arguably the Texas airport’s top lounge. TPG got an early look at the new space when it opened and found the space to exude a “classy Texas” vibe, with warm leathers, walnut wood and metal finishes plus artwork from local artists.
The lounge itself isn’t one of Delta’s largest, at 9,000 square feet, but it features a covered Sky Deck, and food and beverage choices that reflect Texas cuisine. One standout feature is the so-called “Agave Experience,” where you can taste any one of the bar’s tequila or mezcal options, either as an individual pour or as a flight.
In November 2019, New Orleans became home to the newest airport terminal in the U.S., and the country’s newest Delta Sky Club. The 4,600-square-foot club reflects the city in its design and offerings, from paintings of Louis Armstrong and posters of the famous Cafe du Monde to NOLA culinary staples like oysters, gumbo and muffaletta sandwiches.
There’s no Sky Deck at this lounge, but the glass windows still offer plenty of AvGeek views. The full-service bar features seasonal cocktails, local craft beers and a wine selection curated by Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is one of American Airlines’ largest hubs, but that didn’t stop Delta from opening a new, 7,500-square-foot Sky Club at the airport. Located in the South Concourse of Terminal 3 at PHX, this Sky Club location follows the trend of incorporating local design cues and culinary inspiration into new Club openings.
The opening of the PHX Sky Club is welcome news for Delta flyers passing through the Arizona airport, who didn’t before have a lounge option.
What’s next for Delta Sky Clubs?
Salt Lake City International Airport will see a new, nearly 28,000-square-foot Club in 2020 and Los Angeles International Airport will see a new Club in 2021 — both of which will feature a Sky Deck for outstanding airport views. And, of course, we continue to hold out hope that Delta will develop a more-exclusive lounge experience for Delta One passengers that will allow it to better compete with its domestic competitors in the ground-experience department.
Featured image of Delta’s Phoenix Sky Club courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
Additional reporting by Nick Ellis.
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