Back in September I blogged about the previous Detroit DTW Main A concourse tram shutdown and that it would happen again in January of 2019. On schedule that has happened this week and the tram will remain closed until
April 11th according to the signs in the airport. UPDATE: Now closed until 1MAY19!
It is not “that” big of a deal unless, that is, you are coming in to one end of the concourse and have almost no time to connect and your flight is departing at the other end of the concourse resulting in an almost 1 mile walk. I have a feeling the Delta special service Porsche drivers are going to be rather busy for the next few months (or maybe they can just move the gate for you?)!
The next change you will see in Detroit for 2019 is the now completed half makeover of the main A Delta Sky Club. I reviewed this club over 3 years ago and while much is new – much is as it was from 3 years ago (most of the chairs for example).
The club now has a much more “open concept” feel to it and per Delta there are more seats – as to more comfortable – that is a bit of a stretch.
Another big change is the customer service desk, that was huge upstairs, is now just inside the main entrance (there are also other reps at the old check-in counter). Delta has floating reps to check you into the club and can even with the hand unit swipe say your non-Delta Amex Platinum cards to get in (if you hold the Delta Amex Reserve cards they are tied to your boarding pass a.k.a. your SkyMiles account so no need for the card). I can see this area becoming a bit of a mess when things go wrong vs. the open area upstairs where it once was. Time will tell.
One other change you will like is the large salad bar in the food center area (much like the update to the B/C club recently).
The fresh choices in the Sky Clubs really are a nice move by Delta (#ProTip – there is parmesan cheese and green onions over by the soup area if you want those in your salad as well).
Lastly, a quick update on how fast SkyMiles plus MQMs and MQDs are posting and crediting to you when you are flying Delta or Delta Connections partners. Short version – almost as soon as you land. Last year it mostly took overnight to credit but I have found flying this year it is crazy fast. All credit to Delta IT for making this work so well. Now as I reported this past Tuesday, the progress from your Delta partner Amex spending (i.e. Delta branded Amex cards) has still yet to update for 2019 nor can Amex see my SkyMiles balance. I hope IT fixes this soon!
The next exciting bit for DTW we have to look forward to is when the stunning new A220 begins to fly out of Detroit sometime this year (the sooner the better)! – Rene