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Is a Delta One Lounge Coming to LAX?

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Rumors are swirling that Delta Air Lines may introduce a separate, exclusive airside lounge for Delta One customers at LAX.

TPG’s Benji Stawski writes that a “senior Delta staffer at LAX told [a TPG reader and Delte elite] that the airline will be opening a lounge there exclusively for Delta One passengers.”

The lounge will purportedly be at the top floor of Delta’s Sky Way project. I imagine it will be at least somewhat close to the new Sky Club; when finished, the club will overlook Terminals 2 and 3 and be 25,000 square feet. For reference, the “main” Atlanta B Sky Club is about that size.

Right now, Delta offers a dedicated check-in reception area for its LAX Delta One customers. While waiting for their bags to be checked, passengers can enjoy some snacks and beverages.

Snacks and drinks are seen at the Delta One check-in lounge in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Snacks and drinks are available at the Delta One check-in lounge in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Given the check-in waits usually aren’t very long — and Delta One passengers enjoy complimentary Sky Club access — the Delta One “lounges” aren’t really designed for long-term enjoyment.

Nonetheless, they are nice places to begin a trip. 🙂

A premium club would certainly bring a little added prestige to Delta One — especially because American and United already have dedicated premium lounges. (American’s Flagship Lounges; United’s Polaris Lounges).

How about that? Delta would be copying American and United, as opposed to the other way around?

Delta One Suites 5B on an Airbus A350.

I imagine it would include features such as restaurant-style, order-off-the-menu table service (similar to what I enjoyed at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow). And perhaps complimentary high-end beer, wine, and liquor — which are not free in standard Sky Clubs.

The bar and liquor bottles are seen at the Delta Sky Club Austin airport lounge at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. Photo © Chris Carley / PointsLounge
Delta Sky Club in Austin

From what I’ve personally seen and heard, celebrities are a small fraction of Delta One customers. Still, a more private lounge than Sky Clubs is something they’d certainly enjoy. I’ve seen plenty of famous people at Sky Clubs — especially the LAX, SFO, and JFK locations. Never have I witnessed any problems with them interacting with us common folk.

In fact, aside from some passengers stealing quick glances or whispering to companions “Hey, so-and-so is over there,” most people don’t seem to care. But a premium lounge indeed appeals to high profile travelers — and would surely only help attract more business to Delta.

A Delta spokesperson told TPG, “We are always exploring how we can enhance the Delta One experience in the airport, including a differentiated Delta Sky Club for Delta One customers. We are still in early planning stages for the new Club offerings coming to LAX.”

What Do You Think?

Do you want a dedicated Delta One lounge? What (realistic) amenities should be included? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section!

— Chris

 

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3 Comments

  1. In my opinion, expect the Sky Club food/amenities at these airports that get D1 lounges to be downgraded if this happens. Just ask United fliers how the United Clubs have been lately at EWR after the Polaris Lounge opened a few years ago.

  2. Delta’s lack of business class lounges is one of the airline’s major failures. As you state, American and United have a huge advantage in that department. Plus Delta flyers don’t get access to wonderful first class lounges like in Oneworld and Star Alliance.

    If there is a D1 lounge it should have a very nice buffet and free premium alcohol like a Flagship or Polaris lounge. Free a la carte dining like a Polaris lounge or Flagship First Dining would be nice but not required. For 25,000 square feet their should be plenty of showers and rest areas. If Delta wants to one up United and American add massages and manicures like Centurion Lounges. Delta Diamonds travelling in any class of service should have access also.

  3. Gotta agree with Bryce…I’m a Delta guy…in the NYC area..but a frequent United flyer I know has been complaining for quite some time how the United Club at EWR “sucks”. She stopped using EWR and flies out of LGA because she can use the Centurion Lounge there. Hmmm…?

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