Delta Sky Club Lounge Atlanta Review
Recently I’ve became a Delta Skymiles Gold Medallion Member and decided to take advantage of visiting a Delta Sky Club Lounge while traveling international on a family vacation. Being Platinum on American Airlines and Gold Elite on United I typically spend my time in the American Admirals Club or the United Clubs. Not having as much experience with Delta and their Skymiles program and Delta Sky Clubs I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity to review the Delta Sky Club Lounge in terminal A at Atlanta International, located in the middle of the terminal where you connect to the other term animals by the underground tram system (near Gate 17). It’s just upstairs near the PF Chang’s. There is a Delta Sky Club in all the terminals at ATL.Delta Sky Club Lounge Atlanta Review
Recently I’ve became a Delta Skymiles Gold Medallion Member and decided to take advantage of visiting a Delta Sky Club Lounge while traveling international on a family vacation. Being Platinum on American Airlines and Gold Elite on United I typically spend my time in the American Admirals Club or the United Clubs. Not having as much experience with Delta and their Skymiles program and Delta Sky Clubs I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity to review the Delta Sky Club Lounge in terminal A at Atlanta International, located in the middle of the terminal where you connect to the other term animals by the underground tram system (near Gate 17). It’s just upstairs near the PF Chang’s. There is a Delta Sky Club in all the terminals at ATL.They say first impressions are lasting impressions and the customer service I received at the… Click To Tweet
As a frequent airline traveler, especially on international flights, I have grown to truly appreciate the use of the airport lounges hosted by several of the major airlines or their alliance partners. During a layover or a delay it’s really nice to have a place where you can go without all the busyness and noise of a crowded terminal. There is a sense of relaxation when you have a nice comfortable chair to sit in, high speed Wi-Fi, free drinks, free food, magazines and newspapers to read. Don’t forget how it is the nice to have a clean restroom too! For family travel many lounges also tote a kids’ room or a play area. Business travelers typically have access to a room with printers, copiers, and fax machines, etc. The best part of taking advantage of an airport member lounge is it just gives you that VIP feel and experience.
Another nice perk that many forget about is the concierge service available to you when you have access to an airport member’s lounge. The concierge can monitor your flight and notify you of any boarding time changes. Did you know they will also help you make flight changes, work on getting you on the upgrade or standby list, or book other travel? The concierge service is a hidden gem.
I frequent American Airlines’ “Admirals Club” lounges, United Airlines “United Club” lounges, Priority Pass lounges in some international locations, and my favorites of all the American Express Centurion Lounges, but haven’t ever really experienced the Sky Club by Delta. When flying internationally I will also visit other airline lounges if I can gain access thru their airline partner alliance that I have status on, like Skyteam, Oneworld, or Star Alliance. Some are definitely better than others and no two are the same. I’ve been in some really nice lounges at one airport, just to be disappointed in the same lounge brand in another airport. Overall I’ll tend to choose visiting an airport member’s lounge, with all the amenities, over sitting at a noisy gate in a rock hard and uncomfortable chair.
There are several ways to gain access to the Sky Club Lounges. You can enter with one guest by having either Diamond, Platinum, or Gold Medallion Status, Purchasing a day pass for $59, buying an annual membership, Flying international First Class, or having a Delta Reserve Credit Card. Even if you don’t have free access it can be worth paying for a day pass if you have a layover that is 3 hours or more. Like most airport lounges you first gain access by a concierge that checks your status to gain entrance.
They say first impressions are lasting impressions and the customer service I received at the front desk left me super impressed! I have Gold Medallion with Skymiles so I can gain access and bring one guest in. This trip I had my wife and two kids so I could get the whole family in. I told the lady at the front desk that that I have access to the AA Admirals Club but I’m recently new to the Gold Medallion Status with Delta and wasn’t familiar with the rules to gaining access to the Sky Clubs. She politely explained that I could bring one guest but it would cost $59 each for the kids. She was quick to say “Thank You” for becoming a Medallion Member and bring your business over to Delta. She said she will use her employee pass to give my kids access for free. Now that is great customer service! Thanks Delta!
The Sky Club was very roomy and even though there was a lot of people it didn’t seem crowded at all. The lounge was very clean and well decorated. It was very contemporary and bright, unlike many lounges that are dark and old feeling. I liked the change of pace and the decor. It also had a great view of the airport and runways. There was lots of comfortable chairs and sofa areas with plenty of power outlets! There is nothing more appreciated than a lot of power outlets to charge all my electronics while traveling. There are also a lot of small cubbies to get some work done in private. Great for business travelers.
Even though it was busy, the group I was with had no problem getting service at the bar. Service was fast and friendly. They had several nice beers on tap, a decent selection of wines, and quality cocktails for free. There is a small charge for going top shelf but the quality was nice enough that it wasn’t needed. The food was a salad and soup bar that was actually really good. They have some nice dishes like curry chicken salad, hummus, pickled peppers, etc. in addition to the salad and soups. THey even serve red Starbucks Coffee. That’s a nice perk. Overall the food was delicious and we avoided having to go buy lunch somewhere outside the lounge.
Overall I was really impressed with the quality of the Sky Club lounge. Even more so I was super impressed with the customer service we received from the front desk and all the employees inside. This first impression will definitely make me want to lean to Delta on my international travels and family vacations. I just can’t believe it took me so long to make Delta Airlines my choice for travel. I’ll definitely enjoy my Skymiles access to the Delta Sky Club lounges!
Full Disclosure: I am in no way paid by or receive any compensation from Delta Airlines or for this review. I just felt compelled to write it. They make money from me flying their airlines and it’s nice to see some perks back.