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Delta will be catching up with United and American Airlines next year with the introduction of its Delta One lounges for international business class passengers.
United led the way with its Polaris lounges. These offer premium passengers an elevated buffet, a sit-down restaurant, premium cocktails and wines, and shower suites. (My review of the EWR one is here.) American has Flagship Lounges in several cities. These offer the same amenities as United with the exception of sit-down dining reserved for first class passengers. American also allows in way more people than United since AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum, Concierge Key, and OneWorld Emerald and Sapphire members can all access the lounge (and they can bring a guest).
It’s no secret that the Delta Sky Clubs® have been incredibly crowded (likely because the amenities offered are so good) and the lines to enter often snake around the airports. With the introduction of these lounges, Delta will further alleviate crowding by moving premium passengers to their own designated spaces.
Delta One Lounge at JFK (Opening Early 2024):
Delta continues to expand at JFK Terminal 4 (after condensing/moving operations from Terminal 2). The Delta One Lounge is expected to open in early 2024. It’s going to be about 36,000 square feet and located near the main security checkpoint.
Delta One Lounge at LAX (Opening 2024):
The Delta One Lounge at LAX is supposed to open at some point in 2024. It’s going to be around 10,000 square feet, which is significantly smaller than the lounge at JFK. Delta has less eligible passengers at LAX, so this makes sense. The lounge will be connected to the Sky Club® in Terminal 3. In addition to the lounge, a dedicated Delta One check-in area will also open this year. It will be interesting to see how this lounge is differentiated from the extremely nice Sky Club® here.
What to Expect:
Details around what these lounges will include have not been released, but it seems likely that they will have amenities to rival those found at the Polaris and Flagship Lounges with elevated dining, cocktails, and other amenities.
Anthony’s Take: The Sky Clubs® that have recently opened or been renovated are gorgeous. The food and drink options are pretty impressive and I appreciated having access to showers at LAX, ORD, and JFK recently. Delta continues to up its game with premium passengers and these lounges should further add to the experience.
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