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On my way home from Las Vegas, I had a connection in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). This is Delta’s home base and largest hub. There are a whopping nine Sky Clubs® in this airport. I was departing from gate A30, so I chose to visit the Sky Club® located near gate A17.
Access is granted to passengers with memberships (purchased annually), one-time pass holders (earned from the co-branded American Express cards), Delta One®, SkyTeam premium cabin passengers, SkyTeam Elite Plus when flying internationally in any class of service (this changes in 2023), the Centurion® and the Platinum Card® from American Express holders, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card holders, WestJet business class passengers, and WestJet Rewards Platinum and Gold Elite. Allowed guests vary by access type. A same-day boarding pass is required to enter the Delta Sky Club®.
Anthony’s Take: Delta continues to impress me with the quality and quantity of food offered in its Sky Clubs®. The lounge near gate A17 had a substantial breakfast selection, bar, and restrooms. There is a ton of seating, but I’m guessing that it gets packed at peak times. I had no issue finding a seat and thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast.
Upon entering the Sky Club® you’re presented with an elevator as well as stairs to the lounge. The wall opposite the elevator has a huge painting of who I’m assuming is Amelia Earhart.
Once upstairs, there is a check-in desk as well as agents roaming with handheld scanners to check admittance. The first thing you’ll notice once inside is how many seats this lounge has spread across a vast space.
To the left of the agents’ desk you’ll find a bar and one of the two buffets. In the morning, juice and water are set up on the bar. A bartender is also on hand for other beverages. It was 5:45 AM while I was there, so I did not visit the bar.
I guess after spending years in United Clubs℠ with sub-par food offerings that it doesn’t take much to impress me. That said, Delta continues to up its game with its Sky Clubs® and the food is often on a par with what can be found in the Centurion Lounges by American Express and even the United Polaris® lounges. I visited the lounge by A17 early in the morning and found a delicious and varied breakfast offering.
Espresso machine with a selection of milk, syrups, and more
Snacks and fruit packaged to go
Greek yogurt, chia seed pudding, berries, granola, salad, fruit, and hard boiled eggs
Pain au chocolat and berry muffins
Bagels, bread, and spreads along with a toaster
Home fries with bell peppers
Egg bites with herbs
Condiments including ketchup, mayo, sriracha, hot sauce, and more
Seating & Decor
As mentioned, there is a lot of seating with various types for working and relaxing around the lounge. The lounge was pretty empty when I was there early in the morning, but I have been here later in the day when it is full.
More seating in the Sky Club®.
Even more seating.
This Sky Club® offers free Wi-Fi, restrooms, and the food and beverages mentioned above. It doesn’t have showers or any other amenities, but it’s a good spot to grab some food when you’re departing from the A gates at ATL.
The Delta Sky Club® by gate A17 in Atlanta offers a great breakfast buffet, plenty of seating, and a relaxing space to spend some time before a flight.
Anthony’s Credit Card Pick: I love the lounges where The Platinum Card® from American Express grants me access. It has had a prominent place in my wallet for many years now. While it does have an annual fee of $695, it provides many travel benefits and will always be my go-to for lounge access (both Delta Sky Clubs® and Centurion Lounges) and booking airfare from the airlines to earn 5x points (up to $500,000 per calendar year). Learn more. Rates & Fees. Terms apply.
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