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En route to an event in Las Vegas this week, I had some time to check out the Delta Sky Club® upstairs near Gate A68 in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). I had been to other lounges at DTW and will review those in the future.
The entrance to the Sky Club® is upstairs from the gates across from the Tram Station. There are escalators as well as an elevator. Once upstairs, you’ll see the familiar blue-tinted doors.
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 premium cabins, 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: This Sky Club® at Gate A68 in DTW is a bit dated and lackluster. It has the standard food options, a bar, and open seating. It was not too crowded during my visit. If it’s near your gate, it’s worth a visit (but there are nicer Sky Clubs® in Detroit). This lounge was closed during the pandemic and they should have renovated before reopening.
There is a desk immediately in front as you enter. There are no kiosks at this location, which is the first sign that it has not been updated/renovated recently.
The tarmac views from this lounge are stellar (although they don’t photograph too well from the windows’ covering). I enjoyed watching planes taxi and move around the airport.
A small bar was tucked away in the back corner across from the buffet. It offers all of the standard spirits, wine, and beer that Delta provides complimentary as well as some premium options for purchase. There are a few tables between the bar, the buffet, and the dessert station.
To the right of the bar, you’ll find iced tea, lemonade, and a soda fountain. Points are taken away because the soda fountain does not have my favorite (ginger ale).
You’ll find an espresso machine closer to the front of the lounge.
There are also some urns of drip coffee and condiments here.
Filtered water and some snacks are around the corner from the coffee.
Lunch was being served during my visit. The buffet offered a nice selection and everything I tasted was fresh. Since it had just been changed from breakfast, everything was also well stocked. The selection included meatballs in brown gravy, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, soup, meats and cheeses, salads, additional salad ingredients, sandwiches, hummus and pita chips, and more.
Meats and cheeses
Salad ingredients, fruit salad, and pasta salad
More salad ingredients
Hummus with pita chips and condiments. I love that Delta always provides a nice assortment of ketchup, hot sauce, mayo, etc.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
The dessert station had cookies, fresh fruit, and Rice Krispy treats
Seating & Decor
As mentioned above, this Sky Club® is in need of a renovation. The furniture and decor feel dated. There were lots of different configurations of couches, chairs, and tables throughout the lounge. The space is essentially one rectangle and it’s smaller than the Sky Club® by Gate A43.
Seats were easy to come by when I was in the Sky Club®.
This Sky Club® offers free Wi-Fi, restrooms, magazines, a printer and shredder, a phone sanitizing machine, and the food and beverages mentioned above.
The printer and shredder are located behind the front desk near the windows.
The phone sanitizing machine was near the door. I’ve never used one before, but was intrigued.
Overall Impression: This Delta Sky Club® at DTW gets the job done. The buffet was nicely presented and it had plenty of seating. It is in need of some renovations and updating to match a lot of the other lounges in the system, but it’s not a bad place to kill time if it’s near your departure gate.
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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