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I’ve been working for a company with its corporate office in Durham for the past 18 months. Up until this week, I had flown United each month when I visited. I was excited to finally go to the Sky Club®. It’s a nice lounge, but it was extremely crowded. The United Club℠ is usually quiet at RDU, so I was surprised at how many people were packed in here.
Access is granted to passengers with memberships (purchased annually), one-time pass holders (earned from the co-branded American Express cards or purchased for $59), 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: This lounge is located across from gate C3 and an easy walk to any of the gates Delta uses at RDU. It has a nice buffet, free Wi-Fi, and lots of seating. It gets crowded, but seats still outnumbered guests while I was there.
After entering, agents check your boarding pass and credentials at the desk. There is seating as soon as you walk in and various seats fill just about every corner of the lounge. There is also a side room with cubicles for getting some work done.
Just past here you’ll find a full bar. It offers all of the standard spirits, wine, and beer that Delta provides complimentary as well as some premium options for purchase.
It was quite crowded at times as mentioned above.
Across from the bar is a buffet with a solid selection. This includes salads, soups, a few Asian dishes, and desserts.
Vegetable Lo Mein
Chicken Noodle and Tomato Basil soup (I love the Tomato Basil)
Several salad options
More veggies, cheese, and cold cuts
Hummus and pita
Packaged chips and cookies
Rice Krispie Treats and brownies were at the end of the buffet.
Across from the bar there was some pumpkin pie. I love when lounges put out seasonal treats.
Across from the buffet, you’ll find tea bags, iced tea, lemonade, and a Bevi sparkling water dispenser.
Next to the Bevi there is Starbucks coffee and milk.
A coffee machine is located next to these coffee urns with a nice selection of syrup and flavorings.
As pictured above, the lounge fills up and seating is at a premium. There are a lot of seats in this lounge, but most were full and I’m sure there are times when it is standing room only.
This Sky Club® offers free Wi-Fi, restrooms, and the food and beverages mentioned above.
The Delta Sky Club® by gate C3 in Raleigh is small, but has lots of seating, a buffet, full bar, and free Wi-Fi. I’m looking forward to returning next month.
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I frequent this club and agree with your evaluation. I’d note that I’ve never seen it standing room only. It can get crowded during peak flight times, but I’ve never been without a seat.