Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club® (RDU – Gate C3)

by Anthony Losanno
Delta Sky Club RDU Entrance

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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.

Delta Sky Club RDU Front Desk


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 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.

Delta Sky Club RDU Seating 1

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.

Delta Sky Club RDU Bar


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.

Delta Sky Club RDU Bar 2

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.

Delta Sky Club RDU Chicken

Five-Spice Chicken

Delta Sky Club RDU Rice

Jasmine Rice

Delta Sky Club RDU Lo Mein

Vegetable Lo Mein

Delta Sky Club RDU Soup

Chicken Noodle and Tomato Basil soup (I love the Tomato Basil)

Delta Sky Club RDU Salads

Several salad options

Delta Sky Club RDU Veggies


Delta Sky Club RDU Veggies 2

More veggies, cheese, and cold cuts

Delta Sky Club RDU Hummus

Hummus and pita

Delta Sky Club RDU Chips

Packaged chips and cookies

Delta Sky Club RDU Desserts

Rice Krispie Treats and brownies were at the end of the buffet.

Delta Sky Club RDU Pie

Across from the bar there was some pumpkin pie. I love when lounges put out seasonal treats.

Delta Sky Club RDU Bevi

Across from the buffet, you’ll find tea bags, iced tea, lemonade, and a Bevi sparkling water dispenser.

Delta Sky Club RDU Coffee

Next to the Bevi there is Starbucks coffee and milk.

Delta Sky Club RDU Coffee Machine

A coffee machine is located next to these coffee urns with a nice selection of syrup and flavorings.

Delta Sky Club RDU Seating 2


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.

Overall Impression:

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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1 comment

RDUFlyer December 15, 2022 - 1:16 pm

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.


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