Will Delta’s 2nd JFK Sky Club Help With Overcrowding?

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Ever since travel demand picked up post-COVID, Delta’s Sky Clubs have been plagued by shockingly long entry lines and overcrowding.

But perhaps none have been worse than in JFK:

 

 

In part, that’s because the food offerings in Delta’s clubs are significantly better than their competition. In fact, Delta even has kosher meals available upon request in all of their hub airport lounges.

It’s also due to the fact that American and United have dedicated business class lounges. Delta plans to create dedicated business class lounges, but for now, they only have Sky Clubs.

But it’s also because there are more ways to access Delta’s Clubs than their competition.

That’s because if you’re not a club member, you need to have a Citi AAdvantage Executive Mastercard to access AA lounges, a Chase United Club Infinite Card to access United lounges, or a Delta Reserve card to access Delta lounges.

However, Delta clubs can also be accessed by the very popular AMEX Consumer Platinum or AMEX Business Platinum Cards, which have benefits that exceed the cost of their annual fees before counting Delta and Centurion lounge access.

Delta has tried making changes, such as only allowing lounge access within 3 hours of a flight, removing Sky Club member access when flying basic economy, and removing elite access when flying internationally, but that hasn’t helped very much with overcrowding.

The airline is locked into a long term and lucrative contract to allow AMEX Platinum cardholder access, so there’s no real solution to their overcrowding problem for as long as AMEX continues to expand that user base.

But, what might help alleviate the problem is more lounge space, and Delta did that last week by opening a 2nd JFK lounge.

 

The new lounge is located near Gate A7 in Terminal 4.

The Club measures in at nearly 14,000-square-foot Club, seating more than 250 people. It will have a covered Sky Deck. Together the two JFK Clubs will have capacity for over 800 guests.

 

It’s a start, though I wonder if it will solve the chronic overcrowding problems?

Have you visited Delta’s new JFK Sky Club yet?

Will you wait in line to enter a lounge?

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12 Comments On "Will Delta’s 2nd JFK Sky Club Help With Overcrowding?"

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Tavster

It happens to be located right next to where LY planes park. I’d assume with the new codeshare that they will transition from Virgin to this one? This one does seem small though

Yandmk

And soon they’re adding access to El Al passengers, too…

Del Tal

Pointless, el al has king david. And king david will allow delta, so it will average out.

yandmk

King David in JFK is closed since Covid. And isn’t planning to reopen in the near future.

Maier A

I’d appreciate if someone can help me out on this one. I’m presently a Diamond Medallion. If I do a status match with AA, will DL drop my Medallion?
Please help me out here. Thanks

m

no

Maier A

Dan, got an opinion?

Just my opinion

Club is gorgeous. Outside is a nice touch and use of space. No doubt we will suffer over crowding shortly.

R

This isn’t going to help. A7 is way too far away from the B gates. Whenever I flew from the A gates, I never walked to B32 to the lounge….so don’t imagine there were a ton of A passengers in the B Gates.

And if you’re leaving from B28-B42 there is no way you are going to walk all the way to A7 for the lounge

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