Official: Delta One Lounges Coming To JFK & LAX

Official: Delta One Lounges Coming To JFK & LAX

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For a long time there have been hints that Delta will be opening new premium lounges for business class passengers, and that has now officially been confirmed. This revelation comes at the same time that Delta has announced new SkyClub access restrictions as of June 2022.

Delta One Lounges opening in 2023 & 2024

While details remain limited, Delta has announced plans to open two Delta One lounges, dedicated specifically to premium business class passengers:

  • A Delta One Lounge JFK will be opening in 2023
  • A Delta One Lounge LAX will be opening in 2024

All we know as of now is that the lounges will “feature a dedicated level of service that elevates the lounge experience as Delta continues to expand premium services.”

While this is the first time that Delta is acknowledging this development in such a public way, we knew this was happening. For example, Delta is continuing to expand at Terminal 4 at JFK, and in late 2021 there was an outreach event, which showed plans for a Delta One Lounge at the airport.

According to that, the lounge will be 36,000 square feet, and it will be located near Concourse B in Terminal 4. This is also separate from a new Delta SkyClub coming to Concourse A. You can (sort of) see mention of this in the below slide from the presentation, though unfortunately it’s blurry.

Details about the Delta One Lounge LAX are a bit more limited, and that lounge is also still at least a couple of years from opening.

For context, Delta SkyClubs are Delta’s standard lounges, which are open to members, and select credit card holders and select premium cabin travelers. Delta SkyClubs are superior to American Admirals Clubs and United Clubs, though the catch is that both American and United have special non-membership lounges for premium travelers.

Of these lounges, I’d say United Polaris Lounges are the best, though they also have the strictest access requirements. American Flagship Lounges are also great, and are open to more passengers. So essentially Delta will be playing catch up with American and United here.

Delta One passengers will soon have a dedicated lounge

What should we expect from Delta One Lounges?

We have no actual sense of what to expect from Delta One Lounges yet, so all we can do is speculate. Here are a few general thoughts:

  • I would guess that these lounges will be open to anyone with a business class ticket marketed as Delta One, which would include most long haul international flights, premium transcontinental flights, and select short haul international flights
  • Delta SkyClubs already have a pretty decent food selection, so I would imagine Delta One Lounges would feature significantly elevated offerings; maybe we’ll see a la carte dining, like in United Polaris Lounges
  • Then again, at least the JFK location is expected to be massive, at 36,000 square feet, so I wouldn’t expect this to be all that bespoke of an experience; maybe we’ll just see a slightly elevated food and drink selection, and a way to add lounge capacity by providing a bit of differentiation
  • Hopefully we see some other elevated amenities, like nap rooms, some sort of fitness options, nicer shower suites, etc.
American Flagship Lounges have buffets

Historically Delta invests quite a bit in its premium soft product, so I’m curious if that will apply at these Delta One Lounges.

United Polaris Lounges feature a la carte dining

Bottom line

While this has been rumored for quite a while now, it’s finally official — Delta One Lounges will be opening at JFK in 2023 and at LAX in 2024. We don’t know much about the LAX lounge, but we know that the JFK lounge will be roughly 36,000 square feet.

I’m curious to see what Delta does with these lounges — Delta SkyClubs are better than American Admirals Clubs and United Clubs, so I wonder if Delta one-ups American and United on premium lounges as well.

What do you make of these Delta One Lounges, and how good do you think they’ll be?

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  1. Ollie Guest

    Since LAX and LGA has new Sky Clubs open especially with both of them having over 30000 sq. feet of space each, I'm wondering if the new Delta lounge at T4 with 36000 sq. ft will become a regular SkyClub. The current one with the rooftop area could be converted to a Delta One lounge. That's my guess.

  2. iamhere Guest

    They should do something at their major hubs like ATL or DTW. Whenever I am changing planes at DTW it's always "a zoo" - with almost no where to sit in the lounge. The problem is the lounge used to be a premium experience and now many credit cards and passes can get you in. It's a good move to free up some space in the lounges but not soon enough.

  3. LCFA Guest

    Interesting. The DL SkyClub at LAX does appear amazing, and it can be accessed with an Amex Platinum card. I’ll probs fly DL soon just to experience that lounge.

    AA is currently constructing a new LAX terminal connection between T4 and T5, so maybe they will do the same. The AA Flagship lounge at LAX T4 is already fantastic. And AA premium international passengers (including Emerald status, no matter what cabin you’re flying) also have...

    Interesting. The DL SkyClub at LAX does appear amazing, and it can be accessed with an Amex Platinum card. I’ll probs fly DL soon just to experience that lounge.

    AA is currently constructing a new LAX terminal connection between T4 and T5, so maybe they will do the same. The AA Flagship lounge at LAX T4 is already fantastic. And AA premium international passengers (including Emerald status, no matter what cabin you’re flying) also have access to the amazing lounges at the adjacent TB (Tom Bradley terminal), designed and operated by Qantas.

    We shall see.

  4. Quest Fanning Guest

    I certainly hope this does not come at the expense of debasing the existing SkyClubs. I wouldn't mind mostly using the second-best lounge they offer as long as it continues to improve. I hope the SkyClubs don't get down-graded just to better differentiate from the DeltaOne lounges.

    1. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      I mean, they just went a long way towards doing that yesterday, and for all we know, that could just be the beginning....

  5. Jerry Diamond

    Delta doesn't even serve Champagne on board, so it would be surprising to see a better beverage offer in a D1 lounge than onboard.

    1. Icarus Guest

      Air France even serves it in economy, albeit not the finest compared with business or La Premiere.

    2. Jkjkjk Guest

      They do offer dom even in skyclubs.

  6. Motion to Dismiss Member

    I predict DL will try to out-do UA here - I fully expect a la carte dining akin or better to the Polaris lounges, and with 36k square feet, maybe even a spa facility.

    It just occurred to me that if AA gives access to Flagship Lounges for JFK-LAX/SFO and Delta gives access to Delta One lounges for JFK-LAX/SFO, then surely United would at least consider marketing EWR-LAX/SFO as Polaris and giving access to the Polaris lounge?

  7. Mike O. Guest

    Since the future new Terminal One at JFK will be run by a new consortium, time for Skyteam as well as other Delta partners to move to T4 and let Terminal One be the defacto international terminal.

    1. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      Not a chance in hell that that would happen, as airlines like AF/JL/LH/KE have heavy equity in that terminal, regardless of who manages it.

  8. Tim Dunn Diamond

    Regarding the two locations (JFK and LAX) that appear to now be confirmed, Delta is rebuilding or have active construction projects in both airports - so that explains in part why they are announcing those two airports now.
    Since DTW is apparently also getting a D1 lounge (the new Sky Club across from the primary Club at the center of the A concourse), ATL will likely get at least one D1 lounge. DL has...

    Regarding the two locations (JFK and LAX) that appear to now be confirmed, Delta is rebuilding or have active construction projects in both airports - so that explains in part why they are announcing those two airports now.
    Since DTW is apparently also getting a D1 lounge (the new Sky Club across from the primary Club at the center of the A concourse), ATL will likely get at least one D1 lounge. DL has more widebody flights to more continents than from any other hub but it also operates out of 2 concourses (E and F) at ATL, both of which already have Sky Clubs. Space is at premium in both locations, esp. in the center of the concourse so DL is probably having to do a little more work to find not just one but probably 2 D1 lounges for ATL.

    As to the snarky comment about DOT data and lounges, that, like telephone hold time is measured. The DOT does measure average fare data by route (it is highly guarded for international routes) but DL and UA systemwide get fairly comparable international yields while AA trails both. Since DL's widebody aircraft generally have more seats than UA's which goes for a more premium configuration, DL gets more revenue which is reflected in DL's higher revenue and profits both on a systemwide basis and on its international system.
    IN fact, the DOT just released 4th quarter profitability by region based on reports from each airline and Delta is the only one of the 3 global US airlines that had a profitable 2021 on its international system driven by transatlantic profits. B6 was profitable to Latin America while neither American or United was profitable in any global region on an annual basis.

    Delta is adding D1 lounges because it sees the opportunity to gain more revenue rather than because its international system can't be profitable without them.

    1. Jkjkjk Guest

      Club at ATL would be nice space for D1 lounge

  9. 305 Guest

    A LAX lounge has a lot to do with NYC-based travelers. If you’re doing a RT transcon and have a choice between a DeltaOne lounge on only the outbound leg or Flagship/Polaris access on both legs, you’d probably skew towards the latter choices (and that doesn’t even take into account that UA/AA offer a better hard product on transcon)

  10. Icarus Guest

    The new SkyClub at LAX is pretty good. Beautifully decorated and a great open terrace. I believe it’s the largest one.

  11. Anthony Diamond

    1) LAX is a focus for Delta 1 lounge because it has a ton of D1 transcons to JFK and BOS, plus Delta sells a ton of D1 codeshares to Europe through Virgin, Air France, KLM

    2) JFK is a focus for the same reason - a lot of D1 to LAX, SFO, SEA, D1 on its own planes and partners internationally, etc

    3) Both airports are competitive, and Delta typically invests where it needs to compete the most

    4) ATL is getting some love in the form of a Centurion lounge

  12. Greg Guest

    UNITED leading the charge years ahead here

    1. MC Guest

      What era is it you’re living in?

  13. Roberto Guest

    Wait, Tim Dunn hasn’t rattled off pointless DOT statistics on why the Delta One lounges are already superior than United and AA?!?!?!

  14. Jan Guest

    This should help the overcrowding regular Sky Clubs too…

  15. sharon Guest

    They must be relying on the transcon routes for the LAX lounge?

    Delta long haul service is quite weak from LAX- they don't even have any European destinations from LAX

    1. Icarus Guest

      They do have a joint venture on VS AF KL . AF KL will have up to 6 daily flights to AMS and CDG this summer and 3 daily to LHR. There will be an airside connection from the Tom Bradley terminal to t2/3, plus Air France will hopefully have it’s own lounge ( I imagine in the West Gates - midfield concourse).

    2. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      TCONS and keep in mind that immediately prior to Covid, DL had company-metal nonstops to SYD/HND/PVG daily + CDG/AMS 3xWk, in addition to joint venture partner flights to LHR/CDG/AMS/FCO/ICN.

  16. DLPTATL Guest

    @Delta - Please don't take the home team in ATL for granted. I understand from a business perspective there is 1) more airline competition, 2) more high-revenue DeltaOne Pax, and 3) premium trans-cons from JFK and LAX; however, ATL and DTW are the flagship airports for Delta and will remain that way for the foreseeable future as Delta can only expand so much in NYC and LA given the limited number of gates and competition...

    @Delta - Please don't take the home team in ATL for granted. I understand from a business perspective there is 1) more airline competition, 2) more high-revenue DeltaOne Pax, and 3) premium trans-cons from JFK and LAX; however, ATL and DTW are the flagship airports for Delta and will remain that way for the foreseeable future as Delta can only expand so much in NYC and LA given the limited number of gates and competition from other carriers. While they have to rely on the woeful "The Club Atlanta," British Airways and Qatar are both offering better aircraft to Europe than Delta's old 767's and 330's that they fly on most of these routes.

  17. EndlosLuft Guest

    Weird that they haven't announced an ATL location! Not like that's an important airport for Delta One flights ...

  18. GGC New Member

    What is DL weighing in by offering premium lounges in JFK and LAX and not in their main ATL hub?

    1. tipsyinmadras Gold

      Premium JFK/LAX Transcon and transatlantic/pacific services clearly bigger pulls than ATL

    2. shoeguy Guest

      Premium traffic that skews O&D vs. connecting traffic and that's why JFK and LAX are a much higher priority than ATL.

    3. tcATL New Member

      If you're flying out of Atlanta there is no competition for direct routes... no incentive to invest in that experience when Delta is the only option.

    4. GGC New Member

      Under that rationale UA wouldn't have a Polaris lounge at IAH or AA a flagship in DFW.

    5. Christopher Guest

      I imagine it’s a space issue more than anything else.

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DLPTATL Guest

@Delta - Please don't take the home team in ATL for granted. I understand from a business perspective there is 1) more airline competition, 2) more high-revenue DeltaOne Pax, and 3) premium trans-cons from JFK and LAX; however, ATL and DTW are the flagship airports for Delta and will remain that way for the foreseeable future as Delta can only expand so much in NYC and LA given the limited number of gates and competition from other carriers. While they have to rely on the woeful "The Club Atlanta," British Airways and Qatar are both offering better aircraft to Europe than Delta's old 767's and 330's that they fly on most of these routes.

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Motion to Dismiss Member

I predict DL will try to out-do UA here - I fully expect a la carte dining akin or better to the Polaris lounges, and with 36k square feet, maybe even a spa facility. It just occurred to me that if AA gives access to Flagship Lounges for JFK-LAX/SFO and Delta gives access to Delta One lounges for JFK-LAX/SFO, then surely United would at least consider marketing EWR-LAX/SFO as Polaris and giving access to the Polaris lounge?

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Tim Dunn Diamond

Regarding the two locations (JFK and LAX) that appear to now be confirmed, Delta is rebuilding or have active construction projects in both airports - so that explains in part why they are announcing those two airports now. Since DTW is apparently also getting a D1 lounge (the new Sky Club across from the primary Club at the center of the A concourse), ATL will likely get at least one D1 lounge. DL has more widebody flights to more continents than from any other hub but it also operates out of 2 concourses (E and F) at ATL, both of which already have Sky Clubs. Space is at premium in both locations, esp. in the center of the concourse so DL is probably having to do a little more work to find not just one but probably 2 D1 lounges for ATL. As to the snarky comment about DOT data and lounges, that, like telephone hold time is measured. The DOT does measure average fare data by route (it is highly guarded for international routes) but DL and UA systemwide get fairly comparable international yields while AA trails both. Since DL's widebody aircraft generally have more seats than UA's which goes for a more premium configuration, DL gets more revenue which is reflected in DL's higher revenue and profits both on a systemwide basis and on its international system. IN fact, the DOT just released 4th quarter profitability by region based on reports from each airline and Delta is the only one of the 3 global US airlines that had a profitable 2021 on its international system driven by transatlantic profits. B6 was profitable to Latin America while neither American or United was profitable in any global region on an annual basis. Delta is adding D1 lounges because it sees the opportunity to gain more revenue rather than because its international system can't be profitable without them.

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