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After visiting the Delta SkyClub San Diego Airport for the first time, I decided to quickly swing by the Airspace Lounge, which is my go-to lounge at the airport. However, I’ve never reviewed it before, so figured I’d get some pictures.
While I haven’t reviewed this lounge before, Tiffany did write about it earlier this year in a post titled “Is This The Most Generous Lounge Access Policy Ever?”
What makes the Airspace Lounge so unique is that it’s also operated partly as an American Airlines Admirals Club, so there are many ways to access the lounge.
The lounge can be accessed the same way as any Admirals Club, meaning:
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® cardholders have an Admirals Club membership, so you can access the lounge regardless of which airline you’re flying
- If you have the Citi Prestige Card, you can access any Admirals Club within 12 hours of your American flight, including this lounge
In either case, you can also bring in either two guests, or immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age).
However, the Airspace Lounge also has a partnership with American Express, whereby Platinum and Centurion cardholders can access the lounge as well.
- This means that whether you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, you can access the Airspace Lounge regardless of which airline you’re flying
- Unlike the Citi cards, authorized users of the above cards can leverage this benefit as well, which is a nice perk.
- As opposed to the Priority Pass Select benefit, you don’t have to activate anything prior to using the Airspace lounge — it’s not a separate membership, so you can just present your card at the entrance for access.
Through this agreement, you can bring in up to two guests or your spouse and children.
In my case I can access the lounge thanks to a couple of cards. I have the Citi Prestige Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express, both of which get me access. However, I always use the latter. Why? Because when you enter through any means other than an Admirals Club membership/access perk, you get a $10 gift card for each member of your party, which can be redeemed in the lounge. These don’t expire, so you can save them for future visits if you want.
Anyway, on to the actual lounge review, now that the complicated access policy has been explained.
The Airspace Lounge is located in Terminal 2 at San Diego Airport, between Terminal 2 East and the bridge to Terminal 2 West.
Coming from the SkyClub and main security checkpoint, it’s located just past gate 33.
The entrance is to the left, right next to a monitor with all the information about ways to access the lounge.
There’s a poster indicating that this is also the lounge that British Airways and Japan Airlines use for their premium passengers.
The sign also indicates that access to the lounge can be purchased for $25, which includes a $10 gift card. That’s not a half bad price as far as buying lounge access goes.
Anyway, at the entrance there are both Admirals Club and Airspace Lounge associates. An Admirals Club agent is typically sitting at the desk closest to the door, while the Airspace agent sits behind them.
If you’re entering as if it were an Admirals Club (ie, using an Admirals Club membership, the Citi Executive AAdvantage, the Citi Prestige Card, etc.) you’d see the American agent. Meanwhile if you’re entering it any other way, you’d see the Airspace agent.
So even when flying American I see the Airspace agent, since I access the lounge using The Platinum Card® from American Express, in order to get the $10 gift card.
For what it’s worth, I find the Airspace agents to consistently be extremely friendly (they’re almost all Japanese, for what it’s worth, I think partly because of the JAL flight), while I’ve consistently found the Admirals Club agents to be downright bitchy and unhelpful.
The lounge itself is quite nice, with tarmac views on two sides. The centerpiece of the lounge is the bar area, which features about a dozen seats.
Then around the bar are booths and a couple of high-top communal tables, which is usually where I sit.
The rest of the lounge has more traditional lounge seating, with a variety of seats facing one another.
Back in the front corner of the lounge is a TV area.
There are a variety of newspapers and magazines available. Since this lounge is used by both British Airways and Japan Airlines, you can expect a good number of trashy tabloids and also Japanese newspapers.
The tarmac views from the lounge are pretty cool, even if the gate closest to the lounge belongs to Spirit (I sort of dig their livery). 😉
The self service food spread is just past the entrance, and is very basic. There’s Peet’s coffee & tea, as well as an espresso machine (which isn’t very good, unfortunately).
Then there’s some whole fruit as well as a variety of cookies.
And then as you’d expect from an Admirals Club, there were the Snack Towers Of Sadness (a term coined by Tiffany).
Self serve soft drinks are available out of a fountain.
As I explained earlier, most people entering this lounge receive a $10 gift card, which can be used towards food and drinks.
Here’s the Airspace Lounge menu:
I ordered The Airspace Continental, which was pretty not-great. The cheese wasn’t especially tasty, though the bread was fine and the plain yogurt was… plain.
The lounge also has decent restrooms, though doesn’t have showers, as far as I know.
Airspace Lounge San Diego Airport bottom line
This is usually my “go to” lounge in San Diego, though that’s largely a function of me usually flying American out of San Diego. This is the lounge closest to their gates, and also the lounge they use.
The hybrid Airspace Lounge/Admirals Club setup is an interesting one, and I think it works pretty well in this case. The $10 gift cards they give you whenever you enter is a nice touch, especially since you can keep them for future visits.
For that matter, I think the $25 per visit price tag they charge for a day pass is much more reasonable than what some other airlines charge.
All that being said, I was especially impressed by the SkyClub San Diego Airport, so if flying Delta would definitely use it again.
Have you been to an Airspace Lounge? What do you make of the concept?