Review: Delta Sky Club, Los Angeles International Airport – Terminal 5, California, USA


At the time of this trip, the Delta Sky Club in Los Angeles Terminal 5 had been recently refreshed as their main lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. I had booked us to fly down to Los Angeles a day early, prior to our overseas flight so that MrsWT73 could do a little shopping and that there would be no issues with our connecting flight on two separate tickets. Having arrived, and with no set schedule, we decided we would check out the lounge.

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Review: Delta Sky Club, Los Angeles International Airport – Terminal Five, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.

At the time of this trip, Delta Airlines and the Delta Sky Club were situated in Terminal Five in Los Angeles. Although Delta Airlines has since moved over to Terminal Two, it’s still worth a walk down memory lane to see what a Delta Sky Club offers during our visit to the this lounge.

Locating the Delta Sky Club:

We arrived off our Delta Airlines First Class Vancouver – Los Angeles flight. At the time of this trip, the Delta Sky Club was located just past the Lemonade restaurant in Los Angeles International Airport in Terminal 5. The Los Angeles International Airport is located in nine different terminals in somewhat of a sprawling area.

Los Angeles Internation Terminal Map
Mid Concourse – LAX Terminal Five

Surprisingly, the club was accessed from the concourse via a freight elevator?? Sinister! It was a pretty grungy entrance for what was marketed as a massive renovation. There were no hip and happening escalators here- or an abundance of space.

Delta Sky Club Access on the Upper Floor

Arriving to the lounge reception, it was not exactly a serene arrival with a crowded reception desk of grumpy customers.

Delta Sky Club Reception – Busy Arrival

Accessing the Delta Airlines Sky Club:

Delta Airlines, as a member of Skyteam, have quite a different list of access policies. It’s especially different considering that Delta offers a number of premium and International services from Los Angeles International Airport.

  • Domestic Delta first class and ‘Delta One’ business class flyers bound for New York JFK
  • Passengers booked in business and first class on Delta and SkyTeam international flights, or connecting to or from the same – including Delta’s daily Los Angeles-Sydney service
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers ahead of any Delta flight
  • Delta Gold and Platinum Medallion members when departing LAX on a Delta or SkyTeam international flight, or when connecting domestically to or from the same
  • Delta Diamond Medallion and paid-up Sky Club members ahead of onward travel with any airline, where the lounge is in the same terminal or secure area as the flight
  • SkyTeam Elite Plus members with a same-day international SkyTeam flight
  • American Express Platinum and Centurion Charge Card customers, travelling on Delta Airlines in any class.
  • US-issued Delta Reserve credit cardholders
  • Full economy (Y-class) travellers on Delta

While they used to offer access on a one day paid fee for $50 USD, this has since been discontinued.

We gained access as a result of travelling internationally (from Canada) on a first class ticket. During our visit, they had no issues with us using the lounge as “arriving” first class passengers, and we admitted without any concerns.

Inside the Delta Sky Slub Los Angeles – Terminal Five:

Once we were inside, we had an opportunity to appreciate the newly renovated Delta Sky Club. The most immediate striking feature was the ceiling accent, which really marked the lounge space. The high ceiling was further accented with rotating color light.

The Delta Sky Club Lounge Area
The Colored Ceiling overlooking the Delta Sky Club – Terminal Five
The Pathway towards the Bar Area

The lounge had striking colors of white, blue and red, which made strong statements in a contemporary manner. Off the main lounge area were several moods and seating areas that were a little less inspirational, but perfectly functional.

Lounge Spaces

WT73jr enjoyed the space, and immediately connected to the free wifi in a comfortable lounger.

Complimentary Wifi was available for news (or entertainment)

The lounge was probably at about 70% occupancy on our visit and we were still able to locate some places to sit. This was better than the regular Los Angeles Terminal Five concourse, which was stuffed full on our walk through the concourse. it was a nice space with tarmac views.

The lounge featured some contemporary and traditional art. Growing up in the seventies, I especially liked this piece. 

Monopoly Capitalism Pop Art

In addition to the lounge seating space, the lounge offered apron views with daylight windows. This was a more popular space to be, and the chairs over here were completely or near full on our visit.

Additional Airside Daylight Views
A popular spot
Square Private Chairs accented the second lounge space

There were also some less exciting sponsored magazines available near the food stations, if you were looking for something to take with you.

Complimentary Magazines

Food and Beverage:

Breakfast Feature:

Our visit coincided wit breakfast hours. The breakfast food offering was dismal and wasn’t anything to write home about. It was the usual United Club style preserved bagels, porridge and mini muffins that would require a handful in order to get any substance. 

Bakery and Porridge Breakfast Options
Continental Breakfast Options

Lunch Feature:

Thankfully, we happened to arrive right at meal changeover at 11 AM. The lunch offering was much better. The food was much more attractive, consisting of celery, vegan vegetarian / tomato bisque soups presented in attractive red Creuset cups and assorted olives, salads and other snacks. Apparently, other people thought so too, since the chicken salad went just like that!

A more upscale Lunch Offering
Tomato Bisque Soups served in Creuset Pots

There was also a proper seating area towards the glass that had a substantial amount of natural light. There were also ample plug ins and power ports. The high density seating area wasn’t all too popular during our visit.

Lounge Tables and Chairs Seating Area

MrsWT73 and I had a wine from the bar. They were serving Concha Y Toro Frontera as the house wine. Delta was swish enough to have proper stemware type glasses along with upgraded upholstery chairs to lounge in. The only minus was that the wifi was dreadfully slow and the attached bathrooms in the lounge were completely closed during our visit due to a water main pipe bursting. Although the lounge served it’s purpose, it wasn’t really designed to be a place to stay for a long time. 

The Bar Area

My Thoughts on the Delta Airlines Sky Club Los Angeles Terminal Five:

Ultimately, it’s a nicer lounge that’s trying really hard to be an American Express Centurion lounge without the free fancy mixed drinks. It was worth a visit, but it was nothing excellent to write home about. The fact that this place was quite busy, lessened the exclusivity of it as well. The style was neat, but I fear that as more and more lounges get upgraded, this one will fit in as “a middle of the pack” lounge.

If you’ve visited the Delta Sky Club’s, how do you find that they compare with other US Airline lounges?

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