Review: The Delta Sky Club, Minneapolis St Paul International Airport – Terminal One, Concourse C Gate C12, USA


Delta Airlines is aligned in the third global airline alliance of SkyTeam. Delta Airlines operates a hub in Minneapolis St Paul International Airport in the United States. It’s location offers a strategic connection hub in the mid west with connections available across the northern United States of America. Consistent with its position as a major hub for Delta Airlines, it operates two separate Delta Sky Clubs in Minneapolis St Paul International airport. As a flagship lounge location for Delta Sky Clubs, we were interested in checking out what Delta Airlines had to offer it’s travellers that passed through one of it’s major connection points. We would discover a reasonable lounge with free pour wine and spirits along with fireplaces and comfortable daylight windows.

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Review: The Delta Sky Club, Minneapolis St Paul International Airport – Terminal One, Concourse C Near Gate C12, USA

This is a review of the The Delta Sky Club Minneapolis St Paul Terminal One C Concourse. For the other Delta Club, please see our review of The Delta Sky Club Minneapolis St Paul Terminal One F Concourse.

We had a ninety minute connection after arriving off Delta Airlines First Class Vancouver – Minneapolis St Paul. It was dumping snow down outside when we arrived to our assigned gate F2. Delta Airlines operates two Sky Clubs at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport. While we would end up trying both Sky Clubs, we ended up heading for the Sky Club near Gate C12, which was closest to our departing gate for our Delta Airlines First Class Minneapolis St Paul – La Guardia New York flight.

Locating the Delta Sky Club:

We wandered across the airport. The Minneapolis St Paul’s International Airport has a common sense layout to it consisting of a square with two concourses at “E” and “F” that make this particular airport a fairly easy one to navigate.

Minneapolis St Paul Sky Club Map
Map Courtesy of Minneapolis St Paul Airport

We wandered through the concourse to the Sky Club adjacent to gate C12 on Concourse “C”. The Minneapolis St Paul Airport is clearly marked and is in pretty good condition with spacious walkways with amenities that are well marked. Thanks to white wall painting, it’s also quite a bright place for an American airport.

Christmas Trees in Minneapolis St Paul
Wide Open Concourses with Moving Sidewalks
The Front Door of the Delta Sky Club near Gate C12

Accessing the Delta Sky Club Lounge:

The Delta Sky Club offers access through a variety of ways.

As a Delta Sky Club Individual Member (an annual lounge membership), you would get access for yourself and two guests, or spouse / domestic partner and children under 21 (at $39 USD), with a confirmed same day boarding pass.

As a Delta One or Sky Team Premium Cabin Passenger, access is granted for passengers travelling in the flagship Delta One cabin on a Domestic Flight, or in a Delta One cabin on an international flight, or on a domestic flight connecting to an international flight. For Sky Team passengers (excluding Delta), customers need to be travelling on an international First Class or Business Class ticket. International Travel is considered to me almost anywhere outside of the United States, except Guam, Saipan, Palau and the Carribean. There are no guests permitted for premium cabin passengers.

If you are a a Skyteam Elite Plus member, including Delta Diamond, Platinum or Gold Medallion Members, you get access when travelling internationally, or connecting to and from an international flight. One guest is permitted.

If you happen to hold a variety of American Express cards, including the American Express Centurion or Platinum Cards, and the American Express Delta SkyMiles Reserve, you are given access with a confirmed same day boarding pass on a departing Delta Airlines flight. No guests are permitted.

Westjet Business Class Passengers and Westjet Rewards Gold and Platinum Members are provided access in conjunction with same day international travel on a flight operated by Westjet or Delta Airlines. No guests are permitted.

In our case, access was granted through travel on a confirmed international flight (from Canada) in a Delta First Class cabin.

Delta Sky Club Reception

Inside the Delta Sky Club at Gate C12 Minneapolis St Paul:

Once we were admitted access, we entered and familiarized ourself with the lounge. The clubs in Minneapolis St Paul appear to be going through a renovation of sorts and an update on the colouring and offerings. This club hadn’t been renovated and was decorated in darker earth tones reminiscent of the early 2000’s.

Spacious Hallways and Fireplace Lounge Seating
Fireplace Lounge Seating
Lounge Seating with Daylight Windows

There were large windows and several seating areas, although the place as almost at capacity when we arrived. We would end up locating a seat next to the windows where we could watch the snow fall outside.

Snowy Windows

There were study carrels available in the back of the lounge that added an old school library touch.


Food and Beverage:

The lounge offered some light salty snacks and crackers. The snacks were pretty standard lounge fare and were dispensed from cookie containers.

Popcorn and Soda Cracker Snacks
Dining Area Seating

In terms of food offerings, there were three choices of salads and two soups. There wasn’t much else available in the lounge. We would end up bypassing some lounge time in favour of eating a proper meal in the terminal on the way back. There was a convenient table and chairs area available for light dining.

Three Salads

The Delta Sky Club offered self pour drinks available at the end of the lounge. This was a first for me as most of the hub based lounges I’ve visited in the US usually have a bartender. The wines available were pretty consistent with most of the US lounges: not at all exciting Frontera among other discount labels.

Self Pour Wines
Spirits Were Also Available for Self Pour

The Delta Sky Club offered free wifi provided by AT & T. It worked fine and connected without issues.

The lounge offered a good view of out plane next to the lounge. It didn’t look like it was going anywhere with all the snow that was on top of it.

A Delta Airlines Canada Regional Jet Covered in Snow

After enjoying our time in the lounge, we headed off to our connecting flight on Delta Airlines First Class Minneapolis St Paul – La Guardia New York.

My Thoughts on the Delta Airlines Sky Club on the “C” Concourse:

This Delta SkyClub near Gate C12 on the “C” Concourse was a reasonable place to park for a while. It didn’t have any outstanding or redeeming features; no green wall and no massive sweeping spaces. Just daylight windows and a place to park yourself and your bags between flights. It was an okay spot but I certainly wouldn’t route through here necessarily just to visit.

If you regularly fly Delta Airlines from Minneapolis St Paul, which Sky Club location is your favourite ?

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