Review: The Delta Sky Club, La Guardia Terminal C, New York, USA


Between the three available airports in New York of John F Kennedy, La Guardia and neighbouring Newark in New Jersey, Delta Airlines has set up operations at convenient La Guardia New York. Although a much smaller airport, Delta Airlines has obtained an advantage of being at an airport that is very close in travel time to Manhattan. We ended up testing out their Delta Sky Club in Terminal C prior to today’s flight.

This post is one chapter on our trip to New York City, New York, United States of America. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status and credited to Alaska Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: The Delta Sky Club, La Guardia Terminal C, New York City, United States of America

We departed The W Union Square in the late afternoon on a sunny Tuesday. We took a Carmel car from Union Square to LaGuardia Terminal C. Our driver collected us in a Toyota Avalon and we were through Manhattan and over to LaGuardia within less than 30 minutes.

Checking Into Delta Airlines First Class:

We checked in with Delta Sky Priority in the First Class rank. Mr Joe Biden, who would later become president, had previously made comments about La Guardia – comparing it to being the equivalence to a third world country. Despite his comments, they must have done some upkeep and refurbishments since then. Aside from being a smaller space that seems to be busting at the seams sometimes, it was bright and freshly painted on our visit.

Delta Airlines La Guardia Terminal C Check In
Delta Airlines La Guardia Sky Priority Check In
Delta Airlines Sky Priority Check In Kiosks

After checking in, we used TSA Pre-Check and were through with only about 10 persons in line ahead of us. We past the “Flag of Honour” that contained the names all all those that lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The La Guardia TSA Flag of Honor

Locating the Delta Sky Club:

We made our way to the Delta Sky Club at LaGuardia. It was easy to get around this Terminal. New York La Guardia Terminal C was pretty small and everything was conveniently located and close to each other. This Delta Sky Club was centrally located near the food court in La Guardia, with an access point almost adjacent to a Sun Glasses Hut retail outlet.

Delta Sky Club La Guardia Terminal C
Map Courtesy of La Guardia
The Entry was located under the atrium
Delta Sky Club Terminal C Entry

While there is also another Delta Sky Club in Terminal D, it made the most sense to use this lounge as it was closest to our departing gate.


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 (to Canada) in a Delta First Class cabin.

Inside the Delta Sky Club La Guardia New York:

Once we were admitted into the lounge, we found a medium sized Delta Sky Club lounge with lots of natural light. The lounge had oversized windows with great views of the tarmac.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Area
Delta Sky Club Lounge Seating
Lounge Seating with a Bar in the Background

Like many other Delta Sky Clubs, there was a full bar available with a manned bar service. The bar hosted a series of televisions, although it was a little light on available seating right at the bar itself.

Bar Seating at the La Guardia Sky Club

There were great tarmac views of regional aircraft. Our views turned a little grey under the clouds outside, thanks to worsening weather as the day went on.

A pair of Canada Air Regional Jets operated by Delta Connection
An Embraer Regional Jet operated by Delta Connection

Food and Beverage:

There wasn’t a lot of food on offer in this Delta Sky Club on our early afternoon visit. It had the typical three salad offering and two soups. There wasn’t anything like the fancy food offer at the Delta Sky Club Los Angeles and it was substantially less than the AAdmirals Lounge Los Angeles that we also had recently experienced. I topped up with a few soup servings. Aside from this- it was pretty much it for offerings.

Bread and Very Light Snacks

After spending some time in the lounge, we headed off to our departing flight on Delta Airlines La Guardia – Minneapolis St Paul.

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

Overall, the Delta Sky Club La Guardia was a reasonable place to pass through. The catering wasn’t anywhere near as nice as the Delta lounge in Los Angeles or anywhere near as nice as some other lounges we’ve had the opportunity to visit. It was a place to visit and lounge in but my key take away was not to expect to leave fully fed and feeling full under most circumstances.

If you fly Delta Airlines from La Guardia, is this Delta Sky Club your pick of the available lounges ?

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