Delta Sky Club LAX Review: The Sky Deck Is the Star

It's all about the views at this new Delta lounge, which features an outdoor, all-weather bar.
Meghan Coyle
By Meghan Coyle 
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Edited by Meg Lee

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Even if you’re at Los Angeles International Airport for only an hour or two before your flight, you might as well enjoy the weather while you can. At least, that’s the thinking behind renovations at Delta Air Lines’ newest lounge at LAX. The airline is no doubt capitalizing on its location.

The Delta Sky Club at LAX, close to Terminal 3, is 30,000 square feet in size with enough room for more than 500 guests. The main attraction is an outdoor space dubbed the Sky Deck, complete with a bar and views of both an airport runway and the Hollywood Hills.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect at the Delta Sky Club LAX lounge, along with ways you can gain access.

Delta Sky Club at LAX amenities

When you enter the Delta Sky Club, you’ll check in at self-service kiosks and then head up the escalators.

Extra space for passengers

The space is massive — bigger than the existing Delta Sky Club at LAX in Terminal 2, which will remain open to accommodate Delta passengers going through the airport.

Delta is in the middle of an expansion and renovation at LAX slated to finish in 2023, which will soon have the airline operating 27 gates between Terminals 2 and 3. That’s up from the 16 gates it currently has. The extra space in the lounge will be a welcome addition for frequent Delta flyers out of Los Angeles.

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Lounge-goers can choose from different types of seating, including theater seating near the entertainment screen, single booths in the dining area (great for solo travelers) and armchairs facing the windows.

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There are even a few phone booths lined up against the wall for anyone who needs to take a private or work call. They’re surprisingly soundproof, too, so your colleagues won’t hear the background noise.

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Excellent views

The north-facing wall is lined with giant windows, giving guests great views of the runway and surrounding scenery. On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.

It’s very entertaining for aviation enthusiasts who might like to watch the planes land from their seats in the lounge.

Sky Deck

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To get even closer to the action, you can check out the Sky Deck. This outdoor space has a retractable roof and heaters to make it comfortable in all weather conditions — or at least in all of the temperate, sunny days in LA.

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You could definitely spend a few hours out there because the Sky Deck has a convenient outdoor bar — you won’t have to go very far for beverages.

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Food and drinks

The Delta lounge at LAX has two buffets and two bars (the outdoor bar on the Sky Deck and an indoor version of it on the other side). There’s a variety of food and drink options, including to-go snacks for travelers.

Delta has partnered with local chefs to showcase some regional cuisine as well.

Design

The entire design of the lounge is intended to reflect the natural beauty of Southern California.

This influence is most obvious on the ceiling, where you’ll find overhead lighting creeping out from panels that look like waves on the sand. There’s also the outline of mountains in the wood paneling separating the dining area.

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Like the food and drinks, the art inside the lounge is also intended to showcase local culture.

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Coffee grotto

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Perhaps one of the most unique places to sit in the entire lounge is a nook dubbed the “coffee grotto.” This space has a unique backsplash made with imported Italian tiles, and it was designed to evoke the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. You’re not far off if you think it looks a little like the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper.

Showers

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Travelers who need a quick refresh before a long flight can reserve one of eight shower rooms at the kiosk near the bathrooms. These showers truly feel like a spa, with unique backdrops and Grown Alchemist soaps and lotions.

How to access Delta Sky Club at LAX

You must have a Delta Sky Club membership, a Delta One ticket or a premium cabin ticket on a partner airline, elite status or a certain credit card to be able to enter the Delta Sky Club. Unfortunately, you can't buy a day pass to Delta Sky Clubs unless you have a co-branded Delta credit card that allows you to do so.

  • Centurion Card from American Express: You get complimentary access if you're traveling on a same-day flight operated by Delta or marketed by Delta and operated by WestJet.

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express: You get complimentary access if you're traveling on a same-day flight operated by Delta or marketed by Delta and operated by WestJet. Cardholders can bring either two guests or immediate family (spouse/partner and children under the age of 21) at a rate of $50 per person per visit. Effective Feb. 1, 2025, cardholders will receive 10 complimentary visits per year to the Delta Sky Club unless they spend $75,000 or more on the card in a calendar year.

  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express: You get complimentary access if you're traveling on a same-day flight operated by Delta or marketed by Delta and operated by WestJet.  Similarly, cardholders can bring either two guests or immediate family members for $50 per person per visit. Effective Feb. 1, 2025, cardholders will receive 10 complimentary visits per year to the Delta Sky Club unless they spend $75,000 or more on the card in a calendar year.

  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card: You get complimentary access if you're flying on a same-day flight operated or marketed by Delta. You can also purchase access for $50 if you're flying on a Delta partner. Cardholders are allowed up to two guests for $50 per person. Effective Feb. 1, 2025, Reserve Card Members will receive 15 Visits per year to the Delta Sky Club. To earn an unlimited number of Visits each year starting on Feb. 1, 2025, the total eligible purchases on the Card must equal $75,000 or more between Jan. 1, 2024, and Dec. 31, 2024, and each calendar year thereafter.

  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card: You get complimentary access if you're flying on a same-day flight operated or marketed by Delta. You can also purchase access for $50 if you're flying on a Delta partner. Cardholders are allowed up to two guests for $50 per person. Effective Feb. 1, 2025, Reserve Card Members will receive 15 Visits per year to the Delta Sky Club. To earn an unlimited number of Visits each year starting on Feb. 1, 2025, the total eligible purchases on the Card must equal $75,000 or more between Jan. 1, 2024, and Dec. 31, 2024, and each calendar year thereafter. Once all 15 Visits have been used, Eligible Card Members may purchase additional Delta Sky Club Visits (including Grab and Go) at a per-Visit rate of $50 per person using the Card.

Terms apply.

For more information on how to access Delta Clubs, check out our full guide. Keep in mind lounge access is not available to arriving passengers and departing passengers can only enter up to three hours before their flight (excluding layovers).

Delta Sky Club at LAX review

As one of the newer Delta Sky Clubs (it opened in 2022), this lounge has an upscale feel and smartly features its excellent location at the airport. Guests will enjoy the outdoor Sky Deck, showers, phone booths, coffee grotto and, of course, views. If you have access, look no further for a place to rest at the airport.

Featured photo by Meghan Coyle.

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