Delta Expands its Presence at LaGuardia, Opening a New Airport Terminal and Sky Club Lounge

Delta Expands its Presence at LaGuardia, Opening a New Airport Terminal and Sky Club Lounge

Delta has opened an expansive new terminal at LaGuardia Airport, featuring the largest Sky Club Lounge in the system. If you frequently fly with Delta on the East Coast, this lounge can offer comfortable perks.
New Delta terminal at LGA. Courtesy of Delta

New York's LaGuardia Airport has gotten an upgrade. Delta Airlines has officially opened Terminal C, a new terminal combining previous terminals C and D, and with it comes a brand new Sky Club lounge, which is now the largest in Delta's system. This project totaled $4 billion and now includes 37 gates across four concourses. Delta services flight routes out of LaGuardia that take flyers to popular international destinations like London, Amsterdam and Sydney, as well as domestic ones like Atlanta, Seattle and Los Angeles. LGA's terminal B has also been updated, so most travelers passing through this airport can expect a modern, up-to-date experience regardless of whether they're flying with Delta.

Where is the new lounge located?

LaGuardia's Delta Sky Club is located in Terminal D at the Concourse level — you'll find it just after security before Gate 81. The lounge is open Sunday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. and on Saturday between 5:00 a.m. and 8:15p.m.

What amenities are offered in LGA's Sky Club Lounge?

The LaGuardia Sky Club Lounge is currently the largest in the network, with seats for nearly 600 guests. It includes a host of amenities to make the travel experience more comfortable. These include complimentary Wi-Fi, 10v AC power outlets, complimentary food and a complimentary premium bar.

LGA's new Sky Club Lounge: Is it worth it?

Delta's new Delta Sky Club Lounge is a great improvement over its previous offerings at LGA, providing a much larger space with new and enhanced amenities.

The new lounge is part of several upgrades planned for the Delta Sky Club network. Delta recently opened one of the largest lounges in its network at Los Angeles International Airport. It also has plans to launch Delta One lounges, exclusively for Delta One business class passengers.

These new lounges are an urgently needed addition for Delta's premium flyers, who have been facing overcrowding in Delta's current lounges. Delta recently amended its lounge access policy to deal with capacity issues. Beginning in June, guests can only access Sky Clubs within three hours of their scheduled departure time, while connecting passengers may still access these lounges any time prior to departure.

Unfortunately, Delta flyers will need to factor in this new restriction, as well possibly long lines to enter the lounge, in deciding whether lounge access is worth it.

How can you get Delta Sky Club access?

There are several ways to get Delta Sky Club access, from owning a credit card that offers complimentary membership to purchasing an annual pass outright. While you have a number of choices when it comes to gaining Delta Sky Club access, here are a few of the best options:

  • Co-branded Delta credit cards. Owning a co-branded Delta credit card can be a great idea for frequent Delta flyers. Not only will you earn Delta SkyMiles with every purchase, but several of these credit cards offer Delta-specific perks and benefits, from free checked bags to complimentary Delta Sky Club access.
  • Delta Medallion status. Delta has four elite status levels: Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion and Diamond Medallion. Diamond Medallion is the highest status level, which allows status members to choose either a Delta Sky Club individual membership or a Delta Sky Club executive membership. You can also choose a Delta Sky Club guest pass as a perk of your qualifying membership status. Unfortunately, Diamond Medallion is the only status level that comes with a Delta Sky Club membership option. In order to achieve Diamond Medallion status, you'll need to earn 125,000 MQMs or 140 MQSs and 15,000 MQDs or an MQD Waiver.
  • Fly first or business class or become a SkyTeam Elite Plus member. Passengers flying first or business class on SkyTeam-operated international flights, as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus members traveling on an international flight, will also have access to all SkyTeam lounges on the day of travel.

If you're not a frequent Delta flyer, how can you access other airport lounges?

Even if you don't fly exclusively with Delta, you can still gain lounge access at airports around the globe. Airport lounge programs like Priority Pass™ Select and the American Express Global Lounge Collection® give cardholders access to more than 1,400 lounges around the world.