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Delta Announces Plans for 'Premium' Lounges, Offering a New Alternative to Sky Clubs

Premium lounges will be in New York's JFK, Boston, and Los Angeles airport.

<p>Courtesy Delta Airlines</p>

Courtesy Delta Airlines

Delta Air Lines passengers will soon have another, more "premium," lounge to head to in major airports throughout the United States this year.

The new spaces are coming to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), the airline shared with Travel + Leisure on Thursday.

Opening first at JFK, the premium lounge will feature a chef’s kitchen, wellness area, and a large outdoor terrace that can be utilized all year. The lounge, which is scheduled to open in June 2024, will be the largest-ever for Delta, at 38,000 sq. feet.

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Courtesy Delta Airlines

The LAX and BOS lounges are both scheduled to open towards the end of 2024, with all three including "elements inspired by and unique to its host city."

Parameters and guidelines as to who is eligible to enjoy the premium spaces are still finalized.

“Premium lounge customers should feel welcomed and known when they walk in the door, just as they would at their favorite hotel or restaurant," Delta’s Vice President for Sky Club and Lounge Experience Claude Roussel said in a statement. "We look forward to providing that warm welcome and making ‘premium’ feel personal for each guest.”

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Courtesy Delta Airlines

The new, premium lounges will complement the portfolio of Delta Sky Clubs, which are also expanding. Delta announced a list of new openings and expansions of the traditional Delta Sky Club in the following markets:

  • New York - LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - New expansion opening “early summer 2024” in Terminal C

  • Miami - Miami International Airport (MIA) - New expansion opening in the middle of 2024

  • Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) - New 15,000 sq. foot lounge that can accommodate 250 people opening towards the end of 2024

  • Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) - Delta will open a second lounge, in Terminal A, towards the end of 2024

Delta began modifying the access procedure for Delta Sky Clubs in 2022, by limiting visits for cardholders. In 2023, the airline announced additional changes that starting in February 2025, American Express Platinum cardholders will be limited to ten visits to the Delta Sky Club annually.

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