01: Introduction: Premium transcon service between Los Angeles and New York
02: American Eagle ERJ-175 first class San Diego to Los Angeles
03: American Airlines Flagship Lounge, LAX
04: American Airlines A321T first class Los Angeles to New York (JFK)
05: Hyatt Times Square New York
06: Delta Sky Club, Terminal 4 JFK
07: Delta Airlines 767-300 business class (Delta One) New York to Los Angeles
08. Delta Sky Club, LAX
09: Delta Connection ERJ-175 first class Los Angeles to San Diego
Just as excited as I was to try the Delta One Lounge at JFK earlier in the day (a lounge that didn’t exist), I was excited to give the LAX Delta One Lounge at try before my connecting flight down to San Diego. I knew for a fact that there was a Delta One Lounge here at LAX – I’ve seen pics of it for crying out loud – so I knew (without a doubt) that I’d get a chance to check it out for myself.
Long story short, it didn’t happen. It turns out that the lounge is located outside of security, and since the lines looked long and I was already safely inside the terminal, I decided to forgo the opportunity and settle for the normal Sky Club instead. Thinking about it now, I’m willing to bet that there is some sort of expedited security pass that comes as part of the Delta One Lounge access, so I should have done it. Oh well. I’ve never tried the Sky Club at LAX anyway so this was a perfect opportunity to have a look.
My flight to San Diego would be departing out of terminal 6 this evening, but the Sky Club was actually located over in terminal 5. That meant walking the long and narrow underground connection tunnel, something which I don’t recall ever doing before. Cool!
The entrance to the lounge in terminal 5 was a bit hidden, and I ended up having to walk around a bit to find the entrance door. It ended up being a narrow stairway located in a small nook off the main part of the terminal with a small “Delta Sky Club” sign leading the way. That little nook did look a bit sketchy, but I took Delta’s word for it and made my way up the stairs to the lounge.
Once inside, my first thought was simply “wow this place is crowded”. It was so crowded, as a matter of fact, that I momentarily entertained the idea of retreating back out to the main terminal to try and find some peace and quiet somewhere else. But hey – I was on a mission to check this place out and give it a full review for SANspotter.com so I pressed on.
In a nutshell, this LAX lounge is much smaller than the one at JFK (terminal 4) that I spent several hours in earlier in the day. It was certainly nice though – there were several large rooms, each with their own style, along with a full bar and self-serve food counter in the middle of it all. Speaking of food, I found the options to be generous with several kinds of hot soup and an assortment of cold pastas available. It was much better than what I saw at JFK.
Finding a place to sit was a bit of a challenge. Nearly every seat was occupied, so I did my best to wiggle my way into a recently-vacated chair that ended up being where I stayed put for about the next hour and a half. I didn’t intend to stay in the lounge this long, but despite the crowds, it was quiet and comfortable compared to the main terminal below.
I’m still bummed that I didn’t get a chance to try a Delta One Lounge during this trip. I thought for sure that I’d have the opportunity, but it didn’t work out this time. Oh well – that just means that I’ll have to do another trip and try again…