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Welcome to the start of my next trip report, where I’ll have several more installments uploaded over the coming days, as I’m writing this report “live.”
I was in San Diego prior to flying to London this weekend, so booked a separate ticket from San Diego to Los Angeles on Delta, prior to catching my Delta flight from Los Angeles to London.
I had some stuff to take care of in LA during the day, so took a flight from San Diego to Los Angeles at 10:50AM. I got to San Diego Airport at around 9:30AM, and figured I’d check out the Delta SkyClub.
Security took just minutes (and the ID checker may have been the nicest TSA employee I’ve ever come across), at which point I found myself airside.
The Delta SkyClub is conveniently located just past the security checkpoint.
Once past security you’ll see the “Sunset Cove” dining area.
To the right of that you’ll see an escalator, which takes you up to the Delta SkyClub and United Club.
At the top of the escalator, the Delta SkyClub is located to the right, while the United Club is located to the left.
The lounge is still pretty new, so has all of Delta’s “signature” SkyClub decor and branding. While I technically could have accessed the lounge based on my same day business class boarding pass to London, that was on a separate reservation which I hadn’t yet checked in for, so I figured it was easier to just present The Platinum Card® from American Express, which comes with SkyClub access when flying Delta the same day.
The associate at the front desk was friendly, and asked if I had been to the SkyClub before. When I said I hadn’t been to this one, she explained the location of the restrooms, that there was a breakfast buffet setup in the back right of the lounge, etc. I thought that was a nice touch, and it’s not something I’m usually asked at American Admirals Clubs.
Past the reception desk is the main indoor seating area. That consists of an area with a few dozen “traditional” lounge style seats on the carpeted section of the lounge.
Across from that is the bar area, which features high-top seating, dining table seating, and even some booths.
Next to that was the terrace, which was “open air” within the terminal. It was a gorgeous space, with both high-top seating and rocking chairs.
If you continued walking down the terrace there was a section with some more high-top seating and a small business center with a printer and some computer chairs.
Then at the very end of the lounge were the restrooms.
As seems to be the norm at SkyClubs, the restrooms had red tiles. The lounge doesn’t have showers, though I can’t imagine that’s really necessary at an airport without many longhaul or connecting passengers.
Back inside was the breakfast buffet, which is where Delta really blows away the domestic competition.
First of all, they had both Starbucks drip coffee, and then also a Starbucks espresso machine should you want a latte, etc.
As far as lounge coffee machines go, this type is my absolute favorite, as I find the beverages on offer are actually drinkable.
If you like your coffee on the sugary side, they also have several syrups.
In terms of food, the SkyClub had a few types of bagels, mini-muffins, and “muesli morning rounds,” whatever those are.
Then there was Chobani greek yogurt, both blueberry and strawberry flavored.
Then there were three types of cereal and oatmeal (though unfortunately there was no granola, which is my “go to” breakfast item).
And then there were hard boiled eggs.
The wifi throughout the lounge was fast and it wasn’t crowded at all. I only spent about 15 minutes in the lounge, before I decided to go elsewhere.
Delta SkyClub San Diego bottom line
As much as I’m an American loyalist, I’m not blind. Delta SkyClubs really are a notch above the competition. In this particular lounge the staff were friendly, the decor was tasteful, the furniture was well maintained, there were a variety of seating areas including a nice terrace, and the food selection was as good as it gets in a US airline lounge.
For an outstation domestic lounge, I don’t think it gets much better than the Delta SkyClub in San Diego.
Kudos to Delta!