Delta T4 NEW Sky Club Review
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Delta T4 NEW Sky Club Review
I took the Long Island Rail Road and the AirTrain to JFK, and I arrived with about 90 minutes to kill before my 5:30pm flight to Copenhagen. I went to the separate Sky Priority check in area toward the right side of the terminal, and because I wasn’t checking any luggage, I sped through very quickly.
After I cleared security in under 1 minute (thank you TSA PreCheck!), I proceeded to the new SkyClub. Unfortunately there are very few signs pointing the way, and it is a VERY long walk to the new terminal extension. This was my 3rd time visiting the brand new Delta Sky Club in Delta’s revamped T4 at JFK, but this walk seemed longer than normal for some reason. My first two visits were interesting because the club had just opened, and there was a certain novelty to all the rooms and features. Unfortunately because the weather was nasty during both of those visits, the Sky Deck wasn’t open, and I had to “enjoy” it through the glass door. This time, the weather was cooperating, and I finally had a chance to enjoy the deck.
Once you walk in the entrance, you go up a set of escalators and emerge into the check in area. Normally there is plenty of space here (see pic below), but on the day I was leaving, the entrance area was packed, and I had to wait almost 10 minutes to check in. I’m sure there is a way to automate this process, and lounge operators should consider it as a cost-saving and time-saving measure.
When you walk into the lounge area itself, you first are struck by the sheer size of the main room in front of the bar. The area can easily hold 200+ people, and on this day, most seats were taken, and the bar was very busy. With all the weather problems and subsequent delays, there were a lot of passengers waiting for international flights.
Next to the bar area is a snack station with the usual piss poor Sky Club offerings (pretzels, nuts, hummus, processed cheese, olives, and stale crackers). At breakfast time, this area serves bagels, cookies, oatmeal, and those dry/packaged Belgian waffles that you can buy in a 7-11. Of course my first stop was the bar, and I ordered two drinks (standard cocktails, beer, and wine are complimentary in all Sky Clubs, but you can opt for top-shelf drink options for purchase if you wish). Strangely enough the Sky Club cable doesn’t carry the YES Network, and there were some angry Yankees fans floating around (me included).
There was a contest going on through Twitter, so I got my favorite Sky Club bartender to take a picture with me for it. See the idiocy below.
There are numerous rooms in the Sky Club, including a relaxation lounge with comfortable reclining leather chairs, and some other sitting areas near the windows that are conducive for working. All of these high top seat have partitions separating the guests, and there are power outlets at each seat. In this area there is also a printer and a fax machine, and in another room is the hot beverage area, with an espresso/cappuccino machine, hot tea choices, and hot chocolate. If you get dehydrated on flights like I do, and if you don’t have a business class seat, you should bring an empty water bottle and fill up on the bottled water supplied by the Sky Club before you board as opposed to buying a bottle in the terminal for $4…or maybe the TSA will realize their water bottle ban is ridiculous, and you won’t have to worry.
And the coolest part of the new Sky Club of course is the Sky Deck at the back of the lounge facing the tarmac. When the weather is nice, this is an amazing place to hang out because the WiFi signal is still strong outside, and you can watch the planes come and go while getting a tan. Unfortunately there is no bar service outside, although there is a table set up with water on it, so you have to go in and out for drinks.
In all, the new Delta Sky Club at JFK’s T4 is a huge winner. I think the terminal upgrades and amenities are good, but they aren’t anything special. A few new restaurants and retail stores aren’t enough to attract me to an airport terminal, but this lounge will. Even though Delta downgraded the complimentary alcohol offerings and continues to offer horrible food options, the WiFi was fast, and the atmosphere was very energetic. The Sky Deck is the highlight of the club for me, and as long as the weather is nice, I will spend the majority of my time sitting there with a drink in my hand, watching the planes go by.