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Delta’s Terminal 2 at its JFK hub is a 1960s era terminal that’s bursting at the seams with a maddening mix of wide body international flights, packed regional jets, and cramped dining options that make it one of the worst experiences in the Delta system.
With its 90s vintage wood paneling and dark lighting, Terminal 2’s Sky Club could have passed for the Diplomat’s Club Kramer from Seinfeld sat in while betting on arriving flights with a Texas businessman.
But Delta is quietly finishing up some renovations to the club that bring it into this decade. And they are a real improvement.
The style of the club is nothing groundbreaking. It’s the same stark white and blue you’ll find in most 2010 – present Delta Sky Clubs.
The real story is the extra space.
They tore down several walls, making the club much bigger, to the point that crowding shouldn’t be a problem again, especially when the regional jet flights move to new gates in Terminal 4 next year.
In fact there’s an entirely new seating area to the left of the club elevator. And it leads out to an indoor balcony that wraps around half the club.
Call it a poor man’s Sky Deck, complete with Musak from the terminal and dazzling views of people waiting in crowded gate areas below. Glimpses of Sky Clubbers indulging on $7 wine might cause riots among those below when flights get delayed.
But seriously, it is an improvement. The bar area is cleaner, and the main check-in area is less imposing.
While office cubicles have been torn down to make way for more prized seating.
Plugs remain in short supply though. But with the swanky deck at your disposal, your time may be better spent trying to meet a model at the bar and taking her back to the deck for some alone time in front of 150 strangers. Or, head over to the real outdoor Sky Deck in Terminal 4.
You can access the Sky Club with a couple of American Express cards that earn Delta miles: The Platinum Card which also includes access to Priority Pass lounges, or the Delta Reserve which gives you Delta priority boarding and free checked bag privileges. Sadly these credit cards no longer let you bring guests along for free. You’ll need to pay $29 per guest.
With so many terminals becoming nicer than upscale malls in recent years, private clubs feel less and less necessary. But in a terrible terminal like JFK’s Terminal 2, this expanded Sky Club might just be the most useful of them all.
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