For a long time those flying out of Detroit have been able to gaze across at the progress of the new satellite mini Skyclub that Delta was adding. It is now fully up and running.
You can get in with a number of AMEX cards or, if you are a Skyteam elite plus status and are on a coach or anyone on a business class international departing (or connecting) ticket, you can also get in free.
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You access this club, if you are entering the terminal from the TSA checkpoint, by passing the main Skyclub on the left and truing right.
Check-in is the new stand type pods and if you have real flight issues I would go to the “proper” club around the corner that has a dedicated help desk just inside the door to the left.
Accessing the upstairs is via a number of flights of stairs or a small elevator. Small is a ongoing theme in this mini club as you will see.
Lavatories are immediately to your right as you exit the elevator or stairs and as you see a long bench seat.
Straight ahead, conveniently, is a full service bar. As a question to readers are there any self service bars left in the Skyclub network? I think they are all gone at this point.
The club is in an “L” shape and what you see is just about it. When we arrived early in the day it was reasonably empty but that did not last as you will see.
There is a small counter seating area that overlooks the concourse and views of the larger club across the way.
Food and drink service is compact and the offerings were very similar to the larger clubs offering I recently reviewed here. One interesting difference was this:
While the large club offered tiny paper plates and utensils this mini club had larger porcelain plates and real utensils – not sure why.
At 10:30 breakfast serve transitioned to the lunch service as you can see in the shots above. I did not sample them as I had just finished breakfast at the other club.
Overall this is a nice club but I would avoid it due to the size. There is much talk about this becoming a “Delta One” only club. I can see that or make it for Delta One and Diamonds only perhaps to reward loyalty to the airline?
As we departed the club had reached capacity (and was packed) and they were truing guest away and directing them to the larger club.
Have you been to the new mini DTW Skyclub? Did you enjoy your visit and the offerings? – Rene
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To answer your question… I can think of two self serve bars. MSP in the commuter gates and Denver. Off the top of my head!
@Ryan – Interesting. I thought that MSP club had changed as well. Never been to the Denver one as not my normal travel path.
Yeah, MSP C gates is no longer self serve. Denver is still self serve though.
I stopped at this lounge in July kind of by accident. It’s directly across from the large lounge and I didn’t realize I was entering on the opposite side of the other lounge.
Not too crowded when I was there and overall a nice relaxing way to pass a couple of hours and get some work done. The servers were friendly and attentive and the food was always well stocked and no long waits at the bar.
Happy Labor Day to you and Chris!
Been there several times (home airport and all), the food selection has improved over the past several years, and I like the newer furnishings in the A42 (the Bart Lounge/Sky Club!) compared to the older, larger former NW lounge across the way. As you noted, porcelain dishes are a distinct difference, and The Bar is available to maintain your awareness of the penny-per-SkyMile that Ed B wants us to consider as valuation nowadays.
I like this lounge enough to make it my first choice, A38 being second when flying out.
Was at this club the first week it opened (almost a year ago – November of 21?) and several times since. It’s usually always jammed packed with a sign out front now turning guests away. It’s nice inside but curious why Delta would construct such a small club … if even for Diamonds and D1 this is too small with Diamonds for years to come with the Status Roll-overs from the past few years. The main A Club has been redone a little (spruced up with new seating) but is in need of a redo as well … DTW is my home airport and some of the clubs I like the least in the Delta system
I have been there a few times. To access it, you either use the tiny elevator or walk the stairs. Since most of us have a carry-on, walking up/down would not be my preference. However, often there are queues in front of the small elevator. Once you overcome this go-up/come-down issue, the club itself is nice if it is not packed. I waited outside of this small club twice, because of its full capacity.
I was there back in July when DTW was a connector for my flight to Vermont. I noticed it when I flew out of DTW for work in May and wanted to check it out.
My impression is that it is tiny – almost like Atlanta’s D gate clubs, and reminds me more of a diner than an actual Sky Club. If you can get there early enough it’ll be fine but the main bigger one is much cozier, IMO.