It’s finally here: the new Delta Sky Club airport lounge deep in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) G Concourse!
The lounge officially opens on Wednesday morning. Delta kindly invited Eye of the Flyer to check out the 21,000-square-foot space during a special preview on Tuesday morning.
Where is the Delta Sky Club: MSP G Concourse?
You’ll find the new G Concourse Sky Club across from gate G18.
It’s at the west end of the G and C Concourse land bridge (or skyway as they’re called in the upper Midwest.)
I often fly between Los Angeles (LAX) and Minneapolis. It seems my flights are often at the end of the F Concourse or the far regions of G — which is a trek from the F/G Sky Club. So, I’m delighted this club is open.
How Do You Access the Sky Club?
Same as other the Sky Clubs. The lounge is open daily from 4:30 AM to 10:15 PM.
Related: What is the Best Amex Card for Delta Sky Club Lounge Access?
Similar to Delta’s new lounges in Salt Lake City (SLC – read our review), Los Angeles (T3 — read a review) and New York-LaGuardia (LGA – read our review), guests enter a gate/concourse level lobby.
Take either the stairs (to the right) or elevators (on the left) to the third floor.
“Did you see the elevator?” Claude Roussel, Delta’s Managing Director of Sky Clubs, asked me with a Cheshire Cat grin during our quick interview on Tuesday morning. I almost needed to put on my sunglasses — his eyes beamed so darn bright. Like me, he is a man who appreciates a good elevator. They can show extra class, detail, and comfort for guests. (Or not, in bad cases.)
You can press the appropriate buttons. Your other option: be all George or Judy Jetson and use the touch screen.
These elevators are pretty nice. They’re not the headliner of the new club, of course. But I appreciate the thought put into them.
Once you walk or ride to the third floor, here’s where you check-in.
Need help with flights? These two desks serve as customer relations areas.
Inside the New MSP Sky Club
I’ll be honest — and I told Mr. Roussel and some of the Delta corporate folks this.
During my flight to Minneapolis on Monday, I started making notes about the new club. I figured its colors and furnishings would be somewhat similar to the Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare (read a review), and LaGuardia clubs.
That was a big waste of time. (They laughed.)
Why? The MSP G Concourse Sky Club is pretty different from any of the others.
It features rich, bold colors: dark greens, oranges, and yellows. The palette immediately brought to mind the Minnesota Wild hockey team’s logo and colors. Mr. Roussel told me the colors are representative of a sunset over a Minnesota lake.
The copper and orange colors are the sun, of course, and the dark greens symbolize trees.
I think they did a pretty good job.
The club seats 450 guests. Like many of the new clubs, the lounge features a variety of seating options.
There are plenty of electrical and USB outlets throughout the club. I did not see any USB-C ports. That’s not saying they aren’t there — but they escaped me if they exist.
If you’re the kind who likes to see and be seen, you’ll like the booths in the rotunda area. They overlook the gate areas.
The outdoor-facing windows are made of glass that can adjust tints to different times of day. When I visited (mid-morning to just past noon), they were tinted blue to help shade guests from the sun. It’s nicer than having to draw (and undraw) blinds.
A Delta spokesperson told us the soundproof “phone booths” (complete with power and USB outlets) are popular at Delta’s other new Sky Clubs. Worry not, MSP travelers: you’ll find three of them here.
There are no showers in this — or any — Minneapolis-St. Paul Sky Club.
Sky Deck at Delta Sky Club: MSP G Concourse
Here’s something I find truly incredible: a Sky Deck in Minneapolis-St. Paul that’s open year-round!
Most of the Sky Deck is climate-controlled: there’s air conditioning for the hot, muggy summers. And heaters for the (awful) winters. Frankly, it’s not so much a deck as it is a fancy porch. With a full bar.
That said, there are two open-air sections that open weather permitting. Both are on the lounge’s northern side. (Translation: the G gates get lower in numbers.)
One is toward the west (runway view) side.
The other is behind the TV wall. This patio features a living wall — similar to the kinds what guests at American Express Centurion Lounges. (Here’s a link to the current Sky Club drink menu.)
The Sky Deck’s electrical outlets are behind these weather-proof covers. I didn’t see USB ports; come prepared with an electrical charger and other means. Don’t rely solely on your USB cable and hope for the best.
Food and Beverage at the MSP G Concourse Sky Club
So, there’s good and bad when it comes to the MSP G Concourse Sky Club.
First, let’s address my chief complaint. Hot food-wise, there is only one buffet. And it’s single-sided. Here is where Delta could learn from a few Amex Centurion Lounges — and stage double-sided buffets with entrees available on both sides.
I understand there’s only so much space available — especially when building an airport lounge on top of an existing concourse. Sometimes, you have to make do.
But when the club gets busy, I can see the buffet lines getting very long. Considering this club is almost twice the size of the F/G Sky Club, I won’t be surprised when/if this becomes a problem.
That said, there are a number of cold sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie available at other stations.
I sampled one of the garlic parmesan rolls (yum!) but otherwise didn’t get a chance to try the rest of the food.
And desserts! Oh, yes, desserts.
You’ll also find other snack items available throughout the lounge: trail mix, potato chips, and other nosh.
Starting day one, the club will feature some recipes from Twin Cities native and Top Chef personality Justin Sutherland. This is part of the Delta Sky Club Local Flavor program that showcases local chefs and their foods.
“Justin specializes in contemporary Southern cuisine. Delta is the official airline sponsor for the milestone 20th season of Bravo’s Top Chef World All-Stars,” Delta said in a release. “Thanks to this partnership, guests of the MSP-G Club will be able to enjoy Justin’s take on classics like chicken and andouille gumbo, shrimp and grits, pimento cheeseburger sliders and banana pudding through mid-July.”
Also: unless I missed something, there’s only one water station in the club. It’s located next to the food buffet which, again, I see becoming quite crowded. The Los Angeles, Chicago, and LaGuardia clubs each feature two water stations. (If I’m incorrect, please send me a picture!)
Here’s the good news. The club has two bars — perfect for the Midwesterners who enjoy (and can handle!) their drinks. (I’m not judging! I lived in Fargo for 24 years. We’ve earned our reputation as formidable drinkers.)
We already saw the outside on the Sky Deck. Here’s the one inside.
Mr. Roussel insisted I try the club’s signature drink: a chocolate peppermint espresso martini.
It would’ve been rude to refuse, right?
So, for the second time in as many days, I fell on the grenade for the blog — and tried my second-ever espresso martini.
My goodness: this one was fantastic. The cocktail features peppermint schnapps liqueur from Minnesota distillery Dampfwerk.
Delta’s new G Concourse Sky Club opens for business on Wednesday, April 19. It’s a great airport lounge — and surely welcome for travelers whose flights leave from the higher-numbered G gates. (It’s also accessible via the C Concourses’s land bridge, so keep that in mind if you don’t want to visit that concourse’s meh Sky Club).
I wish there were more food stations — I think the buffet area will get crowded quickly. But Delta truly made this a unique and Minnesota-inspired club. I look forward to visiting during my travels!
Please come back to this post and share your thoughts in the Comments section once you’ve had a chance to visit the club!
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Are the other two MSP Sky Clubs going to remain open, or will one or both close?
They’ll remain open.
That’s good to hear. I tend to prefer the Escape Lounge, so it will be interesting to see if I like the new lounge better.
By the way, the “Notify me by email” options associated with replying no longer work for me. It this the case for everyone, or do I have something configured incorrectly?
@Dave: Please let me know if this works.
Thanks. I just checked the two Notify boxes on this response and I will let you know.
It seems like I am still not getting notifications of responses. Previously, as soon as I submitted a reply with the Notify boxes checked, I would get an email asking me to confirm whether I wanted to receive notifications. It has been a long time since I have received a confirmation email.
I will reply using a different email address to see whether I get a confirmation email to the other address.
Here is a test using a different email address
I can confirm that I received confirmation emails with WordPress links when I used the other email address, so for some reason, there is an issue when I use the email address that I typically use.
Did you check your spam, etc.?
Yup. Nothing in the spam folder except an invitation to invest in crypto.
I can confirm that signing up at WordPress and following Eye of the Flyer there works! I just got a notification for a reply to your drink coupon post, and I never responded to that post.
This is pretty cool because sometimes I am interested in responses even though I never posted a reply. Time will tell whether I feel that I am getting too many notifications.
Yeah but did you sign up for the crypto in your spam?! (I probably shouldn’t even joke about that. The feds will arrest me.)
That reminds me of an old April Fools’ Day post that announced that Delta was converting SkyMiles to crypto:
Shocker that there are no showers! Esp with both asia flights restarting
G concourse is where KLM departure gates tend to be.
Just in time for overseas summer student groups.
Given civil rights laws, I’m guessing that there won’t be smartly dressed European businesspersons murmuring in posh Dutch accents while sipping chardonnay and noshing smoked Gouda. That Golden Age of Travel has long flown, and isn’t coming back.
Anyway, the environment doesn’t look half bad. United Club MSP Concourse E is quite cozy and peaceful. SkyClub MSP Concourse F is big and crowded like the Minnesota State Fair Food Building. A lot for me depends on the service staff; otherwise, I’m perfectly happy waiting at an empty gate with my carryon granola bar and water bottle.
Will be passing thru there in June!!!
Headed from to LAX via MSP tomorrow and happy we will have the opportunity to see a new club. My last few experiences in hub/ larger airports, more of my time was spent in line. Also, thanks for the Coachella/ Amex tips- I knew they were sporting some kind partnership but nice to see the extra details.
Our experience here ended up great! As we passed the F club they were actually at capacity and routing people to the new G club. Despite that, G was still very quiet and had plenty of seats. Our departing gate was club adjacent and it seemed there was a setup to board directly from the lounge as I’ve read has been a new perk at other lounges. You might know better on if this is truly the case, but there is obvious access to the tarmac. I held on to a small sliver of hope, but it didn’t happen, ha! The staff were all very friendly and attentive, but the bartenders were still learning the drinks and how to use the “pay with points.” We are occasional expresso martini drinkers and were sold on the “off-menu” specialty version made using local spirits. It came to 800 points total for 2 drinks- actually a good value considering it was ~$11 per cocktail. The only hiccup (as you suggested in your review) was a bottleneck at the buffet. There were plenty of food options and I’d rate it better than most. Of the airports I frequent, DTW consistently has the best food IMO. Hopefully Delta continues on this more upscale trend in the future, however, I do wonder how long before the overcrowding starts and quality deteriorates. Time will tell! Thanks Chris, for your initial review.
Great write up. We will sample on our next flights!
It looks very nice. ironically I stood outside the F/G lounge on Monday for 10 minutes waiting to get in. Hopefully this will alleviate that problem.
I fly through MPLS weekly and am heavy user of the Skylounges there. C12 is my preferred because usually less crowded; Delta kitchens tend to make the same thing so you aren’t missing out on too much if you select different lounges. F/G is usually very crowded and busyand while it benefits from a better stocked bar, the buffet usually has a line and frequently is not restocked in timely manner. “Service” from staff is usually on point. It’s the travelers who tend to become entitled and onerous. Looking forward to trying out G soon. Escape lounge is mired midway in the concourse between C and F/G gates and upstairs without access to a bathroom – you have to leave the lounge to use one of the airport bathrooms outside and down the hall. The seating is great, but often it takes awhile for them to restock food selections and only one bartender on shift can lead to waits for drinks. Good place to hang during a blizzard though!
The Escape Lounge was great several years ago. But my recent experiences weren’t great. The buffet food turned into artifacts, the staff seemed disinterested… But, the seating is great!