SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2908 posts, RR: 31 Posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6344 times:
I do not travel as frequently as some folks on here, so I thought I would consult those in the know before my upcoming Thanksgiving trip. As usual I will be making the arduous journey from LAX to RSW (if only there was a nonstop option...) during this exceptionally busy time, and I'm hoping I made the right choice this year connecting through MCO rather than ATL to get there. A few questions, though...
Delta Sky Club, One Day Pass - This appears to be a very worthwhile $50 investment. The LAX Sky Club looks to be phenomenal, and I absolutely love the idea of unlimited free booze and snacks . After indulging I will then be taking DL's redeye flight to MCO, but I would still be eligible to use the MCO facility as according to delta.com "Itineraries that include a date change between origin and destination are treated as the same day of travel." My questions are:
1) Is it quick and easy to just buy the pass at the club? I know they can be bought online, but I would rather just do it at the LAX club since it would be a waste to get one unless I'm airside at least an hour early.
2) What's the MCO club like? I saw pictures of the LAX club on a recent TR, but not sure what MCO's is like. I would ideally grab some juice and breakfast upon arrival at 6:20 AM, then relax for a while since my WN flight to RSW won't leave until 10:05. That leads me to my next question...
Connecting at MCO between DL and WN - I know connecting between totally unaffiliated airlines is risky and potentially difficult, but with a 3 1/2 hour layover I figure it won't be a problem. I don't plan on having a checked bag, which eliminates the need to claim it from DL and then re-check it with WN. As I will already be checked in online with a printed boarding pass, I can go straight to the WN gate. Therefore, I wouldn't leave the secure area at all - except, it sounds like that is easier said than done when it comes to transferring airsides at MCO. Is there really no way to get from Airside 4 (DL) to 2 (WN) without having to go back through security? Also, in case I don't get the Day Pass, which airside is nicer?
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
JKJ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6321 times:
Well, as a former Los Angelino who used DL @ LAX frequently, the new Sky Club is a very enjoyable experience. When we moved to the east coast, we got to experience it in it's newer state. I have always enjoyed my time, drinks, papers, television, internet access, and everything else while in the club. You may even bump in to a few known people from time to time. I definitely think that the one day pass is worth it for LAX but I thought that this was a $25 fee, has that recently changed?
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6302 times:
Quoting SurfandSnow (Thread starter): 2) What's the MCO club like? I saw pictures of the LAX club on a recent TR, but not sure what MCO's is like. I would ideally grab some juice and breakfast upon arrival at 6:20 AM, then relax for a while since my WN flight to RSW won't leave until 10:05. That leads me to my next question...
It's a nice club, though not as nice as a couple of years ago before they shut half of it down with the cutback in MCO operations. It's got a very old-Florida feel to it (very much like the Grand Floridian at Disney World) - good amount of wicker, etc. It's a very nice club though and is in good shape.
Quoting SurfandSnow (Thread starter): Is there really no way to get from Airside 4 (DL) to 2 (WN) without having to go back through security?
In the morning, it shouldn't be an issue - it becomes an issue in the afternoon with international arrivals messing up the trams. I would recommend boarding the tram on the right side (closer to Airside 2) and bearing right when you get off toward the A2 tram - Airsides 2/4 share the same checkpoint. I believe the left-side (toward the FL gates) forces you out of security.
Quoting JKJ777 (Reply 1): I definitely think that the one day pass is worth it for LAX but I thought that this was a $25 fee, has that recently changed?
It's $25 for a one-visit pass for Delta AmEx card holders. It's $50 for a one-day pass that can be used at multiple clubs. It used to be only a $25 one-visit pass before the merger; however that has since changed and the NW-style One-Day, As many clubs as you want for $50 pass has been the choice.