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Sky Club Access Lines and Waiting due to capacity

Old Sep 11, 22, 8:32 am
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Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket because knock on wood the only time Iíve waited was at FLL back in March. Iíve gotten into everything in ATL without issue but I havenít been to JFK in a minute.
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Old Sep 11, 22, 9:39 am
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In general is the line issue more so in late afternoon?

I heading to South America Wednesday and was planning on heading to the SC in F around 1pm.

Just wondering whether I should plan on lines.

Thanks.
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Old Sep 11, 22, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by RetiredATLATC View Post
In general is the line issue more so in late afternoon?

I heading to South America Wednesday and was planning on heading to the SC in F around 1pm.

Just wondering whether I should plan on lines.

Thanks.
Depends on if you are DM. Still not sure if protocol is to take everyone from the 360/DM line first or to alternate between the 2 lines. My experience has been alternating.
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Old Sep 11, 22, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by StayingHomeIsBetter View Post
I had no trouble on my last trip. Of course, two departures were at 6:00 AM and I avoided ATL.

First rule of travel bliss... avoid ATL.
That's . . . really quite the opposite of a ringing endorsement of DL ops on a DL forum. If I switched to Delta, 80%+ of my flights would go through ATL to the west coast. As an AA loyalist, I actually try to go through DFW for all the amenities and connections there. I wouldn't like avoiding my airline's main hub to make things more smooth.
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Old Sep 11, 22, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by nineworldseries View Post
That's . . . really quite the opposite of a ringing endorsement of DL ops on a DL forum. If I switched to Delta, 80%+ of my flights would go through ATL to the west coast. As an AA loyalist, I actually try to go through DFW for all the amenities and connections there. I wouldn't like avoiding my airline's main hub to make things more smooth.
This is not necessarily about ops per say, but most of Delta's best service/amenities are located outside of ATL, and have been for many years.

1) Best clubs are at stations like SEA, LGA, LAX, JFK, even SFO, etc
2) A lot of good planes and connectivity out of DTW, JFK, SEA
3) Much higher change of upgrades avoiding ATL

I grew up in ATL and go there to visit family but I only connect there when truly necessary. I connect in ATL maybe once a year, by choice. Connected through ATL earlier this year in an IROPs situation, and will connect once more from the West Coast.
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Old Sep 11, 22, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Adelphos View Post
This is not necessarily about ops per say, but most of Delta's best service/amenities are located outside of ATL, and have been for many years.

1) Best clubs are at stations like SEA, LGA, LAX, JFK, even SFO, etc
2) A lot of good planes and connectivity out of DTW, JFK, SEA
3) Much higher change of upgrades avoiding ATL

I grew up in ATL and go there to visit family but I only connect there when truly necessary. I connect in ATL maybe once a year, by choice. Connected through ATL earlier this year in an IROPs situation, and will connect once more from the West Coast.
In a long-ago, now almost mythical age, CVG was a worthy alternative to ATL.
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Old Sep 12, 22, 5:21 am
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Originally Posted by StayingHomeIsBetter View Post
In a long-ago, now almost mythical age, CVG was a worthy alternative to ATL.
So was MEM.
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Old Sep 12, 22, 8:31 am
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MSP Sept 7 and SAN Sept 8

Long line at the Sky Club in MSP for the large lounge at G at 8:30 am on the 7th......crazy......SAN on the 8th in the morning was great.....great service and space......
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Old Sep 12, 22, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by bcj1949 View Post
Long line at the Sky Club in MSP for the large lounge at G at 8:30 am on the 7th......crazy......SAN on the 8th in the morning was great.....great service and space......
New MSP 17K square feet G lounge is supposed to open sometime next year and should help situation at MSP. Current MSP F/G lounge is not really that large compared to some of the other larger lounges in system.
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Old Sep 12, 22, 6:11 pm
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I feel like I see these posts every week now. (Seems
shorter than before though? Or maybe bc 2:45 pm is earlier than most transatlantic passengers arrive?)

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Old Sep 13, 22, 10:09 am
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Got to JFK on Thursday night at 8PM and no lines from 8-10:30PM, SFO also quiet at 8PM. It would be great if the App added a Skyclub status for the airports you are going too so you can just plan ahead. If see "Club at Capacity" at-least I can just plan to grab food elsewhere or get to the airport later since the lounge is packed.
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Old Sep 13, 22, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by cubeman View Post
Got to JFK on Thursday night at 8PM and no lines from 8-10:30PM, SFO also quiet at 8PM. It would be great if the App added a Skyclub status for the airports you are going too so you can just plan ahead. If see "Club at Capacity" at-least I can just plan to grab food elsewhere or get to the airport later since the lounge is packed.
lol with all the glitches the app has, I wouldn't trust that status update but good idea though.
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Old Sep 13, 22, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
I feel like I see these posts every week now. (Seems
shorter than before though? Or maybe bc 2:45 pm is earlier than most transatlantic passengers arrive?)

https://twitter.com/mattcaviation/st...IbRGC2Nqmo8eeA
Airlines are saying Fall travel is strong, particularly international, so given the banking of flights I'm not surprised JFK has a line at 3pm, that's peak 2hrs before domestic evening departures for business travelers and about the same for anyone going to Europe.

End of the day the demand for access from Reserve/Platinum/Elite/Membership holders is greater than the square footage can supply and people are going to have to make their peace with waiting in line at peak periods. No different from big city commuting - if you can travel outside of 7a-10a or 3p-7p you're going to have a far smoother time.
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Old Sep 13, 22, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by Synapseturquoise View Post
lol with all the glitches the app has, I wouldn't trust that status update but good idea though.
You telling me you won't trust an App that tells me JFK isn't accepting digital boarding passes as they scan it?
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Old Sep 13, 22, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by ChurnieEls View Post
Airlines are saying Fall travel is strong, particularly international, so given the banking of flights I'm not surprised JFK has a line at 3pm, that's peak 2hrs before domestic evening departures for business travelers and about the same for anyone going to Europe.

End of the day the demand for access from Reserve/Platinum/Elite/Membership holders is greater than the square footage can supply and people are going to have to make their peace with waiting in line at peak periods. No different from big city commuting - if you can travel outside of 7a-10a or 3p-7p you're going to have a far smoother time.
There's a number of Europe routes that are either dropped or seasonally reduced in November. Bookings may be "strong", but there is still a significant dropoff in demand and capacity to Europe as you get into later Fall through early to mid Spring.
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