Lounge Review: Delta SkyClub Orlando Airport (MCO)

by joeheg

We ‘ve visited the Delta SkyClub at Orlando International Airport multiple times throughout the past year. Although it had been some time since our last visit, we were able to regain access to the club when I upgraded my AMEX Gold Card to a Platinum Card.

As a reminder, American Express Platinum and Delta Reserve cardholders flying on Delta flights can currently enter SkyClubs for free, but guests (a maximum of two) will cost $50 each. You can still buy a day pass for yourself and two guests for $50 each if you’re flying on a Delta flight and have an AMEX Delta Platinum card.

These rules will be changing in 2024, with the removal of the Delta Platinum access and blocking guests who purchase Basic Economy fares with additional changes coming in 2025. The full SkyClub entrance rules can be found here.

a glass door of a building

The entrance still has that 80s vibe. The lounge is up one level, which you can access via the elevator or stairs. I used the stairs and was immediately met by a Delta agent. She asked to see my boarding pass and I showed her my phone. She scanned the code and welcomed me to the club, providing information about my departing flight and how to log into the Wi-Fi.

I can confirm you do not have to show your AMEX Platinum card to the agent if you’ve added the card to your Delta profile. However, I’d suggest that you bring your AMEX Platinum card with you just in case.

a room with chairs and a counter

The club has been refreshed in the last several years. The design is still the same, but the beige and brown paint was replaced with a blue/white color scheme. At 8 AM on a Friday, plenty of seats were available, most of which had power and USB charging ports. There were a few longer tables that were more conducive to working.

a room with many chairs and tables

The Orlando SkyClub does have plenty of natural light from the windows along one side of the lounge. Most of the seats in this area were already taken when I arrived. Besides the usual club seating, there’s an eating area with tables and high tops around the room.

a room with many chairs and tables

As for the food, the breakfast offerings included a cheese omelet, chicken sausage and rosemary potatoes. There was also oatmeal with toppings and a selection of bread, bagels, and English muffins. Along the other wall were several wrapped fresh fruit items. For drinks, they had coffee, tea and juice. In addition, the bar was open if you wanted a soft drink or maybe something a little stronger before your flight.

This has been the spread I’ve seen on every visit over the past year. We typically visit in the mornings so I’m not sure what the lunch/dinner offerings are.

To compare, I’d rate the SkyClub food better than what we’ve had at The Club MCO on our recent visits. Would it be worth paying an additional $50 for a guest to have access to the SkyClub at Orlando Airport? The SkyClub offers a superior experience compared to other clubs in the airport, not just in terms of food. It’s a spacious room with various seating options, and if given the choice between both locations, I would opt for the SkyClub even if only for the better-quality coffee.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad we have access to the Delta SkyClub at Orlando Airport. The fact that the club no longer looks like you’re walking into the Golden Girls’ home is nice [Note from Sharon: That made me laugh. Although the color scheme is better, it still looks kind of 80s IMHO]. The fresh coat of paint and new furniture were both long overdue.

This isn’t a club that I’ll get to the airport early to visit but as long as I have the AMEX Platinum card, I’ll pop in here instead of the Priority Pass club across the hall. Time will tell if I still feel that way in 2025.

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1 comment

Michael Edwards September 22, 2023 - 1:28 pm

I consistently find that this lounge has one of the friendliest staffs in the system. Unfortunately I end up here late afternoons when a lot of contract airlines are using for their J class passengers making it ridiculously crowded.


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