One of the benefits of owning a Citibank Platinum credit card issued in the Philippines is that it gives the holder complimentary access to the Delta Sky Club lounge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
Ordinarily, apart from bona fide paying Sky Club members, only first and business class passengers on Delta flights out of Manila, as well as qualified passengers from KLM and Qatar Airways, can avail of the privilege of using this lounge. With a Citibank Platinum credit card, even a passenger on economy class flying on another airline can obtain access.
Let’s take a peek, shall we?
As this archived 2001 article from the Manila Bulletin says, an airline lounge is a refuge of silence from the noise of the halls outside, as well as an oasis of comfort. As you can see, plush chairs are the norm inside this Delta Sky Club lounge.
While inside the Delta Sky Club lounge at the NAIA Terminal 1, a guest can avail of light refreshments. Sandwiches, pastries, and fruits are on hand, as well as arroz caldo, a little reminder of home. Interestingly enough, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Lounge over at the NAIA Terminal 2 also serves this Philippine snack.
A Delta Sky Club guest at the NAIA Terminal 1 can also take his choice of beverages, from water, fruit juices, and soft drinks, to the harder stuff like beer, wine, and even whisky I believe. They even have milk – not from a domestic dairy, mind you, but from one all the way in Japan.
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate too are available. How can I forget to mention that?
One of the amenities a user looks for in an airline lounge is Internet access and yes, this Delta Sky Club lounge offers both the wired variety via several Apple iMac computers, and via Wi-Fi. To the right side of this picture are some workstations for your use. All of these services are free of charge.
A phone for making local calls is also available.
Oh I forgot: there are toilets inside this airline lounge, but no showers.
The Delta Sky Club lounge at the NAIA Terminal 1 is open daily from 4:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is located just past Gate 15 at the airport’s departure level, on the corridor leading to this terminal’s west satellite gates. Take note that there is a security checkpoint at the entrance to this corridor [Why airport authorities posted security guards there and at the entrance leading to the east satellite gates I just don't know - Ed.]; just tell the inspector that you wish to proceed to the WorldClubs lounge and you will be let through.
Over at Gadling there is a debate on the wisdom of plunking down your hard-earned cash and buying an airline club membership, which can cost anywhere from USD 200 to USD 500 per year. Grant Martin said it was worth it, while Iva Skoch says it’s not.