Few things make traveling better than having access to an airport lounge. And if you’re flying with Delta (or one of their partner airlines), the Delta Sky Club is a great place to unwind before or after your flight.
If you’re not familiar, Delta Sky Clubs are a network of airport lounges owned and operated by Delta Air Lines in airports around the world. With over 200 locations & partner lounges worldwide, you don’t have to try terribly hard to find one if you are flying with the airline.
So let’s walk through everything you need to know about how you can access the Delta Sky Club before you make your next trip, what it’s like inside, and everything you need to know about the lounge protocols during COVID-19.
How to Access the Delta Sky Club: Credit Cards, Business Class, or Status
- Carry the Platinum Card from American Express
- Carry the Delta Reserve American Express Card
- Travel on an International First or Business Class Ticket
- Hold Delta Diamond Medallion Status
- Hold Delta Gold or Platinum Medallion Status and Fly Internationally
- Purchase a Delta Sky Club Membership
- Carry the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card
- Can You Buy a Day Pass to the Delta Sky Club?
- Can You Get in Upon Upon Arrival?
- What Sky Clubs are Open During COVID-19?
- What are Delta Sky Clubs Like During COVID-19?
How to Access the Delta Sky Club: Credit Cards, Business Class, or Status
There are a lot of different ways to gain Delta Sky Club access.
You can purchase a single visit pass if you hold the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card for $39 per visit. Better yet, certain credit cards offer complimentary access. Flying first or business class on Delta (or their partners) can get you in for free. Or you can buy an annual lounge membership – or get it free through your Delta Medallion Elite status.
Below, we will walk through the different ways in which you can get into the Delta Sky Club.
Carry the Platinum Card from American Express
When it comes to lounge access, you won’t find a better card option than the Platinum Card from American Express. Just for holding the card, you will receive complimentary access into the Sky Club when you are flying with Delta. And while you won’t be able to bring in guests for free, you will be able to bring up to two guests into the lounge for $39 each. There is no limit to how many times you can bring guests in with you.
And if you have the $200 travel credit the card offers each year, Delta Sky Club lounge access will work as a part of that credit.
In addition to the Delta Sky Club access, the Platinum Card from American Express will get you access to the Escape Lounge, Priority Pass Lounges, and Amex’s own Centurion Lounges. You’ll also earn 5x American Express Membership Rewards points for every dollar you spend on airfare directly with an airline or through Amex’s travel portal, amextravel.com, and a host of other great travel benefits.
Complimentary Sky Club access is one of the reasons we’ve named the American Express Platinum card the best card for Delta flyers. Yes, we think it’s even better than many of Delta’s co-branded credit cards.
Click Here to learn more about the Platinum Card from American Express.
Carry the Delta Reserve American Express Card
Much like the Platinum Card from American Express, just for holding the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card, you will receive complimentary Delta Sky Club access as long as you are flying with Delta.
In addition to that, cardholders will receive two, one-time guest passes to the Delta Sky Club each year that will allow guests to get in with you free of charge. After that, you can simply pay $39 per guest to bring up to two guests into the Sky Club at a time. Like the Platinum Card from American Express, there is no limit to how many times you can bring guests in with you.
With an annual fee of $550, most will be better off going with the Platinum Card from American Express as it simply provides many more benefits – unless if you’re chasing Delta Medallion status.
Read our full comparison of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card vs the Platinum Card from American Express.
Click Here to learn more about the Delta Reserve Card from American Express.
Travel on an International First or Business Class Ticket
If you are flying with Delta, or a Sky Team partner airline like Air France or KLM, in a first or business class cabin on an international flight, you will also receive complimentary access to the Sky Club.
Certain transcontinental routes within the U.S. in a Delta One business class cabin also get free Delta Sky Club access. But you won’t get any guesting privileges this way.
Keep in mind that a standard domestic first-class recliner-style seat in the U.S. (or to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean) will not qualify for free Sky Club access. You need to fly in Delta One business class internationally.
Hold Delta Diamond Medallion Status
If you hold Delta’s Diamond medallion status, the airline’s top-tier frequent flyer status, you can select a complimentary Sky Club individual membership as one of their three annual choice benefits. Diamond Medallion members can also opt to use two of their choice benefits for an Executive Sky Club membership.
Executive Sky Club membership allows unlimited Delta Sky Club access with up to two guests or immediate family members (spouse/domestic partner and children under 21) at no additional charge. Two additional guests may also enter for $39 each.
Hold Delta Gold or Platinum Medallion Status and Fly Internationally
If you hold either Delta’s Gold or Platinum Medallion status you will be able to access the Sky Club free of charge if you are traveling internationally on Delta or a Sky Team partner – even if you’re flying economy.
In addition to that, you can bring one guest in with you at no charge.
Purchase a Delta Sky Club Membership
You can purchase an individual annual membership to the Delta Sky Club for $545 (or 54,500 Delta SkyMiles). You can also purchase an executive membership for $845 or 84,500 miles. Again, the executive membership will allow you to bring in up to two guests per visit free. An individual membership comes with no free guesting privileges.
But this method makes little sense. For roughly the same price as an individual membership, you can get complimentary Sky Club access by holding either the American Express Platinum Card or the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card. And both cards offer a host of other benefits that would make these worth far more than buying a Sky Club membership.
Carry the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card
For holding the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card, you will be able to buy one-time Sky Club access for $39 per entry. You can also bring in up to two guests for $39 each.
Click Here to learn more about the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card.
Cardholders with the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card also used to be able to purchase Sky Club access. Unfortunately, Delta eliminated this card benefit in early 2020. You will not be able to buy Delta Sky Club access if you only carry the Delta Gold card.
Can You Buy a Day Pass to the Delta Sky Club?
For years, you could buy a single-visit pass to get into the Delta Sky Club regardless of what seat you were flying or what credit card you have. Those day passes cost $59. Both United and American do the same.
But they’re no longer available at the Delta Sky Club. Delta stopped selling them in November 2018 to combat overcrowding in lounges. If you don’t hold the Delta Platinum American Express Card, you can’t buy your way into the Sky Club.
Even as lounge traffic is way down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta has not made any decisions to bring this option back.
Can You Get in Upon Upon Arrival?
There are no restrictions that prevent you from visiting a Sky Club after you arrive at your final destination. This is a great option if you want to freshen up with a shower or a meal after a long-haul flight before getting to your final accommodations.
Delta’s lounge policies explicitly state that you must be flying Delta that day in order to get into the Sky Club. So long as you’ve got a Delta boarding pass for anytime that day, you can get in.
Other lounge networks like the American Express Centurion Lounges recently implemented restrictions that do not allow you to enter the lounge after your last flight. But for the time being, this is still possible with Delta Sky Clubs.
What Sky Clubs are Open During COVID-19?
Over the past year, COVID-19 has drastically reshaped travel. And nowhere is that change more pronounced than in airport lounges – including the Delta Sky Club. Sky Clubs were closed as the pandemic started to run its course in the U.S.
And because of that, Delta extended all Individual and Executive Sky Club memberships that were active as of March 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
As of November 2020, lots of Sky Clubs have reopened but many remain closed. Make sure to check out Delta’s website to see up to the minute information on which clubs are currently open.
What are Delta Sky Clubs Like During COVID-19?
Assuming you find a club that is open, your experience might be vastly different than what you remember before the pandemic. Wearing a face mask will be required any time you are moving around the lounge. You will be allowed to take it off when seated.
See for yourself what it’s like inside the Delta Sky Club today.
To limit the risk of unnecessary contact and contamination, Delta has drastically scaled back its food and drink offerings. Hot buffets are out, and prepackaged snacks are in. You’ll find a choice of cereals, do-it-yourself oatmeal with fixings in small plastic containers, packaged muffins, banana bread, and saran-wrapped fruit for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, it’s wrapped sandwiches and prepackaged salads and snacks.
The bar in the Sky Club is open, so getting a free glass of beer, wine, or a cocktail is still possible. Delta has slowly resumed its full bar service, too, allowing you to buy upgraded cocktails or champagne for cash – or SkyMiles.
And in our experience, self-serve coffee and espresso machines are also open for easy use.
At the end of the day, exactly what you find will vary by what Sky Club you are in. But the general rule of thumb is to expect light bites in prepackaged containers. With few exceptions, hot food will not be available at your lounge… at least for now.
And make sure to check out our Delta Sky Club review of the lounge in Seattle (SEA), Austin (AUS), and San Francisco (SFO) to get an idea of what the Delta Sky Club experience is like in normal times.
Delta continues to make significant investments in its Sky Club lounge network to improve the customer experience. And that’s true even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But getting in has gotten a bit harder and more confusing. Use this guide to navigate the lounge like a pro and make your pre or post-flight experience more enjoyable.