Let’s get this out of the way: This isn’t for everyone. But it’s a fun and surprisingly valuable way to use your Delta SkyMiles – and kick off your next trip. Yes, you really can buy champagne with SkyMiles.
Like most airport lounges, you can get free champagne, beer, and cocktails from the Delta Sky Club. But a few years back, Delta rolled out special drink menus at select Sky Clubs around the country, allowing you to pay up for premium drinks like top-shelf cocktails or bottles of champagne – or redeem SkyMiles for them.
Generally, we’d scoff at using miles for anything other than flights. Delta, in particular, has introduced plenty of bad ways to redeem SkyMiles like for baggage, seat upgrades, and even avoiding basic economy. But using SkyMiles to buy a bottle of champagne or (other premium drinks) is genuinely a good deal.
At the risk of getting too technical, every SkyMile you use to buy drinks in the Sky Club is worth 2 cents – much more than you get on many other SkyMiles redemptions. It means you can buy an $80 bottle of champagne for 4,000 SkyMiles. You can even tip your Sky Club bartender using SkyMiles: 200 SkyMiles gives them $4!
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But what champagne can you buy? Where? And how?
Champagne for SkyMiles? Yes.
The list of champagnes you can buy in the Delta Sky Club rotates frequently.
Generally, you’ve got your pick of a few options, from a cheap but decent sparkling to a top-shelf bottle of Dom Perignon. In the past, some Sky Clubs have even sold fan-favorite Krug, though it’s been a few years.
And you’ve got options on quantity, too: A single glass, get a split bottle, half bottle, or the whole thing.
As of March 2021, here’s the list of what’s available in most Sky Clubs with premium drink service:
- Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut (187ml Split bottle): 900 SkyMiles or $18
- Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (375ml half bottle): 1,500 SkyMiles or $30
- Veuve Clicquot Brut (750ml bottle): 3,900 SkyMiles or $78
- Laurent-Perrier Rosé Brut (750ml bottle): 4,500 SkyMiles or $90
- Dom Perignon Brut 2009 (750ml bottle / 5oz glass): 10,000 SkyMiles or $200 / 2,600 SkyMiles or $39
Check out the current list of alcohol available at the Sky Club on Delta’s website.
Many will head straight for the Dom Perignon, and there’s no question that snagging a bottle of Dom for 10,000 SkyMiles is a bargain for one of the most sought-after champagnes. But our personal favorite on this list is the Laurent-Perrier Rosé for just 4,500 SkyMiles.
To order, just walk up to the bar and tell the bartender you’d like to order some champagne – and pay with SkyMiles. After flashing your ID, the bartender will likely ask to scan your boarding pass for your SkyMiles number to charge your account.
If you get a bottle, they’ll also give you a bucket of ice if you’d like to drink your bottle away from the bar
Of course, you can also order other premium drinks using SkyMiles, including wines, liquor (like a pour of Johnnie Walker Blue Label for 1,950 SkyMiles), and even craft cocktails. We’ve even seen some special alcohol selections or seasonal cocktails available.
Still, there’s something fun about popping a bottle of champagne before your trip in the lounge.
Read up on how to access the Delta Sky Club!
Which Delta Sky Clubs Sell Champagne?
Unfortunately, you can’t just waltz into any Delta Sky Club and get a bottle.
Only select Delta Sky Clubs have a full bar with the ability to buy champagne with SkyMiles. You’ll have to look for Sky Clubs with “THE BAR” service. Here’s the current list, as of March 2021:
- Atlanta (ATL): Most Atlanta Sky Clubs have THE BAR service
- Austin (AUS)
- Boston (BOS)
- Cincinnati (CVG)
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- Miami (MIA)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP): F/G Concourse
- New Orleans (MSY)
- New York City-JFK (JFK): Terminal 2 and Terminal 4
- New York City-LaGuardia (LGA): Terminal C and Terminal D
- Newark (EWR)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Diego (SAN)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
- Tampa (TPA)
- Washington, D.C.-Reagan (DCA)
- West Palm Beach (PBI)
While it’s not exhaustive, many of Delta’s flagship lounges have full bar service where you can buy champagne and other drinks using SkyMiles. And increasingly, the new lounges Delta is building have them, too.
This won’t appeal to everyone. But it’s a fun way to use SkyMiles to start any trip. And believe it or not, it’s a more-than-solid way to use your SkyMiles. It didn’t make our list for the best way to redeem SkyMiles for nothing!
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