How to Access the Delta Sky Club
There are few things better than having access to an airport lounge when you have time to kill at the airport. If you are traveling with Delta (or one of their partner airlines), the Delta Sky Club is a great place to unwind before your flight.
The Delta Sky Club is a network of airport lounges owned and operated by Delta Air Lines in airports around the world. With over 200 Delta Sky Club & partner lounges worldwide, you don’t have to try terribly hard to find one if you are flying with Delta.
In this post, we will walk through everything you need to know about how to access the Delta Sky Club before you make your next trip.
How Can I Access the Delta Sky Club?
There are a lot of different ways in which you can gain access into the Delta Sky Club. You can purchase a single visit pass, hold a credit card that offers complimentary access, travel in first or business class on Delta (or their partners), use a lounge membership or 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 American Express Platinum Card
The American Express Platinum Card is the best card in the marketplace when it comes to lounge access. Just for holding the card product, you will receive complimentary access into the Delta Sky Club (along with many other lounges) when you are flying with Delta. You will also be able to bring up to two guests into the lounge with you for a cost of $29 each.
Carry the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express
For holding the Delta Reserve personal or business credit card from American Express, you will receive complimentary Sky Club access when you are flying with Delta. If you are not flying Delta, you can purchase a single day pass to the lounge for $29 which is a discount of $30 off of the single day pass rate. Both of these options also allow you to bring in up to two guests for $29 each. Apply for the Delta Reserve Card here
Travel on an International First or Business Class Ticket
If you are flying with Delta (or a Sky Team partner) in a first or business class cabin on an international flight, you will also receive complimentary access to the Delta Sky Club. You will also be able to access the lounge in this manner if you are traveling on certain transcontinental routes within the US in first or business class. You will not be given any guesting privileges with this method of access.
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 membership as one of your choice benefits. Diamond Medallion members can also bring in two guests or immediate family members (spouse/domestic partner and children under 21) at no additional charge. Two additional guests may enter for $29 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. You can have a ticket in any class of service and receive complimentarily. Further, 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 $495 (or 47,000 Delta SkyMiles). You can also purchase an executive membership for $745 or 70,000 miles. The executive membership will allow you to bring in up to two guests per visit free of charge while the individual membership doesn’t offer complimentary guests.
Because you can get complimentary access to the Sky Club by holding either the American Express Platinum Card or the Delta Reserve credit card, there aren’t many situations where buying an annual membership would make sense.
The annual fee here is more than you would pay for the Delta Reserve card and only $55 less than you would pay for the American Express Platinum card. Both cards offer a host of other benefits that would make these worth far more than buying a Sky Club membership.
Buy a Single Vist Sky Club Pass
You can buy a single visit pass to the Delta Sky Club for $59. If you go this route, the pass can only be used in conjunction with same-day ticketed air travel on Delta or its partner airlines.
Passes can only be purchased in the Sky Club at the check-in desk and you won’t be able to purchase these ahead of time via delta.com or the Fly Delta mobile app. It is also worth noting that single visit passes may be limited due to capacity restrictions. If the lounge is busy, you may not be able to purchase a single visit pass in an attempt to control the crowds.
Carry the Delta Gold or Platinum co-branded American Express credit card
For holding the Gold or Platinum SkyMiles credit card from American Express, you will receive discounted Sky Club access of $29 per entry. You can also bring in up to two guests for $29 each. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Amenities You Will Find Inside the Delta Sky Club
Once you are inside the Sky Club, you will have access to a variety of complimentary offerings to make your experience better. There are a host of drinks including beer, wine & spirits, snacks & light meals. You can even use your Delta SkyMiles to purchase wine and champagne by the glass or bottle. This is a great way to start any trip and offers solid value for your SkyMiles. Admittedly, this redemption won’t be for everybody.
The Sky Clubs will also offer free high-speed Wi-Fi, magazines, newspapers and satellite TV. Many of the Sky Clubs will also have showers that can be used free of charge. All you need to do is book a time slot with the attendant on staff. The showers don’t have a time limit & will include towels, hair dryers & high-end toiletries from Malin + Goetz. This is a great way to rejuvenate yourself after a grueling long-haul flight.
Thrifty Tip #1: Want to find the Delta Sky Club closest to you? Download the LoungeBuddy mobile app. This is a great way to navigate the world of airport lounges. It will even give you directions to the nearest Sky Club.
Thrifty Tip #2: You can even access the Delta Sky Club upon arriving 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 accommodations.
Delta continues to make significant investments in their Sky Club lounge network to improve the customer experience. If you are flying Delta it can be confusing to know whether or not you have access to the Sky Club. Use our guide to help you navigate the lounge like a pro and make your pre or post flight experience more enjoyable.
Lead Photo & Lounge Photos (CC BY 2.0): Delta News Hub via Flickr