There are few things better than having access to an airport lounge when you have time to kill at the airport. And if you are traveling 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, 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 locations & partner lounges worldwide, you don’t have to try terribly hard to find one if you are flying with the airline.
In this post, we will walk through everything you need to know about how you can 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 to the Delta Sky Club. You can purchase a single visit pass if you hold the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card, hold a credit card that offers complimentary access, travel in first or business class on Delta (or their partners), or 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 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.
Complimentary Sky Club access is one of the reasons we’ve named the American Express Platinum card the best card for Delta flyers.
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Carry the Delta Reserve American Express Card
Much like the Platinum Card from American Express mentioned above, just for holding the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express personal or business credit card from American Express, you will receive complimentary Sky Club access when you are flying with Delta. In addition to that, cardholders will receive two, one-time guest passes to the Delta Sky Club each year.
With an annual fee of $550, most will be better off going with the Platinum Card from American Express option mentioned above as it simply provides many more benefits. If you don’t need the Reserve for earning MQMs and MQDs towards Delta status, go with the Platinum card mentioned above.
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Travel on an International First or Business Class Ticket
If you are flying with Delta, or a Sky Team partner 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. 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 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.
This 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 $29 each (this will increase to $39 on January 30, 2020).
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 regardless of which cabin you are flying in. You can have a ticket in any class of service and receive free access. 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 $545 (or 54,500 Delta SkyMiles). You can also purchase an executive membership for $845 or 84,500 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 $5 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.
Carry the Delta SkyMiles Platinum co-branded American Express credit card
For holding the Platinum SkyMiles credit card from American Express, you will be able to buy discounted Sky Club access of $39 per entry. You can also bring in up to two guests for $39 each.
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Amenities You Will Find Inside the 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, hairdryers & 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 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.
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Delta continues to make significant investments in its 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.