Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
Today I am flying and I will be making a stop along the way at “the club” that is the Skyclub. And why not? You get good service from Delta reps when you need it. Free well drinks. Some snacks and in the upgraded clubs some good snacks and even free massages. Oh, and decent free WiFi, TV, showers in some clubs – what is not to like? Plus, on a sunny day at ATL or JFK, you can catch some rays and watch the 747’s go by on the SkyDeck!
But what are all the ways to get into a Skyclub? There are a bunch of ways:
1) Delta AMEX cards. The Delta Reserve card, the high end card, gets you unlimited in-out when flying Delta. The Platinum and Gold Delta cards get you in but for a fee (now $29 per visit).
2) The AMEX Platinum personal card or AMEX Platinum business cards both get you in when you are flying on Delta all you want in-out. I think either of these are a great card to have not just for Skyclub access but for all the perks they give!
3) Skyclub membership. If you buy a membership you can come and go all you want no matter what airline you are flying on that day. Also, if you happen to reach Delta’s top elite status or Diamond you get membership for yourself and can come and go as you please called Individual Membership.
4) Day pass. You can buy for $50 a Day pass that is good for a little more than a day if you happen to fly on an itinerary that includes a date change. Just be sure you get the pass back when you check-in if you plan to go to another club along the trip!
5) Fly international business class. When you are flying internationally you can use not just the Skyclubs but the Skyteam clubs along the way and it is free to come and go as you please for you and even one guest not in business class. Same goes the other way if you are on a Skyteam flight coming over to the USA.
6) Fly internationally and be a Gold Medallion or higher. Even on a coach ticket, when you are flying internationally you can use not just the Skyclubs but the Skyteam clubs along the way and it is free to come and go as you please. Same goes the other way if you are on a Skyteam flight coming over to the USA.
7) Mooch off someone with an Executive Membership. They are allowed to bring up to 2 guests into the clubs so you could “lurk” by the door and ask someone if they can guest you in. A little strange maybe but it often works!
8) Alaska Boardroom membership or Virgin Australia/Velocity VIP Platinum card, Platinum card or Gold card member. For now, if you happen to be an Alaska Airline Boardroom member you can get in (as well as two of your guests with you). I have a feeling this may go away one day but we will see. Also Virgin Australia/Velocity VIP Platinum card, Platinum card or Gold card member when flying Delta.
9) The last one is kinda picky. Delta.com say: “Customers traveling on a nonstop Delta First Class, BusinessElite, or full Y-class ticket between JFK and Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco.” This is not a lot of flyers but good to know there is the exception over other Skyclubs and routes.
That is pretty much the full list of how to be able to access a Delta Skyclub when you are flying. As you can see there are a great many ways, it is now just a question of whether the cost of whatever method of entry worth it to you! – René