Delta’s “refresh” of their co-branded American Express cards kicked in early today. One of the major changes involves Sky Club access.
Some Delta Amexes received guest passes. Several saw hikes in entrance fees for cardholders and guests. Two cards completely lost lounge access.
So which American Express cards provide entry (complimentary or otherwise) to Delta Sky Club airport lounges?
Let’s break it down.
Complimentary Admission to Delta Sky Clubs
These cards give cardholders free admission to Delta Sky Clubs on days you fly Delta Air Lines marketed or operated flights. (I’ve never had a problem getting into lounges at 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM when taking midnight or 1:00 AM-ish flights.)
Authorized/additional users may access Sky Clubs lounges when flying Delta — provided they’re added as paid, “full-fledged” cardmembers (i.e. they’re not “free” authorized users).
Cardholders of co-branded Platinum Cards from American Express (i.e. Charles Schwab, Mercedes, etc) also receive complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs. As do, of course, Amex Centurion Cardholders.
Can I Bring Guests?
Yes! However, your guests must also be flying on same-day Delta marketed or operated flights.
Delta Reserve personal card and business cardholders now receive two Sky Club guest passes each year. These will supposedly be accessible in your Fly Delta wallet. (
I didn’t see anything in mine as of about 5:45 AM EST today – UPDATE: They are in with your free HOOU or drink vouchers [see drop down tab]). After those are used, cardholders may bring up to two guests — for $39 each.
Delta Platinum Amex Cards — $39 Entrance Fees
Cardholders of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express can access Sky Clubs on days they have a Delta or partner airline itineraries for $39 per entry.
They may also bring up to two guests for $39 each.
Again, each guest must be traveling on a Delta or partner airline flight.
(Primary cardholder and guest entry fees were $29 but increased to $39 today.)
Sorry, Delta Gold Amex Cardholders
More Ways to Access Delta Sky Clubs for Free
If you don’t have an eligible American Express card or Sky Club membership, there are still a couple of ways to get into Delta’s airport lounges.
Passengers flying in domestic or international Delta One marketed cabins may access Sky Clubs. Remember, though, just because a plane has Delta One seats doesn’t necessarily mean you’re flying the Delta One product.
For reference, Delta says international travel includes customers “traveling to/from Europe, Asia, South America, Central America, Africa, Canada and Mexico.” Travel to/from the Caribbean, Guam, Palau, and Saipan are excluded.
Partner First or Business Class
On days you’re confirmed in first or business class on a Delta partner airline, you may access Sky Clubs free of charge.
Sky Team Elite Plus
Something we mention in many international Delta mileage run posts is “SkyTeam Elite Plus.” This applies to:
- Diamond Medallions
- Platinum Medallions
- Gold Medallions
SkyTeam Elite Plus members and one guest enjoy complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs and select partner lounges on days they fly international trips.
For example, a friend and I enjoyed Sky Club access at LAX, SLC, and PDX when we flew to London a couple of years ago. He had no status or Amex cards.
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As the kids say: see you in da club.
🔺 Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards
- Save 20% on inflight food and beverage purchases made during Delta flights
- Bonus SkyMiles on each Delta Air Lines purchase
- Main Cabin 1 boarding
- Free first checked bag for you and up to eight others on your itinerary!
- Complimentary Sky Club and Centurion Lounge access for Reserve cardholders
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