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Which Amex Cards Now Give You Delta Sky Club Lounge Access?

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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.

Entrance to the Delta Sky Club at Atlanta (ATL)'s international "F" terminal.

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.)

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card (learn how to apply)

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card (learn how to apply)

The Platinum Card from American Express.The Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)

American Express Business Platinum cardThe Business Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)

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 Sky Club guest passes for Delta Reserve cardholders, as seen in the Fly Delta app.

Amex personal Platinum or business Platinum card members may bring “up to two guests for an additional fee.” (My daughter incurred a $29 charge last month.)

If Delta is your Amex personal Platinum or business Platinum card‘s preferred airline, the Sky Club guest fee should credit back to your $200 incidental allowance.

Delta Sky Club JFK T4

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.

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

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.)

Work cubicles in the Seattle Delta Sky Club in Terminal A
Seattle Delta Sky Club in Terminal A

Sorry, Delta Gold Amex Cardholders

Delta Gold Amex personal and business cardholders no longer receive access to Delta Sky Clubs through their cards.

Delta Sky Club LAX Terminal 2
Delta Sky Club LAX Terminal 2

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.

Delta One

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.

Delta Sky Club San Francisco
Delta Sky Club San Francisco

Questions? Data Points?

Ask or share in the below Comments section!

As the kids say: see you in da club.

— Chris

🔺 Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card 

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card 

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

Delta Gold American Express CardDelta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card 

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12 Comments

  1. Based on the crowds in most Delta clubs, it would appear one can gain access using a library card, index card, or any of the raw materials that go into making a card. I’ve seen boarding gates with less people!

  2. Greg Howell Reply

    I have two cards that grant access, Business Platinum & Delta Reserve. Can I tell the Delta desk agent that want entry using Business platinum so I can pay for my wife with that card to get the charge credited back as airline incidental?

  3. “ SkyTeam Elite Plus members and one guest enjoy complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs and select partner lounges on days they fly international trips.”

    Not necessarily so. Speaking from personal experience, and after talking to a customer service rep to confirm, select domestic (USA) Delta clubs will not admit Gold Medallion eliteplus when traveling on international tickets (e.g., Nashville, Atlanta, and JFK). No problem getting in with Detroit, or clubs overseas.

    • @DT – The rep was wrong. Departing and connecting cities that have Sky Clubs (or Skyteam lounges – think Korean club LAX) gives you access. Arriving city – no.

      Having said that, reps often get the rules wrong. Matt from Live and Let’s fly had just such and issue in the LAX Sky Club and blogged it. Delta apologized and said they would train reps better.

  4. I believe she was wrong, but this was not a call in rep. This was a specialized customer rep responding to my written complaint. I tried to reference the specific points on the Delta website, but she wasn’t having it. Then she got belligerent and said I wasn’t listening to her.
    And as I have said, I’ve been refused admission to the clubs indicated while traveling on international tickets. Their responses vary; have to be on business or first class ticket, does not apply, we don’t do that. Not just the club agents, but the ticket counter agents. I even show them my “red” multi-million miler tag.
    On the other hand Detroit has never been as issue gaining access, or the international terminals. That’s why we try to align our international flights through Detroit. That, and less problems if delays.

  5. The new redesigned DL AMEX cards are now being made from metal instead of plastic like the non branded AMEX Platinum.

  6. If I have a Reserve Card, can I get 4 people in (2 paid and 2 with free guest pass) during a single visit? Or will they limit it to 2 regardless?

    • @Ryan: That’s a good question. I’m thinking they’ll limit it to two guests. The verbiage reads, “Card Members may also bring up to two guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner and children under 21 years of age) at the exclusive per-visit rate of $39 per person, per location.” It sounds to me like the guest passes are simply used in place of the $39 fee. But who knows? Maybe a Sky Club rep will take pity and let a group of four in. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

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