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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.

We established last month that premium beverage purchases at Delta Sky Clubs don’t count towards either the personal nor business American Express Platinum cards’ annual airline incidental credit. (Or Amex Gold Card‘s, for that matter.)

But if you’re in a Delta Sky Club and don’t feel like the well/complimentary alcohol? Maybe you want to buy the good stuff. Which credit cards award you bonus points for those transactions?

Normally, I stick to wine at Delta Sky Clubs (the red blend). I love bourbon — but don’t particularly enjoy Jack Daniel’s (the Delta Sky Club’s house bourbon) neat or on the rocks.

So I took it upon myself to conduct an experiment.

I visited a couple of “The Bars” at Delta Sky Club and purchased premium bourbons. You know, for science’s sake. 😉

I tried three different credit cards:

Here’s what I found.

Detroit DTW Central concourse A main Sky Club Detroit DTW North & South concourse A Sky Club Detroit DTW B/C Delta Sky Club – Regional Jets Concourse Minneapolis Central concourse Sky Club Minneapolis B/C concourse Sky Club Minneapolis Central concourse Escape Lounge As a prelude to this series of Delta Sky Club reviews I have included the old ex-NWA hubs into one review as there are only a handfull of Sky Clubs at both of these airports and it seems more efficient to have them all in one place. Also, I have included the lounge for the Sky Clubs to strive for the completion from the Manchester Group Escape Lounge that is now open in MSP very near the main Delta Sky Club. You can get in with a number of AMEX cards or, if you are a Skyteam elite plus status and are on a coach or anyone on…

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