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Delta Sky Club access guide: find the lowest cost way to enter

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Delta Sky Club®‘s are busier than ever now with many ways to gain access the clubs at over 30 major airports worldwide.

Not all are perfectly priced, nor are they all heavily advertised by Delta. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you decide the most cost effective way to get into the clubs for your situation.

We list all of the options below, though the best value overall tends to be the $550 annual fee The Platinum Card® from American Express card or $450 annual fee The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, which when you use the $200 annual airline fee credit it offers, gets you access to all SkyClubs for a net of $250 per year.

Note that starting January 1, 2019, you’ll need to be flying on a Delta or partner flight to access any Delta SkyClub, even if you have a SkyClub membership.

  1. Single entry. You can buy a single entry pass for a rate of $59 per person if you are traveling on a Delta flight. If you have a Delta SkyMiles card from American Express you pay just $29 per person.
  2. Individual Membership. $495 or 47,000 SkyMiles®. You also gain access to Air France / KLM lounges that are located in cities where Delta has flights and the Virgin Australia lounges. Guests are $29 each per Sky Club visit.
  3. Executive Membership. $745 or 70,000 SkyMiles®. This gives you all of the Individual Membership benefits plus the ability to bring 2 guests or your spouse and children under 21 at no additional charge for each visit. Diamond Medallion members may also select this as one of their ‘Choice Benefits.’
  4. Diamond Medallion status. No cost. If you fly 125,000 ‘Medallion’ qualifying miles per year on Delta you will be conferred Diamond Medallion status. One of its benefits is Individual Membership to the Sky Club with the privileges noted above. You can also get Executive Membership if you select it as one of your ‘Choice Benefits.’
  5. Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express*. $450. annual fee This credit card grants you access to all Delta Sky Clubs when you are traveling on a Delta flight with the same privileges as Individual Membership. However it does not include access to partner lounges the way full membership does.
  6. Gold Medallion or above status. No cost for international trips. If you are a Delta Gold Medallion or higher member in SkyMiles® (not the Gold credit card), you and a guest can access the clubs when travelling on an international SkyTeam carrier itinerary.
  7. The Platinum Card® from American Express. $550 annual fee. You can enter all Delta operated Sky Clubs with the same privileges as Individual Members, which means guests cost an extra $29 each. You must be flying on a Delta flight to qualify. The card offers a $200 annual airline fee credit which you can use toward charges like baggage fees and change fees on one airline of your choice each year. This effectively cuts the annual fee on the card down to $250. Note lounge access is a benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express, which doesn’t say Delta on it.
  8. Ebay or Craigslist. There are sometimes Sky Club day passes available on these sites, though buy at your own risk.

In every SkyClub you’ll find complimentary WiFi, basic soft and alcoholic beverages, and light snacks. Premium wines and liquor are available for purchase in some clubs. Note though that at peak times clubs can be crowded and finding a seat for your family isn’t guaranteed.


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