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.)
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Authorized/additional users may access Sky Club 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.
® Reserve Business American Express Card now receive two Sky Club guest passes each year. After those are used, cardholders may bring up to two guests — for $39 each.
Platinum Card® from American Express or Business Platinum Card® from American Express members may bring “up to two guests for an additional fee.” (My daughter incurred a $29 charge last month before the rate hike.)
If Delta is your Amex Platinum Card® from American Express or Business Platinum Card® from American Express‘ preferred airline, the Sky Club guest fee should credit back to your $200 incidental allowance.
Delta Platinum Amex Cards — $39 Entrance Fees
Cardholders of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card 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
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (See Rates and Fees) and Delta SkyMiles®Gold Business American Express Card no longer receive access to Delta Sky Clubs through their cards.
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
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (See Rates and Fees)
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (See Rates and Fees)
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card (See Rates and Fees)
- Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card (See Rates and Fees)
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (See Rates and Fees)
- Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card (See Rates and Fees)
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