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There's no doubt that airport lounges elevate the ground experience before flying. Away from the hustle and bustle of the terminal, you can kick back and enjoy a snack — or maybe a drink or two. At some lounges, you can even take a shower and work in private meeting rooms.
If you're a frequent Delta flyer, you may have wondered how to enter one of their lounges, known as Delta Sky Clubs. With over 50 lounges around the world, finding a Delta Sky Club isn't the problem — it's gaining access to one.
In recent years, Delta has tightened up its methods of entry into Sky Clubs, no longer offering single-visit passes. And because of the pandemic, many Sky Clubs are temporarily closed. Even those that remain open have limited their amenities. As Sky Clubs have gotten more exclusive, here is an extensive guide on accessing them.
Delta Sky Club benefits
Pre-coronavirus, Delta Sky Clubs offered many thoughtful amenities that made your visit worthwhile. Here are some of the complimentary amenities that you could expect:
- Flight assistance
- Wine, craft beer and spirits
- Fresh, healthy food — served all day
- Free, high-speed Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV
Of course, not all Sky Clubs are made the same. Some locations have the amenities listed above but with even better perks, such as:
- Full-service bar, with top-shelf liquor for purchase
- Dataports, fax machines and Ricoh HotSpot printers
- Showers with Malin + Goetz products
- Complimentary magazines and newspapers
- Sky Deck (airport terraces)
Again, the pandemic has resulted in the closure of many Sky Club locations and limited service altogether, so your lounge experience may be anything from normal. According to Delta, "we are temporarily consolidating Club operations, discontinuing shower service and scaling back our food and beverage offerings." To find a SkyClub with their hours and specific amenities, click here.
And given the severe reduction in travel, current Sky Club members with an expiration of March 1, 2020 or later, will immediately receive access for an additional six months.
How to access Delta Sky Club
There have been a couple of notable changes to the Sky Club program over the past couple of years. In November 2018, one-day passes were discontinued, so you can no longer pay upon entry. Additionally, members can no longer access partner airline lounges as of January 2019, meaning your membership allows you access to Delta Sky Clubs only.
That being said, here are the current ways you can gain access to Delta Sky Clubs:
Purchase a Delta Sky Club membership
Delta offers two memberships, offering unlimited access to Delta Sky Clubs.
The executive membership is Delta's most expensive option, providing unlimited access to the member and two guests per visit. The membership costs $845 annually, or you can pay in 12 installments of $75 per month. Alternatively, you can redeem 84,500 miles for an executive membership, though this isn't necessarily a good use of your Delta SkyMiles. At just 1 cent per mile, this is lower than our estimated value of 1.3 cents.
The individual membership costs $545 annually, or 12 installments of $50 per month. Likewise, you can redeem 54,500 miles for this membership. As the name suggests, this membership provides unlimited access only to the account holder. However, if you fly with others, you can bring up to two guests at $39 per visit.
If you're choosing the installment plan for either membership, you will have to sign a one-year contract and an initiation fee. Therefore, paying for the membership upfront will be a better way to gain the most value.
Finally, there are a couple of rules to keep in mind with a Sky Club membership. You can only access Sky Clubs if you present a same-day ticket upon entry — meaning that you won't be able to visit if you're at the airport but are flying another airline. Finally, you must be 18 years or older to have a Sky Club Membership, and at least 21 years old to access Sky Clubs with a self-service bar.
Own a qualifying card
With the right card, you'll be able to enter Delta lounges without paying a membership fee. These are the four cards that will grant you access to Delta Sky Clubs:
|Annual fee||$550 (See rates and fees)||$550||$695 (See rates and fees)||$595|
|Welcome Offer||Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.||Earn 60,000 bonus miles, 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.||100,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.||Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.|
|Earning rate||Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases. Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.||Earn 3 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. 1X miles on everything else.
After spending $150,000 or more on purchases with your card, you'll earn 1.5X miles on all other purchases.
|5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and 5X Membership Rewards® points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel. Terms apply. 1X points on everything else.||5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com. Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's an extra half point per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. 1X points on all other purchases.|
|Lounge Access||Complimentary Delta SkyClub access. You'll receive two complimentary one-time guest passes each year.||Complimentary Delta SkyClub access, plus bring up to two guests for $39 each. You'll receive two complimentary one-time guest passes each year.||Complimentary Delta SkyClub access for the member and up to two guests for $39 each. You also have access to Centurion Lounges, International American Express Lounges and Priority Pass Select Lounges (enrollment required) — totaling over 1,200 lounges in 130 countries).||Complimentary Delta SkyClub access for the member and up to two guests for $39 each. You also have access to Centurion Lounges, International American Express Lounges and Priority Pass Select Lounges — totaling over 1,200 lounges in 130 countries).|
While the annual fees are quite hefty at $550 and above, this is around the same price as Delta's individual membership. But if you're willing to pay that membership fee, it would be in your best interest to apply for one of these four cards instead. Not only will you gain Delta SkyClub access, but you'll also receive a whole suite of travel benefits, from bonus miles to airline credits.
Hold Delta elite status
Delta has four elite status levels, ranging from Silver, Gold, Platinum to Diamond Medallion status. While Diamond Medallion members are the only ones granted a complimentary individual membership to Delta Sky Clubs, Gold and Platinum members can also gain access when traveling internationally on SkyTeam partners, thanks to complimentary SkyTeam Elite Plus status. Here's a clearer breakdown of how each status can lead to Sky Club access:
Silver Medallion Status
Gold Medallion Status
Platinum Medallion Status
Diamond Medallion Status
|Delta Sky Club Membership||N/A||N/A||N/A||Complimentary Individual Membership to Delta Sky Club, or members can upgrade to Executive Membership by using two choice benefits.|
|Sky Club Access||SkyTeam Elite Status: Does not grant lounge access.||SkyTeam Elite Plus Status: Same-day access to Delta Sky Club with up to one guest when traveling in any cabin on any international flight, or any domestic flight with an international connection.||SkyTeam Elite Plus Status: Same-day access to Delta Sky Club with up to one guest when traveling in any cabin on any international flight, or any domestic flight with an international connection.||SkyTeam Elite Plus Status: Same-day access to Delta Sky Club with up to one guest when traveling in any cabin on any international flight, or any domestic flight with an international connection.|
|Sky Club Guest Access||N/A||N/A||N/A||If the member owns any of the qualifying credit cards that grant Sky Club access listed above, the member will also receive unlimited access to Delta Sky Clubs for up to two guests per visit.|
Depending on how often you travel, you will want to set your sights on the Medallion Status that makes the most sense for you. For instance, if you don't need an unlimited Sky Club membership but want to enjoy this benefit when traveling internationally, you'll gain access even if you're just a Gold or Platinum Medallion member. To learn more about qualifying for Delta elite status, check out our guide on Delta Medallion Status.
Fly Delta One or SkyTeam Premium Cabin
There are only a few ways to gain one-time access to a Delta Sky Lounge: by flying Delta One or business class on any of Delta's partners through SkyTeam.
Delta One is the airline's most premium seat, offered only on select transcontinental and international flights. When flying Delta One or international business class on a SkyTeam-operated flight, your ticket will include same-day access to a Delta Sky Lounge.
Additional ways to gain access
Though these methods of entry are less applicable, here are some other ways you can gain access to Delta Sky Clubs:
- Virgin Australia/Velocity VIP Platinum Card, Platinum Card or Gold Card: Cardmembers flying on Delta or Virgin Australian-operated flights can access Sky Clubs by showing their membership cards.
- Fly Virgin Australia business class: If you're flying business class on Virgin Australia, you can gain access by showing your same-day boarding pass.
- Delta SkyMiles Diners Club Card or Delta SkyMiles TRUST Club Gold Visa Card: Cardmembers receive three personal visits or three passes for individuals per calendar year to the Delta Sky Club.
- Delta SkyMiles TRUST Club Platinum Visa Card: Cardmembers receive six personal visits or six passes for individuals per calendar year to the Delta Sky Club.
Delta Sky Club locations
Here's a full list of Delta Sky Club locations and whether or not they're open currently. Note that this list is subject to change, so it's best to check Delta's site before heading to a Sky Club and for more information about the amenities offered.
|Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)||Concourse A, in center on 2nd level
Daily: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m
Concourse A, near Gate A17
Daily: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Concourse B, near Gate B18
Daily: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Concourse D, near Gate D27
Daily: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Concourse T, near Gate T6
Daily: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Concourse F, Mezzanine Level
Daily: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
|Concourse C, near Gate C37
Concourse D, near Gate D12
Concourse E, across from Gate E15
|Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)||N/A||Gate 4|
|Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)||Main Terminal, Gate A7
Daily: 5:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
|Satellite Terminal, Gate A18|
|Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (ORD)||Concourse E, across from Gate E6
Daily: 5 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.
|Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)||Near Gate B14
Daily: 5:30 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.
|Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)||Between Gates E10 and E11
Daily: 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
|Denver International Airport (DEN)||4th floor Concourse A centre core
Daily: 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
|Detroit Metro Wayne County International Airport (DTW)||Concourse C, gate level near entrance
Sun-Fri: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Terminal, across from Gate A38
Daily: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
|Concourse A, 2nd level across from Gate A68
Concourse A, 2nd level across from Gate A18
|Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)||Next to the Gate Information Center
4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
|Honolulu International Airport (HNL)||N/A||Main Concourse Across from Gate F1|
|Indianapolis International Airport (IND)||N/A||Concourse A|
|Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)||N/A||Concourse A|
How do I get into Delta Sky Club?
There are four overarching ways to gain access to Delta Sky Club: by purchasing a Delta Sky Club membership, owning a qualifying credit card that grants you complimentary access, holding certain Medallion status and flying Delta One or other SkyTeam premium cabins.
Can I buy a day pass to Delta Sky Club?
No. Delta discontinued their one-day passes in November 2018, so the only way to access Delta lounges are through the methods listed above.
How much is Delta Sky Club?
It costs $845 per year for the executive membership, which grants you and two guests unlimited access. Or, you can opt for the individual membership for $545 per year, which grants you unlimited access but will cost $39 each to bring up to two guests per visit.
Is Delta Sky Club worth it?
Delta Sky Club lounges offer excellent amenities, from free Wi-Fi to complimentary food and drink. However, the membership itself is quite pricey, so it will make sense to invest that money into a qualifying credit card or toward Diamond Medallion status. Since the pandemic has limited many of the Sky Club operations and has even temporarily shut down some locations, you'll want to weigh how often you travel with how useful Sky Clubs will be for you in the coming year.
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