Delta Sky Club access guide: find the lowest cost way to enter
Delta Sky Clubs 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 $450 Platinum charge card from American Express, which when you use the $200 annual airline fee credit it offers, gets you access to all SkyClubs for a net $250 per year.
- Full membership. $300 – $450 or 70,000 – 100,000 SkyMiles + $50 or 10,000 miles for new members. The highest price is for ‘general’ SkyMiles members with no elite status. This gains you and 2 guests, or your spouse and children 21 and under unlimited access to the Delta clubs when traveling with you. You also gain access with the same privileges at all Alaska Airlines boardrooms, as well as Air France / KLM lounges that are located in cities where Delta has flights. You also have access to Virgin Australia lounges for yourself and one guest.
- Full membership – installment plan. $338 – $520 (13 payments of $25-40 depending on your SkyMiles status level). You can pay your membership in monthly installments instead of one lump payment and get all the benefits above. The catch is you’re paying more out of pocket in the end than by paying it upfront. In fact it works out to a steep 15% interest rate when you compare the price of 12 installments versus paying it all at once.
- 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 a full membership to the Sky Club with the privileges noted above.
- 30 day membership. $90. This is helpful if you’re on a long vacation or stint of business travel. You get the same access you would as with full membership, including the ability to bring in guests.
- Delta Reserve credit card. $450. This credit card grants you access to all Delta Sky Clubs when you are traveling on a Delta flight with the same guest privileges as full membership. However it does not include access to partner lounges the way full membership does.
- Gold Medallion or above status. No cost. 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.
- The Platinum Card® from American Express (best value). $450. You can enter all Delta operated Sky Clubs with the same privileges as full members (you, your spouse and children, or yourself and two guests). You must be flying on a Delta flight to qualify. You also get access to all American Airlines and US Airways clubs. 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. You also get access to Alaska Boardrooms using a separate free ‘Priority Pass‘ lounge card offered to Platinum Card holders. However this charges you $27 for each guest you bring. Note lounge access is not a benefit of the $150 per year Platinum SkyMiles credit card – it is a benefit of the $450 per year Platinum charge card.
- One Day pass. $42-$50. These entitle yourself and no guests access to the Delta operated Sky Clubs (not including partner lounges) for one day. You get a discount if you buy in bulk at Delta.com.
- Alaska Airlines Boardroom membership. $450 1st year, $350 after. This grants you full access to all Delta operated SkyClubs when traveling on Delta, as well as all Alaska Boardroom clubs. This includes guest / spouse / child access when you’re traveling like with full membership. The difference is there is no access to partner lounges internationally. But after the 1st year this costs $100 less than Sky Club membership purchased via Delta.
- Ebay or Craigslist. There are often SkyClub day passes being sold on these sites, going rate is about $25 per day pass. Deals at this price occasionally up on Groupon as well.
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.