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

by on Thu April 14, 2016 • 110 Comments
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DSC_carousel_img9Delta 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 of $250 per year.

  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 Amex you pay just $29 per person.
  2. Individual Membership. $450 or 60,000 – 70,000 SkyMiles . The highest price is for ‘general’ SkyMiles members with no elite status. This gains you unlimited access to the Delta clubs. 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. $695 or 80,000 – 110,000 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’ for 2015.
  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. $450. 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. 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. $450. 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. You also get access to Alaska Boardrooms using a separate free ‘Priority Pass‘ lounge card offered to Platinum Card holders. 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.
  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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110 thoughts on Delta Sky Club access guide: find the lowest cost way to enter

  1. Jessica C

    I have the Amex Platnium card and have a Delta flight (economy) coming up. I am traveling with 4 kids (3 to 12). Will I need to pay the $29 for each kid to access the Delta lounges on our layovers?

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  2. Mary Meyer

    My husband and I have round trip tickets from CAE to SMF with layover in ATL . we have first class tickets and on our paperwork from Delta it says to find Sky Club Locations on it what does this mean?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Mary Meyer – Domestic first class doesn’t get free SkyClub access. Perhaps they are trying to entice you to visit a lounge and pay for a pass to enter.

      Reply
  3. Brett

    Have purchased the individual membership for years. Currently platinum status. Flying SLC-Paris-Dubai. So I get access as a Platinum member at all lounges on the itinerary?
    Thinking I might not need to renew my membership.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Brett – Yes as a Platinum you are Skyteam ‘Elite Plus’ so as long as it’s a trip on Skyteam (which this sounds like) you have access without the membership.

      Reply
  4. Greg

    My wife and I are flying to the Dominican Republic on Delta. We are flying first class from ABQ to ATL and business class from ATL to PUJ, with a long layover in Atlanta. Are we able to access the Delta Sky Club in Atlanta? Thanks

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Greg – Unfortunately Delta doesn’t treat Caribbean flights as international for club access purposes, so you won’t have access.

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  5. Travis

    Hello. My wife and I are flying from BOS to AMS on Delta One (business class) then economy from AMS to BER. We have a long layover in AMS, can we access the KLM lounge in AMS with our business class flight that we had just been on from BOS? Or because our next leg is economy we are excluded? We both have Delta Skymile AMEX cards, if the international flight status doesn’t allow is in, having the AMEX might allow us in? If not, is there anything we can do other than getting an executive membership? thanks

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  6. Wilson

    I am travelling to LAX from Brisbane in Virgin Australia Business Class. Then have a 4 hour layover for a flight to Houston. Am I able to access the Delta lounge at LAX as I’m not sure or do I need to purchase a single visit pass, thanks Wilson

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  7. md

    When traveling to England with my husband, we were told at the Delta Sky club that if you are on an international flight, you have access to the delta sky club even without membership. is that true?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @md – If you are on a Business Class ticket, yet. Or if you or your husband is a Delta Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Medallion.

      Just beware Mexico and the Caribbean are sometimes not considered ‘international’ for these purposes.

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  8. Brian

    My wife and kids and I will be flying Delta from Sacramento SMF to SLC the SLC to MCO with a 2 hrs layover in SLC. We will be flying Economy class . We applying to New Delta Sky American Express Card. I was told I get 1 free Delta Sky Club. I am a first time flying with Delta airline. Has anyone received this offer one-time free Sky Club? Since I’m traveling with my self and wife and twins girls. Will this apply to all member household or just the person approval for the credit card?.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Brian – We haven’t heard of that offer. You can buy $29 per person guest access at the club (and all 4 of you have to pay). If you do get a pass, it will likely be for just one person to enter.

      Salt Lake airport has plenty of room to roam for the family, and with boarding times you’ll probably only really have about an hour to kill.

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    2. Brandon

      Will be flying to AMS on Delta in economy. I have an individual membership. I was told I could upgrade to the exec membership, to allow my wife to accompany me. But, a sky club agent told me that the exec membership would not allow EITHER of us to access the KLM lounge. 1. Is this correct, 2. What is the best way for my wife and I to gain access to a partner international lounge?

      Reply
  9. Tom R

    Flying DTE to Honalulu first class. If I buy day pass at Dtw can I also get into the LA layover lounge on the same pass?

    Is there a lounge in Honalulu?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Tom R – Unfortunately no, it’s only for a single club visit. So you would need to pay again in LAX.

      Reply
  10. Joseph Hardy

    My wife and I will be flying Delta from Newark through Amsterdam to Budapest with a long layover in AMS. We will be flying Business class which I assume gets us into the KLM lounge. We will be flying with another couple who will be flying coach. I am a Delta diamond which if I read the KLM T&C’s correctly allows me to bring one of our friends in but only one. It appears as though there’s no provision for the remaining person to gain access even paying a fee. Is this correct? Are there any options I’m missing? Thanks.

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  11. Rose

    Hi, I am flying standby JFK to Barcelona, daughter works for Delta. Can I purchase a one day pass?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  12. Cesar

    I just purchased first class tickets from JFK to Hawaii. Can I have free access to Delta Club Skymiles at JFK or I need to pay for access?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Cesar – Unfortunately you do need to pay for access. They only grant it on international flights or the premium JFK-LAX/SFO flights.

      Reply
  13. Patrick

    Hi,

    I have an executive Delta club membership. I will be traveling through AMS, CDG, FRA, and TXL. Will my membership getme into any of these airport lounges? I think Air France operates lounges at each airport except AMS, which has a KLM lounge. Thanks for your help. I’m going to Europe for a month, and it would be nice to know so I don’t waste any time getting to the airport early only to find I can’t get in or have to pay a fee.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Patrick – Yes – you can access each of them with your physical SkyClub membership card.

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      1. Patrick

        Will there be any fees? Also, can I bring a guest? And, just to put it out there, I won’t be flying on Delta, KLM, or Air France.

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Patrick – No fees – and you can bring 2 guests as an Executive level member.

          https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/airports-and-aircraft/delta-sky-club/glossary-of-terms.html#

          Officially no need to be flying them with your Executive membership, but when it comes to partner lounges all bets are off as you’re at the mercy of agents that don’t work for Delta. Also, you may have trouble if the lounge isn’t in the terminal you’re flying out of.

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          1. Patrick

            I actually just got an email back from Air France. According to them, I can be traveling on any airline. So, we’ll see how that goes. I’ll make sure to print out that email and bring it with me in case anyone refuses me. Thanks for all your help!

    1. MileCards.com

      @Jessica – Unfortunately no, only for international flights. But be sure to enjoy the free drinks while you’re in first class! You’ll forget about the SkyClub in no time.

      Reply
  14. Phyllis solomon

    My friend and myself are flying out of JFK to Rome. We both have an American Express sky mile card.. What is the charge to enter the club for that evening?
    Thank you

    Reply
  15. rl

    You mention a discount, (either $ or miles) when purchasing executive membership as a Gold Medallion member.
    This doesn’t appear to be the case this year unless I’m missing something.

    Are you seeing something different?

    Reply
  16. Cory Roth

    Hello, I’m flying first class from GTF to DEN to EWR and ending in MBJ. Will I have access to the lounge at EWR.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Cory – For Delta, travel to the Caribbean is not included in the definition of ‘international’ access for first class passengers.

      Reply
  17. Rookie

    I am traveling on a business class ticket from Minneapolis to Manila with a layover in Japan. With that ticket do I get access to the sky club?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @silvia – Other than Alaska Board Rooms no longer part of the network, things are the same so far.

      Reply
  18. Byron

    Hello – thank you so much for this information, it’s been very helpful. I’m a Gold Medallion status through 2016, and working my way back to that for 2017. I have several international trips coming up and am using Delta each time. But, I just got off the phone with a Delta representative and she claimed that the lounge access has changed to only Delta One, those traveling in Business and First Class on international flights, but not Sky Team elite members (at least for free). Every other website, including Delta’s, still indicates there’s been no change and that access for international flights for Gold (along with other Elite status) is the same. I’m confused – I also have an AMEX Gold Delta card, but have never needed that before to purchase lounge access for international flights. Also, I’m flying out of Terminal 4, LHR back to the States in a few weeks – will I have access to that Sky Team lounge? Thank you and sorry for the long post.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Byron – No change there. If you’re on an international SkyTeam ticket you get lounge access. And yes you would have access to the SkyTeam lounge in LHR if you are on an international SkyTeam flight.

      Reply
  19. Joe

    Hi, I am flying DL domestic First JFK MIA I am Skyteam Elite Plus Member can I use the DL Skyclub at T2 in JFK with one guest?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Joe – Unfortunately no, Elite Plus members only get access when connecting via an international flight.

      Reply
  20. James

    My wife and I are flying on Alitalia business class (z) from FCO to JFK and then on to SAN on Delta economy. All tickets are booked through Delta. Can we use the JFK SkyClub at JFK during the layover? How about the Alitalia club? Or do I have to buy day passes?
    Thanks,
    JK

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    1. MileCards.com

      @James – Yes you can use the JFK Skyclub – make sure you save your Alitalia boarding pass and enjoy that flight!

      Here’s the fine print:

      Customers traveling in Delta One on an international Delta flight or a domestic Delta flight connecting to/from a same-day international Delta flight* in Delta One or travel in international First/Business Class on a SkyTeam-operated flight. (In order to qualify for Club access, the customer must be confirmed in the premium (first or business class) cabin for the international segment of their itinerary.)

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  21. Tom

    I am flying out of Terminal 1 at JFK on a non-Delta airlines. There is only an Air France lounge in Terminal 1. Can I buy a $29 pass with my Delta AMEX card at the Air France lounge and gain access? If not, what if I buy a Delta one-day Sky Club pass off of Ebay? Can I use that at an Air France lounge?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Tom – Unfortunately that’s not an option there. But if you join the Air France Flying Blue frequent flier program (free of charge) you can buy a day pass to the JFK lounge for between $35 and $50. It is quite a nice lounge as well.

      http://www.airfrance.us/US/en/common/guidevoyageur/aeroport/salon_presentation_airfrance.htm

      “You can benefit from the privileged comfort of AIR FRANCE, KLM and Delta Airlines lounges in a growing number of destinations around the world*. Lounge entrance fees vary by airport location:
      25 and 45 € in Europe, Asia, Pacific, the Middle East, Africa,
      35 and 50 USD in the United States and South America”

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  22. Mark jones

    I’m flying to Tokyo in April is the delta skyckub The same price with your amex card $29 worldwide?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @M. Miller – As far as we know, yes. It’s not explicit in the access rules (just say ‘same day Delta flight’) but we’ve heard of standbys on same day flights getting access with The Platinum Card.

      Reply
  23. Bovic

    I am a silver Medallion Skymiles and have a Delta American Express credit card. I have a layover of 14 hours at LAX in April 2016. What am I supposed to do to access the Delta Club Lounge at Lax?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Bovic – You can pay $29 with your Delta American Express card to get access for the day. Just take care of it at the club when you arrive.

      Reply
  24. Marie

    I will be flying Delta from Kenya to Amsterdam then back into Atlanta, my layover is in Amsterdam if I buy a Delta Sky one day pass would this get me access into the Delta lounge area in Amsterdam?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Marie – Unfortunately no that won’t work, as there is no Delta lounge in Amsterdam. They use the KLM lounge, and that’s not eligible for Delta day passes.

      Reply
  25. Joanne

    I have gold medallion status with Delta. I’m flying into Seattle with Delta as the final leg of an international itinerary and then out of Seattle (to YCC) on the same day with Alaska Airlines, which was booked as a (separate) award ticket through Delta.com. Do I have access to a lounge between those two flights? Thanks!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Joanne- If you were connecting to a Delta flight or SkyTeam partner you’d have no problem. Unfortunately Alaska isn’t a SkyTeam partner, so officially you wouldn’t get in. Though might be worth just showing up with your Delta boarding pass into Seattle on top. Never hurts to try.

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  26. r Hirsch

    i am landing in atl on a southwest flight. I have a delta Amex cc. can I purchase a day pass even though my flight is on southwest?

    if I can, can I only go to one skyclub in atl, or could I visit several of them?

    thanks!
    rh

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      1. MileCards.com

        @r Hirsch – Yes you can even when traveling Southwest. But you can only go to one club unless you want to pay separately for each club visit.

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        1. Digbyesq

          Is that because of the Delta Amex or can a pass be purchased on eBay then used flying on WN out of Terminal C in ATL?

          Reply
          1. MileCards.com

            @Digbyesq – Depends on the pass. There are some unrelated to the ones you buy with your Amex that allow access when traveling on any airline.

  27. Mac

    I’m gold medallion. I will be traveling internationally. I have a layover in Paris. Would I have access to Delta partener’s lounge? Like France air lounge?

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    1. Jean

      Yes. From previous travel you can get into the air France and KLM lounges. You can also get into the delta lounge before you departure from the US and if you are connecting on the way home the delta lounges there as well

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          1. Mac

            So I have to have a physical sky Miles card with me to enter air France lounges?
            Cuz when I called Delta, they said that they do not send cards anymore?

          2. MileCards.com

            @Mac – If you are a Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Medallion, which gets you access to the Air France lounges, you receive a physical card.

    2. MileCards.com

      @Mac – Yes you can if you’re flying Delta or a SkyTeam airline. You’re considered an ‘Elite Plus’ in SkyTeam and that includes lounge access on international trips for you and a guest.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Walt – Unfortunately no – you’d have to buy two passes. If you have a Delta Amex you can buy them for $29 each.

      Reply
  28. Susan

    I have a Delta Skymiles credit card and will be traveling from Minneapolis to Los Angeles on Delta, then another airline from Los Angeles to Brisbane. Will I be able to purchase a $29 single visit membership for my 6 hour wait in Los Angeles before my flight to Brisbane?

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  29. Chris

    Me and my Wife are flying first class round trip from the mainland to Honolulu Have layovers at LAX and Honolulu. Can me and my wife access the Sky club with these tickets? We have a Delta Sky mile Credit card also. Thanks Chris

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Chris – Unfortunately no, domestic first class tickets like that don’t get you into the SkyClub without paying for a visit pass.

      Reply
  30. Julie Nyhus

    I’m flying ATL-JFK-LHR, first flight Delta first, second in Virgin Upper Class. Will I have club access in ATL? Thx

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  31. Michael Leib

    I have a platinum Amex card and understand there is a $29.00 guest fee to use the Delta Sky Club lounge-is that per location or for the day where there could be a plane change and use of more than one club?

    Thx

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  32. Kate

    I am DL Platinum flying to Prague connecting via AMS. I know me and one guest get access to the lounges in the US as well as in AMS (since we are connecting on). If I pay the additional $29 for my second companion to access the lounge in the US, will that also give him access to the lounge in AMS? Or what is my best option there?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Kate – Unfortunately no luck in Amsterdam as the $29 is only for Delta operated lounges. KLM operates the lounges there.

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      1. Kate

        Thanks! Do you happen to know what KLM charges for access in AMS? I know it is something like 25-35 Euro

        Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @Kate – It’s not clear you can. Their own KLM Platinum fliers can pay a 25-35 Euro fee for extra guests. But it doesn’t state that SkyTeam Elite Plus (which is you) can pay for extra guests:

          http://www.klm.com/travel/us_en/prepare_for_travel/at_the_airport/lounges/lounge_access_policy.htm

          “Flying Blue Platinum, Gold, and SkyTeam Elite Plus members have free access to our KLM Crown Lounges and can bring along a guest. Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members can bring more guests at a fee.”

          Note the mention of SkyTeam Elite Plus in the first section along with Flying Blue Platinum / Gold for standard access. But in the second sentence about paying a fee for extra guests only Flying Blue Platinum / Gold are mentioned with regard to the paid access.

          Sometimes you need to pass a bar exam to figure these things out.

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  33. WILLIAM FOSTER

    I have a Delta Skymile Credit Card and am a Medallion Member. I will be flying Internationaly on Delta . Will I be able to use the Skymile Lounge in JFK. Including my wife and grandaughter.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @William – If you are Gold Medallion or higher you are allowed one guest when you’re traveling on a Delta or SkyTeam international flight. So unfortunately your grand daughter wouldn’t be covered, though you can pay a discounted rate of $29 with your SkyMiles Credit Card at the lounge check-in desk to grant her entry.

      If you’re Silver Medallion you can pay $29 for each of your wife and grand daughter to enter.

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  34. kje

    Regarding the platinum card–Is “Priority Pass Select” somethng you get automatically, or is that an additional cost? The 600 lounges around the world–Do you have to have a ticket on that particular airline to use their lounge and if you have a ticket on a particular airline and they have no lounge in that airport, will they have an agreement with another airline to use theirs? Lastly, you mention AA, Alaska and US Air, I assume then, that the card will not admit you to other domestic carriers’ lounges: United and Virgin for example. Thanks for your help. -KE

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    1. MileCards

      @kje – Yes it is free to Platinum Card holders but you do have to request it manually by calling Amex. As for other airline lounges you are correct in your assumption…no United or Virgin America access.

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  35. Anastasia

    Hi! Thanks for the info! Just one question:
    I’m a recent SkyMiles Gold member, but have not yet received my updated card (I have the Silver Medallion one). Will I be allowed access to a Delta Lounge based on just my SkyMiles number?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Anastasia – As a Delta Gold member you’ll be able to access the lounge when traveling on an international itinerary operated by Delta or a SkyTeam partner. You don’t need the card to get into the Delta owned lounges. But remember this only applies when you are flying international that day, not domestic only.

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