If you want to enter Delta’s Sky Club without a membership, your options are becoming more limited. Single Visit Passes are no longer being sold for cash or mileage.
The change is being made to reduce lounge overcrowding and reward loyalty. Going forward, travelers can access the Sky Club with an annual membership, fly first or business class or be a Delta-affiliated credit cardholder.
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Sky Club changes
If you are a Sky Club member, beginning Jan. 1, 2019, you and your guests can only access the lounge with same-day ticketed air travel with Delta or one of its partner airlines.
Passes purchased before the change will still be honored until the expiration, but travelers must meet the new rule of having a same-day pass from Delta or one of its partners.
But also beginning Jan. 1, 2019, some partners such as Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Virgin Australia will no longer accept Sky Club members in their lounges.
The Platinum Card® from American Express and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card cardholders can still access the lounge for free if flying on Delta, a Delta-marketed flight or a Delta-ticketed flight operated by WestJet. Up to two guests can also access the lounge for a $29 per person day rate. If a cardholder is flying a different partner airline, they can access the lounge for $29 per visit per person.
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Note that these fees rose to $39 per visit per person when the cards relaunched in January 2020.
Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion SkyMiles members will still have complimentary access to partner lounges when flying on SkyTeam member flights on the same day. Delta One business-class passengers receive the same access as elite members.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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