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New Rules Slash Delta Sky Club Access

Last updated: January 10,2023
Originally Published: January 11,2023
by Megnha Gujral

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Delta Airlines has taken steps to reduce overcrowding by slashing access to its Delta Sky Club lounges. The Atlanta-based carrier introduced limitations in June 2022; however, that has not solved the problem forcing its hand to make drastic changes.

The reason for taking these measures is straightforward. Delta states that it saw a record-breaking number of visitors to its Sky Club lounges in 2022. These increased numbers have led to much publicized overcrowding and general discontent amongst travelers. In response, Delta has released a new set of rules for 2023.

Delta Sky Club

Despite Delta’s network widening in the past year, with new openings and extensive expansion of existing clubs resulting in increasing seating capacity. Sadly, the widespread popularity led to major frustration amongst customers who found it hard to get through the long queues. 

To address this issue, here are the guidelines introduced by Delta.

Everything about the new Delta Sky Club policies:

Delta Plane 1 Delta Sky Club

Adios to Delta elites and basic economy

Travelers on Basic economy fares can no longer access Sky CLubs regardless of their Medallion status. the only exception is for holders of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express card. Although the access fee is $50 per visit.

Delta Medallion status quo

Delta Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members will be entitled to an annual club membership with a new fee structure. However, this will only be applicable to elite members, while non-elite members won’t be able to purchase the lounge membership.

Unfortunately, elite members will not get Sky Club Access unless they are traveling in premium economy or business class.  

As of January 1st, 2023, the annual lounge membership will witness a massive increase in fees. 

  • Individual membership: An increase from $545 or 54,500 miles to $695 or 69,500 miles.
  • Executive membership: An increase from $845 or 84,500 miles to $1495 or 149,500 miles.

Note that SkyMiles can be redeemed towards a membership at the rate of one cent per mile.

This is one of the biggest restrictions as Delta Airlines has so far provided access to all elite members regardless of the cabin they are flying in.

Delta Credit Card to Access Sky Clubs

On the bright side, the new set of rules would mean little or nothing to you if you hold the following American Express credit cards.

Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card Delta Sky Club

The list of the card includes:

  • The Platinum card from American Express
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card
  • The Business Platinum card from American Express
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card
  • Centurion Card from American Express

These cardholders can access Delta Sky Clubs when holding a same-day Delta boarding pass. The only change would be an increase in guest pass. Previously, it set them back $39, from Feb 2nd, 2023; it will increase to $50.

Choice Benefit Changes

  • As on February 1, 2023, the Sky Club access with Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits will see a new side. An individual membership via Delta’s Choice Benefits program will not be allowed, and an Executive membership will need three Choice Benefits selections instead of two.
  • There are no changes to Sky Club accessibility for Delta 360 members, SkyTeam Airlines Elite Plus, members with programs other than Delta One passengers, Delta SkyMiles, and those accessing lounges without credit cards.

Final Thoughts

Making it harder to get into a Delta Sky Club may not be a bad thing after all. While The changes seem harsh and may hit some customers hard. However, if they reduce overcrowding that will be a good thing in the long run!

The Delta restrictions are set to kick in on Jan 1, and Feb 1, 2023, It will be interesting to see if these will be the final straw for some existing members. Fortunately though ti you rely on your Amex card or traveling in Delta One to access Sky Clubs you should not be IMpacted heavily.

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