November 17, 2017
Delta is Restricting Sky Club Lounge Access
Delta is changing access rules to its Sky Club lounges beginning January 1, 2019. Changes are still over a year away, so customers at least have plenty of advanced notice. The biggest change is new restrictions on when Sky Club members can access the lounges.
Sky Club Members
Delta Sky Club members currently have lounge access on their day of travel no matter what airline they’re flying. This is being changed to only allow access on the day of travel when flying on Delta or a Delta partner. Sky Club members will also no longer have access to partner lounges (Air France, KLM, Virgin Australia).
American Express Platinum and Centurion
The Platinum Card and Centurion Card from American Express currently allow cardholders to access Sky Clubs when traveling on Delta. This is remaining the same.
American Express Delta Reserve
Delta Reserve cardholders will still have access to Sky Clubs when flying a Delta marketed flight. Cardholders could previously pay $29 to enter if they were flying any non-Delta airline. They can now only pay to enter when traveling on a Delta partner airline. Cardholders can pay $29 for each guest (who must be flying on Delta or a partner airline).
American Express Gold & Platinum
Delta Platinum and Gold American Express cardholders could previously pay $29 to enter if they were flying any non-Delta airline. They can now only pay to enter when traveling on a Delta partner airline.
Overcrowding at lounges is definitely an issue for many airlines. When the lounge is so busy that it’s difficult to find a seat, it pretty much defeats the purpose of entering the lounge in the first place. These look like modest changes, and hopefully they’ll be enough to keep the crowds at bay.
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H/T: Loyalty Lobby