Our guide to lounge access on Delta Air Lines gives an overview of the rules, benefits and ways of getting access to Delta Sky Club lounges.
Delta has a fairly standard network of airline lounges that’s unfortunately set to get a little smaller in 2019. Delta has announced changes to its lounge offering, which will further limit when its members can access Sky Club lounges and will completely eliminate access to its partner lounges.
However, if you travel frequently on Delta Air Lines, especially to international flights from one of Delta’s hubs, then a Sky Club membership may be worth the opportunity to kick back, grab a free drink and plug in to the Wi-Fi for a couple of hours while you’re waiting for a flight.
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Here’s an overview of Delta’s lounge offering:
Delta Sky Club benefits
Inside Delta Sky Clubs you’ll find the usual airport lounge amenities:
- Complimentary snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and spirits. Note, you may have to pay for top-shelf alcohol and more substantial food options.
- Free Wi-Fi and lots of outlets to charge your mobile devices.
- Flight assistance, including ticketing services.
- Satellite TV, newspapers and magazines.
- Computers and fax machines in some U.S. locations.
- Bathrooms, which may include showers in some locations.
- Meeting rooms with audio/visual equipment and catered meal service in some locations (requires a fee and a reservation).
Rules to get in to Delta Sky Clubs
In general guests who are traveling on certain fares on Delta and Skyteam airlines or have a Delta Sky Club membership can access a Sky Club lounge (see the chart below for the full details on access). You must meet the following requirements to get in:
- You must have valid Delta Sky Club membership, same-day boarding pass or other credentials
- You must be at least 18 years of age (21 years for a lounge with a self-service bar) or be accompanied by an adult.
- Delta Sky Club members can only use the lounge with a same-day ticket, but can be traveling on any airline.
- Your attire must be in good taste and in keeping with the atmosphere of the lounge.
- If you’re a Sky Club member, you need your pass to get admitted. It may take four to six weeks to arrive, so apply ahead of time.
- Executive members may bring up to two guests or immediate family members for free, and up to two additional guests for $29 each.
- Individual members may bring up to two guests for $29 each.
- If you are traveling on Delta or a partner airline, you can purchase a single visit pass for $29.
- Access may be limited due to capacity restrictions.
- You may bring in dogs, cats and birds if they are at least 8 weeks old and contained in a kennel.
Delta Sky Club access
|Single visit pass|
|Delta Sky Club individual membership||$495, 47,000 miles or $45/month||N/A||2 free guests or spouse/domestic partner and children under 21 plus 2 additional guests for $29 each|
|Delta Sky Club executive membership||$745, 70,000 miles or $65/month||N/A||2 guests or spouse/domestic partner and children under 21 for $29 each|
|Delta One or SkyTeam premium cabin passenger||$0||Must be traveling on an international Delta flight or a domestic Delta flight connecting to/from a same-day international Delta flight||No|
|SkyTeam Elite Plus members (including Delta Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion)||$0||Must be traveling on an international SkyTeam flight or a domestic SkyTeam flight connecting to/from a same-day international SkyTeam flight||1 guest|
|Delta Reserve card members||$0||Must be traveling on a Delta coded, Delta operated flight or Delta marketed WestJet flight booked through Delta||2 guests for $29 each|
|Virgin Australia/Velocity VIP Platinum card, Platinum card or Gold card members||$0||Must be traveling on flight operated by Delta or Virgin Australia Airlines||No|
|Amex Platinum and Centurion card members||$0||Must be traveling on a same-day Delta operated flight or Delta marketed WestJet flight booked through Delta||2 guests for $29 each|
|Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles card members||$29/visit||N/A||No|
Changes for Sky Club Members in 2019
Delta has announced some major changes to its Sky Club program for the year 2019. At the moment, Sky Club members can access Delta lounges while traveling on any fare on any airline. Starting in 2019, Sky Club Individual and Executive members must be traveling on a same-day ticket with Delta or one of its partner airlines to access the club. Also, Sky Club members will no longer have access to Air France, KLM or Virgin Australia lounges.
Delta Sky Club locations
Delta Air Lines is a U.S. carrier so, of course, the majority of its hubs are in the U.S.
Access to Delta lounges is most useful if you often fly from a hub with a Delta lounge to an international destination – especially if you live near Delta’s headquarters in Atlanta where you can find a lounge in most terminals.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl (ATL)
Concourse A (center), Concourse A (gate A17), Concourse B, Concourse C, Concourse D (gate D12), Concourse D (gate D27), Concourse T, Concourse, F, Concourse E
|Boston||Logan Intl (BOS)||Main terminal, Satellite terminal|
|Chicago||Chicago O’Hare Intl (ORD)||Terminal 2|
|Cincinnati/Northern Ky Intl (CVG)||Terminal 3|
|Dallas-Forth Worth||Dallas-Fort Worth Intl (DFW)||Between gates E10 & E11|
|Denver||Denver, CO, US (DEN)||Concourse A|
|Detroit||Detroit Metro Wayne Co (DTW)||Concourse C, Concourse A (gate A68), Concourse A (gate A18), Concourse A (gate A38)|
|Fort Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl||Terminal 2|
|Honolulu||Honolulu Intl (HNL||Main concourse|
|Indianapolis||Indianapolis Intl (IND)||Concourse A|
|Jacksonville||Jacksonville Intl (JAX)||Concourse A|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles Intl (LAX)||Terminal 2, Terminal 3|
|Memphis||Memphis Intl (MEM)||B & C connector|
|Miami||Miami Intl (MIA)||H & J connector|
|Milwaukee||Gen Mitchell Intl (MKE)||Concourse D|
|Minneapolis||Minneapolis/St. Paul Intl (MSP)||Concourse C, Concourse F|
|Nashville||Nashville Intl (BNA)||Concourse B|
|New York||Kennedy Intl (JFK)||Terminal 2, Terminal 4|
|New York||La Guardia (LGA)||Terminal C (food court), Terminal C (gate 28), Terminal D|
|Newark||Newark Liberty Intl (EWR)||Terminal B|
|Orlando||Orlando Intl (MCO)||Terminal B|
|Philadelphia||Philadelphia Intl (PHL)||Terminal D|
|Portland||Portland Intl (PDX)||Concourse D|
|Raleigh-Durham||Raleigh-Durham Intl (RDU)||Terminal 2|
|Salt Lake City||Salt Lake City Intl (SLC)||Between Concourses C & D|
|San Diego||San Diego Intl (SAN)||Terminal 2|
|San Francisco||San Francisco Intl (SFO)||Terminal 1|
|Santiago, Chile||Pudahuel Intl (SCL)||International terminal|
|Seattle-Tacoma||Seattle-Tacoma Intl (SEA)||South Satellite terminal, Concourse A|
|Tampa||Tampa Intl (TAM)||Concourse E|
|Tokyo, Japan||New Tokyo Intl (NRT)||Terminal 1|
|Washington D.C.||Ronald Reagan Washington Natl (DCA)||Concourse B|
|West Palm Beach||Palm Beach Intl (PBI)||Concourse C|
Is Delta Sky Club membership worth it?
All in all, it depends on how much you value the amenities of an airline lounge and whether you fly often enough (and from the right locations) to take advantage of lounge services. If you can score complimentary access through the Delta Reserve or American Express Platinum cards, Sky Club access may be even more worth your while.
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