How To Buy A Discounted Delta SkyClub Day Pass

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In general I think buying a day pass to an airline lounge isn’t a good deal. While it depends on everyone’s circumstances, paying $50+ for access to an overcrowded domestic lounge with cubed cheese and limited drinks just doesn’t seem like much of a value, especially when you could otherwise spend that money at an airport restaurant, and when gate areas are often almost as nice as some lounges nowadays.

But there is a way to buy a day pass to a Delta SkyClub that I consider to be potentially worthwhile, which I wasn’t aware of until recently.

Personally I think the best way to access the Delta SkyClub is using the The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. Both cards offer SkyClub access, but only when flying Delta same day. Furthermore, you’re not allowed to take in any guests for free, but rather you have to pay $29 for each guest.

Delta SkyClub SeaTac entrance

If you don’t have one of those cards, Delta sells day passes to SkyClubs for $59. That’s a lot of money to spend to enter a lounge, and Delta actually raised the cost of that back in 2015. Prior to that the cost was $50, and it would get you access to lounges at multiple airports the same day, while now a day pass gets you access to a single lounge.

However, if you don’t have the Amex Platinum Card, there is another way to get discounted Delta SkyClub access. If you have an Amex Delta Gold or Platinum Card, you can buy access to the SkyClub for $29 per visit. The basic things to know are that:

  • You don’t have to be flying Delta same day to take advantage of this, so you can use this when flying another airline
  • You can purchase the pass at that price directly at the lounge by presenting your eligible card (which you also have to use to pay that fee)
  • You can take up to two guests for $29 each

Not only is this useful for those without the Amex Platinum Card, but it could even be useful for those with the Amex Platinum Card who aren’t flying Delta same day.

But, is it worth paying $29 to visit a Delta SkyClub? It depends. I don’t think it’s worth it if you have a short connection, but if you’re passing through an airport with a nice SkyClub and have two or more hours to spend in the lounge, I could absolutely see it being worthwhile.

Delta SkyClub SeaTac

Delta has the best membership lounges of any US airline, and generally their food selection is actually good. I’d argue the Delta SkyClub Seattle is the nicest membership lounge of any US airline, with beautiful decor and great food & drinks. Many SkyClubs also have showers, which in and of themselves justify the entrance fee in many cases, in my opinion. So if I had a long layover and didn’t otherwise have access to the lounge, I could easily see myself paying $29 to access it.

Delta SkyClub SeaTac buffet

As a reminder, there are a variety of Delta American Express cards, both personal and business:

Delta Amex Cards

Would you pay $29 to access a Delta SkyClub, if you didn’t otherwise have access?

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  1. Day Pass or one time Pass? Former implies access at multiple locations on one day. Latter implies one time entrance.

  2. It’s well worth it if you visit one with a shower after a long-haul in economy. I used to buy passes on eBay for that circumstance.

  3. I used it for a 7hr layover before a TATL flight in Y, for lunch and dinner alone I would have spent over $29, and the shower made it easily worth it.

  4. I’m really reluctant to pay for lounge access, since I’ve been spoiled by the “free” access provided by credit cards (Amex Plat, Citi Prestige). That said, I would definitely pay $29 to access a Delta SkyClub, in one of two circumstances: (1) if I were going to get food and drink worth more than I would otherwise spend in airport restaurants, and/or (2) if it were a long layover (like more than 2 hours).

  5. Dumb question: Does this $29 option apply to the Amex Platinum card? Or only the Delta Platinum and Gold cards?

  6. The link that takes you to the delta site says (for the $29 entry) you must have a same day ticket on delta.

  7. @ Dan B — Hmmm, this American Express link clearly states you can be flying any airline. Which link are you referring to?

    “Delta Sky Club® Discounted Rate benefit ($29 per person) is limited to Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Members and up to two guests and may be used only in conjunction with same-day ticketed air travel on any airline. Benefit permits access to one Club location and is not transferable to another Club. Payment must be made in person with a Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. Children under 2 years of age may accompany the Card Member for free. Card Member must be at least 21 years of age to access Clubs with a self-service bar, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also accessing the Club using the Discounted Rate benefit or as a Club member. Please drink responsibly. Partner lounges are not included. Note that amenities may vary among airport club locations. Meeting rooms may be reserved for a fee. All Delta Sky Club rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Offer and rules subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.”

  8. Unless same day borading pass can be for any airline:

    How it Works
    Present your Card and same-day boarding pass to club agents.
    Pay a reduced rate of $29 to gain entrance to a Delta Sky Club®.
    Bring up to two guests with you by paying the reduced rate of $29 per person.
    Good to Know

  9. @ Dan B — Correct, it can be a same day boarding pass on any airline. The point is you need to be flying same day, and can’t use this if you’re not traveling.

  10. Is Delta still enforcing the single club visit and not allowing multiple same day of travel options (Overnight Flights+ connections)

  11. Hello Lucky!

    I think I know the answer – but is there any way that a Delta Platinum AMEX cardholder can purchase 2 entrances for colleagues leaving on a DL SEA flight to Shanghai, and not be there with them as the enter? They are flying Comfort, not Business First.

    Doug in Philadelphia

  12. Additional clarification based on my experience: with one pass you can visit multiple clubs WITHIN the same airport the same day. I will often go to my favorite club in either DTW or ATL for the majority of time and then move to a club closest to my gate within an hour of my departure. Just have to make sure you have the receipt from the initial club payment.

  13. Is there any way that the age restriction (must be 21) can be waived. My kids are military and sometimes have long layovers. This would be a great way for them to recharge during a long day of traveling between duty stations etc.

  14. I have paid that price using my Delta card more than once going to New Orleans, because at the time that was the only lounge in the airport. And, they didn’t care what carrier you were flying. As long as you had an Amex Delta card and paid the $$$, you were in.

  15. We have Delta tickets out of DCA which doesn’t have any PP access. I just signed up for the Amex Delta Gold. Would it be a good investment of my $50 reimbursement to use it to gain access to the lounge on our flight out for essentially $8 for the two of us flying Basic Economy?

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