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