In 2014, Delta added some significant restrictions when it comes to SkyClub access. Back then they greatly limited the guesting privileges offered for those accessing lounges through memberships or through the Amex Platinum Card. They introduced a new “Executive Membership” that allowed the same guesting privileges as before, though it came at a higher cost.
Well, it looks like there are some more changes on the way soon, which are intended to alleviate SkyClub crowding. Delta is making some changes to their SkyClub access policy as of January 1, 2019. That’s right, they’re giving over a year notice of these changes (as they should, given that people buy annual lounge memberships). With these changes Delta is essentially requiring that you actually be flying Delta in order to access the SkyClub, even in those instances where you could previously access their lounges when flying on another airline.
Specifically, here are the policies that are changing, according to LoyaltyLobby:
- SkyClub members will only have access to SkyClubs when flying Delta or their partners (currently they can access SkyClubs regardless of which airline they fly)
- SkyClub members will no longer have access to partner airline lounges (currently they can access select Air France, KLM, and Virgin Australia lounges)
- American Express Reserve cardmembers will only be able to bring guests in for $29 each if that guest is flying with Delta (currently they can be flying any airline)
- American Express SkyMiles Platinum & Gold cardmembers will only be able to pay $29 to access a SkyClub when flying Delta or their partners (currently they can pay $29 to access the SkyClub regardless of which airline they’re flying)
As before, lounge access based on SkyTeam status requires that you’re flying with SkyTeam the same day, and lounge access based on the Amex Platinum Card requires flying Delta the same day.
Ultimately these changes aren’t a huge deal, though they’re certainly negative for those who otherwise accessed lounges when flying with other airlines.
Will you be impacted by these changes to SkyClub access?