4 credit cards that get you free or discounted access to Delta Sky Club airport lounges

Delta Sky Club Sky Deck JFK

Like the other major US airlines, Delta has its own network of
airport lounges, called Delta Sky Clubs. These provide a place to
relax before a flight, and Sky Club amenities include Wi-Fi,
snacks, and drinks.

One of the benefits of Delta’s two mainstream credit cards —
the
Gold Delta SkyMiles
and the
Platinum Delta SkyMiles
cards from American Express — is the
ability to purchase discounted access to Delta’s Sky Club airport
lounges. And two other credit cards can get you free Delta Sky Club
access when you fly Delta.

How can you access Delta Sky Club airport lounges?

You have several options for accessing Delta’s Sky Club lounges.
If you’re traveling in Delta One or in a premium cabin on one of
Delta’s SkyTeam alliance partners, you’re entitled to Sky Club
access, and you can also purchase a Delta Sky Club membership
outright for $545. You can also get Sky Club access through Delta
elite status. 

Finally, having the right credit card can get you complimentary
or reduced-price access to a Delta Sky Club. Note that you need to
have a same-day Delta boarding pass in order to access one of these
lounges. 

Delta Sky Club access with select credit cards

Until recently, anyone could purchase one-time access to Sky
Clubs for $59 at any lounge’s front desk. However, these day passes
were eliminated in November 2018.

Fortunately, single-visit passes are still available for

Gold
and
Platinum
Delta SkyMiles cardholders. If you have one of those
cards, you can buy access to the Sky Club for just $29 — about
half the price of what used to be available to anyone flying
Delta.

Those discounted lounge passes are great for travelers who
occasionally fly Delta, or would only use the lounge access a few
times each year — for instance, in case of delays, long
connections, or a tendency to arrive for flights a bit early.

If you can see yourself using the Sky Club more often, you
should instead consider Delta’s premium card — the
Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express
— which gives
the cardholder complimentary access to Sky Clubs whenever they’re
flying Delta. That helps offset the card’s $450 annual fee.

The
Delta Reserve
card comes with a few other perks, including a
domestic first-class
companion certificate
, and higher upgrade priority for Delta
Medallion members.

An alternative, if you’re looking for the
widest lounge access you can get from a credit card
, the best
option is the (not Delta-branded)
Platinum Card® from American Express
. In addition to
Sky Club access whenever flying Delta
, that card offers access
to
Priority Pass lounges
, AmEx’s own Centurion and International
Lounges, and more. That’s a network of over 1,200 lounges around
the world.

The
Amex Platinum
has a high $550 annual fee, but it’s easy to get
more value than that — in my first year with the card, I
got over $2,000 in value
. Right now, the card offers 60,000
Amex Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the first
three months.

Click
here to learn more about the Gold Delta SkyMiles card from Business
Insider’s partner: The Points Guy.

Click here to learn more about the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card
from Business Insider’s partner: The Points Guy.

Click here to learn more about the Delta Reserve card from Business
Insider’s partner: The Points Guy.

Click here to learn more about the Amex Platinum card from Business
Insider’s partner: The Points Guy.

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4 credit cards that get you free or discounted access to Delta Sky Club airport lounges