Delta tightens policies for entry into Sky Clubs

New Delta Sky Club on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

New Delta Sky Club on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta Air Lines is rolling out new policies that further restrict who can enter Sky Clubs in airports.

The clubs at Hartsfield-Jackson International and other airports where Delta operates offer a lounge-like atmosphere with complimentary food and drinks.

It's not cheap to buy a Delta Sky Club membership: An individual Sky Club membership costs $545 for 2019, up $50 from last year. A Sky Club executive membership costs $845, up $100.

But one of the frustrations some Sky Club members have is over-crowding in the clubs. The new policies may limit crowds in clubs by further restricting who can enter.

Atlanta-based Delta’s new policy that took effect Jan. 1, 2019 requires that Sky Club members must be flying on Delta or a Delta partner carrier that day in order to enter a club. That means Sky Club members won’t be able to use the clubs when they’re flying another airline.

“Based on customer feedback, we made several policy changes to help ensure that the exceptional experience is reserved for Delta Sky Club members and their guests who choose to fly with us,” Delta said in a written statement.

Sky Club members also won’t have access to Air France, KLM Crown or Virgin Australia partner lounges, unless they have “elite plus” status.

Another move that limits who can get into Sky Clubs is Delta’s move in November 2018 to discontinue Sky Club day passes. The airline previously sold day passes for $59.

There are separate restrictions for those who have Delta Reserve, Platinum or Centurion American Express cards to access Sky Clubs.