It’s been several years since I’ve been able to enter a Delta SkyClub. First I canceled my AMEX Platinum Card and then Delta stopped letting passengers buy single-day passes.
For a while, you could buy a day pass if you had either a Delta co-brand Gold or Platinum card. That changed in 2020 when Delta removed that co-brand Gold card benefit, leaving only Platinum cardholders with the ability to buy a day pass.
Flash forward and once again I have an AMEX Platinum card. One of the things I remembered from when I previously had the card was that you needed to have the physical card to enter the club. This rule burned me in the past and I’m making sure not to repeat it.
When I wrote about the passengers in line ahead of us being denied access to the LAX SkyClub, I mentioned needing the physical card. Several readers reached out to me to say that it’s no longer necessary to have the card with you. However, you have to do some things beforehand for this to work.
I depend on data points since there’s no official webpage explaining the process. According to reports, you can access the Delta SkyClub without your American Express Platinum card if you’ve added the card to your Delta Digital Wallet. You can add the card either by using the Fly Delta app or by logging into your Delta account on the website.
Some people say if you’ve done this, you’ll be recognized as a Platinum cardholder when you scan your boarding pass without showing your card. I’ve had others say that you need to have used the Platinum card to purchase the Delta ticket besides having the card in your Delta digital wallet.
Whichever the case, I’d strongly recommend bringing your AMEX Platinum card with you when you’re traveling to get access to the Delta SkyClub or any of the other clubs you can enter with the card. But in case you forget, it’s good to have this as a plan B.
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