Delta Sky Club Rates to Increase As of March 1, 2013

The interior of the Delta Sky Club prior to its grand opening at Concourse D of the international airport in Atlanta. Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen. Click on the photograph for a complete list of Delta Sky Clubs located at the international airport in Atlanta.

Effective as of March 1, 2013, membership rates will increase for the Delta Sky Club — and the reason for the increase in rates is to continue delivering upgrades and amenities such as opening new Sky Clubs and renovating existing Sky Clubs; removing conference rooms to provide more seating; introducing the Luxury Bar; and the Sky Decks which will open later this year, according to FlyerTalk member DLCorpGuy, who is an official company representative for Delta Air Lines

The following chart illustrates the increase in membership rates for one year effective as of March 1, 2013:

Membership Level
General Member
Silver Medallion
Gold Medallion
Platinum Medallion
Diamond Medallion*
Individual Membership
$450 — unchanged
$400 up to $450
$350 up to $400
$300 up to $350
$300 up to $350
Joint Membership
$650 up to $700
$600 up to $700
$550 up to $650
$500 up to $600
$500 up to $600

*Individual one-year Delta Sky Club membership is complimentary for Diamond Medallion members. However, if you will not re-qualify for Diamond Medallion status, you may purchase a Delta Sky Club membership at this discounted rate before your Diamond status ends.

The following chart illustrates that there is no increase in membership rates for one year when paying with Delta Air Lines SkyMiles, whose redemption rates remain unchanged:

Membership Level
General Member
Silver Medallion
Gold Medallion
Platinum Medallion
Diamond Medallion*
Individual Membership
70,000 SkyMiles
60,000 SkyMiles
50,000 SkyMiles
40,000 SkyMiles
40,000 SkyMiles
Joint Membership
100,000 SkyMiles
90,000 SkyMiles
80,000 SkyMiles
70,000 SkyMiles
70,000 SkyMiles

*Individual one-year Delta Sky Club membership is complimentary for Diamond Medallion members. However, if you will not re-qualify for Diamond Medallion status, you may purchase a Delta Sky Club membership at this discounted rate before your Diamond status ends.

The following chart illustrates the increase in membership rates for three years effective as of March 1, 2013:

Membership Level
General Member
Silver Medallion
Gold Medallion
Platinum Medallion
Diamond Medallion*
Individual Membership
$1,215 up to $1,250
$960 up to $1,110
$840 up to $990
$720 up to $870
$720 up to $870
Joint Membership
$1,815 up to $1,965
$1,440 up to $1,740
$1,320 up to $1,620
$1,200 up to $1,500
$1,200 up to $1,500

*Individual one-year Delta Sky Club membership is complimentary for Diamond Medallion members. However, if you will not re-qualify for Diamond Medallion status, you may purchase a Delta Sky Club membership at this discounted rate before your Diamond status ends.

The Delta Sky Club membership rate for 30 days remains unchanged at $90.00. This leads me to conclude that the rate for day passes will not increase as well, but I have no definitive information on that at this time. I also do not believe that there are any plans to increase the annual fee on Delta Air Lines SkyMiles credit cards issued by American Express at this time — but do not take my word for it. Then again, you can currently gain complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Credit Card by American Express with an annual fee of $450.00.

It is unknown at this time whether or not the rate of SkyBonus points will be impacted. Currently, 100,000 SkyBonus points are needed to earn access to Sky Clubs for one year. SkyBonus is an incentive program for small businesses which is completely separate from the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program.

You have the option to renew your Delta Sky Club membership — or join for the first time — at the old rates before they increase on March 1, 2013.

Reaction by FlyerTalk members has been mixed: while some FlyerTalk members are unhappy with the news of rate increases, other FlyerTalk members praise them, citing that the the SkyClubs will be a little more exclusive with improved amenities — although the most popular request seems to be to upgrade the food available in the Sky Clubs.

FlyerTalk member Thomas Hudson bluntly asks if Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members should even be allowed access to the Sky Clubs at all, as “there is a reason they have a Chili’s in the airport” — and some FlyerTalk members seem to agree. Why stop there? Why should general SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members be allowed in as well?

Whether or not the question asked was serious or an attempt at providing levity, the answer is simple: the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members in question pay more for access to the Sky Clubs, translating into increased revenue for Delta Air Lines.

Should the number of guests be further restricted? Are Sky Club members abusing the guest policy, causing membership rates to increase and furniture to wear out more quickly than normal? Is the practice of guesting a complete stranger a form of stealing on the part of that person who is not a member of Sky Club?

Whatever the answers to those questions may be, one thing is for certain: FlyerTalk members appreciated the advance notice and proactive engagement by company representatives of Delta Air Lines pertaining to the increase in membership rates for Sky Club access.

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