Delta is changing access rules to its Sky Club locations effective on January 1, 2019 (yes – this notice was given more than a year in advance).
Having a quick read of the note that I received (cannot print it in verbatim) seems that they try to limit the number of travelers accessing the Sky Clubs in 2019.
You can access Delta’s web page for Sky Club’s here.
UPDATE: Here’s statement that Delta spokesperson sent on November 17:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Delta Sky Club members and their guests will only be eligible to access Delta Sky Club when traveling on a flight operated by Delta or its partner airlines. Delta’s investments in our Club experience mean the Delta Sky Club has become a reason to fly Delta for many of our guests. Allowing access to only Delta Sky Club members and their guests who are flying Delta or a partner airline reserves the experience for those who choose to fly with us.
Here are the changes:
Sky Club members can only access Club when traveling same-day ticketed Delta or partner flights (previously could access even when flying on other airlines). Sky Club members will lose access to partner lounges (currently access to select Air France, KLM and Virgin Australia lounges).
American Express Platinum and Centurion card holders and guests must be on Delta operated flights. Fee for each guest is $29. Currently access is granted regardless of the airline flown and free for guests.
American Express Reserve card holders have complimentary club access when they are traveling on Delta marketed or operated (Delta coded WestJet also qualify) flights booked on Delta’s ticket stock. There is fee of $29 for each guest that must travel on Delta or any partner airline (previously all airlines). Reserve card holders can also pay this same $29 fee and access the Club when traveling on Delta partner airlines (previously any airline).
American Express SkyMiles Gold & Platinum card holders can now pay $29 to access the club only when traveling on Delta or partner airline (previously could be traveling on any airline).
Not sure if these steps can really reduce that much the number of people accessing the Sky Clubs. I guess that people aren’t perhaps willing to pay $29 to guest people in when traveling.
Delta should post these changes to its website shortly.