Beware! Amex Delta Reserve Guest Passes Get Canceled Super Fast
For those with Amex Delta Reserve guest passes to the SkyClub, this is a heads-up. Hopefully, it can help others avoid the situation I ran into before a recent flight.
People with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve or Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business card from American Express get 2 guest passes to the SkyClub per year. I recently received mine and verified they showed in my Delta account & Delta app before going to the airport.
The day before our flight, I had to cancel my Delta SkyMiles Reserve card the day before, as it was the last day to get a refund on my annual fee. I figured that I could still use the Amex Delta Reserve guest pass to bring my wife into the lounge with me, since it’s in my app and within 24 hours, right?
My guest pass scanned as “invalid” when going to the Sky Club at LAX Terminal 2. The employees have a way to verify if your Reserve Card is active or not. They checked my SkyMiles account and saw the Reserve Business Card was canceled. According to 2 different people, the passes are immediately canceled by Amex when you close or downgrade the card. Thus, I could access the lounge with my Platinum Card, but I wouldn’t be able to bring a free guest.
This is PSA for those who have Delta Reserve guest passes and are considering canceling or downgrading that card. If you plan to use those guest passes, make sure the card is active. Even if you try to use them within 24 hours, you probably won’t be able to.
Bottom line: make sure to use the guest passes before downgrading or canceling your card. Otherwise, the passes go poof! that same day.