Delta Considers Cutting Lounge Access for Elites
Delta Sky Clubs are great, but getting into them has been an issue lately. With travel demand roaring back, so has overcrowding at airport lounges. You’ll often find packed lounges, long lines, and recently even priority lanes as select locations.
Delta recently introduced a rule limiting lounge access to only three hours before a flight, and briefly stopped customers from entering clubs upon arrival. Now the company is looking at other options to fight overcrowding.
Delta Air Lines expected to announce a major change regarding lounge access. The information comes from a well placed source, as first reported by the Airline Observer. An announcement may come as early as this week.
Delta may cut lounge access for its elites who are flying Economy class or Comfort Plus on long-haul flights. To gain lounge access on long-haul economy class tickets, Delta passengers must reach Gold status.
Delta is also considering cutting Sky Club access for other SkyTeam elite frequent flyers. Currently, SkyTeam Elite Plus members of any airline can access lounges if they are departing on a same-day long-haul flight. Changing that might be a difficult endeavor due to negotiated terms between alliance members.