Delta Air Lines plans to modify the way customers access its Sky Club and achieve elite frequent flyer status.
Beginning next year, American Express Platinum and Platinum Business cardholders will experience a change on their benefits. As of now, cardholders can receive unlimited access to the club lounge. However, once the the new change occur, cardholders will only receive six visits per year to the lounge unless they spend $75,000 on the card within a calendar year.
The cards will also lose their club access privileges unless the customer purchases a club membership or holds elite status with Delta, which includes the option to choose a club membership. Starting as early as January 2024, Delta will enforce certain restrictions, including the exclusion of customers who purchase basic economy tickets from accessing Delta’s lounges.
In addition to the reductions in lounge access, Delta is enforcing changes that will make it harder for its customers to qualify for its SkyMiles program. Instead of earning status based on the distance traveled with Delta, passengers will now exclusively achieve status based on the amount of money they spend with the airline.
The new changes quickly became the topic of discussion on X (formerly known as Twitter), with users expressing their thoughts on the announcement. See what they had to say below:
Delta is really wild for those changes and probably lost some loyal customers
— jnewlove (@jnewlove) September 14, 2023
Delta and Amex to anyone that doesn’t spend 2mil a year pic.twitter.com/7u7LCWNnVg
— Tryfe Tejada (@mrtryfe) September 14, 2023
Delta looking at y’all’s tweets like pic.twitter.com/bJjcSOpy8c
— President Ydennek (@cantmackamack) September 15, 2023
The Delta sky club after they get rid of everybody making less than 250k a year pic.twitter.com/D6mPByIz8r
— Makes business techno DJs mad (@Leonce) September 14, 2023
Imagine spending $35,000 in @Delta flights per year and them telling you “sorry this is your eleventh visit to SkyClub. No Chex mix in a plastic cup for you!”
— Zachary Green (@zakatakg) September 13, 2023
the people in the delta skymiles facebook group are raging right now. baby they are HOT!
— shawnee. (@shawneexo_) September 14, 2023
The Sky Club has definitely gotten crowded but damn, Delta.
— king crissle (@crissles) September 14, 2023
Delta said there’s too many poors in the Sky Lounge.
— karliehustle.nah (@THEkarliehustle) September 14, 2023
(I’m still flying Delta so that’s why I’m silent on this matter.) pic.twitter.com/uXiqhSjv6v
— Akan Thee Doll, Esq. 💜🇳🇬⚖️ (@AkanButNoJeezyy) September 14, 2023
Delta SkyClub lounge changes are a result of y’all not being able to stfu on TikTok. Returning to office from WFH is a result of y’all not being able to stfu on TikTok. When are y’all going to learn?
— Niss (@lovexniss) September 14, 2023