It's about to get a little harder to access Delta lounges. However, that doesn't mean that you're automatically going to be shut out from the opportunity to enjoy some relaxation in a Delta Sky Club lounge the next time you travel. Delta announced last week that it will no longer be selling individual passes for travelers seeking one-time entry at about 50 airports peppered across the United States. Lounge access will now only be granted to lounge members and travelers flying with Delta tickets or eligible tickets from partner airlines.
Don't panic if you've already purchased a one-time pass ahead of a trip. Delta will still honor any passes that have already been purchased. Delta is also still honoring lounge access for travelers who use credit card rewards to enter.
Delta has also announced that it intends to increase the cost of lounge membership on Jan. 1 of next year. Individual membership will jump from $495 to $545. That's the equivalent of 54,500 Delta SkyMiles. The cost of an executive membership will go from $745 to $845. The new cost is the equivalent of about 84,500 SkyMiles.
One last thing to know is that some big changes are happening when it comes to partner lounges. Delta Sky Club members will no longer be granted access to lounges from Air France, KLM or Virgin Australia under ordinary circumstances. However, Delta Sky Club members with Diamond, Platinum or Gold status don't need to sweat this change. They will still have access to those partner lounges.