New Delta Sky Club Guest Fee for Alaska Board Room Members

Last month I wrote about reciprocal lounge access policies for people flying on Alaska Airlines or who have an Alaska Airlines Board Room membership. I mentioned that Board Room membership is a cost effective alternative to purchasing a membership with Delta Sky Clubs even if you never fly Alaska Airlines. Why? Because Board Room members could take guests to the Sky Club for free, while Delta has announced its plan to charge a $29 guest access fee beginning May 1, 2014.

Unfortunately it seems that Alaska and Delta were merely slow to update their agreement. (HT MJ on Travel) May 1 is two weeks away and Alaska has warned its Board Room members that they, too, will be affected by this policy change. Alaska Board Room members will continue to have complimentary access to Delta Sky Club locations when traveling with any Delta- or Alaska Airlines-issued ticket. All guests will be charged $29.

New Delta Alaska lounge policy

It’s not surprising. It’s just annoying that they took so long to announce the change after Delta made its own announcement much earlier. You can still use your Board Room membership to bring guests into the Board Room or to enter several other lounges with reciprocal access agreements.

Despite this change, it can still make sense to buy a Board Room membership than a Sky Club membership. Delta Air Lines is charging a flat $450 fee for Sky Club membership. (There is a small discount on Executive memberships, normally $695, that include free guest access.) Board Room membership, however, costs $450 for some members and much less for those with elite status — as little as $295 the first year. Renewals are discounted for everyone and range from $295 to $350.

Delta Sky Club Membership Changes

Alaska Board Room Fees

Obviously this requires some faith that the relationship between Delta and Alaska will not deteriorate further, considering their battle for Seattle market share. But even non-elite members can save money by purchasing their lounge membership through Alaska Airlines instead of Delta Air Lines.

Scott created Travel Codex after learning how to travel better on a budget during grad school. He now flies over 150,000 miles every year.
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  • Darth Chocolate

    You should also be aware that 2014 Delta Diamond Medallions get an “Executive Membership” through 28 Feb 2015 and 2015 Diamond/Platinum Medallions can upgrade to an Executive Membership for 80,000 miles. Also, in 2015, Diamonds can choose an upgrade to Execultive Membership as a “Choice Benefit”

    Granted, not a great deal (since Diamonds get an Individual Membership for free, the upgrade should be fewer miles).

    So, there are ways of maintaining access.

  • Rusty Longwood

    Hmm, only a matter of time until Alaska cuts its two free bags policy for AA Gold too.