Delta surprises passengers with pop-up Sky Clubs

Nov 18, 2019

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Over the past few weeks, Delta passengers traveling through Green Bay (GRB) and Chattanooga (CHA) might have noticed something unusual: pop-up Delta Sky Clubs open to all Delta passengers traveling through the two airports, not just those who would normally be able to gain access with elite status, eligible premium-cabin tickets, or through a credit card.

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Photo courtesy of Delta
(Photo courtesy of Delta.)

The pop-up at Green Bay ran from Oct. 19 through Oct. 21 while the one at Chattanooga ran from Nov. 10 through Nov. 13. Each location featured appetizers from local chefs as well as curated cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Delta
(Photo courtesy of Delta.)
Photo courtesy of Delta
(Photo courtesy of Delta.)

The idea for these pop-up Sky Clubs came from a Delta employee at Green Bay, which isn’t home to a permanent Sky Club location (neither is Chattanooga).

According to Delta, the feedback from customers has been very positive so far. As of now Delta doesn’t have any additional pop-up lounges planned, but it’s possible that they’ll capitalize on the chance to surprise more travelers during the busy holiday season.

Photo courtesy of Delta
(Photo courtesy of Delta.)

If you’re looking to gain access to one of Delta’s permanent Sky Club locations, you have a number of options for doing so. Unlike American and United, Delta doesn’t offer a separate lounge for international premium-cabin passengers, so Sky Club locations can get crowded at times.

Related: The best Delta Sky Club lounges, and how to get into them

The fastest way to gain access is by holding the right credit card — like The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card — both of which offer cardholders access to Sky Clubs when flying Delta. Delta One passengers on eligible tickets can also access Delta Sky Clubs, and Diamond Medallion elites can choose Sky Club access as one of their choice benefits.

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