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While Delta tightened restrictions for accessing its Sky Club lounges for some travelers this year, it’s also making some positive changes. Though access to Sky Clubs for holders of the Platinum Card® from American Express remains unchanged, American Express and Delta have made it easier for Platinum Card members to check in to the lounges.

Platinum Card members have long had access to Delta Sky Clubs when flying Delta, however, they were previously required to show or swipe their Platinum card along with their boarding pass in order to check in. But now, those who have the Amex Platinum can access Sky Clubs by simply scanning their boarding pass or using the fingerprint scanners if they have their Platinum Card account added to their Delta wallet.

While browsing my Platinum Card account online, I noticed this banner advertising the change:

Platinum Card members no longer have to swipe their card at Delta Sky Clubs

According to several users on FlyerTalk, this has been working for around a couple of months now. Several members of the TPG Lounge also confirmed that this has been working for them. Additionally, Lounge members confirmed that this works in combination with the fingerprint scanners that have allowed Sky Club access without showing a boarding pass since March 2018 for CLEAR members or those enrolled in Delta Biometrics. Those using the fingerprint scanners won’t need to either scan their boarding pass or swipe their Platinum Card.

How to Add Your Platinum Card to Your Delta Wallet

In order to check in to a Sky Club without swiping your Platinum Card, you’ll first need to add your Platinum Card to the “My Wallet” section of your Delta SkyMiles account if you don’t already have it saved there. You can add it from either Delta’s website or mobile app.

To add your Platinum Card to your Delta wallet on the website, first, log in to your SkyMiles account on delta.com. Once you’ve logged in, click the “Manage Your Account” link under the “SkyMiles” menu at the top of the page, which should take you to your “My Delta” dashboard.

Click "Manage Your Account" under the "SkyMiles" menu.
Click “Manage Your Account” under the “SkyMiles” menu to access the My Delta dashboard.

From the My Delta dashboard, click the “Open” button in the “My Wallet” section and then click the “Open” button in the “Stored Payments” section of the My Wallet page. Once you’ve reached the stored payments screen, click the “Add Payment Type” button, enter the card information for your Platinum Card account, and then click “Save Changes.”

The Stored Payments page can be accessed from the My Wallet page.
The Stored Payments page can be accessed from the My Wallet page.

Alternatively, you can use the Fly Delta app to add your Platinum Card account to your Delta wallet. From the “My Delta” screen, select the “My Wallet” tab and then tap “Stored Payment Methods.” On the “Stored Payment Methods” screen, click the “Add Another Payment Method” link and enter your Platinum Card account information.

Stored Payment Methods on the Fly Delta app.
Stored Payment Methods on the Fly Delta app.

Bottom Line

It’s nice to see Amex and Delta working together to make the Sky Club access benefit of the Platinum Card easier to use. While this isn’t a particularly earth-shattering change, it can at least save you some hassle while checking in to a Sky Club, and also will hopefully help the check-in lines to move a bit faster.

It’s probably still a good idea to have your Platinum Card with you just in case, but this change could also help you to get in to a Sky Club if you happened to forget and leave your card at home.

Featured image of Delta’s Sky Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport courtesy of Delta Air Lines.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at Marriott and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,200 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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