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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: Indianapolis (IND) Delta Sky Club

As mentioned, my home airport is Indianapolis (IND) and the only premium lounge here is the Delta Sky Club so I visit this lounge quite frequently. There is one other lounge here which is the USO lounge located before security near the baggage claim but this is only for US military members and their families so I will not be reviewing this one although my spouse was in the military for 15 years so I have been to it.

Entrance to Delta Sky Club
The Delta Sky Club is located just past security in Concourse A before the Starbucks. They are open from 5:30 am until 7:30 pm and provide all the standard amenities that all Delta Sky Clubs provide such as complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, snacks, WiFi access, charging pads for smartphones, satellite TV, computer workstations, and personalized flight assistance.

View from middle of the club towards the back

View from middle of the club towards the front
The club itself is around 4,800 square feet so while not massive it has never felt overly crowded or cramped while I've been there. The same staff have worked there for quite a while now so you start to recognize them and get to know them if you go enough. The food is the same food you find at all Delta Sky Clubs which I am not a huge fan of, especially compared to some of the other lounges I've been to, and the only hot options are the 2 different soups they offer.

Cocktails bar

Standard small snacks and soup
There are several ways to gain access to the club. You can buy a single visit pass for $59 or you can buy a Delta Sky Club membership of which there are 2 options:
  • Executive Membership
    Includes unlimited Club access for the member and up to two guests per visit. This membership is a great option if frequent guest access is important to you.
    One-Year Rate: $695.00, 110,000 miles or $59.99 for 12 monthly installments.*
  • Individual Membership
    Includes unlimited Club access for the member only. Individual Members may bring up to two guests to the Club at the rate of $29.00 per guest per visit. This membership is perfect if you typically travel alone and rarely need guest access.
    One-Year Rate: $450.00, 70,000 miles or $39.99 for 12 monthly installments.*
    *Payment plan requires a one-year contract and initiation fee.

Of course, the third option would be to have a co-branded credit card which grants access to the club or offers a discount. The card I have is the American Express Platinum card which has a steep annual fee of $450 but offers numerous perks that make it well worth it in my opinion (will discuss in another post). The card grants access to Delta Sky Clubs when traveling with Delta on a same day flight for the cardholder only but does offer a discounted rate of $29 for guests. You can also get the reduced rate benefit of $29 per person if you have either the AMEX Gold or Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card. Finally, you can get an outright full Delta Sky Club membership with the AMEX Delta Reserve credit card which allows access even when flying on other airlines but this credit card also has a steep annual fee of $450.

Bottom Line

The Delta Sky Club in Indianapolis is a decent option, albeit the ONLY option, to kill some time before a flight and it is the main reason I often find myself booking with Delta just so I can have access. I would love to see other lounges built eventually but I am not going to hold my breath on that.

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