I have had the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card for two years. Flying out of Salt Lake City with Platinum Medallion Status and the Reserve Card has resulted in hardly any first-class upgrades – the joys of living in a Delta hub.
As a result, I have decided not to renew the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card in May.
In the meantime, I have 2 Delta Sky Club guest passes that are also set to expire in May. I decided to try and utilize the guest passes for someone in need on my return flight from ARN >> AMS >> DTW >> SLC.
Stepping off the overnight AMS >> DTW flight, I was severely jetlagged. Sitting in Comfort Plus did not foster enough comfort to sleep.
I made my way to the Sky Club to relax and refresh while waiting for my flight to Salt Lake City. Upon entering the entrance area, I overheard another passenger being told that unfortunately, he was unable to enter the Sky Club. He shrugged his shoulders and turned around to walk towards the exit.
As a holder of an exclusive Sky Club guest pass, I decided to step in and offer one of my passes to him.
“Hey – I have an extra guest pass, would you like to come in as my guest?” He said enthusiastically “Yes.”
I turned to the attendant and said, “I have a guest pass for this passenger.”
She asked, “Do you know this passenger – are you friends?”
I paused for a moment, deciding how to answer this question. No, I do not know him – however, now that we had a conversation and I was bringing him into the Sky Club, I imagine that counts as friendship? I answered the attendant truthfully – “No, we are not friends.”
She replied, “I’m sorry, we do not allow people to bring strangers into the Sky Club.”
Now I find this pretty hilarious. I have a valid Sky Club guest pass, so why does my relationship with any guest matter? However, given my severe jetlag and not having a desire to pursue the matter further, I turned to the disappointed man and said – “Sorry, I tried.” He shrugged his shoulders and walked out of the Sky Club.
I checked in as normal, headed up the stairs, and enjoyed my last visit to the Sky Club.
My question is – what would YOU have done in this situation? Fought for the stranger? Lied about your relationship?”