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Elite Delta Air Lines fliers don't hang out at the gate before boarding. You can find them instead in the airline's branded Delta Sky Clubs lounges, which are in airports all over the world, including Santiago, Chile and Tokyo, Japan. Before you travel, check to see if you can get access to one of these exclusive lounges. Believe us — it sure beats moseying around the airport terminal.

How to Access Delta Sky Clubs

Members of Delta's SkyMiles frequent flier program with Diamond Medallion status receive complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs, as well as partner lounges (from fellow SkyTeam Alliance members such as Virgin Atlantic, Air France, and Aeroméxico). In total, elite Delta travelers have access to approximately 230 lounges around the world.

Travelers without the required Delta Medallion status may also purchase annual memberships to access Delta Sky Clubs.

An Individual Membership costs $495 per year of unlimited access, and members may bring up to two guests for $29 each. The Executive Membership, on the other hand, includes complimentary access for the member and up to two guests per visit. The Executive pass costs $745 for the year.  Travelers flying with Delta can also opt for the $59 single visit pass, available exclusively at the Delta Sky Club check-in desk and dependent on capacity.

Access to Delta Sky Clubs is also granted to certain travelers flying on a Delta or SkyTeam ticket. First and business class travelers on international flights, for example, enjoy this cushy perk.

Delta Reserve credit card holders also have complimentary access to these lounges when flying on a Delta Air Lines-operated flight, as do American Express Platinum and Centurion card holders. Travelers with a Delta Gold or Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card can hang out at the lounge with up to two guests for a discounted price.

Delta Sky Club Amenities

All Delta Sky Clubs feature a number of standard amenities, including flight assistance from the welcome desk and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Delta Sky Clubs offer healthy food options and a large array of beverage options all day, as well as a fully stocked bar with wines, craft beers, and spirits. (Selections vary depending on your location — in Santiago, Chile, for example, the bar might feature local pisco sour mix.) Work stations provide travelers with printers and, depending on the lounge, fax machines may also be available.

Travelers can look forward to a refreshing shower before or after a flight, and many Delta Sky Clubs have conference rooms for crucial business meetings. There are also televisions and a wide selection of magazines for travelers who would rather take a break from work (think: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, the Financial Times). Local and international papers and publications are available, too.