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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN
Delta has some of the best airport lounges in the US, especially for a domestic carrier. From the unique SkyDeck at JFK’s Terminal 4 to a brand new, expansive lounge in Seattle, Delta flyers have some pretty great options to get some work done, grab a bite or just relax before a flight.
Starting next year, however, it’ll cost you more to access the airline’s lounges. Delta’s increasing the cost of Individual memberships from $450 to $495, and Executive memberships will run you $745 instead of $695. The difference in the two membership levels lies in each one’s guest policy — you have to pay $29 per guest if you have an Individual membership, while two guests can enter for free with an Executive member. Interestingly enough, you’ll actually pay less for a membership if you’re covering the cost with SkyMiles. Individual memberships will cost you 47,000 miles instead of 70,000, while Executive membership will decrease from 110,000 miles to 70,000.
There are several ways to gain access to SkyClubs without purchasing a membership from the airline. Delta Diamond Medallion members receive a complimentary membership as a perk of their status. Certain credit cards will also grant you access to the lounges when you’re traveling — The Delta SkyMiles Reserve Credit Card, the American Express Platinum card and the American Express Business Platinum all give the cardholder access to SkyClubs, but guests will have to pay a fee of $29 to join the cardholder.
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While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
- Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
- As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
- Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
- No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
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With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards