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TPG reader Tiffany tweeted me to ask:

@thepointsguy– “I’m flying JFK-SEA on Delta over the holidays and wanted to see if I’ll have SkyClub access before my flight?”

Well, without knowing anything about this trip or your situation, it’s hard to say. If you’re just flying in economy and you don’t have a credit card that gives you SkyClub access, then no. However, if you’re flying in BusinessElite, whether on a paid ticket or by using miles to upgrade in advance, then you can access the lounge. Even if you’re on a full fare Y ticket on a transcontinental flight, Delta will also give you lounge access.

There are a few ways you can access the Delta SkyClub. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
There are a few ways you can access the Delta SkyClub. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you have the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Card® from American Express, or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, then you get SkyClub access, but not for any of your other guests. You could always buy a pass for $59, or $29 if you have another Delta co-branded card like the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

Hopefully you’re leaving from Terminal 4 at JFK; Delta has a swanky new SkyClub lounge there that you’ll surely enjoy!

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at

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), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 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 $550 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.
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  • 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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