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TPG reader @Pottsburg tweeted me to ask about paying for Delta Sky Club access:

@ThePointsGuy — “I’m thinking about getting a Sky Club membership. Should I wait for a discount at the end of the year?”

Sky Club membership doesn’t run on a calendar year; it’s 12 months from the date you sign up, so it doesn’t really matter when your membership starts. Delta is consistently signing people up for one-year memberships, so I wouldn’t hold out for a discount. (We searched online and couldn’t find any current active discounts to join Sky Club, but if anyone has one, please comment below.)

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An individual membership costs $450 or 70,000 SkyMiles, and includes unlimited Club access for the member only (guests have to pay $29 per visit). At that rate, you may want to think about getting the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express instead of a Sky Club membership. It has a similar $450 annual fee and gets you Sky Club access, and it also comes with a ton of different perks, like a companion ticket and the ability to earn MQMs when you hit certain spending thresholds. You can also get a waiver for your Medallion® Qualification Dollar requirements if you spend $25,000 on the card in a year.

That said, I think your best bet might be to get the Platinum Card® from American Express. It has a slightly higher annual fee, but you’ll get an even more impressive array of benefits. In addition to Delta Sky Club access, you’ll get access to Priority Pass Select lounges, plus the swanky Amex Centurion Lounges. On top of that, you’ll get a $200 annual airline credit, a $100 statement credit to cover a Global Entry application fee and more. In short, you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck.

Instead of paying that $550 to Delta, get some value back. With the $200 airline credit, you could purchase four $50 Delta gift cards. That way you’re really only spending $350 for Delta Sky Club access, plus you’re getting all the other perks.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, and follow me on Instagram.

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.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • 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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