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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.)
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.