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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 Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN 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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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), up to 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.
- 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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