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TPG reader Vtek sent me a message on Facebook to ask about lounge access:
“Can you clarify when Amex Platinum allows access to Delta lounges? I recently ran into a closed United Club (while flying United), and later wondered if I could have gone to the Sky Club instead.”
Several of my favorite travel rewards credit cards offer lounge access, and the Platinum Card from American Express is at the top of the list. Apart from the small but exceptional network of Centurion Lounges, the Platinum card can get you into over 1,000 Priority Pass lounges worldwide, as well as the handful of domestic Airspace Lounges. You can also get access to Delta lounges, but unfortunately, that access is more limited.
Platinum cardholders only get complimentary Sky Club access when traveling on a same-day flight operated by Delta, or on a flight operated by WestJet so long as it’s marketed by and booked through Delta (tickets starting with the number 006). In practice, “same-day” flights should include the arrival date as well as the departure date (on a red-eye, for example). Since Vtek was flying with United, however, her itinerary wouldn’t qualify.
This benefit is also limited in terms of guest access. As a Platinum cardholder, you can bring two guests or immediate family (spouse/partner and children under 18) into Centurion lounges. On the other hand, you’ll have to pay an additional fee of $29 per guest at Sky Clubs (and $27 per guest at Priority Pass lounges). That’s less than the normal cost of entry, but might not be worth paying unless you have a long layover. You can also avoid those fees by adding your travel companions to your Platinum account, since authorized users get their own lounge access.
Even if it’s not complimentary, you could still use your benefits to access the Sky Club and other airline lounges. The Platinum card comes with a $200 annual airline fee credit, which you can use to cover things like checked baggage fees and in-flight purchases on a number of major airlines. Lounge access isn’t explicitly listed as one of the charges eligible for reimbursement, but anecdotal evidence indicates that both day passes and annual memberships may qualify. Just remember that the credit only works on the airline you’ve designated, and you can only change that designation once each year.
For more on Delta Sky Clubs and lounge access in general, check out these posts:
- Get Lounge Access with These 6 Cards
- Is Amex Platinum or Delta Reserve Better for Delta Flyers?
- New/renovated Sky Clubs in Atlanta, Seattle and Raleigh-Durham
- Do Lounge Memberships Work When I Fly with Another Airline?
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.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- 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 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®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
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