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Will Amex Platinum Cut Delta Sky Club Access? I don’t think is a question of if, but rather a question of when this will happen. You used to get guesting privileges to the Sky Clubs with your Platinum card into the lounge, but that has been discontinued due to overcrowding, and now it’s only access for the cardholder with a valid Delta ticket for same-day travel.
American Express has been launching their own expansive network of their airport Centurion Lounges the past few years, with the newest announcement a 15,000 square foot club at Terminal 4 at New York’s John F. Kennedy, Delta’s home.
Current Centurion lounge locations include: Dallas (DFW), Hong Kong (HKG), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Miami (MIA), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO) and they’re just getting started with many more on the way.
Amex is trying to build their own superior network of airport lounges for their cardholders. Let’s say they have a network of 25 lounges in the next several years with locations in many of Delta’s hubs, it would make a compelling argument in their favor to remove Sky Club access.
Perhaps, they could offer Amex Platinum cardholders even a few guest passes (4-8 annually) to the Sky Club initially, but I think offering Sky Club access as a benefit is something that will be a thing of the past.
Delta Sky Clubs have become more over crowded each year, and Delta is even restricting their own elite members and Sky Club members by imposing new rules such as having to have a Delta ticket to enter the lounge.
Additionally, Amex Platinum recently added the following benefits to their personal card:
- $200 Uber Credit: Cardholders will receive an annual $200 fee credit for Uber. If you are a Uber user, as long as you link your Platinum Card to your Uber account, you’ll actually get a $15 ride credit each month culminating with a $35 credit each December. This is in addition to being granted Uber VIP status, which can score you the highest Uber drivers.
- 5X Points on Hotels: Similar to the current benefit of earning 5X Points on airfare, you’ll now earn 5X points on hotels, however this is only valid for hotels booked through the amextravel site. In addition, Fine Hotels and Resorts bookings do not earn the added points.
- New Metal Card and Complimentary Gold Authorized Users: Taking after the Chase Sapphire Preferred, cardholders will now be issued metal cards with a new design. Additionally, authorized users will receive complimentary Gold cards before requiring a $45 fee.
Here’s a look at the current access to the Sky Clubs with Amex Credit Cards:
There are many credit cards which provide access to the Delta Sky Clubs. Both The Platinum Card® from American Express as well as the Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN provide complimentary Sky Club access.
When it comes to Delta co-branded credit cards, Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express provides complimentary Sky Club access, where The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card and The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card offer Sky Club access at a reduced $29 per person charge.
I still think this change of Amex eliminating Delta Sky Club access is several years away, but it’s just a matter of time for Amex to open enough Centurion Lounges most major cities, including Delta hub locations, before this will happen. You’ll recall this card used to allow access to both American Airlines Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs, both which have been eliminated.
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