You’re upset that about the announcement that Delta is slashing access to its Sky Club airport lounges for eligible American Express Cards.
I get it. I, too, view Delta in a less favorable light than I did before.
While perusing various message boards and social media groups, I’m seeing a lot of people write posts about canceling their Delta Reserve or Amex Platinum cards.
Yes, speaking with your wallet is one of the most powerful ways to voice your displeasure and get the attention of a company — and its stockholders.
If you haven’t canceled your card(s) but are considering it, you might want to wait a while.
Most of the Changes Don’t Take Effect for Over a Year
Here are the changes going into place on January 1, 2024:
- Delta SkyMiles® American Express Platinum Cardholders (personal or business) will no longer have access to Sky Clubs. Until then, they can continue to pay $50 per visit, as well as bring in up to two guests for $50 each. The cards lose this benefit on New Year’s Day 2024.
- Anyone traveling on a Basic Economy fare may not enter a Sky Club — even if you have a Reserve or “vanilla” Platinum card. Delta wants to keep the unwashed masses out of their lounges.
But the visit cap doesn’t take effect until February 1, 2025. That’s more than 16 months from the date of this post.
If you travel Delta now through January 2025, you can still visit the Sky Club to your heart’s content. (Any Medallion status you earn this year is also good through January 2025.)
To recap, here are the limitations:
- Delta SkyMiles® American Express Reserve Cardholders (personal or business)
- Starting February 1, 2025, Reserve Card Members will receive 10 complimentary visits per Medallion year to the Delta Sky Club; to earn an unlimited number of visits each year starting on February 1, 2025, the total eligible purchases on your card must equal $75,000 or more between January 1, 2024, and December 31, 2024, and each calendar year thereafter.
- American Express Platinum (personal or business)
- Effective February 1, 2025
- Six (6) Sky Club visits per Medallion year
- Spend $75,000 during a calendar year and receive unlimited club visits for the rest of that Medallion year and all of the following Medallion year
I haven’t seen any marketing verbiage changes to either of those Platinium Cards as it pertains to Sky Club access. That said, the updates were posted on The Points Guy — which is pretty much straight from the horse’s mouth — and other outlets.
I understand if you want to stick it to Delta and Amex. Canceling your cards might show them. Hey, it’s your life and your money! Maybe you’ve already thrown in the towel and are fulfilling status matches with other airlines (I’m seeing a number of folks do that). I know this also depends on when your annual fees hit.
But don’t accidentally punish yourself instead. I plan to squeeze as much remaining Sky Club value out of the cards while I can.
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