So today we enjoy the “enhanced” Skyclubs; the feeling of emptiness and privacy since anyone with a Delta Reserve personal or business travel card can only be joined by their +1 for a $29 fee that I think few are willing to pay that much. Same goes for holders of the non-Delta Platinum membership rewards travel cards – only you, no guests or family may join you. Not happy about this? What can you do?
I was not pleased and since I hold two Delta Reserve cards, one personal and one business, I called to complain about the change since I had paid for a full year fee under the understanding that I would be able to have my wife join me in the Skyclubs. AMEX agreed it is a frustrating move by Delta, but out of their control.
They did appreciate my $60,000 in spending on the card last year (needed the 30k MQM bonus) and so they waived my fee for this year. Don’t expect the same but maybe some adjustment could be made if you call in.
Same goes for non-Delta Platinum travel card holders. I have heard many examples of long time holders being offered some kind of statement credit for the loss of +1’s in the Skyclubs with this card. I even got a $50 statement credit for the loss of Hilton GOLD status as a card perk. Oh and my $200 in airline credits have all posted and I will be sure to get another $200 after the 1st of January next year as well, making this card FREE to hold for me for a year. Plus I got the 40,000 bonus points after spend as well. Sweet!
Another option if you are really upset about this move by Delta is getting the Citi Aadvantage card (not my link at bottom of page). You can, after spend, get this card for net $250 for one year fee. Oh and 110,000 AA points as well. If you are in NYC, ATL, BOS, ORD, SFO, LAX and several more airports a bunch you can use the AA lounge even when NOT flying on AA. You just need the card and you CAN bring in your +1’s or your family with you free of charge.
Yes, this next one is a bit strange but it still works. You see Diamond Medallions from 2013/2014 have until 1MARCH2015 to bring in their +1’s as well as those who forked over the full membership cost. So, if you want to find a cozy spot outside the view of the lounge dragons who guard the gate, you can ask those about to enter if they could please guest you in. 😉 – René
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