Following the news that American Express is drastically altering its Centurion Lounge guest policy, we have a suggestion where Delta could put a new Sky Club airport lounge.
Yes, I know this is certainly a #FirstWorldProblem. But given that we’re travel, credit card, and points/miles enthusiasts, I think it’s worth a fun discussion.
Roll the Dice on Vegas
I’d love to see Delta put a great Sky Club at
McCarran? Harry Reid? Whatever It’s Called This Week Las Vegas International Airport.
Vegas is home to Amex’s first Centurion Lounge on US soil. It has a couple of The Club airport lounges (one in Terminal 1D and another in Terminal 3).
But no Delta Sky Club.
Plus, Delta has been operating several daily 767-400 flights between Atlanta and Vegas. I know the COVID pandemic has drastically changed which aircraft are available — but a bunch of daily operations between ATL and LAS is interesting. At least, to me.
Vegas is a fun place to travel with friends (well, usually) and certain family members (ditto).
So here are a few reasons I think LAS would be a great place for a Delta Sky Club — especially in light of the Centurion Lounge guest changes.
Guests: $39 vs $50
Most of those cards have some sort of Sky Club access — either complimentary or $39 a pop.
But they also allow primary cardholders to bring up to two guests each — at $39 per person.
I wasn’t a math major in college. But I’m thinking $39 per guest is cheaper than the $50 the Centurion Lounges will charge in February 2023. Yes, Centurion Lounges are better than Delta Sky Clubs.
But if I have to choose between spending more or less money, I’ll likely go with the cheaper option.
Delta Reserve Card Guest Benefits
Both the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card give cardholders two guest passes to use each year of card membership.
What a wonderful excuse for people to sign up for Delta Reserve cards — so they can plan to use them on Vegas trips they may take.
Amex Platinum Airline Incidental Credit
As we discussed the other day, the $200 airline incidental credit on both The Platinum Card from American Express and/or The Business Platinum Card from American Express works for airport club lounge access,
So you can use some of that to offset Delta Sky Club admission fees (assuming Delta is your airline of choice).
Delta Sky Club Executive Membership
Delta Sky Club Executive Membership gives unlimited lounge access to the member — and up to two guests. The going rate is $845/84,500 SkyMiles a year.
For frequent Delta travelers who bring guests several times a year, that could give them a nice reason to downgrade or cancel their Amex Platinum cards — and stick to Sky Clubs where available.
There’s only so much available space at airports. And the government plays a part in airport operations.
Both factors are two huge obstacles.
It’s not like Delta can snap its fingers and say, “Hey! We’ll take an airport lounge in Vegas, please!” and it suddenly happens (I’m not sure how many friends Delta has across the government right now, anyway).
Plus, Delta probably doesn’t want to ruffle Amex’s feathers.
When I’m traveling by myself, I’ll almost always pick a Centurion Lounge over a Delta Sky Club. But when it comes to bringing guests and using my Amex card benefits, I’ll gladly show friends, family, and colleagues the way to Delta Sky Clubs in February 2023 (assuming Delta and Amex don’t devalue that already limited benefit. What are the odds?)
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