I are likely to keep away from making “sizzling takes” about information tales as a result of I’ve a historical past of being fallacious in my preliminary assessments. Moreover, I favor to attend for all of the related info to be accessible earlier than forming an opinion. Which means that I’m already lagging behind others in presenting my evaluation. I perceive why others really feel the necessity to share their opinions as quickly as potential. By publishing a submit instantly, it’s potential to offer commentary, opinion, or evaluation that’s authentic and thought-provoking. A lot of these posts typically have sensationalist headlines and are designed to generate a powerful response, whether or not optimistic or damaging.
So after I noticed the headlines in regards to the “leaked” modifications to the Delta SkyMiles program and entry to Delta SkyClubs, I did learn them. Nevertheless, I didn’t write about it as a result of I needed to learn the “official” modifications earlier than forming an opinion.
After reviewing Delta’s current modifications, I’ve some ideas to share. It could be useful for others to listen to the attitude of somebody who doesn’t have Delta standing and solely flies with the airline just a few occasions a yr.
Right here’s our present relationship with Delta Air Traces:
- With Orlando being our residence airport, we now have entry to a SkyClub for departing flights.
- We fly with Delta just a few occasions a yr domestically.
- We normally don’t fly on Delta’s Fundamental Economic system fares.
- I’ve a Delta Gold American Categorical card which supplies early boarding and a free checked bag.
- I’ve a Platinum American Categorical card which supplies SkyClub entry.
- (Granted, after I nearly went full blown “Karen”) I added Sharon as a certified person so she will additionally get SkyClub entry.
To start with, I don’t care about getting standing with Delta. We don’t fly sufficient for it to make a distinction. On the uncommon event that I would like extra legroom, I’ll pay for Consolation+ seating. On most journeys, we’re sitting within the again half of the airplane.
The massive change for us is the lowered SkyClub entry for American Categorical Platinum cardholders. Beginning on February 1, 2025, cardholders will solely get six SkyClub visits per yr (Feb-Jan).
Whereas this may appear to be an enormous devaluation of the AMEX Platinum Card, it actually doesn’t have an effect on us a lot. Once I found out the worth of the Platinum card on the time of my renewal, I didn’t give any worth to SkyClub entry. Trying over our travels final yr, we didn’t go to SkyClubs greater than six occasions. Actually, I added Sharon as a certified person to my Platinum card solely for her to get SkyClub and Centurion Lounge entry.
I feel that visiting the SkyClub six occasions a yr would work effectively for us. It’s essential to plan after we use our visits. For instance, we might go to a Precedence Go lounge as an alternative of the SkyClub after we go away from Orlando.
If there’s a Centurion Lounge accessible, we might select to go there as an alternative of the SkyClub.
We’ve visited a SkyClub earlier than simply to see what it’s like and seize a snack, but it surely may be higher to get meals some place else within the airport.
The very first thing I noticed when these modifications is that they don’t take impact till 2025. I’ve over a yr to crunch the numbers and see what number of occasions we go to a SkyClub and when it’s our solely selection for an airport lounge.
Whereas I’ve learn a number of folks saying that they’re going to cancel their American Categorical playing cards due to these modifications, I’m not going to make a rash resolution like that. Actually, if folks do cancel their playing cards now, which means much less crowded lounges for the following yr for us.
I at all times take a look at my bank cards yearly to see in the event that they’re nonetheless well worth the annual charge. When AMEX and Delta lower the Platinum card entry to 6 visits a yr, I’ll need to see if that issues to us or not.
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