Of all the perks of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, free checked bags and reduced fees for access to the Delta Sky Club lounge tie for the most valuable (though the reduced lounge fees will go away when this card relaunches with new benefits in January 2020).
For the budget traveler looking to save money on checked bags and spend layovers in the comfort of a lounge, these perks could make the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express right for you.
Free checked baggage
You get one free checked bag for up to nine people on one reservation with this card. Without it, travelers pay $30 per checked bag.
For a family of four flying one-way, your costs could be reduced by $120 per trip. If you happen to be booking a one-way reservation for the maximum number of nine people, the savings could be $270.
The checked bag waiver is valid on Delta and Delta Connection originating flight segments. The bag must meet weight requirements; if the bag is overweight or oversized, additional fees will be charged.
Reduced-fee access to the Delta Sky Club
With the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, cardholders get access to Delta Sky Club lounges for just $29 per person with up to two guests or your spouse/domestic partner and children under 21. That’s a big deal when single-visit passes are no longer sold.
Without an annual membership, which is over $800, travelers can only gain access with a few select credit cards, by flying on a more expensive ticket or being an elite status member flying internationally. If you fly 10 times per year, $29 per visit is just $290. With one guest on 10 trips, you’d spend $580. Unless you’re flying more than every other week, this perk could save you hundreds compared with the price of the annual lounge pass.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2019, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards Visa® credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice:
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Delta SkyMiles: The complete guide
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