Skip $695 Skyclub membership – Join Alaska Board Room for $450 w/2 FREE GUESTS!

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Delta may not have thought this latest Skyclub change through. I mean, they have upset just about everyone who flies with a +1 and anyone who has a Delta Reserve card or a Platinum Membership Rewards card personal or business with the latest move to charge $29 for guests starting 1MAY this year.

With a HT to reader Jack, we may have a workaround! For just $450 we can join the Alaska Board Room and get access to the Skyclubs when flying on an Alaska OR Delta ticket. Oh, and btw, YOU CAN BRING TWO GUESTS or your FAMILY for FREE! And they have a 7,500 bonus mile offer as well until 31JAN.

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On top of that, and I know you are going to say this can change, but you can get 3 years of membership for only a little more than the 1 year membership with Delta and I don’t see how Alaska can change the rules as you are signing up under the current terms and conditions!

Anyway, it is fun to see the back and forth the partnership with Delta & Alaska seem to have going on! – René

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25 comments

  1. This makes a bet on the, couch, stability of the Delta-Alaska relationship.

    Of course one school of thought has Delta making Alaska cry uncle until they agree to be purchased.

    On the other hand, Delta’s game of chicken with their partner in Seattle could well push them into the arms of the Eskimo’s other partner from Dallas. And you could find yourself with 3 years of AAccess to AAnother club.

  2. Will this count as MQD spend ;-) ? I know it will count as spend on my Delta Reserve card and therefore earn me miles and eventual MQM.

  3. Alaska could definitely change its partnership with SkyClubs at any time, either on its down decision or in the event Delta wishes to discontinue or change the club relationship. And their membership rules even state:

    “Alaska Airlines reserves the right to restrict, alter, and/or modify the fees, benefits, services, and club room locations and hours at any time with or without written notice to its members.”

    It’s not a bad idea, but nothing is guaranteed as far as continued SC access.

  4. You should read the current terms and conditions, which include the following: “Alaska Airlines reserves the right to restrict, alter, and/or modify the fees, benefits, services, and club room locations and hours at any time with or without written notice to its members.” I think Alaska is a great airline with a great product, and is certainly currently offering a much better value proposition for club membership than Delta is, but I wouldn’t suggest to your readers that it’s guaranteed to stay that way if they buy now.

  5. @Sam @Eric – As many have pointed out, one would expect a clearly published perk would not just get tossed to the side without some kind of rebate or credit. Also, Alaska had not shown itself to be a harsh as Delta when it comes to changes and showing the appreciate flyers. So far anyway. Look at it this way, for one year, it is a much better value hands down. 3 year, I agree it is a risk but the cost is STILL not much more than 1 year with Delta right now!

  6. Delta is making no changes to those with existing Sky Club memberships through the existing membership term and I would expect that the Alaska Airlines Board Room membership would be the same, but there’s a risk. After all Amex Platinum benefits are changing, so don’t be surprised if there’s a new pricing structure to reflect the added cost of guest privileges at Delta clubs for AS Board Room members.

  7. While Alaska appears to be a fine airline (flew the twice last year as a DL codeshare returning from China), it is not much use to those of us east of the Rockies.

  8. I called yesterday to see if I could get some perks to replace the loss of the Delta Amex Reserve guest access to the Skyclubs. The representative went away for a while, then came back and said nothing was being offered at this time to make up for the lost perk. I know I read that some people were offered miles etc. What did I do wrong?

  9. Somehow my previous comment relating a cautionary tale about last-minute changes to Board Room benefits didn’t make it, so I will try again. The Board Room previously allowed access to the Admiral’s Club locations in ORD with an Alaska or American boarding pass, but I discovered that they limited that to only Alaska boarding passes one day when I tried visiting. I wasn’t offered anything other than an apology and a promised that they would update the website… So I would suggest being careful about joining the Board Room for purposes of accessing SkyClubs, especially if you’re counting on the guest access privileges.

  10. Any thoughts on whether holding dual memberships (Diamond with Reserve card) will get a guest in?

  11. @Kevin – I have thought about that. In the past you could often work this as you had DM or even two Reserve cards and each got you two guests. Now, each card is JUST for you so doubt it. Hate to say the gate dragons will exert their $$$ not matter what starting 1MAY!

  12. Rene, does delta offer a refund of the yearly fee if you cancel before your year is up? I’m sure it doesn’t but wanted to know before I call and ask for something since I paid the fee in December and am only getting the +1 for 4 months.

  13. Has Delta changed this already? Currently in the Sky Club Access Rules on their site “Alaska Board Room members flying in BusinessElite or World Business Class on an international flight or a domestic flight connecting to/from a same-day international Delta-operated flight. Please show a physical Delta Sky Club membership card for lounge access. (Note: Board Rooms also accessible to Delta Sky Club members traveling on a Delta- or Alaska-operated flight.)”. Alaska still shows “Board Room members with same day travel on a purchased or redeemed mileage Alaska Airlines or Delta Air Lines ticket have access to all Sky Club locations. Two guests -or- spouse/domestic partner and children under 21 may accompany the member.”

  14. So my Boardroom membership only gets me into Skyclubs until May 1 2014 (unless after then I’m flying BusinessElite or international)…

  15. @Confused – no no Board Room at this point is NOT changing anything. This is all for Delta DM & Credit card holders. We will see if anything changes for Alaska down the road.

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