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U.S. airport lounge guest and spouse membership policies explained

by on Thu January 22, 2015 • No Comment


Airport lounges are busier than ever, with more and more ways to access them. But check into them enough times, and you’ll see there’s still a lot of confusion about bringing guests into the club or getting discounted access for your spouse when you’re not traveling.

Here’s a summary of policies for the major U.S. airlines for airport lounges, and where to find the best spouse membership pricing:

Alaska Board Rooms

Guest privileges

You may bring members of your immediate family (children must be under 21) or 2 guests. This does not apply to Delta SkyClubs accessible to Board Room members, where you will need to pay $29 per guest.

Spouse memberships

Spouse memberships cost $250 per year and offer access to all Alaska Board Rooms, as well as 50 affiliate lounges, including most Delta Sky Clubs and some American Admirals Clubs.

American Admirals Clubs / US Airways Clubs

Guest privileges

You may bring members of your immediate family (children must be under 21) or 2 guests.

If you are entering the club on a qualifying First Class ticket or as a OneWorld Emerald or Sapphire member on an international ticket, you can only bring 1 guest.

Spouse memberships

The pricing below applies to both Admirals Club standalone members and holders of the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card.

  • Base member: $325
  • Gold: $275
  • Platinum: $225
  • Executive Platinum: $175

Cheapest option: The Citi Prestige Card offers access to Admirals Club lounges when you fly American Airlines, but there is no option to add a spouse card for a discounted price.

Your spouse needs to apply for a standalone card and pay the full $450 annual fee, though the card comes with a $250 airline credit each year that can be used toward airfare. That credit makes a brand new Citi Prestige a cheaper option than getting an Admirals Club membership and paying for a spouse add-on.

Delta Sky Clubs

Guest privileges

If you’re an Executive Member (a higher priced level of membership) you may bring your spouse, and children under 21, or 2 guests. If you do not have an Executive level membership, including if you access via a credit card, you must pay $29 per guest.

If you are entering as a qualifying Business Class passenger you may not bring a guest, but if you are entering a a SkyTeam Elite Plus member (Delta Gold, Platinum or Diamond Medallion) on an international ticket, you may bring 1 guest.

Spouse memberships

There is no discounted Spouse pricing for SkyClub members.

However American Express Platinum Card holders can order additional cards for $175 (up to 3 cards), and each additional card holder gets access to Delta SkyClubs when flying on Delta flights when the main card holder is not around. The Platinum Card costs $450 per year but includes a $200 annual airline fee credit.

The Delta Reserve Card offers access to all SkyClubs when flying Delta flights. It costs $450 per year, and addition cards can be added for $175, also offering access to SkyClubs when not traveling with the main card holder.

United Clubs

Guest privileges

You may bring your spouse and children under 21, or up to 2 guests to United Clubs.

If you are entering as a Star Alliance Gold member on a qualifying ticket, you may bring one guest who is also departing on a Star Alliance international flight.

United Global First and Star Alliance international First Class passengers may also bring one guest.

Spouse memberships

Spouse memberships cost $250 for all United Club members. This includes United Club Card and Presidential Plus Card holders.


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