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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

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 Executive AAdvantage offers access to Admirals Club lounges, 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 $550 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.


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