Delta SkyMiles credit card adds early boarding perk

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The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express adds a highly requested perk this month: priority boarding on all Delta flights. Delta and American Express officials announced the addition along with other updated benefits for their Platinum and Gold airline credit card beginning September 1, 2011. Once the new benefit rolls out to Delta's entire fleet, gate crews will welcome basic card members and their travel companions onto aircraft along with frequent flyers and passengers requiring special assistance.

The new perk may sound like a small dose of luxury, but travel experts like airline industry consultant John Pincavage say that priority boarding really offers access to the most coveted resource in the skies: access to an aircraft's overhead bins. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Pincavage said that checked baggage fees have already changed the way Americans pack for flights. Latecomers and travelers sorted into higher numbered groups often have to leave larger carry-on items at the gate when overhead bins fill up.

However, under a previously announced benefit program, Delta SkyMiles Credit Card basic card members already enjoy their first checked bags for free on Delta flights. The popular reward actually inspired the card's product managers to brainstorm new in-flight perks, according to American Express spokesperson Gunther Bright.

The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express also offers new cardholders a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then the annual fee will be $95. Currently new card members may earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases on the new Card within the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms and Restrictions Apply.

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