SkyPass Select Visa 2022 Review – Forbes Advisor

SKYPASS Select Visa Signature® Card* vs. Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (Terms apply. See rates & fees) is another co-branded premium travel card. Although both cards offer airline-specific benefits, The SkyMiles Reserve is potentially a better offering. In exchange for a higher $550 annual fee, the Delta SkyMiles Reserve card has higher earning potential for Delta flights and a wider array of benefits, although outside of Delta flying the rate on other travel is a lackluster.

The card earns 3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases. However, with the Delta Reserve card you’ll also get complimentary Delta SkyClub and Centurion Lounge access, which is worth more than the card’s annual fee. This might make this card more valuable to those seeking consistent lounge access. The SkyPass Select card only offers two KAL passes per year.

SKYPASS Select Visa Signature® Card* vs. The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express (Terms apply. See rates & fees) has some of the most expansive premium travel benefits you’ll find with a card. In exchange for a hefty $695 annual fee, the card earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel on up to $500,000 per calendar year, 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel and 1 point per dollar on other eligible purchases.

Perks include lounge access to the Centurion network, Priority Pass, Delta Sky Club and more, plus TSA PreCheck/Global Entry application fee credits (up to $100), an annual up to $200 airline incidental fee statement credit, an annual up to $200 prepaid hotel fee credit and more. Someone who can maximize the various credits that are offered with the Amex Platinum can come out well ahead of the annual fee. Enrollment is required for select benefits.

The card earns Amex’s Membership Rewards points, a highly flexible currency that can be used to book travel or transferred to multiple travel transfer partners for potentially increased value.

SKYPASS Select Visa Signature® Card* vs. Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

A step down price-wise at a $149 annual fee, but still with plenty to offer, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card could be a solid choice for your wallet if you typically fly to and from the cities Southwest serves. The Southwest Priority card earns 3 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, 2 points per dollar on local transit and commuting, including rideshare, 2 points per dollar on internet, cable, phone services and select streaming and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. When it comes to perks, cardholders get four free upgraded boardings per year, an annual credit of 7,500 points on your cardmember anniversary, a $75 annual travel credit and a suite of travel protections and insurances.

But the card’s most appealing feature may be that all your points earned with the card work towards the Southwest Companion pass, one of the sweetest benefits in the travel game. This pass allows you to choose one person to fly with you, free of airline charges (excluding $5.60 one-way in taxes and fees). Fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 125,000 qualifying points in a calendar year and you’ll earn the Companion Pass for the following full calendar year, plus the remainder of the year in which you earned it. If you fly regularly, this is not a benefit to be overlooked.

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