There's no getting away from death, taxes and airline fee hikes (both in-flight and on-ground).
Delta has announced a fee hike in its popular Sky Club lounge membership by $50 per person per year.
The airline explained the higher fees in terms of the investment it was making into the lounges:
Over the last two years, we’ve invested more than $20 million in Delta Sky Clubs. This includes opening new clubs and renovating existing clubs, removing conference rooms to provide more seating, introducing the Luxury Bar and, of course, the recently announced Sky Decks that will open in Atlanta and JFK later this year.
So that we can continue delivering upgrades and amenities like these, for the first time in three years, we find it necessary to adjust our membership rates.
The new rates go into effect March 1, 2013.
The silver lining is that you can renew under the existing rates before March 1.
By the way, there's an initiation fee of $50 or 10,000 miles to all new Delta Sky Club memberships. If your membership has been inactive for six months or longer, the $50 initiation fee kicks in again.
You can purchase a 30-day membership to the Delta lounges for $90.