Nowadays there are several premium cards that get you access to Priority Pass lounges. I remember going back a few years, the only card I had that would get me Priority Pass access was The Platinum Card® from American Express. Nowadays I have so many Priority Pass cards in my wallet that I forget which is which (and that can be a problem sometimes).
Plaza Premium Lounge London Heathrow, a member of Priority Pass
Anyway, for those of you not familiar with Priority Pass, it’s the world’s largest independent network of airport lounges, with over 1,000 lounges around the world. Even though I often have lounge access through my elite status or through the type of ticket I’m booking, I still use Priority Pass lounges all the time:
- Sometimes I’m flying an independent airline in economy, where I wouldn’t otherwise get lounge access (for example, Priority Pass gets me access to Alaska Airlines Board Rooms)
- Sometimes I like to visit more than one lounge at an airport, so I can see what offerings are available (for example, in London I thought the Plaza Premium Lounge was nicer than the Air India Lounge I otherwise had access to)
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Los Angeles, a member of Priority Pass
For everything you need to know about Priority Pass benefits, see my previous post.
Anyway, given that several popular cards offer Priority Pass memberships nowadays, I figured it would make sense to do a side-by-side comparison of the benefits offered by each card. In this post I’m only covering the popular cards that offer Priority Pass memberships with free access.
I’m adding in how many guests you’re allowed to take with you (“0” means only the person with the card gets access), whether authorized users on the card get lounge access, and how much it costs to add authorized users.
Here’s the chart:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
What should the takeaway be?
- Chase cards are the best in terms of offering unlimited guests to Priority Pass lounges
- The most compelling card for Priority Pass access is the Ritz-Carlton Card, since you can add authorized users for free, and they get a Priority Pass membership with the same guesting privileges
- After Chase, Citi has the next best benefit, as they allow two guests and adding an authorized user costs a reasonable $50
SATS Premier Lounge Singapore, a member of Priority Pass
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).