September 22, 2017
Access 1,000+ Priority Pass Lounges with these Credit Cards

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Savvy travelers want to minimize the hassle and stress associated with travel. One strategy is to get yourself into an airline lounge while waiting for your flight. Lounges offer quiet, clean spaces with free Wi-Fi, food, and drinks. You get to avoid the craziness of waiting at the terminal before your flight. Lounges are especially handy when you have long connections. Thankfully, theses spaces aren’t reserved exclusively for Business and First Class flyers. Anyone can get in with a Priority Pass membership.


Plaza Premium Lounge, Toronto


Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of lounges. There’s over 1,000 lounges in 500+ cities around the world and the list keeps growing every year. Best of all, it doesn’t matter which airline or class of service you’re flying. You can access these lounges even if you’re on a 45-minute flight in Ryanair Economy Class. There’s three membership options if you purchase directly through Priority Pass-$99/year, $249/year, or $399 per year. Here’s my advice: don’t buy any of these. Instead, get a credit card that comes with free Priority Pass membership!



Several travel credit cards offer Priority Pass Select membership as a perk of being a cardholder. Priority Pass Select is equivalent to the highest tier of membership. You’ll have unlimited access to any of the lounges and can even bring guests in with you! These are the cards currently offering this benefit:


Platinum Card from American Express

  • Unlimited access for primary card member
  • Two free guests per lounge visit
  • $27 per additional guest

Business Platinum Card from American Express

  • Unlimited access for primary card member
  • Two free guests per lounge visit
  • $27 per additional guest

Chase Sapphire Reserve

  • Unlimited access for primary card member
  • Unlimited guest entry

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card

  • Unlimited access for primary card member
  • Unlimited guest entry

Citi Prestige

  • Unlimited access for primary card member
  • Two free guests or immediate family members
  • $27 per additional guest

These are the best cards that offer Priority Pass Select membership. While they all offer unlimited free entry for the cardholder, they have different guest policies. If you often travel with more than two companions, your best options are the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Ritz-Carlton card as they allow unlimited free guest entry. Also know that you will need to present your physical Priority Pass Select card for entry, so bring it with you 🙂

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