Ultimate Guide to Airport Lounge Access With Credit Cards

Airport Lounge Access is one of the top credit card benefits out there. The ability to have a quiet place to relax, eat free food, drink free alcohol, and access to more private bathrooms will really improve your travel experience. Some lounges even have private nap rooms, showers, free massage therapists, and free manicures or pedicures.  Once you get accustomed to spending time in airport lounges, you won’t ever want to spend time in a regular terminal every again. Additionally, many cards allow you to bring guests in with you.


Lounge Access by Credit Card

CardAnnual FeeAnnual Travel CreditPriority Pass & (Number of Guests you can bring with you)Other Lounge AccessAuthorized User Lounge Access
American Express Delta Reserve$450$0 (but yearly companion certificate)N/ASkyClub when flying Delta/Delta co-share flight (Jan. 2019 change).Yes ($175 per card)
American Express Hilton Ascend$95$010 Free Visits ($27 per guest)NoneNo
American Express Hilton Aspire$450$250 Airline; $250 Hilton ResortYes (2 guests)NoNo
American Express Hilton Aspire$450$250 Airline and $250 ResortYes (2 guests)NoneNo
American Express Platinum$550$200Yes (2 Guests)Centurion (2 guests), Delta SkyClub when flying Delta/Delta code share ($29 per guest), AirSpace (2 guests), and Escape (2 guests).Yes ($175 for 3 AUs)
Chase Ritz Carlton$450$300Yes (Unlimited Guests)NoneYes
Chase Sapphire Reserve$450$300Yes (Unlimited Guests; only two after 8/26/18)NoneYes
Citi Executive American Airlines$450$0N/AAdmirals Club (2 guests)- Primary Cardholder gets access to International OneWorld Airline LoungesYes (add up to 10 AUs for free. AUs also can bring in two guests. Only has access to Admirals Club and not partner lounges)
Citi Prestige$450$250Yes (free for immediate family or two guests)NoneYes ($50 per card)
CNB Crystal Visa Infinte$400$250Yes (unlimited)None2 cardholders total
United Club$450$0N/AUnited Club (2 guests or spouse and kids under 21); Star Alliance Business Class LoungesNo
US Bank Altitude Reserve $400$325Yes (only four passes plus four guest passes)NoneNo

American Express Delta Gold and Platinum cardholders can also pay $29 to access the SkyClub when flying Delta or partner airlines.


Priority Pass

Digital Cards: American Express Platinum, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Ritz (discontinued) Citi Prestige, and U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve offer the ability to generate a Digital Priority Pass card instead of carrying around the physical card in your wallet. All you have to do is sign into the Priority Pass mobile app and show the lounge the digital card. 

2 Hour Rule– You can visit the same Priority Pass restaurant or lounge every two hours. There are no time restrictions on visiting different restaurants or lounges, so you could do Portland’s three restaurants and a lounge within two hours. 

Minute Suites- You should download the Minute Suites app and reserve a room in advance. Minute Suites only has 6-10 suites, so demand is usually high, and reservations are free to make. 


Lounge Access at U.S. Airports

AirportPriority Pass LoungesAmerican Express Platinum Lounge Access (not including PP) United ClubAdmirals Club (American Airlines)
AnchorageAlaska Club (C1)
AtlantaMinute Suites (B16; T8), The Club (Conc. F)Delta (Conc. A, A17, B18, C37, D12, D27, T6, Conc. F, E15)Terminal T near Gate 11Gate T11
AustinDelta (Gate 5)West Concourse near Gate 13Gate 13
BaltimoreThe Club (D10)
BostonAir France (E4), The Club (Terminal E), The Lounge (C19); Jerry Remy's (Term. C- Landside); Stephanie's (B24)Delta (A7 and A18)United (Terminal B near Gate 24); Lufthansa (E11)Gates B4 and B30;
CharlotteMinute SuitesConc. B and Conc. C
Chicago (ORD)Air France (Terminal 5 M8), Swissport (Terminal 5 M8)United (C18, B18, B6, C16, F8); Swiss (Term 5), SAS (Term 5)Gates G8, H6, and L1;
CincinnatiThe Club (A8)Delta (B14)
ClevelandSymon Bar (C Concourse)Airspace (after security)Gate C14
Colorado SpringsMortgage Solution Financial Premier Lounge (Gate 6)
Dallas (DFW)Minute Suites (A38 or D23), the Club D22, Gameway (E16 or B42)Centurion (D17), Delta (E10)Gate E22A24, B3, C19, and D23
DenverTimberline Steaks Restaurant (Conc. C)Delta (Conc. A)West near Gate B32 and East Near Gate B44Conc. A
DetroitLufthansa Business (D8)Delta (Conc. C; A68, A18, A38)
Fort LauderdaleKafe KalikDelta (near Gate information center)Terminal 1 near Gate C1
Greenville (GSP)RJ Rockers Flight RoomEscape
Hartford (BDL)Escape
HonoluluIASS Hawaii Lounge (Overseas Terminal Gates 14-23), The Plumeria Lounge (Interisland terminal)Delta (Main Conc. near Gate 13)Diamond Head Conc. near Gate 10Overseas Terminal near Security #3)
Houston (IAH)Air France (D12), KLM (D8); Landry's Seafood (C42); Cadillac Mexican (A17)Centurion (D6)Gate E11, C33, C1, Terminal B, A9A25
IndianapolisThe Fan Zone (B17)Delta (Conc. A)
Jacksonville (JAX)Delta (Conc. A)
Las VegasThe Club (T1 Conc. 3 or T3 Gate E2)Centurion (D1)Conc. D near Gate 33
Lexington (KY)Kentucky Ale Taproom Restaurant (Conc. B)The Club at BluegrassThe Club at Bluegrass
Los Angeles (LAX)Alaska (T6 Gate 64), Korean Air (Tom Bradley), PF Changs (Tom Bradley), Virgin Clubhouse (T2), Rock and Brews (T1, 11B)Terminal 7 near Gate 71A; Star Alliance (International); Air Canada (Term 2).Term 4 (Gate 40), Term 5, and American Eagle Regional Terminal (60C)
McAllen (TX)Salon Aeromar (before security)
MemphisDelta (Between B and C)
MiamiAvianca VIP (South Terminal Conc. J), Club America (Conc. F), Corona Beach House Restaurant (D23), VIP Lounge (J5); Air Magaritaville (E); Viena (E)Centurion (D12)Avianca (J10)D30, D15, Conc. E;
MilwaukeeDelta (Conc. D)
Minneapolis (MSP)PGA MSP Lounge (Terminal 1)Escape (Terminal 1 near E gates), Delta (Conc. F and Conc. C near C12)Gate E6
NashvilleDelta (B3)C10
New OrleansDelta (B3)
New York (EWR)Art & Lounge (Term B near B2); Virgin Atlantic (Term B; Limited Hours)Delta (Term B near Gate 40)United (Term. C near Gate 74; Conc. A); SAS (Term B); Lufthansa (Term B); Air Canada (Term A)Term A Gate 30;
New York (JFK)Air France (T1 Gate 1), Korean Air (T1 Gate 3), Wingtips (Terminal 4); Alaska (Terminal 7); Bobby Vans Steakhouse (Terminal 8)Centurion (in 2019), Delta (Terminal 2 and 4 (near Gate 31))Lufthansa (Term 1), Swiss (Term 4), Maharaja (Term 4)Term 8 (Conc. B and Conc. C. )
New York (LGA)Centurion (Term B before Security), Delta (Terminal D, C near food court, and C near Gate 28)United (Conc. C); Air Canada (Conc. A)Terminal B (D1 and C6)
OaklandEscape (T1 near Gate 9)
Orange County (SNA)Gate 9Gate 8
Orlando (MCO)The Club (Term A Conc 1 or Term B Conc. 4)Delta (near Gate 71)Conc. B near Gate 43Term 3 near Gate 55
Orlando (SFB)Royal Palm (Term A)
Palm BeachDelta (Conc. C, Gate 4)
PhiladelphiaMinute Suites (Between Conc. A and B)Centurion (Terminal A West), Delta (Term D)Between Conc. C and DA4; A15; Between Term B and C; Terminal F
PhoenixDelta (opening late 2018)Terminal 2 near Gate 7A19, A7, and B5
PittsburghThe Club (C52)Main Terminal
PortlandAlaska (C5), Capers Cafe Le Bar (Conc. C; outbound tickets only), House Spirits Distillery (C6)Delta (D5)Gate E1
RaleighDelta (C3)C1
RenoEscape
Salt Lake CityDelta (Between C and D)
San AntonioTerminal B
San DiegoAirspace (Terminal 2), Delta (near Security Checkpoint, mezzanine level)Term 2 West near Gate 47Terminal 2 near Gate 33
San FranciscoAir France (International); San Francisco Giants Clubhouse (F82); Yankee Pier (F72)Centurion (Term 3 near Gate 74), Delta (Term 1, Gate 41)Terminal 3 (Baggage level only for Arrivals; Conc. F; Gate 70; Mezzanine Level near Gate 71A), International TerminalTerminal 2
San JoseThe Club (Gate 15)Avianca (Intl Term), Copa (Gate 4)
SeattleThe Club (A11 or S9); Floret by Cafe Flora (Gate A1)Centurion (B3), Delta (Conc. A near Gate 1 and near gates S-9)Conc. A near Gate 9
St. LouisThe Pasta House Restaurant (Term 1 before Security or Terminal 2 near E6)Wingtips (Term 2)Terminal 1 in Conc. C
SyracuseJohnny Rockets (N Concourse B)
TampaThe Cafe by Mise En Place (F85)Delta (Conc. E near Gate 68)Gate 85
TusconNoble Hops (landside)
Washington DC (DCA)Bracket Room (B12); American Tap Room (C35-45)Delta (Conc. B near Gate 15)Terminal B near Gate 11Terminal B and C
Washington DC (IAD)Air France (renovations until 3/19), British Airways (Conc. B); Turkish (B43); Virgin Atlantic (A32; Limited Hours); Chef Geoff's (C14)United (Midfield Terminal Gate C4; C7; D8; C17); Lufthansa (Midfield), Turkish (Term B)

Notes

  • American Express Platinum cardholders only have access to Delta SkyClubs when flying Delta or a co-share.
  • Delta Skyclub members must be flying Delta or a partner for access
  • Admirals Club members must be flying American or partner airline for access.
  • Some Priority Pass restaurants only allow one guest even if your card allows unlimited guests (check the fine print on the mobile app) and be sure to check the Yelp reviews for each airport restaurant (some places have bad food, so stick to grabbing a drink at those places).

Lounge Access Internationally

Priority Pass: Priority pass has the vast majority of their lounges internationally. You can search by airport on their website.

American Express Centurion: Hong Kong

American Express: Mexico City, Toluca, Monterrey, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Mumbai, Melbourne, and Sydney.

  • If you are an American Express Platinum cardholder, you can get access to Lufthansa business lounges at Frankfurt (T1 Concourse B) and Munich (Satellite area of T2) if you are flying Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian in any class. You can access the Senator lounges if you are flying business class with one of those airlines.
  • If you are an American Express Centurion cardholder, you can get access to Lufthansa First Class, Senator, and Business Lounges in Frankfurt (T1 Concourse B) and Munich (Satellite area of T2) if you are flying Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian in any class.

United Club: London (LHR), Mexico City (MEX), Guam (GUM), Hong Kong (HKG), Tokyo (NRT). You also have access to Star Alliance lounges. Visit this website, enter your airport code, and under the filter tab, select “United Club” under Paid Membership Card.

Admirals Club: Buenos Aires (EZE), Caracas (CCS), London (LHR), Mexico City (MEX), Paris (CDG), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Santiago de Chile (SCL), Sao Paulo (GRU), Tokyo (NRT), Toronto (YYZ). Admirals Club also gives you access to 60 partner lounges. Primary Citi Executive cardholders have access to partner lounges, whereas their authorized users do not (only Admirals Club branded lounges).

Delta SkyClub for American Express Platinum: Santiago Chile (SCL) and Tokyo (NRT). For regular Delta Skyclub, you can see all of the partner lounges if you visit their website and select “Delta SkyClub Member.”