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
Card Annual Fee Annual Travel Credit Priority Pass & (Number of Guests you can bring with you) Other Lounge Access Authorized User Lounge Access American Express Delta Reserve $450 $0 (but yearly companion certificate) N/A SkyClub when flying Delta/Delta co-share flight (Jan. 2019 change). Yes ($175 per card) American Express Hilton Ascend $95 $0 10 Free Visits ($27 per guest) None No American Express Hilton Aspire $450 $250 Airline; $250 Hilton Resort Yes (2 guests) No No American Express Hilton Aspire $450 $250 Airline and $250 Resort Yes (2 guests) None No American Express Platinum $550 $200 Yes (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 $300 Yes (Unlimited Guests) None Yes Chase Sapphire Reserve $450 $300 Yes (Unlimited Guests; only two after 8/26/18) None Yes Citi Executive American Airlines $450 $0 N/A Admirals Club (2 guests)- Primary Cardholder gets access to International OneWorld Airline Lounges Yes (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 $250 Yes (free for immediate family or two guests) None Yes ($50 per card) CNB Crystal Visa Infinte $400 $250 Yes (unlimited) None 2 cardholders total United Club $450 $0 N/A United Club (2 guests or spouse and kids under 21); Star Alliance Business Class Lounges No US Bank Altitude Reserve $400 $325 Yes (only four passes plus four guest passes) None No
American Express Delta Gold and Platinum cardholders can also pay $29 to access the SkyClub when flying Delta or partner airlines.
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
Airport Priority Pass Lounges American Express Platinum Lounge Access (not including PP) United Club Admirals Club (American Airlines) Anchorage Alaska Club (C1) Atlanta Minute Suites (B16; T8), The Club (Conc. F) Delta (Conc. A, A17, B18, C37, D12, D27, T6, Conc. F, E15) Terminal T near Gate 11 Gate T11 Austin Delta (Gate 5) West Concourse near Gate 13 Gate 13 Baltimore The Club (D10) Boston Air 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; Charlotte Minute Suites Conc. 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; Cincinnati The Club (A8) Delta (B14) Cleveland Symon Bar (C Concourse) Airspace (after security) Gate C14 Colorado Springs Mortgage 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 E22 A24, B3, C19, and D23 Denver Timberline Steaks Restaurant (Conc. C) Delta (Conc. A) West near Gate B32 and East Near Gate B44 Conc. A Detroit Lufthansa Business (D8) Delta (Conc. C; A68, A18, A38) Fort Lauderdale Kafe Kalik Delta (near Gate information center) Terminal 1 near Gate C1 Greenville (GSP) RJ Rockers Flight Room Escape Hartford (BDL) Escape Honolulu IASS Hawaii Lounge (Overseas Terminal Gates 14-23), The Plumeria Lounge (Interisland terminal) Delta (Main Conc. near Gate 13) Diamond Head Conc. near Gate 10 Overseas 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, A9 A25 Indianapolis The Fan Zone (B17) Delta (Conc. A) Jacksonville (JAX) The Club (near Gate A1) Delta (Conc. A) Las Vegas The 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 Bluegrass The 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) Memphis Delta (Between B and C) Miami Avianca 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; Milwaukee Delta (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 Nashville Delta (B3) C10 New Orleans Delta (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) Oakland Escape (T1 near Gate 9) Orange County (SNA) Gate 9 Gate 8 Orlando (MCO) The Club (Term A Conc 1 or Term B Conc. 4) Delta (near Gate 71) Conc. B near Gate 43 Term 3 near Gate 55 Orlando (SFB) Royal Palm (Term A) Palm Beach Delta (Conc. C, Gate 4) Philadelphia Minute Suites (Between Conc. A and B) Centurion (Terminal A West), Delta (Term D) Between Conc. C and D A4; A15; Between Term B and C; Terminal F Phoenix Delta (opening late 2018) Terminal 2 near Gate 7 A19, A7, and B5 Pittsburgh The Club (C52) Main Terminal Portland Alaska (C5), Capers Cafe Le Bar (Conc. C; outbound tickets only), House Spirits Distillery (C6) Delta (D5) Gate E1 Raleigh Delta (C3) C1 Reno Escape Salt Lake City Delta (Between C and D) San Antonio Terminal B San Diego Airspace (Terminal 2), Delta (near Security Checkpoint, mezzanine level) Term 2 West near Gate 47 Terminal 2 near Gate 33 San Francisco Air 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 Terminal Terminal 2 San Jose The Club (Gate 15) Avianca (Intl Term), Copa (Gate 4) Seattle The 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. Louis The Pasta House Restaurant (Term 1 before Security or Terminal 2 near E6) Wingtips (Term 2) Terminal 1 in Conc. C Syracuse Johnny Rockets (N Concourse B) Tampa The Cafe by Mise En Place (F85) Delta (Conc. E near Gate 68) Gate 85 Tuscon Noble Hops (landside) Washington DC (DCA) Bracket Room (B12); American Tap Room (C35-45) Delta (Conc. B near Gate 15) Terminal B near Gate 11 Terminal B and C Washington DC (IAD) Air France, 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)
- 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.”