Money Hack: How to get free lounge access when your flight is delayed

Elizabeth Barry 31 January 2018 NEWS

airport lounge

All you need is your Mastercard.

There are a few things that can put a dampener on a trip, and your flight being delayed ranks pretty highly on that list. But what if you could escape the chaos of the airport and get access to an airport lounge the next time this happens? It's possible. You just need to register your eligible Mastercard before the flight.

The hack

The Mastercard Flight Delay Pass gives you and your travelling companions access to more than 850 airport lounges worldwide. All you need to do is register your eligible Mastercard card number and personal details for a Flight Delay Pass at least six hours before you depart. You'll receive confirmation via email.

If your flight is delayed you will receive your lounge passes via email and SMS for each registered traveller.

Keep in mind that Mastercard Flight Delay Pass is only available to selected cardholders in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) that have purchased their air ticket using their participating Mastercard. The number of lounge passes is also limited, so get in as early as possible.

You can check your card's eligibility here.


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