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Priority Pass credit cards

Relax in style before your next holiday with a credit card that offers Priority Pass access to airport lounges.

Busy airport waiting areas can add unnecessary stress to your holiday. If you want to avoid the crowds and uncomfortable seats, airport lounges provide a comfortable setting to relax and unwind before your next flight. These lounges aren't open to the public, though, and you'll usually need to belong to a frequent flyer program or pay a hefty entrance fee to take advantage of airline lounge perks.

The good news is that many Australian credit cards offer complimentary passes into a variety of airline lounges around the world. In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the lounges of some of most popular travel destinations for Australians and the credit cards you can use to access them. Happy travelling!

Compare credit cards with Priority Pass Membership

Rates last updated May 26th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
St.George Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards


1.5
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Amplify Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and receive two complimentary airport lounge passes per year.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Premium Ascent


1
$1,200 p.a.
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points and access to more than 1,100 VIP lounges worldwide.
Citi Prestige Card
150,000 bonus points
Citi Rewards Program


3
20.99% p.a.
$700 p.a.
Reward yourself luxuriously with 150,000 bonus Points, free hotel stays, exclusive events and unlimited airport lounge access with Priority Pass.
Citi Signature Qantas Credit Card
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
20.99% p.a.
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 yearly airport lounge visits and complimentary travel insurance. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee.
Westpac Altitude Black
80,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards


1.25
20.24% p.a.
$250 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Altitude Points when you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases. Plus, 2 yearly Priority Pass lounge invitations.
Citi Signature Credit Card
120,000 bonus points
Citi Rewards Program


1
20.99% p.a.
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 120,000 bonus points, two airport lounge visits per year, complimentary international travel insurance and a reduced first year annual fee.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.25


0.75
20.24% p.a.
$499 p.a.
Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Pts when you meet the criteria with a Mastercard (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
120,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards


3


1.25
20.24% p.a.
$449 p.a.
Up to 120,000 bonus Altitude Pts when you meet the criteria with a Mastercard (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).

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Annual fees of Credit cards with free lounge access

How does Priority Pass work?

Priority pass gives you access to over 1,000 airport lounges in over 500 cities worldwide. Credit cards typically provide two complimentary airport lounge passes per calendar year, with some other cards providing unlimited Priority Pass access for you and a guest.

Where are Priority Pass lounges located?

ABS report Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jun 2016

Country

City/ Airport

Lounge

Membership Required

Australia
Brisbane International AirportPlaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Cairns International AirportReef LoungePriority Pass
Darwin International AirportCatalina LoungePriority Pass
New Zealand
Christchurch AirportManaia LoungePriority Pass
Auckland AirportEmperor LoungePriority Pass
Indonesia
JakartaBluesky Executive LoungePriority Pass
Sapphire LoungePriority Pass
Premier LoungePriority Pass
Pura Indah First and Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Saphire Bluesky Executive Lounge (international)Priority Pass
Denpasar
Premier LoungePriority Pass
United States of America
Miami Fl International
Club America (concourse F)Priority Pass
Vip Lounge Miami (concourse J South)Priority Pass
Avianca Vip Lounge (concourse J South)Priority Pass
Orlando Fl International
The Club at McoPriority Pass
Orlando Fl Sanford
The Royal Palm LoungePriority Pass
St.george's L.f. Wade Int'l
Graycliff Luxury LoungePriority Pass
Atlanta-ga-international
The Club at AtlPriority Pass
Washington-dc-dulles-intl
British Airways Galleries LoungePriority Pass
Air France - Klm LoungePriority Pass
Baltimore-md-international
Chesapeake Club LoungePriority Pass
New-york-nj-newark-intl
Art & LoungePriority Pass
New-york-ny-jfk-international
Air France LoungePriority Pass
Kal Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Wingtips LoungePriority Pass
Boston-ma-logan-intl
The LoungePriority Pass
The ClubPriority Pass
Air France LoungePriority Pass
Cincinnati-oh-international
The Club at CvgPriority Pass
Chicago-il-o-hare-intl
Swissport LoungePriority Pass
Air France - Klm LoungePriority Pass
Minnst-paul-mn-international
Escape LoungePriority Pass
Winnipeg-jar-international
Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Seattle Wa - Seatac
The Club at SeaPriority Pass
Portland-or-international
Alaska LoungePriority Pass
San-jose-ca-mineta-intl
The Club at SjcPriority Pass
San-francisco-ca-intl
Air France - Klm LoungePriority Pass
Las-vegas-nv-international
The Club at LasPriority Pass
Los-angeles-ca-lax-intl
Air Canada Maple Leaf LoungePriority Pass
The Virgin America LoftPriority Pass
Alaska LoungePriority Pass
Kal LoungePriority Pass
Tijuana-international
Vip LoungePriority Pass
Phoenix-az-sky-harbor-intl
The Club at PhxPriority Pass
Dallas-tx-dfw-international
The Club at DfwPriority Pass
Houston-tx-intercontinental
Klm Crown LoungePriority Pass
United Kingdom
Newquay-cornwallExecutive LoungePriority Pass
ExeterThe Executive LoungePriority Pass
Cardiff-airportExecutive LoungePriority Pass
Bristol-internationalAspire LoungePriority Pass
Southampton-internationalBreeze Priority LoungePriority Pass
London-gatwickNo1 Lounge, GatwickPriority Pass
My LoungePriority Pass
Aspire LoungePriority Pass
London-heathrowPlaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Plaza Premium Lounge (arrivals)Priority Pass
Club Aspire LoungePriority Pass
No1 Lounge, HeathrowPriority Pass
Skyteam LoungePriority Pass
Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at Lhr T5Priority Pass
Club Millesime at Sofitel London HeathrowPriority Pass
London-southendSkylife LoungePriority Pass
London-stanstedThe Escape LoungePriority Pass
London-lutonAspire LoungePriority Pass
Norwich-internationalMultiyork Executive LoungePriority Pass
BirminghamNo1 Lounge, BirminghamPriority Pass
Aspire LoungePriority Pass
East MidlandsThe Escape LoungePriority Pass
Norwich InternationalMultiyork Executive LoungePriority Pass
Humberside-internationalSwissport LoungePriority Pass
Doncastersheffield-robin-hoodPremium LoungePriority Pass
Leeds-bradford-internationalThe Yorkshire Premier LoungePriority Pass
Manchester-internationalThe Escape Lounge (terminal 1)Priority Pass
Aspire LoungePriority Pass
The Escape Lounge (terminal 2)Priority Pass
The Escape Lounge (terminal 3)Priority Pass
The Swissport LoungePriority Pass
Liverpool-john-lennonAspire LoungePriority Pass
Leeds-bradford-internationalThe Yorkshire Premier LoungePriority Pass
Durham-tees-valleySwissport LoungePriority Pass
Newcastle-internationalAspire LoungePriority Pass
Edinburgh-internationalNo1 Lounge, EdinburghPriority Pass
Aspire LoungePriority Pass
Glasgow-internationalUpperdeck - GlasgowPriority Pass
Aberdeen-internationalSwissport LoungePriority Pass
Inverness-dalcrossAspire LoungePriority Pass
Isle of Man
Isle-of-man-ronaldswayRendezvous Executive LoungePriority Pass
Ireland
Belfast-cityAspire LoungePriority Pass
Belfast-internationalCauseway LoungePriority Pass
City of Derry AirportAmelia Earhart LoungePriority Pass
Ireland-west-airport-knockIreland West Executive LoungePriority Pass
Dublin-internationalDublin Airport Executive LoungePriority Pass
Shannon-intlBurren SuitePriority Pass
Rineanna LoungePriority Pass
CorkJack Lynch LoungePriority Pass
Thailand
Kendari-wolter-monginsidiWakatobi LoungePriority Pass
Gorontalo JalaluddinMatoduo LoungePriority Pass
Manado-sam-ratulangiBunaken LoungePriority Pass
China
Shanghai Pudong InternationalFirst Class Lounge (no.9)Priority Pass
First Class Lounge (no.76)Priority Pass
First Class Lounge (no.37)Priority Pass
First Class Lounge (no.66)Priority Pass
No. 77 China Eastern Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
First Class Lounge (no.69)Priority Pass
Shanghai Hongqiao IntlVip Lounge No.6Priority Pass
First Class Lounge V1Priority Pass
Business Class Lounge B11Priority Pass
First Class Lounge B12Priority Pass
Beijing-capital-internationalAir China Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Bgs Premier LoungePriority Pass
Air China First and Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Air China First and Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Air China First Class LoungePriority Pass
Air China Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Bgs Premier LoungePriority Pass
Business Travelers LoungePriority Pass
Chengdu-shuangliu-intlFirst Class Lounge (terminal 1 and 2)Priority Pass
Tianjin-binhai-intlFirst Class Lounge (no.13)Priority Pass
First Class Lounge (no.16)Priority Pass
First Class Lounge (no.17)Priority Pass
Singapore
Singapore-changiAirport Wellness OasisPriority Pass
Sats Premier LoungePriority Pass
Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Dnata LoungePriority Pass
The Green MarketPriority Pass
Ambassador Transit LoungePriority Pass
Ambassador Transit LoungePriority Pass
The Haven by JetquayPriority Pass
Japan
Tokyo-narita-internationalT.e.i. LoungePriority Pass
Kal Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Iass Executive LoungePriority Pass
Nagoya-central-japan-intlStar Alliance LoungePriority Pass
Kal LoungePriority Pass
Osaka-kansai-internationalKal Business Class LoungePriority Pass
Fukuoka-internationalKal LoungePriority Pass
Fiji
Nadi International - NanTabua LoungePriority Pass
India
Ahmedabad Svbp International - AmdPort LoungePriority Pass
Bangalore International - BlrAbove Ground Level LoungePriority Pass
Plaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Chennai International - MaaTravel ClubPriority Pass
Cochin International - CokEarth LoungePriority Pass
New Delhi Indira Gandhi Intl - DelItc - Welcom Group Green LoungePriority Pass
Plaza Premium Lounge (international Arrivals)Priority Pass
Plaza Premium Lounge (international Departures)Priority Pass
Goa Dabolim - GoiPort LoungePriority Pass
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi Intl - HydPlaza Premium LoungePriority Pass
Kolkata Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Intl - CcuTravel ClubPriority Pass
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl - BomLoyalty LoungePriority Pass
Travel ClubPriority Pass
Pune International - PnqPort LoungePriority Pass

What perks can I expect from a Priority Pass lounge?

There are 1,000+ Priority Pass lounges in over 500 cities around the world and the perks vary depending on where you’re visiting. However, you can usually expect the following benefits when you visit one of the participating lounges:

Worldwide access

Whether you’re travelling around Australia or overseas, you can find Priority Pass lounges all over the world. You can use the “find a lounge” tool on the Priority Pass website to locate one based on the city or airport you’re visiting.

Tranquility and comfort

Unlike the busy and stressful public waiting areas of an airport, Priority Pass lounges offer travellers a quiet and peaceful alternative. There are usually plenty of seats, meaning you can relax in comfort before your next flight. Some lounges also offer shower facilities, in case you want to freshen up before your flight.

Complimentary meals and beverages

Plane food isn’t always appetising, so you can fill up on complimentary meals and snacks before your next flight. You may find that the meals on offer also reflect the local culture and flavours of your location! Whether you want barista-made coffee or a nice glass of wine, you can usually enjoy a variety of beverages in the lounge as well.

Wi-Fi and business facilities

If you want to get some work done before you jump on the plane, you can often take advantage of high-speed Wi-Fi and charging stations. Depending on the lounge, it may also have designated meeting rooms that you can take advantage of if you’re travelling with a colleague.

Restaurant and bar discounts

As well as lounge access, Priority Pass members can often take advantage of exclusive discounts and deals at partnered restaurants and bars at the airport. You can also use the find a lounge tool on the Priority Pass website to find which offers you can take advantage of depending on the airport you're visiting.

If you want a discounted annual Priority Pass membership, check out our Priority Pass discount codes for more savings.

Compare credit cards with free airport lounge access

Rates last updated May 26th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent Complimentary Travel Insurance Annual fee Minimum Income Product Description
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points


1
Yes
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, a $0 first year annual fee & 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club invitations.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points


1.5
Yes
$450 p.a.
$65,000
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
90,000 bonus points


0.75
Yes
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and receive two complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
ANZ Rewards Black Credit Card
75,000 bonus points


2
Yes
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($375 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
Receive 75,000 bonus points when you meet the spend requirement. Plus, complimentary lounge passes and a $0 annual fee for the first year.
American Express Explorer Credit Card
50,000 bonus points


2
Yes
$395 p.a.
$65,000
Receive 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards points, a yearly $400 Travel Credit and 2 entries per year to the American Express Lounge.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points


1.25
Yes
$249 p.a.
$40,000
Enjoy 30,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year and the protection of complimentary insurance covers.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
40,000 bonus points


1.5
Yes
$225 p.a.
$35,000
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points, 2 yearly Virgin Australia lounge passes, plus enjoy $0 overseas purchase transaction fees.
BankSA Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points


0.75
Yes
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and earn up to 1.5 Amplify or 0.75 Qantas points per $1 spent.
American Express Platinum Business Card
120,000 bonus points


1
Yes
$1,500 p.a.
$75,000
Enjoy 120,000 bonus points, a platinum business concierge, complimentary Virgin Lounge access, worldwide travel insurance and hotel benefits.
Westpac Altitude Black - Qantas
80,000 bonus points


0.75
Yes
$250 p.a.
$75,000
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases. Plus, 2 yearly Qantas Club lounge invitations.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points


0.75
Yes
$279 p.a.
Get 90,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and earn up to 1.5 Amplify or 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
60,000 bonus points


1
Yes
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
Receive up to 60,000 bonus Skywards Miles, pay half the annual fee for the first year and indulge in curated local and global experiences.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points


1
Yes
$1,200 p.a.
$100,000
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points and access to more than 1,100 VIP lounges worldwide.
Citi Signature Qantas Credit Card
50,000 bonus points


0.5
Yes
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 yearly airport lounge visits and complimentary travel insurance. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee.
American Express Velocity Business Card


1
Yes
$249 p.a.
$24,000
Take advantage of Velocity Points per $1 spent, no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds into MYOB and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points


1.25


0.75
Yes
$499 p.a.
$65,000
Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Pts when you meet the criteria with a Mastercard (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
120,000 bonus points


3


1.25
Yes
$449 p.a.
$65,000
Up to 120,000 bonus Altitude Pts when you meet the criteria with a Mastercard (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).

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Credit cards that offer free airport lounge access can be an easy way to get more value for the money you spend on plastic. Plus, these cards often come with other travel-centric perks including complimentary international travel insurance, a frequent flyer or rewards program and concierge program. However, these cards generally come at the cost of a high annual fee. Make sure that you compare your options and ensure that you'll take full advantage of the complimentary lounge passes and any extra benefits of the card to justify these costs.
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Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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    SteveNovember 1, 2017

    Which frequent flyer credit cards offer free supplementary cards to spouse etc

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      ArnoldNovember 1, 2017Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      Some Qantas credit cards let you request a supplementary card for a partner or family member, which means they can use the card to make purchases and earn rewards. Just make sure you factor this into your repayments and check whether or not there is a fee for getting additional cards. To check and compare options please click here.

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