Priority Pass credit cards

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

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If you want to avoid the crowds and relax in style before your next flight, consider a credit card with Priority Pass lounge invitations. With more than 1,300 lounges around the world, you can take advantage of comfortable seating, pre-flight spa treatments, Wi-Fi and workspaces as well as complimentary food and drinks in a Priority Pass lounge before your next flight. Use this guide to compare credit cards with complimentary Priority Pass invitations and membership, compare the perks you can expect and learn more about this travel perk.

Compare credit cards with Priority Pass invitations

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Name Product Bonus points Rewards program Rewards points per $ spent Purchase rate Annual fee
St.George Amplify Signature
200,000
Amplify Rewards
1.5
19.74% p.a.
$139 annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 200,000 bonus points (130k in the first year & 70k in the second year) when you spend $12k/year for the first 2 years. Ends 9 Feb 2021.
Westpac Altitude Black
150,000
Westpac Altitude Rewards
1.25
20.49% p.a.
$250
Earn 150,000 bonus Altitude Points when you meet the spend requirement. Plus, 2 yearly Priority Pass lounge invitations.
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How does Priority Pass work?

Priority pass gives you access to over 1,300 airport lounges in over 600 cities worldwide. Depending on your credit card, it may come with complimentary membership to Priority Pass or a set number (usually two) of Priority Pass invitations to use each year. You may need to register your card on the Priority Pass website before taking advantage of the lounge passes.

This can help you save on the usual annual fees and visit fees you would usually fork out to visit the lounge. You can compare the annual fees and details below:

Standard

  • Annual fee: US $99
  • Member fee: US $32
  • Guest fee: US $32

Standard Plus

  • Annual fee: US $299
  • Member fee: 10 free visits and then US $32
  • Guest fee: US $32

Prestige

  • Annual fee: US $429
  • Member fee: All free member visits
  • Guest fee: US $32

Membership prices correct at the time of writing on 16 December 2019.

What perks can I expect from a Priority Pass lounge?

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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

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Name Product Bonus points Rewards points per $ spent Complimentary travel insurance Annual fee Minimum annual revenue
Qantas Premier Platinum
100,000
1
Yes
$199 annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points, 75 bonus Status Credits and a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 18 months (with a one-time 1% BT fee).
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
120,000
1
Yes
$425
Collect 120,000 bonus Qantas Points and $200 back when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
100,000
1.25
Yes
$450
Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points and $200 back on your card when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. Ends 2 Feb 2021.
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
120,000
2
Yes
$149
$75,000
Finder Exclusive. Ends 1 Feb 2021.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 120,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, 2 airport lounge passes.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
N/A
1
Yes
$0 annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy a 26-month balance transfer offer, a first-year annual fee waiver and complimentary travel insurance.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
150,000
1.25
Yes
$450
$75,000
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 150,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 yearly Qantas Club lounge passes and 3x points on eligible Qantas flights.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000
1.25
Yes
$375
Get 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $3,000 for the first 3 months. Plus, 100 Status Credits and luxury travel perks.
St.George Amplify Signature
200,000
1.5
Yes
$139 annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 200,000 bonus points (130k in the first year & 70k in the second year) when you spend $12k/year for the first 2 years. Ends 9 Feb 2021.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
80,000
1
Yes
$249
Enjoy 80,000 bonus Qantas Points, $200 back and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year. Ends 2 Feb 2021.
American Express Velocity Business Card
N/A
1
Yes
$249
$75,000
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. A business charge card offering Velocity Points per $1 spent and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Explorer Credit Card
50,000
2
Yes
$395
Get 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, a $400 Travel Credit each year.
American Express Platinum Card
200,000
2.25
Yes
$1,450
Offer Extended: 150,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Additional 50,000 points in the 2nd year.
BankSA Amplify Signature
200,000
1.5
Yes
$139 annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 200,000 bonus points (130k in the first year & 70k in the second year) when you spend $12k/year for the first 2 years. Ends 9 Feb 2021.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
200,000
1.5
Yes
$139 annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 200,000 bonus points (130k in the first year & 70k in the second year) when you spend $12k/year for the first 2 years. Ends 9 Feb 2021.
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Credit cards that offer free airport lounge access can help you get more value from your card. These cards often come with other travel-centric perks including complimentary international travel insurance, a frequent flyer or rewards program and concierge program as well. However, they may charge a high annual fee and interest rate. 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 before you apply.

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    DavidOctober 16, 2019

    We are flying to London in June 2020 and would like to use our mastercard points to purchase a priority pass. Can this be done?

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      JhezOctober 17, 2019Staff

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Priority pass cannot be purchased using points, unfortunately. You can purchase a Priority Pass membership directly or receive Priority Pass Select membership as a benefit on a travel rewards credit card. You can see the list of the credit cards with Priority Pass above.

      Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and read through the details of the needed requirements as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions when comparing your options before making a decision on whether it is right for you.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    johnFebruary 4, 2019

    My wife and I will be departing from Los Angeles airport, flying Qantas on the 30th March 2019. We would like to visit an airport lounge prior to departure. How can we obtain tickets now and how much will they cost?

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      JhezFebruary 6, 2019Staff

      Hello John,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The cost for International Business Class lounges is $69. The passes are sold only online, and will not be available at the lounge itself on the day of travel.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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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, 2017

      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.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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