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Get free access to airport lounges with 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 from the top 10 most popular travel destinations for Australians in 2016 and the credit cards you can use to access them. Happy travelling!

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.

Compare credit cards with Priority Pass Membership

Rates last updated June 25th, 2017
Name Product Product Description Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee
American Express Platinum Card
Get $300 Platinum travel credit every year and unlimited access to 1,000 VIP airport lounges for you and a guest.
80,000 bonus points
0
1
$1,200 p.a.
Citi Prestige Card
Enjoy unlimited visits to Priority Pass lounges for you and a guest.
70,000 bonus points
3
20.99% p.a.
$700 p.a.
Citi Qantas Signature Credit Card
Earn Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive two complimentary lounge visits each year with free Priority Pass standard membership.
50,000 bonus points
0.5
20.99% p.a.
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Citi Rewards Signature Credit Card
Earn Citi Rewards points per $1 spent and receive two complimentary lounge visits each year with free Priority Pass standard membership.
75,000 bonus points
1
20.99% p.a.
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Westpac Altitude Black
Earn Altitude points for spending, receive free Priority Pass standard membership and two complimentary lounge visits per year.
80,000 bonus points
1.25
3
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas
Earn Qantas points for spending, receive free Priority Pass standard membership and two complimentary lounge visits per year.
80,000 bonus points
0.625
1.5
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
St.George Amplify Signature
Receive up to 60,000 bonus Amplify points on eligible spend and enjoy two complimentary lounge passes per year.
60,000 bonus points
1.5
0
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.

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Most popular destinations for Australians in 2016

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ABS report Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jun 2016

Country

City/ Airport

Lounge

Membership Required

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

Compare credit cards with free airport lounge access

Rates last updated June 25th, 2017
Name Product Product Description Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Complimentary Travel Insurance Annual fee Minimum Income
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months.
75,000 bonus points
1
Yes
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
American Express Explorer® Credit Card
Receive a $400 Travel Credit every year and up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport.
50,000 bonus points
2
Yes
$395 p.a.
$65,000
ANZ Rewards Black Credit Card
Receive 75,000 bonus points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within first 3 months and complimentary travel insurance.
75,000 bonus points
2
Yes
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($375 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
American Express Platinum Business Card
Enjoy a platinum business concierge, complimentary Virgin Lounge access, worldwide travel insurance and luxury hotel benefits.
100,000 bonus points
0
1
Yes
$1,500 p.a.
$75,000
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
Receive a complimentary return domestic flight when you spend $500 on eligible purchases in the first three months.
1.5
Yes
$225 p.a.
$35,000
St.George Amplify Signature
Earn up to 3 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive two complimentary airport lounge passes per year.
60,000 bonus points
1.5
0
Yes
$279 p.a.
BankSA Amplify Signature
Earn up to 3 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent, receive complimentary travel insurance and access to the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection.
1.5
0
Yes
$279 p.a.
$75,000
Citi Qantas Signature Credit Card
Receive two complimentary lounge visits to Priority Pass airport lounges and earn 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply by 30 September 2017 and meet the $2,000 spend requirement.
50,000 bonus points
0.5
Yes
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
American Express Platinum Card
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, membership to an elite tier of partner programs and access to more than 1,000 VIP lounges.
80,000 bonus points
0
1
Yes
$1,200 p.a.
$100,000
Qantas American Express Premium Card - Exclusive Offer
Enjoy two complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year, plus the protection of complimentary travel and purchase insurance.
50,000 bonus points
1.25
Yes
$249 p.a.
$40,000
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
Earn Skywards Miles for every $1 you spend plus get two complimentary lounge passes for Emirates Lounges in Australia.
50,000 bonus points
1
0
Yes
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
Earn up to 3 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive an additional card at no extra cost.
60,000 bonus points
1.5
0
Yes
$279 p.a.
$75,000
Westpac Altitude Black
With this card you'll get two complimentary Airport Lounge Priority Passes per year.
80,000 bonus points
1.25
3
Yes
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
$75,000
American Express Velocity Business Card
Get access to two complimentary single entry passes to the Virgin Australia lounge at selected domestic airports every year.
0
1
Yes
$249 p.a.
$24,000
Bankwest More World Mastercard
Earn 2.5 More Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary travel insurance.
115,000 bonus points
2.5
Yes
$270 p.a.

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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 with 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.

Jonathan Choi

Jonathan is a publisher at finder.com.au, specialising in technology, media and telecommunications. He's driven by solving problems for consumers, helping them find the product for their needs.

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