Credit Cards That Provide Lounge Access

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Whether you’re a dedicated road warrior or just love to travel for the love of travel, lounge access is a perk that will is not overlooked by our team. There are plenty of reasons lounge access is a good idea – you can kill time during a layover; perhaps you need to conduct some business; maybe you want to change your baby’s diaper in a cleaner bathroom; or maybe you need a shower after a long flight before continuing onto another long flight.

Las Vegas Centurion Lounge – Photo: ©The Flight Deal,

We like these cards that offer free lounge access:

American Express Platinum

  • Access to The Centurion lounge network (two guests included), the International American Express lounges, Delta Sky Clubs, and Airspace Lounges
  • Membership to Priority Pass Select – two guests are included for free
  • Earn 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel
  • $200 Airline fee credit
  • $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre
  • $550 annual fee (Starting March 30th, $450 until then)

Citi Prestige Card by Citi

  • Membership to Priority Pass Select – two guests are included for free
  • $250 air travel credit
  • Earn 3x points on airfare and hotels; 2x points on dining
  • $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre
  • $450 annual fee

Chase Sapphire Reserve

  • Membership to Priority Pass Select – number of guests apparently limited by the individual lounge
  • $300 annual travel credit
  • Earn 3x points on travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre
  • $450 annual fee

These cards represent the three major points programs. Which should you go with? Well, it’s quite a bit of personal preference – what transfer partners are important to you is the best question to answer in order to start your search. Take a look at our posts summarizing some of the benefits of American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You Points, and Chase Ultimate Rewards to help narrow down the right program and card.


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