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Best Credit Cards That Provide Airport Lounge Access

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Ready to get your lounge on? These credit cards provide access (either free or at a price) to a variety of airport lounges, from Priority Pass to Delta Sky Club to Amex Centurion.

Best Credit Cards That Provide Airport Lounge Access
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Best Credit Cards That Provide Airport Lounge Access
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BEST PICK FOR

Wide-Ranging Lounge Access

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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Credit range Good
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The Platinum Card® from American Express (Review) is one of the best cards for airport lounge access, providing cardholders with the Amex Global Lounge Collection. It comes with a hefty fee, however (Rates & Fees). There’s a business version of this with the same lounge access, which is the runner up here, along with the Centurion Card (but that’s invite only).

There are also a few different “flavors” of the Amex Platinum Card. They require eligible accounts with certain financial institutions if you want to apply. In general they offer the same rewards and benefits, although there are some differences in the redemption options and fees. The other flavors are:

  • American Express Platinum Card® for Schwab
  • Morgan Stanley Platinum Card
  • Platinum Card® from American Express for Goldman Sachs

The Global Lounge Collection provides unlimited visits to the following lounges for Platinum cardholders, with certain restrictions. While most cards just provide access to one lounge brand, the Amex Platinum card stands out for such a broad offering. If you want to relax at every airport you ever visit, this card will give you the best chance of finding a lounge you can enter.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Airspace Lounge
  • Cardholder, spouse, children under 21, and up to two guests can enter for free
International American Express Lounge
  • Cardholder and one guest can enter for free
The Centurion Lounge
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
Delta Sky Club
  • Cardholder can enter for free
  • Up to two guests can enter for $29 per person
  • Same-day Delta boarding pass required
Escape Lounge
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
Lufthansa
  • Cardholder can enter for free
  • Some locations allow guests for a fee
  • Same-day Lufthansa boarding pass required
Plaza Premium Lounge
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
Priority Pass
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
  • Additional guests cost $32
  • Complimentary membership
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests
  • Excludes non-lounge experiences

Authorized card users can access these lounges as well. Up to three Platinum authorized users can be designated for a total price of $175. After that, each additional Platinum authorized user will cost $175.

Authorized users have the same lounge access in most cases, but there might be some restrictions. If you’re not totally sure you can enter a particular lounge as an authorized user, call and check before you make travel plans.

  • 5X Membership Rewards points per dollar on Flights booked with airlines or through Amex Travel, and prepaid Hotels booked through Amex Travel
  • 60,000 Membership Rewards points for spending $5,000 in the first 3 months of card membership
  • $200 annual airline fee credit: Good for incidental costs like checked bags and in-flight food
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit: A credit for the application fee of either Global Entry ($100 every five years) or TSA PreCheck ($85 every four-and-a-half years)
  • The Hotel Collection: A $100 hotel credit for every eligible two-night stay
  • Complimentary hotel statuses: Hilton Honors Gold status and Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status
  • $200 in annual Uber credits: A $15 credit for Uber rides or UberEATS each month, except for $20 in December
  • $100 in annual Saks credits: A $50 credit for January through June, and a $50 credit for July through December
  • No foreign transaction fees (Rates & Fees)
  • Annual fee: $550; $175 for the first three Platinum authorized users, then $175 each
  • Charge card: You must pay your balance in full each billing period
  • Metal charge card

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Review) offers the same excellent airport lounge access as the consumer Platinum Card. At $595, this card isn’t cheap, but it provides some business-specific perks and features that aren’t available with the consumer counterpart (Rates & Fees).

Authorized users cost $300 each for the Business Platinum card, and they have the same lounge access for the most part. In some cases authorized users may be limited, however. If you’re planning to use an authorized user card to get into a lounge you’ve never been to before, it might be wise to call and check before you go.

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Premium Travel Credit Card

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $450
Regular APR 18.74% - 25.74% Variable

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Review) is one of our favorite travel credit cards. It boasts a strong rewards program that’ll serve you well for domestic or foreign trips, whether you’re booking flights or dining out.

Along with your Priority Pass access you’ll have a nice travel credit to help knock down the annual fee, plus an airport security credit and excellent travel insurance perks. Learn more about making the most of your Sapphire Reserve benefits here.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Priority Pass
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
  • Additional guests are $32 each
  • Complimentary membership
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests

Authorized users cost $75 each per year, and get the same access to Priority Pass lounges.

  • 3X Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on Travel (after using full $300 travel credit) and Dining
  • 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
  • 50% point bonus: A 50% bonus on points redeemed for travel expenses through Chase Ultimate Rewards (comes to 1.5 cents per point)
  • $300 annual travel credit: Good for any travel expenses, unlike the credits you get with some other cards
  • Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection: With perks like daily breakfast for two and free WiFi
  • Elite Hotel Benefits at Relais & Châteaux: Get Club 5C status after staying two nights at qualifying properties in a given year.
  • Special car rental privileges: At Avis, Silvercar, and National Car Rental
  • Primary car rental insurance: Decline the car rental company’s insurance to get primary coverage for eligible rented vehicles.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $450; $75 per authorized user
  • Metal credit card

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card

Lounge Brand

  • Priority Pass

Access

  • First four visits for the cardholder are free
  • First four guest visits are free
  • After that, each visit costs $27 per person

Details

  • Enrollment required
  • Complimentary 12-month membership only

Only the primary cardholder will get this Priority Pass Select benefit. Authorized users will not have access.

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HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card

Lounge Brand

  • LoungeKey

Access

  • Cardholder gets two free visits per year
  • Additional visits cost $32 per person

Details

  • 15% discount at select airport merchants
  • Must create a LoungeKey account
  • Includes dining, retail, and spa offers
  • Use the app to find lounges and offers

Authorized users for this card cost $65 each per year, and they will have the same LoungeKey access as the primary cardholder.

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Premium Travel Card for Hotel Stays

Citi Prestige® Card

Citi Prestige® Card

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Credit range Good
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Annual Fee $495
Regular APR 17.99%–25.99% Variable
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The Prestige is much loved for its fourth night free perk, even though it was recently downgraded to a twice-per-year limit. You can still use it to get an awesome discount, especially for more expensive hotels.

This card’s bonus categories (which include air travel and hotels) pair nicely with the Priority Pass and fourth night benefits, making it easy to maximize the card’s value — you can earn rewards and tap into various benefits for several legs of your journey.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Priority Pass
  • Unlimited access for the cardholder
  • Immediate family and up to two guests can enter for free
  • Additional guests cost $27 each
  • Complimentary membership
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests

Authorized users cost $75 each, and they can access this lounge perk as well.

  • 5X ThankYou points per dollar for Air travel and Restaurants
  • 3X ThankYou points per dollar at Hotels and Cruise lines
  • 50,000 ThankYou points for spending $4,000 within 3 months of account opening
  • Complimentary 4th Night Free: Get your fourth night free on stays of four nights or more when booked through ThankYou.com, capped at twice per year.
  • $250 annual travel credit: Good for airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals, and other travel expenses
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit: A credit for the Global Entry ($100) or TSA Pre✓ ($85) application fee, once every five years
  • Citi Prestige Concierge: Call for non-emergency help at any time, like making reservations or finding hotels.
  • Mastercard Airport Concierge: Get a 15% discount on select airport services.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $495; $75 per authorized user
  • Metal credit card
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Unlimited Priority Pass Guests

Mastercard® Black Card™

Mastercard® Black Card™

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $495
Regular APR 16.49% Variable
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The Mastercard® Black Card™ (Review) is expensive for what you get, and we wouldn’t typically recommend it, but it has one standout feature that sets it apart: it allows for unlimited guests at Priority Pass lounges.

There are a few cards that allow for unlimited guests, and this is probably the easiest to get. The other Luxury Card that provides it has quite the annual fee and is an even harder pill to swallow; and the only other option, the Crystal® Visa Infinite® Credit Card, is not always available and requires you to be a City National Bank client (but it actually provides two full Priority Pass memberships!).

Lounge Brand Access Details
Priority Pass
  • Unlimited access for the cardholder and unlimited guests
  • Complimentary membership
  • No enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests

Unlike most cards, you don’t have to manually enroll in Priority Pass Select when you get either the Mastercard Black or Gold card; you’ll be automatically enrolled after you’re approved.

Authorized users cost $195 each, and they can use this lounge benefit as well.

  • 1X point per dollar for every purchase
    • 2% cash back equivalent when redeeming for airfare
    • 1.5% cash back equivalent when redeeming for cash back
  • $100 annual air travel credit: Good for flight tickets, baggage fees, upgrades, and other expenses
  • Global Entry application fee credit: A $100 credit for the Global Entry application fee, once every five years (Global Entry can include TSA PreCheck)
  • Airport Meet & Assist: Have a professional meet and escort you through the airport to save time and avoid hassle.
  • Luxury Card Concierge: Call or use the app for non-emergency assistance at any time.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $495; $195 per authorized user
  • Metal credit card

Mastercard® Gold Card™

The Mastercard® Gold Card™ (Review) is quite expensive at $995 per year. Representing the high end of the Luxury Card lineup, it has the same lounge access as the cheaper Mastercard Black Card.

Lounge Brand

  • Priority Pass

Access

  • Unlimited access for the cardholder and unlimited guests

Details

  • Complimentary membership
  • No enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests

Authorized users cost $295 each, and they can use this lounge benefit as well.

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Crystal® Visa Infinite® Credit Card

This is perhaps the only card to provide two full Priority Pass Select memberships. Those memberships can go to anyone on the account: the primary cardholder, any joint account holders, and any authorized users.

Lounge Brand

  • Priority Pass

Access

  • Unlimited access for two cardholders and unlimited guests

Details

  • Two complimentary memberships
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests

You can add up to three authorized users for free.

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Low Annual Fee Lounge Access

UNFCU® Elite Visa® Card

UNFCU® Elite Visa® Card

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Credit range Good
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Annual Fee $50
Regular APR 11.90% Variable
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This card provides consistent Priority Pass lounge access at the lowest annual fee, though you’ll only get a handful of free visits per year. There are some cards without annual fees that can provide access through bonus offers, and you’ll find them in the runners up here, but you’d actually end up paying more for a more expensive lounge deal with them.

To get the UNFCU® Elite Visa® Card you’ll need to be a UNFCU member. Employees of the United Nations are eligible to join the UNFCU, along with members of their families and some other individuals.

If you don’t meet the criteria, you can join the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) for $25. Then you’ll be eligible to join the UNFCU.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Priority Pass
  • Five free visits annually
  • Additional visits will cost $32 per person
  • Complimentary membership
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests

Up to three authorized users can be added to your account for free, but they do not receive extra free visits.

  • 2X points per dollar at Grocery stores, Restaurants, and Online food delivery
  • Visa Concierge: Call your personal Visa assistant at any time for non-emergency help.
  • Travel and shopping protections: Like Lost Luggage Reimbursement, Travel Accident Insurance, and Trip Interruption Insurance
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 6 months, then 11.90% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $50; no fee for authorized users

Deserve Pro Mastercard

The Deserve Pro Mastercard (Review) is a rare no-fee card offer that still includes some lounge access. In this case it’s in the form of an introductory bonus. There are no free visits, however.

Lounge Brand

  • Priority Pass

Access

  • Entry costs $32 per person

Details

  • Must spend $1,000 in the first 90 days after account opening
  • 12-month membership only
  • Enrollment required
  • Must use Deserve card as preferred payment method for Priority Pass
  • Deserve card must be in good standing and on file with Priority Pass at the time of lounge visit

Authorized users are currently not allowed with Deserve cards.

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Deserve Edu Mastercard

The Deserve Edu Mastercard (Review) may provide some cardholders with an offer for a one-year Priority Pass Select membership for spending a certain amount. The amount of time you get will depend on your specific offer: Current cardholders who receive an offer will get 120 days, while new cardholders who get an offer while applying will get 155 days.

Lounge Brand

  • Priority Pass

Access

  • Entry costs $32 per person

Details

  • Must spend $1,000 within either 120 or 155 days of receiving the offer, depending on offer details
  • 12-month membership only
  • Enrollment required
  • Must use Deserve card as preferred payment method for Priority Pass
  • Deserve card must be in good standing and on file with Priority Pass at the time of lounge visit

Authorized users are currently not allowed with Deserve cards.

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LoungeBuddy Access

American Express® Green Card

American Express® Green Card

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $150
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The American Express® Green Card (Review) has been newly upgraded, and now includes credits with a popular lounge brand aggregator: LoungeBuddy.

Cardholders get $100 in annual credits to spend with LoungeBuddy, and that can get you into a variety of different lounges, from wide-ranging access brands like Priority Pass and DragonPass to airline-specific brands like Delta Sky Club and Southwest Airlines Lounges.

A lot of cards provide a Priority Pass Select membership, but if you’re not enamored with those lounges you might want to check out what LoungeBuddy has to offer.

Lounge Brand Access Details
LoungeBuddy
  • $100 in annual credits for purchases
  • Must pay with your Green card on the LoungeBuddy website or app

Your $100 in credits will apply to purchases of LoungeBuddy access made through the LoungeBuddy website or app. The credits will arrive two to four weeks after making purchases.

Depending on the lounge brands you want to enter, $100 could get you two to three visits per year, or perhaps more. LoungeBuddy brands include Priority Pass, DragonPass, Delta Sky Club, United Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge, and more.

Purchases made by authorized users are eligible for the credits, but only $100 in credits in total will be available for any card account per calendar year.

  • 3X points per dollar on Travel and Restaurants
  • 30,000 bonus points for spending $2,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Up to $100 in statement credits for Away purchases in the first 3 months after account opening (expires 1/15/20)
  • $100 annual CLEAR credit: Up to $100 in credit per year for a CLEAR membership, which provides expedited security screening at certain airports, stadiums, and events
  • Point transfer: To a selection of airline and hotel partners, like British Airways, Delta, Marriott, and Choice Privileges
  • Amex Offers: Find significant discounts at a changing selection of merchants and websites.
  • Complimentary ShopRunner membership: ShopRunner provides free two-day shipping and returns at participating online retailers.
  • Travel Protections: Baggage Insurance Plan, Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $150

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Hilton Travelers

Hilton Honors Aspire Card

Hilton Honors Aspire Card

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $450
Regular APR 17.74%–26.74% Variable
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The Aspire is your premium Hilton credit card option, with a bevy of perks to help make your stays a bit cheaper and more pleasant. These include the highest elite hotel status, over $500 in annual credits, and at least one free weekend night per year.

You’ll enjoy unlimited access to Priority Pass lounges, but, since this is an Amex card, you won’t get any Priority Pass restaurant credits — an unfortunate update to the program.

Priority Pass
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
  • Additional guests cost $32
  • Complimentary membership
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests
  • Excludes non-lounge experiences
  • 34X points per dollar at Hilton properties
    • 14X Bonus points per dollar from the card
    • 20X Base points per dollar for Hilton Honors Diamond status
  • 7X Bonus points per dollar for:
    • U.S. restaurants
    • Select car rentals
    • Flights booked directly with airlines
  • 3X Bonus points per dollar for all other purchases
  • 150,000 Bonus points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status: Includes a 100% bonus on Base points earned, room upgrades to suites when available, executive lounge access, a 48-hour room guarantee, and more
  • Annual free Weekend Night Award: One free night every year, and earn another free weekend night by spending $60,000 in a calendar year
  • $100 Hilton on-property credit: Good for every eligible stay of two nights or more, valid for incidental fees only
  • Annual $250 Hilton resort statement credit
  • Annual $250 airline fee statement credit: For incidental fees only
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $450

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

Lounge Brand

  • Priority Pass

Access

  • 10 complimentary visits per year
  • Additional visits cost $32 per person

Details

  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests
  • Excludes non-lounge experiences
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Marriott Bonvoy Travelers

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $450
Regular APR 17.74%–26.74% Variable
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The Brilliant card is one of the better premium hotel cards, with plenty of valuable credits and features to help offset its annual fee. There are a few other Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, but this is the only one with any kind of airport lounge access.

Like the Platinum and Hilton Aspire above, this is an Amex card, so you won’t get any restaurant credits to go along with your lounging.

Priority Pass
  • Cardholder and up to two guests can enter for free
  • Additional guests cost $32
  • Complimentary membership
  • Enrollment required
  • Some lounges do not admit guests
  • Excludes non-lounge experiences
  • 18.5X points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy properties
    • 6X Bonus points per dollar from the card
    • 12.5X Base points per dollar for Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status
  • 3X Bonus points per dollar for:
    • Flights booked directly from airlines
    • U.S. restaurants
  • 2X Bonus points per dollar for all other purchases
  • 75,000 Bonus points for spending $3,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • $300 annual Marriott Bonvoy hotel credit: Up to $300 in statement credits for eligible purchases
  • Free Night Award: Every year after your account anniversary you’ll get a Free Night Award, good for redemption values of 50,000 points or less.
  • Application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck: A statement credit for the application fee of either Global Entry ($100 every five years) or TSA PreCheck ($85 every four-and-a-half years)
  • Complimentary Gold Elite hotel status: Includes perks like a 25% bonus on base points, 2 p.m. late checkout, and more
  • 15 Elite Night Credits: Each year you’ll get 15 Elite Night Credits toward a higher member status
  • $100 property credit: Earn up to $100 in property credits when booking at least two nights direct with a special rate code at The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis.
  • Bonus points for airline transfers: Get 15,000 bonus points for every 60,000 points transferred to airline programs.
  • Annual fee: $450

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Admirals Club Access

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Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $450
Regular APR 17.24% - 25.24% (Variable)

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®, at a $450 annual fee, is your only option if you want a credit card with Admirals Club access.

This is a great perk if you regularly travel with family, as all of your designated authorized users get the same complimentary lounge access. But, before springing for the premium AA option, you may want to compare this card’s features to what you’d get from a less expensive American Airlines card.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Admirals Club
  • Cardholder and immediate family or two traveling companions can enter for free
  • Complimentary membership
  • Activation required

Authorized users can access the Admirals Club as well. Up to 10 authorized users can be added for free. However, certain affiliated lounges may be off limits to authorized users.

  • 2X American Airlines AAdvantage miles per dollar for every eligible American Airlines purchase
  • 50,000 bonus miles for spending $5,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • First checked bag free: On American Airlines flights, for you and up to eight traveling companions
  • 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases: A 25% discount on in-flight purchases of food and beverages on American Airlines flights
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application credit: A statement credit for the Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) application fee, once every five years
  • Enhanced Airport Experience: Get priority check-in, screening, and boarding privileges when available.
  • 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles: Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles by spending $40,000 in a given account year.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $450; up to 10 authorized users for no fee
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Delta Sky Club Access

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

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Credit range Excellent
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Annual Fee $450 Annual Fee ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
Regular APR 17.49–26.49% Variable
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The Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express is a premium card for traveling with Delta airlines, with a $450 Annual Fee ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020).

Like most other airline cards, you’ll earn some rewards but most of the value comes from the extra benefits, like free checked bags, priority boarding, and annual companion passes. Check out the runners up for some less expensive options for Delta Sky Club access if you don’t expect to fly enough to make this card worth the fee.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Delta Sky Club
  • Free access for cardholder when traveling on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight
  • Up to two guests per visit, for $29 per person
  • For Delta partner flights not operated or marketed by Delta, access is $29 per person
  • Complimentary membership
  • Entry requires ticket for same-day travel with Delta or a partner airline

Authorized users cost $175 each, and will have the same access to Delta Sky Clubs.

  • 2X Delta miles per dollar on Delta purchases
  • 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs for spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • Annual companion certificate: Get a certificate every year for a Domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+, or Main Cabin round-trip ticket.
  • First checked bag free: On Delta flights, for you and up to eight traveling companions
  • 20% in-flight savings: A 20% discount on in-flight purchases of food and beverages on Delta-operated flights
  • Priority Boarding: On Delta flights
  • 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs: Spend $30,000 per year to get 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs.
  • Additional 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs: Spend $60,000 per year to get an additional 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $450 Annual Fee ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020); $175 per authorized user

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Lounge Brand

  • Delta Sky Club

Access

  • $29 per person for cardholder and up to two guests

Details

  • Requires ticket for same-day travel with Delta or a partner airline
  • Complimentary membership

Authorized users are free, and will have the same limited access to Delta Sky Clubs.

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Lounge Brand

  • Delta Sky Club

Access

  • $29 per person for cardholder and up to two guests

Details

  • Requires ticket for same-day travel with Delta or a partner airline
  • Complimentary membership

Authorized users are free, and will have the same limited access to Delta Sky Clubs.

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Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

Lounge Brand

  • Delta Sky Club

Access

  • Free access for cardholder when traveling on a same-day Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight
  • Up to two guests per visit, for $29 per person
  • For Delta partner flights not operated or marketed by Delta, access is $29 per person

Details

  • Requires ticket for same-day travel with Delta or a partner airline
  • Complimentary membership
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Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

Lounge Brand

  • Delta Sky Club

Access

  • $29 per person for cardholder and up to two guests

Details

  • Requires ticket for same-day travel with Delta or a partner airline
  • Complimentary membership

Authorized users are free, and will have the same limited access to Delta Sky Clubs.

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

Lounge Brand

  • Delta Sky Club

Access

  • $29 per person for cardholder and up to two guests

Details

  • Requires ticket for same-day travel with Delta or a partner airline
  • Complimentary membership

Authorized users are free, and will have the same limited access to Delta Sky Clubs.

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United Club Access

United MileagePlus® Club Card

United MileagePlus® Club Card

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Credit range Good
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Annual Fee $450
Regular APR 18.24%–25.24% Variable
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The United MileagePlus® Club Card (Review) is one of several co-branded United cards. It’s a premium travel card designed for United devotees, but its perks include some decent hotel benefits as well.

This card can get you into the United Club for free every time you fly, but a different United card may be a better fit if you won’t fly as much or don’t need to visit a lounge every trip. You’ll find some less expensive options in the runners up, but those cards charge for every lounge visit.

Lounge Brand Access Details
United Club and participating Star Alliance
  • Unlimited access for you and up to two guests, depending on location
  • Complimentary membership
  • Entry requires a boarding pass for same-day travel with United, Star Alliance, or a contracted partner

Authorized user cards are free, but authorized users do not get independent access to United Clubs.

  • 2X miles per dollar on tickets purchased from United
  • 1.5X miles per dollar for all other purchases
  • 50,000 bonus miles for spending $3,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Free first and second checked bags: For the primary cardholder and one companion traveling on the same reservation
  • World of Hyatt Discoverist status: Register to get a 10% point bonus, room upgrades, and more.
  • Hertz President’s Circle elite status: Join for a 25% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points along with other perks.
  • Premier upgrades on award tickets: Complimentary Premier Upgrades on United-operated flights, when available
  • Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection: Get room upgrades, complimentary daily breakfast for two, and more.
  • Premier Access travel services: Get priority check-in, security screening, and boarding/baggage handling privileges.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $450; no fee for authorized users

United℠ Explorer Card

The Explorer’s access does not include Star Alliance lounges, like you get with the United Club card.

Lounge Brand

  • United Club

Access

  • Two one-time passes per year

Details

  • Complimentary membership
  • Entry requires a boarding pass for same-day travel with United, Star Alliance, or a contracted partner

Authorized user cards are free, but they do not get additional United Club passes.

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United MileagePlus® Club Business Card

The United MileagePlus® Club Business Card is the high-end option if you want a business card for flying United, coming in at $450 per year.

Lounge Brand

  • United Club and participating Star Alliance

Access

  • Unlimited access for you and up to two guests, depending on location

Details

  • Complimentary membership
  • Entry requires a boarding pass for same-day travel with United, Star Alliance, or a contracted partner

Authorized user cards are free, but authorized users do not get independent access to United Clubs.

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United℠ Explorer Business Card

The United℠ Explorer Business Card is the less-expensive business card for United flyers, at just $95 per year.

It only provides limited access to United Clubs, and this does not extend to Star Alliance lounges like the MileagePlus Club Business card.

Lounge Brand

  • United Club

Access

  • Two one-time passes per year

Details

  • Complimentary membership
  • Entry requires a boarding pass for same-day travel with United, Star Alliance, or a contracted partner

Authorized user cards are free, but they do not get additional United Club passes.

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Lufthansa Business Lounge Access

Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard®

Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard®

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Credit range Good
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Annual Fee $89 (waived for Senator and HON Circle Members)
Regular APR 18.24%, 22.24% or 27.24% Variable
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The Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard® (Review) is made for flying with the German airline Lufthansa, and provides two free annual visits to its business lounges.

It’s fee is $89 (waived for Senator and HON Circle Members), and it lacks some of the features you typically find on airline cards, like free checked bags and advance boarding. But it does come with an annual companion certificate, a rare find on a card at this level that could prove quite valuable.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Lufthansa Business Lounge
  • Two access vouchers per year
  • Vouchers will expire 12 months after issuance
  • Complimentary membership
  • Entry requires a Lufthansa, Star Alliance, or Codeshare partner boarding pass for a same-day departing flight

Your first vouchers will be sent after the account is first used for a purchase. Every year after that, vouchers will be sent 45 days after payment of the annual fee. Vouchers may take four to six weeks to arrive after qualifications have been met.

Authorized users are free with this card, but they do not get their own lounge vouchers. Only the primary cardholder will get the two vouchers per year.

  • 2X miles per dollar on tickets purchased from Miles & More integrated partners, including Lufthansa and other European airlines
  • 75,000 bonus miles for spending $3,000 in the first 90 days after account opening
  • 25,000 bonus miles for spending $20,000 in the first year
  • Annual companion ticket: Good for an economy-class ticket, subject to taxes and fees
  • 15% off Miles & More hotel and car awards: Automatically applied when you pay with your card
  • Convert award miles to status miles: Each year, you can convert up to 25,000 award miles to status miles at a 5:1 ratio.
  • Shopping and travel protections: Like Baggage Delay Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $89 (waived for Senator and HON Circle Members); no fee for authorized users
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Korean Air Airport Lounge Access

SKYPASS Visa Signature Credit Card

SKYPASS Visa Signature Credit Card

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Credit range Fair
Details
Annual Fee $95
Regular APR 16.74%–24.74% Variable
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The SKYPASS Visa Signature Credit Card is affiliated with Korean Air, and provides two free annual visits to Korean Air Airport Lounges.

This is a pretty simple card, overall, without many airline perks beyond lounge access. But the annual fee is smaller than your typical airline card, so if Korean Air often finds its way onto your itinerary it could help you earn more miles more quickly.

Lounge Brand Access Details
Korean Air Airport Lounge (KAL Lounge)
  • Two access coupons per year
  • Entry requires same-day ticket with KAL

You’ll receive your access coupons 8 to 10 weeks after paying the annual fee.

Authorized users for this card are free, but you won’t get any extra access coupons. Only two coupons are provided per account, per year.

  • 2X miles per dollar on Korean Air purchases
  • 2,000 bonus miles when you renew your account every year
  • Visa Concierge: Call your personal Visa assistant at any time for non-emergency help.
  • Travel and shopping protections: Like an Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Travel Accident Insurance, and Purchase Security, among others
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $95; no fee for authorized users

SKYPASS Visa Business Card

Lounge Brand

  • Korean Air Airport Lounge (KAL Lounge)

Access

  • Two access coupons per year

Details

  • Entry requires same-day ticket with KAL

You’ll receive your access coupons 8 to 10 weeks after paying the annual fee.

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Premium Travel Cards
Card Annual Fee Lounge Brands
The Platinum Card® from American Express $550
(Rates & Fees)
  • Airspace
  • American Express International
  • Centurion
  • Delta Sky Club
  • Escape
  • Lufthansa
  • Plaza Premium
  • Priority Pass
Chase Sapphire Reserve® $450
  • Priority Pass
Citi Prestige® Card $495
  • Priority Pass
U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card $400
  • Priority Pass
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card $395
  • LoungeKey
Mastercard® Black Card™ $495
  • Priority Pass
Mastercard® Gold Card™ $995
  • Priority Pass
Co-Branded Travel Credit Cards
Card Annual Fee Lounge Brands
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® $450
  • Admirals Club
Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express $450 Annual Fee ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
  • Delta Sky Club
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express $195 Annual Fee ($250 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
  • Delta Sky Club
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
(Rates & Fees)
  • Delta Sky Club
Hilton Honors Aspire Card $450
  • Priority Pass
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card $95
(Rates & Fees)
  • Priority Pass
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card $450
  • Priority Pass
United MileagePlus® Club Card $450
  • United Club
United℠ Explorer Card $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • United Club
Business Travel Cards
Card Annual Fee Lounge Brand
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express $595
(Rates & Fees)
  • Airspace
  • American Express International
  • Centurion
  • Delta Sky Club
  • Escape
  • Lufthansa
  • Plaza Premium
  • Priority Pass
Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card $450 ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
(Rates & Fees)
  • Delta Sky Club
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express $195 ($250 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
(Rates & Fees)
  • Delta Sky Club
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
(Rates & Fees)

  • Delta Sky Club
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card $95
(Rates & Fees)
  • Priority Pass
United MileagePlus® Club Business Card $450
  • United Club
United℠ Explorer Business Card $95
  • United Club
Other Cards
Card Annual Fee Lounge Brand
Diners Club Card Elite $300
  • Diners Club
Diners Club Card Premier $95
  • Diners Club
Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard® $89 (waived for Senator and HON Circle Members)
  • Lufthansa Business
SKYPASS Visa Signature Credit Card $95
  • Korean Air Airport Lounge (KAL Lounge)
UNFCU® Elite Visa® Card $50
  • Priority Pass
Deserve Pro Mastercard $0
  • Priority Pass
Deserve Edu Mastercard $0
  • Priority Pass
As you can see, travel credit cards often offer complimentary or discounted Priority Pass lounge access. The program’s benefits don’t end there, though, so learn more about everything else Priority Pass Select has to offer.

Enhance Your Travel Experience with Airport Lounges

If you travel often and want to make life a bit more comfortable, consider getting a credit card with airport lounge access. Airport lounges have a variety of perks to help you relax and prepare for flights, or unwind after a long haul.

There are many different lounge brands around the world, offering different amenities and levels of service. You’ll typically have a quiet space to relax or work, while some lounges also provide complimentary food and drinks or shower facilities.

Airport lounge access is available with many travel credit cards. Some cards provide as many free visits as you’d like. Others are more limited, and will charge you and your guests a fee for every visit. Most are somewhere in-between, offering some number of free day passes before making you pay.

To enter an airport lounge you’ll usually need to show a same-day boarding pass. In most cases you’ll also need to show the card that provides access and a valid ID.

We’ve collected all the credit cards that offer some type of airport lounge access, starting with the most valuable card offers in each category followed by less valuable options. If you know of any cards with lounge access that we don’t have listed here, please contact us to let us know!

Which Card Offers Lounge Access at the Lowest Annual Fee?

The least-expensive card we’ve found that offers some form of complimentary, consistent airport lounge access is the UNFCU® Elite Visa® Card.

For a $50 annual fee, it provides five complimentary visits to Priority Pass lounges every year. After that, each visit will cost $32 per person.

There aren’t really any other great perks with the UNFCU Visa Elite. And it only earns 2X points per dollar at grocery stores and restaurants. But if you want an inexpensive credit card to get into airport lounges, this $50 offer will be your cheapest option.

There are also two other credit cards without annual fees that can provide lounge access, but with some restrictions. The Deserve Pro Mastercard (Review) and Deserve Edu Mastercard (Review) can provide a one-year Priority Pass Select membership for spending $1,000 in a specified period of time. There are no free lounge visits included, however; each visit will cost $32 per person.

This offer is available for new applicants of the Deserve Pro card as an introductory bonus, and, in some cases, it may be extended to current cardholders of the Deserve Edu. Some Deserve Edu applicants may also receive lounge access as an introductory bonus offer.

Some co-branded credit cards that offer lounge access have their annual fees waived for the first year, making them more affordable. But after that you’ll pay $95 per year for most of them.

For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of the The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, please click here.

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The information related to Hilton Honors Aspire Card, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, and Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express have been collected by Credit Card Insider and have not been reviewed or provided by the issuer or provider of these products.

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