Priority Pass Credit Cards

Compare credit cards that come with Priority Pass and make your time in the airport more relaxing. Apply for a card below.

Credit cards designed for the travelling lifestyle often come with complimentary access to airport lounges. Cardholders able to access these lounges can relax in comfortable surroundings before or between flights, taking advantage of free meals, snacks and drinks, using dedicated working areas with Wi-Fi facilities, watching TV, reading newspapers or magazines, and even taking a refreshing shower or luxurious spa treatment.

One of the most popular lounge schemes for Australian credit cards is the extensive Priority Pass program, which has more than 1,000 lounges worldwide. The benefit of Priority Pass when compared with a specific airline’s lounges is that you will find one in most airports, and access doesn’t depend on which airline you are flying with, or which fare lass you have.

Previously only a significant benefit for those travelling overseas, Priority Pass has expanded its Australian presence in recent years and now offers access to lounges at four Australian airports: Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin.

Some of the 'lounges’ in Brisbane, and all Sydney 'lounges’, are in fact restaurants or bars with whom Priority Pass has an arrangement for a A$36 bill discount per person, per visit. Facilities in these establishments are more limited than in the fully-fledged lounges found in Brisbane, Darwin and Cairns (the latter with shower facilities).

Your credit card may offer a number of single-entry passes per year. In most cases this will be two single-entry passes, allowing the cardholder to make two lounge visits per year, or one visit with an accompanying guest. Standard Priority Pass membership normally costs US$99 per year, allowing members and their guests to use lounges for US$27 per person, per visit. So an annual benefit of two single-entry passes could be said to be worth US$153 ($99 = $27 + $27).

More prestigious and expensive credit cards may give greater access. Standard plus membership (US$249 per year) gives members 10 free visits per year, after which they are required to pay the usual US$27 fee. Prestige membership confers unlimited free lounge access for members, but members’ guests are always charged at US$27.

If you are a frequent business or leisure traveller, you could make good use of Priority Pass lounge access. Check out the credit cards listed below, all of which have this feature.

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American Express Platinum Card
Apply by 30 aug 18
18 reviews
Earn up to 120,000 points when you apply online, are approved by 30th Aug 2018 and meet the minimum spend criteria. (Conditions Apply)
Complimentary access for you and a guest to over 1,200 Airport lounges across 130 countries.
Platinum benefits including a metal card right out of the envelope.
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Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
1 pt
per $1 spent
Yes
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card Bundle
Apply by 23 oct 18
Earn up to 120,000 bonus Altitude Points when you apply for the two-card bundle issued by Westpac and Amex until 23rd October 2018. (Conditions Apply)
Earn up to 5 Altitude points per $1 spent on eligible overseas purchases. (Amex)
Westpac Mastercard issued and serviced by Westpac. AMEX Westpac Altitude Card issued & serviced by American Express.
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Altitude Rewards
Altitude Rewards
3 pts
per $1 spent
Yes
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card Bundle (Qantas)
Apply by 23 oct 18
Earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply for the two-card bundle issued by Westpac and Amex until 23rd October 2018. (Conditions Apply)
Earn up to 2 Qantas points per $1 spent on eligible overseas purchases. (Amex)
Westpac Mastercard issued and serviced by Westpac. AMEX Westpac Altitude Card issued & serviced by American Express.
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Qantas Frequent Flyer
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25 pts
per $1 spent
Yes
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature Credit Card
Apply by 26 sep 18
1 review
Up to 90,000 points. Conditions Apply.
No cap on the number of points you can earn.
Every year get a birthday bonus with a 10% extra points of the total points earned in the previous year.
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Amplify QantasAmplify Rewards
Amplify Qantas or Amplify Rewards
0.75 pts
per $1 spent
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BankSA Amplify Signature Credit Card
Apply by 26 sep 18
1 review
Up to 90,000 points. Conditions Apply.
Earn 1.5 Amplify Points per $1 spent in Australia.
2 x complimentary airport lounge passes per year upon enrollment.
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Amplify QantasAmplify Rewards
Amplify Qantas or Amplify Rewards
0.75 pts
per $1 spent
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Citi Prestige Card
Apply by 31 jul 18
Receive 150,000 bonus reward Points when you spend $3,000 on your card within 90 days of card approval.
3 pts per $1 spent on selected purchases.
One of the most prestigious credit cards for high income earners.
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Citi Rewards
Citi Rewards
1 pt
per $1 spent
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Citi Rewards Signature Credit Card Points Offer
Apply by 31 jul 18
Receive 120,000 bonus reward Points when you spend $3,000 in 90 days from Card approval.
2 pts per $1 spent on selected purchases and receive a complimentary Priority Pass membership with two airport lounge visits per year.
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Citi Rewards
Citi Rewards
1 pt
per $1 spent
Yes
Citi Signature Qantas Credit Card
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days from card approval.
Redeem Points for Qantas Frequent Flyer travel, experiences and more.
0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers.
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Qantas Frequent Flyer
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5 pts
per $1 spent capped
Yes
St.George Amplify Signature Credit Card
Apply by 26 sep 18
5 reviews
Up to 90,000 points. Conditions Apply.
Boost your Amplify Qantas or Amplify account with 1.5 points per $1 you spend.
Receive a birthday points bonus of 10% of the points earned in the last 12 months.
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Amplify QantasAmplify Rewards
Amplify Qantas or Amplify Rewards
0.75 pts
per $1 spent (QFF)
Yes
Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card
Apply by 23 oct 18
42 reviews
80,000 points when you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days of card approval.
2 complimentary passes per year to use at over 700 VIP Priority Pass airport lounges worldwide.
24/7 Altitude Black Card Priority Service line.
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Altitude RewardsQantas Frequent Flyer
Altitude Rewards or Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75 pts
per $1 spent
Yes
 

Q&As about Priority Pass Credit Cards from customers

Q: How much does it cost to have Priority Pass lounge access with a credit card?

Although you can buy Priority Pass lounge membership by paying an annual fee (and possibly an additional fee per visit, depending on the membership level), if you have the right credit card you can get free access as a complimentary benefit.

This may take the form of two single-entry passes per year, or unlimited free access (generally confined to cards with a very high annual fee).

So the only cost is your credit card’s annual fee.

Q: Do all cards with complimentary benefits offer airport lounge access?

No. While most of the more expensive cards come with complimentary travel insurance, shoppers’ insurance and other benefits, airport lounge access is restricted to about 20 credit cards. The lounge brands offered include Priority Pass, American Express, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Veloce, Diners Club and Delta Skylines. Some cards give access to more than one brand of lounge, for maximum availability.

Q: How much is Priority Pass lounge access worth?

Under some circumstances (e.g. your flight is delayed for six hours) access to a Priority Pass lounge could be considered priceless. But to put a dollar value on it, there are three levels of membership:

  • Standard: annual fee US$99, plus pay US$27 per person, per visit
  • Standard Plus: annual fee US$249, includes 10 free visits, then pay US$27 per person, per visit
  • Prestige: annual fee US$399, unlimited member visits, US27 per guest visit

So two single-entry passes are worth US$153 ($99 + $27 + $27) per year. The unlimited access granted by very few (extremely expensive) credit cards is worth US$399 in any year where you think you are likely to make more than 15 visits to a Priority Pass lounge.

Q: How do I activate my Priority Pass lounge access?

You will need to apply for your single-entry lounge passes (usually two per year) through your credit card’s website.

Prestige credit cards with complimentary Prestige Priority Pass membership, granting unlimited access, will come with instructions about how to obtain your Priority Pass membership card. Some credit cards give you a digital membership card, included in the Priority Pass app.

Q: What if I want to use Priority Pass lounges more than twice a year?

If you have a prestige card which comes with Prestige Priority Pass membership your lounge visits are unlimited.

If your credit card offers two single-entry lounge passes per year you may still have Standard Priority Pass membership, which means that you can pay for each lounge visit once your two annual passes have been used. Check your credit card’s terms and conditions in order to verify this.

Q: Are Priority Pass lounges badged with Priority Pass signage and logo?

No. Rather than operating their own lounges, Priority Pass have arrangements with local lounge operators at airports around the world. So you will not necessarily see the Priority Pass logo or signage prominently displayed, if at all.

Q: How do I find out if an airport I’m travelling through has a Priority Pass lounge?

Visit the Priority Pass website, or use the Priority Pass app, to see if the airport you are passing through has an affiliated lounge.

Q: Will I find a Priority Pass lounge at every airport?

Priority Pass originated in the US, so that’s where most lounges are located. But their website says that they have over 1,000 lounges in over 130 countries, so you are likely to find at least one at most major airports. Some airports, such as London Heathrow, will have multiple Priority Pass lounges.

Q: Do all Priority Pass lounges have the same facilities?

No. While some lounges offer luxurious surroundings, complimentary food and drinks, business amenities including free Wi-Fi, conference rooms, shower facilities and even spa treatments, others will have more limited features. Some, including many in Australia, may actually be affiliated restaurants or bars where members receive a discount on their food and beverage bill.

Q: Do I need to be travelling with a specific airline in order to access a Priority Pass lounge?

No. If your credit card has complimentary Priority Pass lounge access (either in the form of single-entry passes or unlimited membership) it doesn’t matter which airline you are travelling with.

Q: Do I need to be travelling in business class in order to access a Priority Pass lounge?

No. If your credit card has complimentary Priority Pass lounge access (either in the form of single-entry passes or unlimited membership) you will be admitted to the Priority Pass lounge regardless of your fare status.

Q: Do I need to book ahead in order to be admitted to a Priority Pass lounge?

No. There’s no need to book ahead. Just present your single-entry pass or Priority Pass membership card, plus your flight boarding pass, at the reception desk on arrival.

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