- Some luxury credit cards like the
Platinum Card® from American Express and the
Chase Sapphire Reserve include access to airport lounges with
free drinks, fast internet, and clean bathrooms, among other
- American Express is known for its wide range of
lounges, but other brands also give you lounge access through
Priority Pass Select.
- After subtracting credits and other perks, the cost of
getting into lounges might be less than you realized.
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Once you get a taste of premium airport travel lounges, you’ll
never go back.
I got my first taste of lounge membership with the Citi
AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, which included access
to American’s Admiral’s Club lounges. But now, with my beloved
Chase Sapphire Reserve in hand, I can go to any of over 1,200
lounges around the world through Priority Pass.
What is it about the lounges that lures me in? Complimentary
drinks and snacks, though you can sometimes turn it into a meal.
Free, fast internet and plentiful outlets. Clean bathrooms. A quiet
place outside of the hustle-bustle of the terminal. It’s like a
little oasis on the other side of those doors. Any of these luxury
credit cards hold the key.
Chase Sapphire Reserve card
came out with a splash about two years ago, and it remains
among the top in the ultra-premium credit card category. The
card charges a $450 annual fee but gives you a ton of value back.
That includes a $300 annual statement credit, which wipes away the
first $300 in eligible travel purchases from your statement balance
each year and a complimentary Priority Pass Select membership.
Outside of the lounge, the card offers 3x points per dollar on
travel and restaurant purchases, 1.5 cents per point when
redeeming rewards through the Chase Ultimate Rewards website,
and loads of benefits. I get a lot more than the $450 per year this
card costs back from perks and rewards and recommend it to
virtually anyone who can manage credit cards well and loves to
If you’re willing to pay a bit more for even more luxury access,
American Express Platinum card may be calling your name. The
charges a steeper $550 per year in annual fees, but it also
comes with a heap of credits and upgrade perks. Credits include up
to $200 per year at Uber, $200 for incidental fees at a favorite
airline, a credit for Global Entry or PreCheck,
and a lot more.
For lounges, the card includes the American Express Global
Lounge Collection. That includes
American Express Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass, Delta Sky
Club (when flying Delta), and other partners. Automatic Gold status
in the Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors programs can get you into
hotel lounges with free drinks, food, and other benefits.
If you are
loyal to Hilton’s hotel brands and want to pair it with lounge
the Aspire card should be on your consideration list. The card
charges $450 per year and includes big points, Diamond status, and
$250 in annual credits at Hilton. Outside of the hotel, it has $250
in airline incidental credits for the airline of your choice, a
swath of benefits, and of course, Priority Pass Select
A comparable membership purchased directly from Priority Pass
costs $429 per year. If you get good use out of this card and take
advantage of the Hilton and airline fee credits, you could easily
get over a thousand dollars in annual benefits from this card.
purchase of Starwood and combination of the Marriott, Starwood,
and Ritz Carlton rewards programs led to the new Marriott Bonvoy
program, which came out in February 2019. If you want a top-tier
card that gives you access to the largest portfolio of hotel rooms
in the world and Priority Pass lounges, this is your card.
Other perks include $300 in Marriott Bonvoy statement credits, a
free annual night worth up to 50,000 points, complimentary Gold
Elite status, a credit for Global Entry or PreCheck, and other
5. US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card
US Bank doesn’t make a lot of lists for
top travel credit cards, but the Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite
card is worth a serious look. It includes $325 in travel statement
credits with a $400 annual fee. If you would have spent the $325 on
travel anyway, that means the effective annual fee is just $75 for
you. That’s a cheap way into Priority Pass lounges.
The card also includes 12 annual Gogo Wi-Fi passes and credit
for Global Entry or PreCheck, among other perks. If you are looking
for a path to airport lounges with a lower cost, or are loyal to US
Bank, this card could be a perfect match for your needs.
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5 of the best luxury credit cards that can get you into exclusive airport lounges