The Best Credit Cards with Free Airport Lounge Access

By Jason Steele. Last updated 23 April 2020. 0 comments

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Have you ever seen an airport meltdown? When one flight is delayed, others often get stuck too, and the airport can quickly become overwhelmed with hundreds of frustrated, tired, and sometimes angry passengers. Seats fill up, and people end up sitting on the floors for hours, waiting for their flights to depart.

Yet there's always a quiet corner of the airport, behind a understated door where a privileged few relax in comfort and solitude. These lounges can offer guests free food, drinks, Wifi, and even a shower, yet membership typically costs around $500 a year.

For less money than that, you can have a credit card that offers airport lounge membership in one or more programs, plus a whole host of other included benefits. So whether you just want to be able to wait for your flight in comfort, or you're avoiding an airport meltdown, here are the best cards that can get you into the exclusive lounge at no additional cost.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express offers access to over 1,200 airport lounges around the world. Cardholders get access to the Global Lounge Collection, which includes programs like Priority Pass Select, Centurion Lounge Network, and more. Other travel benefits of this premium card include a $200 annual airline fee credit, up to $100 hotel credit at The Hotel Collection, fee credit for Global Entry program or TSA PreCheck, complimentary Hilton Honors Gold Status and Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status, and complimentary Wifi at more than 1,000,000 hotspots worldwide with Boingo. You can also enroll to get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue. Cardholders earn 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel, 5X points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com, and 1 point on other eligible purchases. Terms apply. There is a $550 annual fee for this charge card. See rates and fees.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card®, please click here.

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers complimentary airport lounge access as well as a statement credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee charged to your card. This card includes other travel benefits such as a $300 travel credit each year for reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card. You can earn 3X points on travel worldwide after earning your $300 annual travel credit and 3X points on dining at restaurants worldwide, and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. New cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. The annual fee is $550.

Info about the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and The Platinum Card® from American Express has been collected independently by Wise Bread. The issuers did not provide the details, nor are they responsible for their accuracy.

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