5 Priority Pass Tricks that can Save You a Lot of Money

By | December 6, 2016

Priority Pass is quite a powerful program that can get you Lounge access virtually in any Airport. I have been to more than 10 lounges both in domestic & international Sector and i haven’t come across any Lounge that doesn’t accept Priority Pass. That being said, knowing some of the less known Tips and tricks of the Priority Pass program can get you more benefits and hence this article.

Priority Pass Tricks

Priority Pass Tricks

5 Must Know Priority Pass Tips and Tricks

1. Two Person, Two lounges, One Card

If you’re traveling with your partner (wife/friend), you might be knowing that getting lounge access for your partner is bit tricky when you hold just one Priority Pass card. In most cases, you would be spending $27 for your partner by adding him/her as a guest. But now, with this trick you’re gonna save that 🙂

This works only when there are two lounges in the same departure area, like in Bangalore we have Above Ground Levell Lounge & Plaza premium Lounge. All you need to do is, go to one of the lounge, say, Plaza Premium Lounge, swipe your PP card and let your partner get inside, then leave the place and visit the other lounge – Above Ground Levell lounge and swipe the card for yourself.

As each lounge is treated as different by Priority Pass, you should be perfectly fine in accessing them using this method.

2. Two Person, One lounge, One Card

While the above trick works flawlessly, there are hardly few airports with multiple lounges. That brings me to this trick. As per the Priority Pass policy, you will be able to access the same lounge only once per day. The trick is how the “per day” policy works.

This means, you can check in your partner before 12 Midnight (say 11:50PM) and then again Check-in again for you after 12 midnight (say 12:10 Am). Which i still have doubt as which timezone Priority pass follow, many Priority pass users confirm that this does works. Maybe they follow the local timezone which the POS machine might be having it.

Infact, one of our reader mentioned that he and his friend was able to access the lounge with single card just by swiping twice on same day without taking the above time fact. This maybe possible because the PP cards issued by our Indian banks is bit different than the actual Priority Pass card issued by the company directly.

3. Priority Pass Card on Different Name

The above mentioned tricks basically wouldn’t work without this. If you don’t have a Priority Pass card, you can borrow one from your friend to get access for yourself. Most do say that the Boarding Pass and the name on your card had to match for accessing the lounge. I’ve been to many lounges and i can say that this doesn’t hold true in most cases.

For example, you can give your Priority Pass card to your wife/friend and they should be fine to access the lounge in most cases. One of my friend used to do it with her husband’s card and had no issues except once in international sector. International lounges are bit strict and they need the names to match with boarding pass.

4. Getting Free Priority Pass Visits

While it maybe very simple, most of you wouldn’t have thought about it. The trick is, simply keep upgrading your cards for next variant every 6 months. For example, you can upgrade your HDFC AllMiles card (after using 4 visits) to Regalia First so you get 8 complimentary Visits (4 on Allmiles + 4 on Regalia First) in a year.

5. Optimizing Priority Pass Usage

You can swipe your credit card directly to get access via MasterCard/Visa programme. You can use this even for (1) & (2) cases mentioned above. This works only for domestic lounges. You can check the available lounges under Visa/MC network.

I would highly suggest you to use Priority Pass only for International Lounge access as there are lots of DEBIT cards for Domestic lounge Access. Priority Pass is precious for accessing international lounges as there are only limited cards that can give you International access like Diners cards.

Have you used any of the above Priority Pass tricks? Do share your comments below.

48 thoughts on “5 Priority Pass Tricks that can Save You a Lot of Money

  1. Ashok

    Just one correction in PP visits. Regalia First gives only 4 free access in a year.

    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, you didn’t get the point. I’ve updated that part now 🙂

  2. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

    Yesterday that is on 18th for the first time I tried to visit a lounge . It was Plaza Premium lounge of Delhi airport ( domestic terminal ). We were four persons and I had 2 credit cards and 1 debit card and 1 priority pass and my wife and brother had 1 credit card each. Three of us was allowed to enter but my mother ( having HDFC Visa Imperia Platinum Debit card ) was denied access. Than I gave my HDFC Master Preferred Platinum Debit card and fortunately she got access.
    1. Can you tell why my mother was not allowed ?
    2. Delhi airport domestic terminal has how many lounges ?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. Its Normal Visa Card, only Signature/Infinite Visa variants allowed. Swap it for master-card variant.
      2. One in T1 and other in T3

      1. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

        Thanks a lot for the information. Its very helpful. I would also like to tell you that they charged Rs. 2 for Visa Credit Card and and Rs 25 for Master credit card. Is Rs. 25 the rate dor entering the lounge ?

          1. Asrar

            Thanks Siddharth for awesome info you are providing. I would like to get clarification on international lounges. Do lounges at international airports in india count for international lounges for PP cards???

  3. hemant kumar jha

    I have used singly Priority pass of Standard Chartered Bank Priority Infinite card for access at Hyderabad Lounge for 3 members of my family i.e. Myself, Wife and Son. Entry was allowed and although I was ready to pay for other members leaving me, they did not charge any extra money. They might be counting this visit as 3, i am not sure.

    1. Siddharth Post author

      SC card doesn’t have any free visits as far as i know. Maybe they’ll add the charges after a week.
      Do keep us posted as whats happening.

    2. Duane

      We Hyderabadis are, by nature, customer friendly and service oriented people 🙂

  4. Ankit Purohit

    I have a Regalia card with 12 complimentary access (I have already used 1 at Pune) and my wife has Allmiles with no priority pass. We are once again traveling via Mumbai and I want my wife to access the priority pass launge without extra cost to me.

    How can I make this happen as we will be at the Airport for longer than 4 hours before our flight departs?

  5. Sarthak

    I have a regalia card and my wife has an add on. Can she access the lounge with her add on?
    With Regalia, which lounge can I access in bangalore?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      You need “priority pass” card for your wife. Direct access on card is avail only on primary card.

      1. Aditya

        If you don’t have PP and have only your Reglia card , can you access lounge ?
        How do they understand which card is primary and which is add-on ? My wife has Regila add-on card and one can’t figure out if its primary or add-on from look at the card

        1. Siddharth Post author

          Yes you can. Primary/add-on card is known to the bank. So Add-on cards wont work even if it bears the same name.

  6. Ranjeet

    Today my dad with his colleagues visited the lounge at T2 Mumbai. Only my dad had the Priority Pass but even then all four of them were allowed entry by swiping the card four times. I was amazed on hearing this. How could this be?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Lol, that’s interesting.
      There has been one more reader on our Blog who experienced the same thing with 2 swipes on same day for 2 person access.
      Keep us posted if the PP linked CC was charged anything or not 🙂

    2. Sam

      Did he got charged for the other 3 guests your Dad allowed ? I mean to his Credit Card ? If yes…How much per person and after how many days ?

  7. Naimeesh Khakhar

    i have Regalia card and a Priority Pass. My wife does not have Add on card or Priority pass. We have two kids, age 11 and 6 yrs.

    1. Can we all 4 persons access International lounge in one card..? i read somewhere that; on primary Regalia Credit Card; i can enter the lounge without swiping Priority Pass. (i mean free access for all 4 persons)

    if not then;
    2. If i apply for add-on card for my wife, can we all 4 get free access to Lounge…

    I understand that with add on card plus primary card; i get a total of 12 access in a year…

    1. Jacob

      Hi Naimeesh,
      Did you finally manage to get your kids in using your regalia card and PP?

  8. Susmita

    Has anyone tried to get a child through with a friend’s priority pass in international lounge?

  9. dilip

    Hi I wish to have priority pass from jetairwaiys Icici sapphire card and add on card for my parents with priority pass. Will the priority pass on add on card will allow my parents to access international longue,when they are traveling alone.


    Hi, I had couple of queries on this-

    1. Can I swipe PP more than once during a single visit to allow my guest to accompany me for free?
    2. I have 3 cards apart from my Regalia and PP with domestic lounge access-
    a. Yes prosperity edge (MC)
    b. Axis bank My zone (VISA) with 2 addons for mom and dad
    c. ICICI coral (VISA)
    How many domestic visits can I have with all of the above excluding the PP? Assuming I get 2 visits per quarter per card? Will they restrict me to 2 visits or is it 2+2+2 ( +4 for my add-on axis bank cards) ?

    3. I also have a diners club international rewards card by HDFC. Will it give me free access to any lounge?

  11. Krishna Kumar

    I HV a Business Regalia and a PP.
    My wife has got Add on Business Regalia and add on PP.

    How many international and domestic lounge accesses we can get individually and together .

    Does that mean we get 12 PP +8 Visa totalling 20 lounge accesse ??

    Any difference in entitlement for Business Regalia and Regalia First.

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Shared PP: 6
      Visa Access: 8 (for primary alone)

  12. Ritz

    Nice Article. Seems you have done a lot of research.

    One question. I recently got HDFC Regalia Priority Pass with international and domestic lounge access. I have never used lounge access and was wondering as to what do you get in the lounge. is that only lounge access or free snacks and all (as promised by CS of HDFC)

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Its Free Access+ Free Food & comfortable space.

  13. Arzan

    I have a HDFC Regalia Card and a Yes Bank World Cr card. I need to know what are the free access visits on each card and secondly how can i monitor if my free access visits are over or balance. I downloaded the pp app but there is no option of monitoring it.

  14. Navesh

    How much visits we get internation and Domestic Lounge Access in Regalia and Hdfc Dinning Club Credit card

  15. Rahul Saboo

    Hi, I have an axis burgundy card ( both Credit and Debit ) with priority pass access and since i am travelling a lot both domestic and international , i was wondering if you could help me out regarding the best mile gatherer card. That ways i can have a good amount of miles and travel with miles accordingly.

  16. Mukundan

    I really like your posts as you give valuable information. Thank you very much. I have got my Priority pass through hdfc regalia card and should be using it this month at colombo.

  17. Sreekanth

    I have a regalia first credit card and an add-on for my wife which bears the same card number and CVV. I’ve applied for priority pass for both of us and should get them in a few days. Will the two priroty passes have different names and membership numbers? And will we be able to make use of the free access at an international lounge at the same time? Thanks in advance

  18. Souvik

    Are all Priority Pass access to domestic lounges now chargeable with HDFC Regalia First? I read on their site that all such access will be charged at $27 plus GST. This is w.e.f 25th May. Can you please confirm? Thanks 🙂

  19. Vinay

    If i had Priority Pass and Add On Card then i can use two cards at same time…??? else it is linked to same account so one access per day will be applicable for this

      1. Vinay

        In Priority pass we can accompany one guest along with us, so in case of Priority pass card and add on card totally 4 are eligible….???

          1. Meghashree

            My husband has an HDFC regalia card and i have an add on card with same card no. and cvv code but separate names of each of us printed on the card. While applying for priority pass only primary card holder details were asked and we got one card. So how do we access international lounges with 1 priority pass? Can we swipe our hdfc regalia cards ( primary + add on card ) instead? How to use the priority pass for entry for both of us

  20. Carl

    Very useful info, thank you!

    I have question about using free lounge access at plaza premium Bangalore. To access it with my wife together can I use my regalia MasterCard and SBI Prime Visa card, given both in my name?

  21. Rachit Goel


    I already have a Priority Pass card against my HDFC Regalia and now applied for a YES Bank Card which again entitles me to a PP card. If I have two cards, will my complimentary accesses be doubled?
    Or Priority Pass does this check while issuing another card for the same person?



  22. Sanjay W

    Hello!! Siddharth,

    I have two credit cards with airport lounge access + i have one PP. can me my wife and child access a domestic lounge and will i be charged for the PP access.

    Thanks & Regards

    Sanjay W

  23. Amit Vikram Raina

    I visited Plaza Premium lounge at New Delhi’s domestic terminal (T1D) on 18th August, 2017. I tried to swipe HDFC Regalia First Visa Signature card. The access was denied and I was told that Visa collaboration has ended for that particular lounge. I was in no mood to go back as my flight was delayed. Inspite of knowing that I would be charged for it, I used Priority Pass. The interesting part is till now I have not been charged for that visit. Is there anyone who has experienced this sort of thing?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, Visa now works only in T3. Reg. PP, most swipes from September are being charged. Not sure of Aug, you might have got escaped 🙂

  24. adil

    Hi siddharth,

    I have applied for hdfc credit card, executive told me that i am eligible for hdfc regalia first card. I am bit confused on some of the below points:-
    1) regarding airport lounge access, What is mastercard/visa lounges access is it free ? and what is PP lounges access is it also free, will i be eligible for both the accesses?
    2) she told me that it is also having movie offer on fri,sat,sun of 50% is it correct?
    3) which is better regalia first visa card or regalia first master card ?


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