Complimentary Lounge Access on Visa Signature & Infinite Cards (India)

By | April 10, 2016

Mastercard airport lounges has the largest network in India compared to Visa. However, if you hold Visa Signature or Infinite Card its no harm in using them first. I always value Visa cards in this order for lounge access-

  • Priority Pass > Mastercard > Visa

Visa being the first preference to swipe whenever possible as it has least # of lounges and Mastercard gives access to most Domestic lounges whereas Priority Pass gives you access to 850+ lounges across the world. So Priority pass card is the most valuable to me.

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View from Plaza premium lounge – Bangalore Domestic Terminal

Complimentary Lounge Access Limits on Visa Cards:

  • Visa Infinite cards: 4 Complimentary access per quarter
  • Visa Signature cards: 2 Complimentary access per quarter (like MasterCard)

Domestic Terminal – Visa Airport Lounges

  1. Bangalore – Plaza Premium Lounge
  2. Chennai – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
  3. Hyderabad – Plaza Premium Lounge
  4. Mumbai – Carnations
  5. Delhi – Plaza Premium Lounge (T3) & Plaza Premium Lounge (T1D)

International Terminal – Visa Airport Lounges

  1. Bangalore – Plaza Premium Lounge
  2. Chennai – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
  3. Hyderabad – Plaza Premium Lounge
  4. Mumbai – Clipper
  5. Delhi – Plaza Premium Lounge (T3)

I’ve been to Plaza Premium lounge in Bangalore and my HDFC Regalia Credit card (Visa Signature) helped me to get in with a swipe of Rs.2, done for authenticating the card.

Have you ever used your Visa Signature/Infinite Cards for Lounge Access? Do let me know in comments below.

54 thoughts on “Complimentary Lounge Access on Visa Signature & Infinite Cards (India)

  1. SULEMAN PATEL

    HAVING ALLMILES CARD I REQUIRED PRIORITY PASS CARD

    KINDLY HELP TO AVAIL THE SAME

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  2. Sunny

    Hi,

    I have been doing some research on priority pass access in Indian credit cards.

    It seems that only Regalia and All Miles provide both membership + free visits per year. No other credit card seems to be doing that. [not considering top tier cards e.g. Visa Infinite etc]

    Apart from HDFC, no other bank card does that. Some just provide membership but no free visits.

    Any bank/card i am missing which does provide that?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sunny,
      True that, apart from these two, only top tier cards (Visa infinite level) has it.

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    2. Gagan

      Yes, no one provides. Further currently for the HDFC Regalia linked Priority Pass there are 12 free visits per year. But understand that they are only for International Lounge and not Domestic Lounge.. any idea?

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      1. Siddharth Post author

        Gagan,
        No, you can also access domestic lounges with priority pass.

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        1. Akseli

          Siddharth,

          I believe the domestic lounge accesses are unlimited with the Regalia card. Am I right ?

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  3. Sharad

    I have HDFC Regalia (Mastercard). Will I benefit if I change it to Visa?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, stay with Mastercard as it has more # of lounges

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      1. Ajay

        Hey I have HDFC regalia as well as priority pass. Since Regalia is Visa Signature card, do we also get 2 separate free accesses to lounge per quarter for visa signature? So is it 12(PP) + 2*4 (Visa Sig) = 20 free passes or just 12

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          You’re right with the numbers(20) Ajay 🙂

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  4. AMIT S

    What about the ADD ON Card people, do they also get any benefit of Lounge access in any card ?

    And what if you have a kid with you? any special rules with regard to kids?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Am unsure about the Kid age and charges. It may vary from lounge to lounge. Generally only primary card enjoys all benefits, except on super premium cards like Infinia/Diners Black.

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      1. Sayantan

        Kids above 3 years will be treated as a seperate guest accompanying the primary card holder.

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      2. Abhishek Roy

        Currently as per the new changes, even add on card holder on HDFC Regalia gets a complementary priority pass card and the cumulative number of Complementary visits between the Primary Holder and the add on card holder is 12 visits/year. I got mine recently through my wife’s Regalia.

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  5. Mallik

    Hi Siddharth, thanks for valuable reviews. They are very informative.

    Like there is a 1800 102 6263 master card helpline number that provides the details about the lounge access eligibility, is there a way to find out the eligibility and number of visits allowed / available on visa and amex cards?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Mallik,
      Sadly not for Visa, as far as i know.
      For Amex, customer support might help. They’re very friendly to answer queries.

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  6. Mohd

    I have visa signature c card . How much i have to pay if iam using airport lounch in india ?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Depends on which lounge you’re accessing. Free with Visa Lounges. Its there in metros.

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  7. Krish

    HI Siddharth.
    Thanks for deep dive in to the Indian cards and saving some of us the hassle
    So I have a question. I have been offered regalia card from hdfc. Wanted to know if the priority pass membership offered by then is standard one and one needs to pay 27 dollars everytime they use the lounge?
    Q2. does an add on card member also recieve the same benefits of priority pass membership as the member. Add on member is spouse and not a kid
    Q3. Any other card that offers max lounge access both indian and international airports
    Q4. I was offered the standard chartered Emirates cards and Sbi platinum too .which one would u recommend
    Q5. Lastly I am ok to pay for a card too if it provides lounge access
    Thanks in advance for ur time n insights

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. 12 free visits with regalia
      2. those free visits shared across add on cards
      3. Diners cards is good.
      4. both are not premium ones. SBi signature variant is good.
      5. Most hdfc diners cards are free and gives unlimited domestic lounge access and some intl too.

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  8. Sohel ashra

    Hi siddharth
    I’m having allmiles visa signature credit card
    can u please tell me the best way use reward points and how many priority pass can i get on my card. Where do i get them from

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Redeem for recharge/flights.
      One priority Pass with 4 free access. just call up customer care to request for PP card.

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  9. parag

    Hi Sid,
    I have Jet privilege card, never find limitations on access … Is it true??
    Almost all lounges I have got accessibility across india , if such limitations plz I would like to know…

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, its coz of the big Mastercard Network and Jet cards are on Mastercard mostly. I believe even the Jet debit card has unlimited lounge access in India.

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  10. CHandra

    Hey ,
    My VISA signature card document mentions some kind of Applicable charges which are US $ 27 per visit. However, when i visited lounge at Mumbai airport, I was also charged Rs 2 for breakfast.
    What is this 27$ US charges then?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Rs.2 is charged for authentication to check if your card is active or not.
      $27 is the fee associated with Priority Pass which is completely different.

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  11. Praloyjit Das

    Hi Sid,

    What all benefits we can avail with complimentary airport lounge visits every quarter given with cards. Is it only entry access or any other free services also? I am using ICICI Coral card and have these offers entitled but never utilized.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      You get free buffet, snacks, soft drinks, coffee, water, wifi etc.

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      1. utsav

        Hi,

        Can i take one more person with me with my coral debit card. Never used it.

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          No, one card, one person. You can pay for the other though.

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  12. S P Singh

    With my Visa Signature Card from Axis Bank can I have complimentary access to some Airport lounge at Abu Dhabi airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3?

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  13. Prabhakar

    Visa website says the complimentary airport lounge access program is only till September 30, 2016. Is this correct? Will it get extended? Who will tell for sure. In the past too, there have had been end dates but the program was extended.

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      1. Kunal Chakravertti

        Just received a mail from the Concierge service. It’s being extended till 31st October, 2016 as of now. Quoting :
        “Thank you for having Visa Infinite Concierge assist you with your request. Please take a moment to review the information below at your earliest convenience.
        We are pleased to advise you that the complimentary airport lounge access program offer has been extended to 31st October 2016.

        Visa Airport Lounge Access Program
        Enjoy complimentary Airport Lounges access and more in India
        Redemption Period : 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Oct 2016”

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  14. Kannan

    Hi Siddharth.
    I hold a HDFC Regalia VIsa signature card and an ICICI rubyx Master and ICICI rubyx Amex card. While using in Domestic lounges can I use the Master/Amex card and then for int’l use the Regalia?
    Can I use the regalia card for lounge swiping at int’l lounges or would I need a PP?

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  15. Ramesh

    Hi Siddhartha,

    I have regalia card with 12/ye lounge access. I’ve exhausted a few internationally. My wife has an add on card making her entry possible. Heading for a family vacation domestically with my Son( making it three) with my PP and wife’s add on is there a way I can get my son in?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      2 Priority Pass card for you & wife & You can use your Credit card itself for additional access, provided the lounge is affiliated with the Visa/MC that you carry.

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  16. saloni

    Hi Siddharth,

    I wanted to know that which type of hdfc credit card will suits me best for the access at airport lounges. As I need no annual charges for the credit card.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      there are lots of factors. For Domestic, Mastercards would do. For Intl, Regalia or Diners cards would help.

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  17. ARUN

    Hi Siddharth

    I have applied for SBI elite card.
    Please guide me on following
    1.Should I go for world Master card or visa signature. Whats the main difference between two.
    2. 2 complimentary airport lounge per quarter applicable to both.?? Validity period for both the cards for lounges. I have heard that Validity for master card lounges is up to 31st Dec 16.
    3. I have ICICI debit master card nd SBH maestro debit card. Whether any complementary lounge is there on these two??

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. Mastercard, as it has more lounges than VISA.
      2. It keeps renewing
      3. ICICI Coral MC variant has it.

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  18. Deepak Munjal

    Hi Sidharth,

    I have a DBS Treasures Visa Infinite Card. I have few questions. Kindly help me to explain.
    1. Can you please let me know if I can avail lounge access in Delhi International Airport and Dubai International Airport… free of cost? If it is paid how much it would be on each location?
    2. How many visit per quarter is allowed in Domestic & International both?
    3. What kind of services I can avail free of cost like Buffet, drinks etc. in India Lounge and International lounge??

    As per you which card is best to avail the lounge access specially which offers ad one feature so that family members can also avail the free lounge services like(Buffet, drinks etc).

    Thanks in advance.

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  19. Kashish

    Hi Siddharth

    I have a Kotak Mahindra Debit Card which is a Visa Platinum Card. Any info on the lounge access on these cards if at all?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Its only available on Visa Signature/infinite Variants.

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  20. Aashish amber

    Do ICICI platinum chip Master card has lounge access facility ? It is not mentioned on their website.
    How to call this visa assistance number ? which number to dial ?

    Reply
  21. Vijai

    I have a cropration bank visa signature even i can access free lounge facility in airport

    Reply

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