Dragon Pass is one of the largest independent Airport Lounge access program that provides Lounge service for frequent travelers across the globe. Their coverage is as good as Priority Pass and they also provide other airport related services like meet & greet and discounts at airport dining outlets. So, to provide access to lounges in India, they need to tie up with lounge service aggregator and that’s where DreamFolks came into picture.
DreamFolks is by far the only company in India that provides single point access to domestic lounge services. In other words, we are able to access the domestic lounges via mastercard, visa, ola etc as they’re linked to dreamfolks lounge directory. Ideally, any bank/card network that needs to provide lounge service for their customers needs to go through Dreamfolks and that’s what Dragon Pass did but with a separate card for India.
This partnership with DragonPass helps DreamFolks enter into B2C segment, which could potentially shake the lounge access scene in India, especially related to Priority Pass (i think so). So this is how Dreamfolks DragonPass Card is born 🙂 Lets get into the review now,
DreamFolks DragonPass Privilege Card Review:
Just like Priority Pass and Dragon pass, Dreamfolks also started selling the card on their website directly, apart from partnerships with banks (like ICICI). The plans/rates are similar to Priority Pass/DragonPass. As per the changes on ICICI gemstone cards on Oct 7th, ICICI now replaced their Priority Pass benefit with Dragonpass to their Sapphiro range of cards.
Issued by ICICI:
So if you sign up for any of ICICI’s new Sapphiro range of cards, you’ll now get the Dragonpass card issued along with it. Though, for existing customers, you need to play some game to get access to it. Inspite of me having ICICI Jet Sapphiro card, i was initially denied for issuance of Dragonpass card by my ICICI Wealth Management support supervisor and was said that only “new customers” can get it.
Thanks to our reader “Shafiq” to find the work around. All you need is, just call the support and ask to issue Priority Pass card. If you already have one, ask them to block it (lost/damaged as reason) and re-issue the same. Within a day, you’ll get confirmation on email/sms that they’re sending you “priority pass” card. But know what? You’ll get Dragonpass card instead 🙂
Remember, Only ICICI Jet Sapphiro variant is worth the cost, the plain Saphirro card is not that useful.
- Spa: 2 Complimentary sessions (30 mins usually)
- Lounge Access: 2 Lounge Access (International only, if issued by bank)
- Add On: Meet & Greet, dining, etc.
The limits on Spa/lounge is too low for such a premium card by ICICI. They could consider making it 4+4 or so to make it more attractive.
Lounge Access by DragonPass Review: As i mentioned earlier, Dragon Pass (DP) lounge network is very good and is in par with Priority Pass (PP) as far as i know. Most of the lounges that accept PP also accepts DP and in addition i’ve noticed some lounges that accepts only DP.
For ex, Dragon Pass allows you to access T/G lounge in Bali, Indonesia Airport while Priority Pass doesn’t. This lounge is usually reserved for business/first class for some airlines, so you get better atmosphere here as the other lounge with Priority Pass access is quite crowded.
Spa Services Review: I made some quick calls to the Spa outlets to check their awareness about this card. Sadly its not something they’re aware of, but if you’re at airport, you should be able to talk to supervisor and get access without any problem. One of our reader “Siddharth Mehta” was able to access the spa benefit in Bangalore Airport and he is quite happy with the experience.
India’s Credit card industry along with the Aviation industry is booming and Dreamfolks made the entry into the B2c segment at right time. The Unique benefits like spa access is brilliant idea and i can’t wait to experience it.
Its good to see new player in the lounge access segment, after all, it should help in better card offers for consumers like us. Hopefully, we may get Dragonpass cards with other banks as well in coming years.
Have you got your Dreamfolks Dragonpass Card? Feel free to share your experiences in comments below.