Mastercard Airport Lounge Access in India 2016

By | April 10, 2016

These days when i signup for a new credit card, i always prefer Mastercard over Visa for one reason – complimentary domestic airport lounge access. Most Mastercard Debit/Credit cards issued by various banks are eligible to avail 2 Complimentary visits/quarter across Mastercard affiliated lounges in India. Needless to say, Mastercard has the biggest network of lounges in India compared to Visa.

Why Complimentary lounge Access?

Ever wondered how Mastercard is able to survive the Indian market while Visa comes up with lots of advertisements wherever we go? Mastercard, instead of going with high budget promotions, they rather provide real value to the customers by giving extensive travel benefits like complimentary lounge access.

This way, they are able to grab more customers who actually spend. Also they can convince bank about the lounge access features which Visa doesn’t provide on basic variant. Similar to Priority Pass, Mastercard doesn’t own any lounges but are affiliated with existing lounges to give access to its customers. The list gets updated every year and the latest lounges are mentioned below.

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Snap taken at Plaza Premium Lounge – Bangalore domestic terminal

Lounges usually offer: Complimentary snacks, drinks, juices, food, workstation & more. Features vary from lounge to lounge as they’re owned by different companies.

Domestic Terminal – Mastercard Airport Lounges

  1. Bangalore – Plaza Premium Lounge & Above Ground Levell Lounge
  2. Chennai – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
  3. Cochin – Earth Lounge
  4. Hyderabad – Plaza Premium Lounge & Transit Lounge
  5. Mumbai – Carnations, GOOD TIMES, Travel Club Lounge (T2)
  6. Delhi – Plaza Premium Lounge (T3) & Plaza Premium Lounge (T1D)
  7. Kolkata – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge (Recently Removed)
  8. Pune – Port Lounge
  9. Goa – Port Lounge
  10. Dehradun – Port Lounge
  11. Bhubaneswar – Mayfair Lounge
  12. Baroda – Port Lounge

International Terminal โ€“ Mastercard Airport Lounges

  1. Bangalore – Plaza Premium Lounge & Above Ground Levell Lounge
  2. Chennai – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
  3. Cochin – Earth Lounge
  4. Hyderabad – Plaza Premium Lounge
  5. Mumbai – Clipper
  6. Delhi – ITC Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge(A) (T3) & Plaza Premium Lounge(B) (T3)
  7. Kolkata – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
  8. Pune – Port Lounge
  9. Goa – Port Lounge
  10. Ahmedabad – Port Lounge
  11. Jaipur – Club One Class Lounge (T2)
  12. Calicut – Port Lounge

Most of these lounges can also be accessed with: Priority Pass Card, Diners Club Card & some of the American Express cards.

Pro Tip: You can know the free access available on your Mastercard by calling โ€˜MasterCard For You’ toll free helpline: 1800-102-6263

If you have any questions to ask, let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

58 thoughts on “Mastercard Airport Lounge Access in India 2016

  1. Ganesh

    I am a mastercard holder for two decades. My experience at Above Grround Level lounge in Blr airport is horrible. Very blunt amd curt staff. Rajesh at front desk was terrible. Extremely poor hospitality.

    Reply
  2. Deepak

    Does All miles mastercard provide free access to airport lounges affiliated to mastercard without showing the priority pass ??

    Reply
  3. Kumar

    Are All Mastercards eligible for Airport Lounge (complimentary snacks ?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Kumar,
      Most of them. You can know the free visits available on your Mastercard by calling – โ€˜MasterCard For You’ toll free helpline 1800-102-6263

      Reply
  4. AMIT S

    Hello Sir
    When i told the Credit Card guy in HDFC about this… that Master Card has more lounges then Visa.. so he said nothing like that… both have good lounges….
    Sir do you have the List of Visa Lounges in India to compare it with the Mastercard List above so that it can be compared easily.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Most of the comments and answers you find here are beyond customer care ex. theoretical knowledge, which is why its being shared.
      Check both Visa/master card sites yourself to find the real truth ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  5. Aurvind Garg

    Hi Siddharth,

    Could you please advice an credit card which has free International lounge access ( outside india) apart from HDFC bank ( regalia & dinners) .

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Priority Pass is the solution. Most top end card in popular banks issues this PP card. like Amex, Citi, etc.

      Reply
  6. Nikunj Sanghavi

    Want to ask travelling from Mumbai international airport T2 for domestic flight of jet airways how can I use clipper lounge which is in international departure security area. As I call clipper lounge then replied that it’s in international departure u can’t use it. I have MasterCard platinum debit card of HDFC bank in which this clipper lounge has access with.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      There is a lounge for domestic T2 departures called Travel Club lounge, i’ve reviewed it in my older posts as well. But Mastercard does not have access to this lounge. Maybe in future it might get added.

      Reply
  7. Rajesh

    i have master credit card but not belong to Indian bank its belong to Kuwait ,so while travelling in domestic airport in India we can use this card or not for Lounge purpose.

    Reply
  8. Jagannath Samal

    TFS Domestic Lounge in Kolkata has been removed from list of lounges in Mastercard Website.

    Reply
  9. Anish

    I have a Visa debit card from SBI , can i change it to mastercard? also does they levy any charges(service ,access or in some other name) for accessing it? only one person is allowed per card?

    Reply
  10. Anurag Joshi

    I have one ADD ON master platinum card with different names mentioned in both the cards. Do they allow both the cards or I’ll have to pay for one ?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      You can use the IVR to check the same. Usually Add-on cards on normal cards won’t have access.

      Reply
  11. Aditya Vohra

    Hi,

    Do we have any lounge at Ahmedabad domestic airport? I had read Bica the Lounge does not function anymore

    Reply
  12. Chaitik Doshi

    Hi,
    I have a world mastercard with complimentary lounge access. If I take an add on card, will that have the access too?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, Add-on Cards don’t have lounge access. You can however check it with the Mastercard toll-free no.

      Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Pls use the MasterCard Tollfree no. mentioned in the article to check the same ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  13. Rana

    Hi! My query is very basic. How to use Free Airport Lounge Access benefit? What is the process to be followed at Airport?

    Reply
  14. Himanshu Gupta

    How can I access the Plaza Premium Lounge at Terminal 1D Delhi ? I have mastercard that have free access . Basically ,I want to know the procedure for accessing inside . Do , we need to prebook or something else? Please clarify sir

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Visit the lounge, swipe the card and you’re allowed in. Pl read my lounge reviews to get some idea.

      Reply
  15. Shankar

    I have a ALL miles HDFC card ? Do i get access to lounge without priority pass.
    Do we need to pay for using any of the services in lounge ??

    Reply
  16. Sneha

    Hi,
    I will be reaching Bangalore Airport in the wee hours of morning at 2.00 AM with a layover of 4 hours.
    Can you suggest a way out to use an Airport lounge.
    I am a holder of SBI Debit Maestro Shopping card. Not sure whether, this will be acceptable for free lounge access.
    TIA.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sneha,
      Unfortunately the said card donot have any access.
      You need to have some credit/debit “mastercard” for the same.

      Reply
  17. Vineet

    Hi Siddharth,

    I am already using HDFC Regalia card and its PP. But due to my frequent travel and also sharing add on cards with family. number of visits in lounge which I can avail reduces.

    Kindly let me know if there is any life time free master card offered by any bank except HDFC?

    Also if any bank offering life time free card with PP as well ( similar to Regalia, with free visits)?

    As I already have one HDFC Visa, they are not issuing me another variant of HDFC.

    Regards,
    Vineet

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Vineet,
      Checkout Yes First Preferred card ๐Ÿ™‚
      Or check out the order articles on priority pass. i’ve covered them all.

      Reply
      1. Vineet

        Thanks Siddharth for the response… I checked Yes First Preferred card on Yes bank site. As per site

        Annual membership fees
        First Year Membership Fee of Rs 2,500 + Applicable Taxes
        Renewal Membership Fee of Rs 2,500 + Applicable Taxes

        Do they waive off the charges also?

        Kindly advice…

        Reply
  18. Naveen

    So since the lounges are “rented” by priority pass or mastercard to allow you access, does it make sense to save the priority pass complimentary visits (using their own card) for international travel and use up the free mastercard visits for Indian airports? As PP is worldwide…

    Is there a difference anyway – are they 2 separate things? Mastercard lounge access and PP access.

    Reply
    1. Abhishek Reddy

      Yes Naveen you are right! Mastercard Lounge program in Domestic is independent of the PP Lounge Program.

      Reply
  19. Aditya

    Hey sid, does sbi/indian bank or alikes provide international lounge access?

    Reply
  20. Aditya

    Hi,

    Wanted to know if I can take family/co-traveler as well if I’m holding a Master card wiz eligible for free access. I’ve 4 free access per quarter so may be if they can count 2 for a fellow traveler? Thanks.

    Reply
  21. Pulkit Vohra

    Hi, I can’t see the updated list of lounges in HDFC mastercard lounge access program for 2017?

    Can anyone confirm whether it is still applicable? I am confused as PP benefit seems to be withdrawn from All miles credit card.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Am wondering too. But no one reported denial of Mastercard so far.

      Reply
  22. sasikumar

    visa is worst in India no lounge in Airports accepts it very very pathetic

    Reply
  23. Susant

    I have had tried using my HDFC World Credit Card but Mumbai International Terminal Clipper Longue did not accept that. So it seems the 2017 list is not refreshed or renewed yet.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      T2 terminal domestic departure?
      They don’t accept mastercard even before.

      Reply
  24. Sanant

    Hey Siddharth,

    I have a hdfc easyshop debit card and I checked with mastercard helpline and I have 2 access left.

    Does it mean completely free access to bangalore lounge or just the entry fee is waived off?

    [kind of naive to lounge program]

    Reply
  25. Sanant

    Also, do I get access to international departure lounge through HDFC easyshop debit card (mastercard)?

    Reply
      1. Sanant

        Thanks Siddharth. Just to clarify – easyshop debit card gives free lounge access to international departures?

        Your blog is wonderful and full of knowledge.

        I recently got a request to upgrade my easyshop debit card to rewards platinum card (free of cost).. do you think it is necessary?

        Does the HDFC reward platinum card gives free lounge access to international departures?

        Cheers!

        Reply
  26. Varun

    Hey Sid

    Wonderful job with the blog. I had a few query though.

    Do ICICI Bank MasterCard World Debit Card Provide any lounge Access ? Does it even has some benefit.

    Regards

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      I don’t think it has it as its a basic card. However, you can check it on Mastercard tollfree helpline ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  27. Rachita

    Your posts are quite informative. Thanks!

    I had a question – how many free accesses in a yr / quarter do mastercard credit cards offer under the mastercard lounge access program? Not able to find the number anywhere.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for the kind words.
      Its 2/quarter usually. You can also know this number by calling MasterCard For Youโ€™ toll free helpline: 1800-102-6263

      Reply

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