Ultimate Guide to Priority Pass Airport Lounges in India

By | April 9, 2016

Priority Pass boasts of giving access to 900+ lounges in 400 cities across 120 countries with a single membership. Priority Pass doesn’t actually operate any airport lounges of its own. Instead, they have partnered with existing airport lounges to give access for its members. Priority Pass lets you to use their affiliated airport lounges regardless of which airline you’re flying or which travel class you’ve booked.

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My Priority Pass membership Card

For domestic travel, I prefer not to go for business/first class unless the travel time is greater 2 hours. Instead of booking a first/business class ticket at insane rates, you can simply book the cheapest flight on economy class and still stay in a posh 5 Star lounge for free (depends on your membership though) and enjoy the silent atmosphere with complimentary snacks, drinks and food while you wait for your flight.

Note: Each lounge is operated by different companies hence the service you get may not be the same. However, most lounges provide complimentary Food & soft Drinks, some international lounges even offer hot drinks for free.

Priority Pass Airport Lounge Access in India:

You can use your Priority Pass card issued both in India or abroad to access lounges in Indian Airports. As of now there are around ~12 Indian airport lounges (domestic departure) accepting Priority Pass cards, they keep adding new ones every now and then.

Apart from direct Priority pass membership, Priority pass cards are also issued in India as signup bonus with premium credit cards. However, kindly note that, most of the cards only have free “membership” but not free “visits” like with SBI Elite Credit Card.

Though there are couple of super premium cards that give complimentary “visits” too. The Number of visits vary from card to card. Usually, the PP card issued with Visa infinite credit cards has unlimited access to 900+ lounges across the world. That’s really an awesome perk on the credit card to enjoy.

Credit Cards with Free Priority pass Visits:

Note: You can also get Priority pass card for HDFC Regalia Add-on cards and share the 12 visits across 2 cards.

So all you need to do is, flash your Priority Pass card in the reception to get access to the lounge. Some lounges even accept digital card. Once checked in, most lounges allow you to stay inside for upto 2-3 hours which varies from lounge to lounge.

Lounge Access via Mastercard, Visa & Diners Club

Most of the above cards that issue Priority pass cards comes under Visa Infinite/Signature variant or higher level MasterCard variant which gives additional lounge access (in India only) simply by Swiping the credit card directly. Check below links for the same.

Tips on Accessing Priority Pass Lounges:

  1. A Single card can be swiped only “once” in same lounge in same day.
  2. Most domestic lounges don’t verify the name on card with boarding pass. So you can typically use PP card issued to any of your friends or family members to gain access. Rules vary from lounge to lounge, though its not strict in most cases.
  3. If you and your friend/partner happen to go with only one Priority Pass, check-in your friend in one lounge and later you may goto another lounge with same card. This helps when there are 2 or more lounges in the airport, like Bangalore.
  4. Or, to access same lounge for two members, as mentioned above, you can swipe your credit card directly to get access via MasterCard/Visa programme for one person, then use Priority pass card for the other.

I’ve been to most of the domestic lounges (India), be it Plaza Premium Lounge in Bangalore, Port Lounge in Goa or Chennai – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge and i can say that the check-in process is very liberal. They don’t generally cross-verify anything, even if they do, they check only the first person 😉

Do you use Priority Pass for lounge access? Share your experience below.

83 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Priority Pass Airport Lounges in India

  1. Snehashish

    I have PP via HDFC Regalia card. I read somewhere in your previous posts that the number of visits have been reduced to 5 from 12. Is it true?

    I already have made 4 visits this year. I also hold a Diners Premium card having common credit limit with Regalia. Does Diners Premium also has some lounge access benefits. If yes, is is additional to PP.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Snehashish,
      Highly suggest you to ask HDFC cust care as they keep changing the # and it differs from catalog to website.

      Reply
  2. Arjun Jayasimha

    I have a Priority Pass (PP) card which I got with my HDFC regalia. Can I swipe my PP card twice at the same international lounge to take my partner in? I don’t want to be suddenly charged US$27 on my Regalia card. Is it possible that the Regalia card be charged automatically by swiping the linked priority pass card without the Regalia itself being swiped? Seems unlikely.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Arjun,
      1. You cant swipe priority pass twice in same day, same lounge. Workaround for this is already mentioned.
      2. You swipe your priority pass only and its linked to card and it can also charge the card (yes, interesting stuff)

      Reply
  3. Ajay

    Hi Siddharth,
    Thanks for the article!
    Is the priority pass card same as the credit card or is it some dedicated card? I currently have an allmiles HDFC card

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Its a separate card which is used for Lounge Access alone. Priority pass gives their own Swipe Machines to Lounges on which they will swipe your card.

      Reply
  4. Sinchan Garai

    Will services be free once I get inside the lounge? Can you please put a simple rough list of free and payable services as you observed?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sinchan,
      Yes, if you have free access on your card, almost everything should be free,
      like, food, soft drinks, juices, desserts, etc.
      Most lounges charge you only for Alcoholic drink, everything else is free.

      Reply
  5. Swapnil

    Hi Siddharth,
    1) I have a priority pass issued against my SBI Platinum CC, now I am upgrading to SBI Signature CC. Do I need get new priority pass issued for the upgraded SBI Signature CC or my existing priority pass issued against Platinum card will be linked to the new Signature Card and would continue to work fine ?

    2) My HDFC Moneyback card got upgraded to AllMiles card. As I understand I can avail Priority pass with 4 complimentary visits per year with it. Can one person hold multiple Priority Pass cards ? As mentioned above I already have Priority Pass issued against SBI Platinum card.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Swapnil,
      1. You’ve to get new one for new card as old one will be linked to old card. However, confirm with bank.
      2. You can have multiple PP cards.

      Reply
  6. Sudhir

    Hi
    I have HDFC AllMIles CC. Do I need to apply for PP to get free access.
    I will be visiting delhi this week.
    Can I avail the facilities of lounge with my CC only??

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Your card itself would give access via Visa/mastercard platform. PP is additional.

      Reply
  7. Akash Gyanchandani

    Hi Siddharth,

    I have two cards both of which offer Priority pass memberships.

    HDFC coprorate and HDFC Regalia.. Can i use any of them.. Or i can get only one priority pass member card..

    Regards

    Reply
  8. Omkar Vartak

    Hi Siddharth,

    I have a Visa Signature card from Kotak Bank (Kotak Royale Visa Signature). I believe this will provide access to Visa Signature lounges. Care to shed some light please?

    Reply
  9. Kush

    I have heard people use the Regalia Card itself for lounge access and not the priority pass. Is it possible/.?

    Reply
  10. srini

    Hi Sid

    I am having priority pass membership card which is associated with my allmiles credit card.
    I am having 4 free access this year. can i take one guest with me with PP card considering 4 free access/per year.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      If you take the guest, it will be charged a guest fee.
      Only one allowed per swipe usually.

      Reply
  11. ankit

    I am having priority pass , i got it through sbi signature cc.

    Is their entry fee of 27 usd for using the card on domestic airports ?
    How many entry I can have on this card?

    Please advise

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Ankit,
      As long as you pay $27 no limits.
      There are many cards which gives complimentary access without $27 though.

      Reply
  12. A Das

    Hi Siddharth

    Your blog is very informative and helpful. Keep up the good work! I was searching the net to answer some of my queries and I found so many answers given either by you or others in comments. I have discovered about some benefits about the cards I hold from your blog and confused about some. Please help me.

    My All miles Card was issued in April 2016. I have the following questions.

    1. If I request the Priority Pass card now, how long will the 4 complimentary visits and the waiver of membership be valid?

    2. Are the 4 visits valid only for one year or every year you can have complimentary 4 visits, provided you pay 27$ next year?

    3. I understand that only one person is allowed per card. You have suggested a work around if I want to take another guest along too. Can you please elaborate, as I did not understand how if I check in my guest first, later I can check in too. Will they not swipe the card twice?

    4. Can you tell me which email id should I write to HDFC for requesting the card?

    5. If I do not wish to pay the 27$ from the second year , how do I discontinue my card?

    6. My All miles card is a Master Card. Can I access any lounges on the basis of the all miles card alone or the mastercard lounge access has been revoked so I cannot?

    I also hold an Amex Platinum Travel card. Even I got a mail in August regarding the 4 complimentary visits. Do I need to request for a PP to Amex as well, or the Amex card itself is enough for availing this? I believe this is valid only till 31st Dec 2016.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. One yr from Actual Credit card issued date.
      2. Every year should be
      3. Its possible only when there are two lounges like, in bangalore. Simple swipe in one lounge and your co traveler get in, then you goto other lounge by swiping again there.
      4. talktous [at] hdfcbank [dot] com
      5. Just stop using it, you don’t need to surrender
      6. You can’t as its been revoked now. But Visa signature variant still has lounge access i guess.
      Amex card itself would do. Yes, PP also they issue but without any free visits on it.

      Reply
      1. A Das

        Thanks Siddharth. I will write to HDFC and use my Amex card in the meanwhile 🙂

        Reply
      2. A Das

        Hi Siddharth,

        Thanks. I got my Priority Pass card finally. I needed to clarify the following;

        1. On the PP card, for the 4 complimentary visits, are the services(food, etc) is also free or only the entry
        2. I can also visit lounges by swiping my Amex Card. Again 4 complimentary visits can be availed. Same question , if I swipe the Amex card what all is free?

        Thanks in advance.

        Reply
        1. Siddharth Post author

          You mostly get food & soft drinks for free at lounges.

          Reply
  13. Sulogno de

    Hi,

    I recently received a Kotak Royal Visa Signature card. However, being a complimentary card the bank is saying that I would not be eligible for the Epicure membership and PP. Only in the paid variant would i find the privileges intact and the fee theyre asking is Rs 19999/-. I think it is absurd! Regalia doesnt charge any such thing for these add on benefits. Would like you to shed some light on this

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Kotak cards are near to useless. Why do yo want to go for Kotak while axis/hdfc/sbi are there?

      Reply
      1. Sulogno de

        Hi Siddharth,

        I took it as I got it complimentary n also they’re offering 10x across all spends and 5x being the min. However, I’m just unable to figure out the monetary value of 1 pt vis-a-vis 1 pt in diners prem. Looking forward to your valuable input 🙂

        Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Premier Miles is good if you want to play with Airmiles/Hotel Loyalty programs. Else regalia wins.

      Reply
  14. Mahendra

    Hi Siddharth,

    I got PP via HDFC regalia. Is the priority pass, valid only for one year? Do we need to pay $27 from second year if I want to use it?

    Reply
  15. Mohammed Aala

    Hi Siddharth,
    Nice to have ur replies on queries.
    Just wanted to ask you that I am holding HDFC Regalia card and also Priority Pass Card. I’ll be going abroad next week and this will be my 1st time use of PP card. So just let me know that in the PP brochure as it mentioned that 4 free PP services in a year. So first time users like me, is the services free for all the amenities or I need to pay some certain amount for availing such services. Please reply me with valuable suggestion.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Looks like you’re having “Regalia First”. yes, its completely free for access, food, wifi etc.

      Reply
      1. Mohammed Aala

        Hi Sid,
        Thanks for replying my query. well I’ve been using HDFC CC since a long time but recently my card got upgraded to HDFC Regalia and that I received a PP Card also so I asked you as I am gonna use my PP for the first time… So it means all the services’ll be free and I’ll get 4 free services through out a year and the subsequent uses will be chargeable.

        Reply
        1. Siddharth Post author

          Correct. Also, note that you wont get the spa/shower services for free.

          Reply
          1. Mohammed Aala

            For free services, Will the PP officials mention which services are free and which r not ???

          2. Siddharth Post author

            You can always ask before getting in. All lounges are different.

  16. Sunjai

    I got a ICICI bank Sappiro card. I wish to travel domestic route to delhi but need to use the Lounge there. The card says 4 access free per quarter. I wish to change and shower , do I get the facility in Delhi airport lounge.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Shower Facilities are not complimentary in most lounges. You’ve to pay extra for the same.

      Reply
  17. zaher ahmad

    I am Indian working in Kuwait .. can u suggest me which bank will give me credit card for nri .. I can t find any .. I am looking for premium lounge access free …

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sorry, no idea. HDFC would be happy to give i guess though.

      Reply
  18. Jayant

    Hey Sidharth,

    Do you know that how do they calculate ” One Year”? Is it the calendar year or it starts from date of issuing?

    My card was issued in September. If I use all 12 lounge visits by 31 December, would my visits renew on 1st January?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Technically, it should be the Date of Issuing the linked “Credit Card”

      Reply
  19. pv

    hi siddharth:

    man…, you know a lot…

    with my pp card (issued with hdfc FIRST regalia – mastercard)
    (i have now asked it to be changed to visa – to access lounges with my hdfc first regalia visa & without using the pp card)

    so, with my pp card:
    1. can i have FREE access to zurich/heathrow lounge
    2.hdfc has also provided a pp card to the add on card, so can me & wife access ANY & SAME lounge on SAME DAY with our individual pp card (albeit it would be considered as 2 visits out of 4 permitted)
    3. do i have to carry BOTH my credit card & pp card to access lounges

    thank you for reading

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Just carry both PP cards and you don’t need to worry about same day/lounge limits as those are actually two different cards.
      Check the PP app for list of lounges in a particular airport. Its very handy!

      Btw, Mastercard is better than Visa for Domestic lounge access as MC has lots of lounges.

      Reply
      1. pv

        but siddharth, mastercard (regala first) does not offer free airport lounge access.
        (it’s explicitly mentioned on hdfcregalia website)

        as advised, i will check for the list of pp lounges, but are international airport lounges also covered for pp card holders. (pp card issued in india in conjunction with indian bank credit card)

        err.. you missed this : do i have to carry BOTH my credit card & pp card to access lounges

        Reply
        1. Siddharth Post author

          Oh yes, I thought Original Regalia. Then Visa should be fine.
          1. Yes, all lounges in the world can be accessed via Indian PP. It doesn’t matter where issued. (as long as its listed on website or app. App is very handy for me)
          2. No, just be with your PP card. that should be fine. Note that PP card can charge your CC if you exceed the free access limit.

          Reply
          1. pv

            that was prompt!

            siddharth, if i exhaust 4 visits & then visit a lounge in say… CDG, swipe my pp card,
            will it STILL give me access to that lounge (albeit at a charge of $27 – right?)
            if yes, then how will i know what amount my regalia first has been charged. (my indian cell no. will not be with me at that particular time)
            or
            can i pay $27 in cash at the lounge.

            on a tangent:
            can i apply for another bank’s credit card for another priority pass (with 4 free MORE visits). also, if the other bank is aware of my holding of a regalia first, would i be then automatically be ineligible.

            the other banks: which are the easy banks…(ofcourse should be offering free pp card – with free visits)

            thank you

          2. Siddharth Post author

            1. Yes, post 4 visits, $27 per head/visit will be charged to CC and it will reflect on statement after 2-3 days.
            2. Yes, you can get PP card from other card and it doesnt affect HDFC issued PP card. But sadly Regalia is the best and easiest to get PP card.
            CITI Prestige has it but comes at a cost. Consider HDFC Diners Cards as well, it has good # of intl lounges as well.

        2. Pawanjeet Singh Arora

          today i got my regalia first mastercard. It says airport lounge access. But you say that on mastercard version it is not available. Can you please explain and show the link.

          Also should i go for visa??

          Reply
  20. pv

    siddharth,
    does my icici coral VISA DEBIT card STILL have free access to mumbai international airport lounge (T2)
    because, i read somewhere the access was disabled from 30sep16. (we are flying to paris on 01nov16)
    (like the mastercard toll free 1800… for india, visa does not seem to have a dedicated tel no for india
    if you call the mastercard toll free & give them the 1st 6 digits of you card, they instantaneously declare if you are eligible or not for free lounge visit)
    (btw: is it out of line, asking coral query on pp forum)

    Reply
  21. Pushkar

    Hi Sid,

    Any idea from where we can track # lounge visits made through PP ?

    Thanks,
    Pushkar

    Reply
  22. Prasad Kulkarni

    Hi Siddharth, 1st i would like to compliment your patience and knowledge to answer so many questions.
    My question is related to add on card. I have a hdfc regalia card with an add on card for my wife. But i have not yet received PP for the add on card. The add on card brochure mentions 12 free visits to the lounge. But can we both together visit the lounge at the same time? Or my wife needs another PP. Can one CC have 2 PP?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Prasad,
      Call Cust. Care and ask them to issue PP card for your Wife’s Add-on Card.
      Only one person allowed per card.

      Reply
  23. kevin p

    Hi,
    Just have 1 query. I hv a priority pass and a free debit card access to lounges both in my name. Can I get myself and my partner in together without paying additional ??

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, possible. Just give the other card to your partner and ask to swipe. Some Lounges (rare in india) though may deny if its in diff name.

      Reply
      1. kevin p

        Hey Siddharth,

        Thanks for the advice. They knew that both cards were in my name but still allowed access.
        The rules seem to be liberal in India. Any idea if they would allow such access overseas as well ??

        Thanks again!

        Reply
        1. Siddharth Post author

          Kevin,
          Its liberal in most foreign airport lounges as well. 🙂

          Reply
  24. Varun

    Amazing Patience you have to answer all the queries. One thing which I wanted to ask was, my Pp card says 12 free visits and here ppl are talking abt 4 visits… What is this difference?

    Also, please clarify if Pp cards issued with addon regalia cards are independent of each other..?

    Also, apart from Regalia and Pp.. What cards can I get to get free lounge access?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Regalia – 12 visits
      Regalia First – 4 Visits
      Add on PP cards are separate but the total visits are shared.
      Diners cards are good for lounge access as well.

      Reply
  25. Sandeep Pradhan

    I have HDFC All Miles Credit Card (with a separate PP). I have a add on of the same Credit Card. Can I get a PP for the add-on card too?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Possible on Regalia, not sure about Allmiles. Get in touch with bank.

      Reply
  26. pv

    hi:

    sorry, wrong forum to ask, but i scoured for cardexpert.in sbi yatra credit card link & did not find it.

    i just received a sbi yatra credit card (masters)
    it’s not free. there is an annual fee of rs.575.
    (i also hold hdfc regalia first)

    1.does sbi yatra masters offer free lounge visits (domestic & international lounge – in india)

    2.does this card also offer a discount of rs. 500 on domestic flight at yatra.com

    about my regalia-first-‘visa’
    on 01nov16, that card was not accepted at mumbai t2 international departure lounge. they demanded masters, whereas the hdfc regalia-first site clearly states that regalia-first-visa is entitled to 2 free visits every quarter.
    any idea on why my card was not accepted?

    thank you

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Am unsure about Yatra card. You can check the visits via Mastercard tollfree line.
      Maybe that lounge wasn’t affiliated with Visa.

      Reply
  27. Rajat Sharma

    Hello,

    I have 2 cards whch offer Lounge access , 1 credit (HDFC ALL Miles Master credit card) and 1 debit ( ICICI Coral Debit card), both on my name.
    My questions are regarding accessing the lounge facility in New delhi Domestic and Goa Airports.

    1. I will be travelling with my wife and wanted to know if I can use the HDFC All miles credit card to get myself in and ICICI Coral debit card to get my wife in. As both the cards are registered in my name. Will this work?

    2. Per the ICICI Coral debit card I have to swipe the card for a transaction of INR 2. if this is right, pls confirm that there is no mandate that the flight tickets have to booked with this ICIC card to get the lounge access?

    3. If, my point 1 works, HDFC Airmiles I have is a Master card and ICIC Coral being a VISA Platinum, in Delhi, would we have to access different Airport lounge and is that the same in Goa too?

    4. Is there any time window limit to which one can remain in the lounge?

    Thanks in advance!!

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. No
      2. No
      3. No access
      4. 3 hrs
      You need to know more. Pl check relevant Articles.
      ICICI Coral Visa & Allmiles MC don’t work. You need PP card that comes with Allmiles.

      Reply
  28. Sam

    Hi,

    I will be taking a 7:30 am flight from the Chennai Airport sometime next week. And, I have got 4 complimentary visits on my priority membership card.
    Now, my query is:
    1. Will the lounge be open around 5:00 am?
    2. Will I get anything to eat / breakfast / coffee at this hour?
    I am asking coz I don’t want to waste one free visit just on a sitting place.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Each lounge is different. You got to check the info with the respective lounge.

      Reply
    2. Srikant

      Hi I visited the Lounge in the last week of Aug. They were providing Break Fast and Filter kaapi….😀😀

      Reply
  29. Champa Bhatia

    Hie,

    How to get these facilities to lounge.What I will have to do to avail these facilities.Please guide.I also need to have priority pass.

    Awaiting your reply.

    Thank you
    Champa Bhatia

    Reply
  30. Gautam

    Hi Siddharth !!!

    My annual income is 10.15lac . Plse suggest me a Card with both Airport lounge access & complimentary golf lessions globally.

    Regards

    Gautam

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      You can aim for Diners Black, maybe after taking Diners premium for sometime.

      Reply
  31. jitendra saraogi

    i have below cards-

    Axis Bank MY Zone Visa Platinum Credit Card

    American Express MakeMyTrip Credit Card

    American Express Gold Charge Card

    ICICI Coral Visa Platinum Credit Card

    ICICI Jet Airways Coral Visa Platinum Credit Card

    ICICI Jet Airways Coral Amex Credit Card

    icici bank hpcl titanium credit card

    IndusInd Platinum Select Visa Credit Card

    SBI Signature Visa Credit Card

    hdfc regalia along with pp

    So please check and confirm against which card i can get access at kolkata/jaipur airport lounges?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Those are less used lounges. Diners or Mastercard would help.

      Reply
  32. Saurabh Kesarwani

    Ji… I recently used the lounge using my pp at kolkata airport and swiped for two people on my card. Now I want to know if any additional charge has been put for the second person and if yes then where and how do I need to pay it as my regalia card transactions are still not reflecting the swipe.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      There are 2 chances,
      1. Swiped at once by adding other person as a guest? If so, you can see the charge in a week time.
      2. Swiped twice? You may not be charged if you have free visits.
      While this may not be possible to swipe twice in same lounge, one of our reader said it worked for him.

      Reply

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