Priority Pass boasts of giving access to 1,000+ 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.
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:
- HDFC Infinia (Free Visits: Unlimited + 3 Add on Cards)
- Yes First Exclusive Card (Free Visits: Unlimited + Add on Cards)
- Citi Prestige (Free Visits: Unlimited + 4 Add on Cards)
- HDFC Regalia (Free Visits: 6)
- HDFC Regalia First (Free Visits: 4)
- Yes First Preferred (Free Visits: 4)
- Axis Bank SELECT (Free Visits: 6)
- HDFC Allmiles
(Free Visits: 4)Benefit Revoked
You can also get Priority pass card for HDFC Regalia Add-on cards and share the complimentary visits across 2 cards.
- Read more here: Priority Pass by HDFC – Everything You Need to Know
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.
Note: All HDFC Priority Pass cards can no longer be used for domestic lounge access.
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.
- Complimentary Lounge Access on Visa Signature & Infinite Cards (India)
- Mastercard Airport Lounge Access in India 2016
Related: I personally use Diners Black for all Domestic/International lounge access and i’m loving it.
Few Tips on Accessing Priority Pass Lounges:
- A Single card can be swiped only “once” in same lounge in same day.
- 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.
Know more about Priority Pass Add-on Cards and Tricks here -> Priority Pass Tricks
Do you use Priority Pass for lounge access? Share your experience below.
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.
Highly suggest you to ask HDFC cust care as they keep changing the # and it differs from catalog to website.
@Snehashish: Does HDFC issue two cards with common limit? They issued me two seperate cards with individual limits saying the limit has to split if they issue two different cards.
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.
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)
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Is there any way we can club multiple PP cards instead of carrying so many. Also any advantage/disadvantages of having multiple cards? I understand that having multiple cards may increase my complimentary lounge visits but would that be cancelled if I club ?
One card for one person. We can’t club it.
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??
Your card itself would give access via Visa/mastercard platform. PP is additional.
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..
Yes, you can use any of them.
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?
Yes, it does, but Visa lounges are very less.
I have heard people use the Regalia Card itself for lounge access and not the priority pass. Is it possible/.?
Yes, i’ve used many times as well.
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.
If you take the guest, it will be charged a guest fee.
Only one allowed per swipe usually.
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?
As long as you pay $27 no limits.
There are many cards which gives complimentary access without $27 though.
Your blog is very informative and helpful. Keep up the good work! I was searching the net to answer some of my queries and I found so many answers given either by you or others in comments. I have discovered about some benefits about the cards I hold from your blog and confused about some. Please help me.
My All miles Card was issued in April 2016. I have the following questions.
1. If I request the Priority Pass card now, how long will the 4 complimentary visits and the waiver of membership be valid?
2. Are the 4 visits valid only for one year or every year you can have complimentary 4 visits, provided you pay 27$ 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.
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.
Thanks Siddharth. I will write to HDFC and use my Amex card in the meanwhile 🙂
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.
You mostly get food & soft drinks for free at lounges.
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
Kotak cards are near to useless. Why do yo want to go for Kotak while axis/hdfc/sbi are there?
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 🙂
Its mentioned on website itself. The point values.
Could you compare the Citibank premiermiles to the HDFC Regalia.
Premier Miles is good if you want to play with Airmiles/Hotel Loyalty programs. Else regalia wins.
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?
Its renews every year as far as i know.
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.
Looks like you’re having “Regalia First”. yes, its completely free for access, food, wifi etc.
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.
Correct. Also, note that you wont get the spa/shower services for free.
For free services, Will the PP officials mention which services are free and which r not ???
You can always ask before getting in. All lounges are different.
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.
Shower Facilities are not complimentary in most lounges. You’ve to pay extra for the same.
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 …
Sorry, no idea. HDFC would be happy to give i guess though.
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?
Technically, it should be the Date of Issuing the linked “Credit Card”
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
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.
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??
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)
Visa Variant? NO – As far as i know.
Any idea from where we can track # lounge visits made through PP ?
Sadly, no. You got to ask Bank for the same.
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?
Call Cust. Care and ask them to issue PP card for your Wife’s Add-on Card.
Only one person allowed per card.
Thanks a lot
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 ??
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.
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 ??
Its liberal in most foreign airport lounges as well. 🙂
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?
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.
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?
Possible on Regalia, not sure about Allmiles. Get in touch with bank.
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?
Am unsure about Yatra card. You can check the visits via Mastercard tollfree line.
Maybe that lounge wasn’t affiliated with Visa.
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!!
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.
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.
Each lounge is different. You got to check the info with the respective lounge.
Hi I visited the Lounge in the last week of Aug. They were providing Break Fast and Filter kaapi….??
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.
Hi Siddharth !!!
My annual income is 10.15lac . Plse suggest me a Card with both Airport lounge access & complimentary golf lessions globally.
You can aim for Diners Black, maybe after taking Diners premium for sometime.
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?
Those are less used lounges. Diners or Mastercard would help.
Edit: Your qns moved to a separate post. You can read it here
Hope you got your answers.
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.
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.
I have a sbi visa signature card. can i get access to an international lounge on payment.
Yes, you can.
Hi Siddharth….first of all hats off to you answering each and every question 🙂
I have one query.
I have 2 PP cards, one of them is mine and another is my brother’s. Could my friends use this 2 cards on airport lounges. Is it require that the owner of the card should be present to swipe the card at lounge.
Thanks in advance.
I’ve covered this in detail. Pls check the link in last para of the article 🙂
Thanks Man….my bad 🙂
Very Informative article. Just wanted to check, I have 3 cards one ICICI Bank Saffiro and the other HDFC Jet Airways world Debit card as well as HDFC Regalia Credit card. But all of them are in my name. Can I scratch 2 cards and get my wife and my 6 months Old baby in?
I’ve covered this in detail. Looks like you’ve missed the link in last para 🙂
I had HDFC all miles card since Nov2015, but as of now I did not registered for PP. Is it mandatory to register PP before going to lounge access?
One year I did not used any lounge access, if I will use in the next year bank will charge USD27 for lounge access?
Please follow the links in the article. Everything is already explained 🙂
I had HDFC all miles card, for registering PP they are charging USD 27 ? or they free?
Great article…. Thanks..
I have got a new HDFC Regalia card wih PP.. having 12 free launge visits. I have got 4 add one cards as well with respective 4 PP.
I have a plan to visit Dubai in 2 months.
Can I avail free visit/services at Dubai Terminal 1 for all 5 members together in the same launge?
You did mentioned above that “u can also get Priority pass card for HDFC Regalia Add-on cards and share the complimentary visits across 2 cards.” . Please clarify..
Thanks in advance.
Just to add, Me and my wife do have the DBS Treasure Debit card (Visa Infinaite card) which I think offer the free launge services. Not sure though. Let me know if you might have idea. Thanks
You can. You’re missing the links in the article 🙂
I have priority pass card which I plan on using soon for the 1st time, just wanted to confirm its free entry and it won’t charge to my CC directly?
As long as you’ve free visits left, its completely free to use.
May I know if priority pass or any other card will be accepted for Day hotel access at Airports
Usually not. Room usage is not allowed with free access.
I HAVE A HDFC REGALIYA CREDICARD. CAN I AVAIL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOUNGE ACCESS ALONG WITH MY WIFE WITHOUT ANY EXTRA CHARGE.
can hdfc business regalia card be used as a priority pass because i have received the credit card but not the PP
Check out the Visa/mastercard lounge access articles for the same 🙂
Pls provide me the Mastercard India Customer care number to verify my IndusInd Aura CC Lounge Accesss limits (if u have).
And also you may provide the PP India Customer Care number
Check out this article for all details: Mastercard Airport Lounge Access
I have applied for Hdfc Diners premium credit card and will be receiving it next week. Do I have to apply for Priority pass card to get access to lounges in international location or will the Diners card work at the Priority pass lounges ?
Diners card itself can be used for lounge access. PP card not given on diners cards.
I Have following Cards with me, please guide which card i can use in lounge for free service.
* ICICI Coral Card
* ICICI Coral Card – HPCL
* ICICI Platinum
* Citi Bank Reward Card
* Amex Gold Card – Charge Card
* Amex Silver Card – Credit Card
* HDFC Money Back
Please help me out
ICICI Coral Mastercard has the lounge access.
I lost my Priority Pass card and dont remember the card number too. How do i get a replacement card now ?? There is no customer care number for India.
Issued on CC or PP itself?
If its issued on CC, get in touch with that bank, else you can mail to PP if issued directly.
i have a PP issued complimentary with SBI Airindia SIgnature Visa card.
Is the use of PP at domestic airports chargeable (27$)?
Thanks for patients and prompt reply . I do have Hdfc regalia and I have got Add on for my wife with PP .
1) I am travelling to Delhi with my son who is 5 years old . For me and my wife we can use PP but for my kid what can do.
2) Can we use Regalia card itself for my son is tht possible to enter with regalia or I do have Hdfc debit card visa plantium
3) I Never used the PP even once . When I called hdfc cc they said u can only use PP TWO times in a quater. Can I use for 12 times cumulatively or 2 times in quaterly kindly explain. So if I have not used for three quaters will it go waste. Pls clarify.
1. Try asking to allow for free
2. Any one one do. Check Visa/MC lounge article for more info.
3. Its now reduced to “6” instead of “12”. Check respective card review article 🙂
Dont use priority pass issued with Regalia in domestic lounge.
As per latest T&Cs issued by HDFC, domestic visits are not free through priority pass.
A per visit charge of $27* will be applicable for any accompanying/additional guests and domestic visits and also from 7th International visit for primary card member through Priority Pass
As advised by Siddharth, you can try to take son free of charge. I dont think they will ask anything for him. For you and your wife you can use regalia card ( Primary & Add on) for the entry
I have a regalia first credit card but i used my priority pass for domestic lounges. So do I still have 2 complimentary access on my visa signature or not as they are linked? And on Add-on are the domestic visits also shared(One that comes with visa signature) ?
Yes you do. Not sure about Add-on cards. Give it a try.
I have a regalia first and coral cards. Both cards allow lounge access under PP
How do I get the PP card that you have shown in the article?
And could you please tell me, what’s the advantage of having this PP card separately, as I understand the access is granted even with the bank card?
Having Regalia first card & complimentary PP , need to know as me & my wife & my son (infant <2 Years) is traveling to bali so it will e free for all three or will be charged at domestic & international lounges.
as infant policy is there ?
is i will be charged for other than my asses
Infant should be free, though varies from lounge to lounge.
For you both, yes you can use PP to access. Don’t use Regalia PP at domestic Lounges as they’ll charge you, use only for intl access.
I am traveling internationally. I want to get my kid the lounge access as well. Will this work?
1. HDFC Regalia Visa Signature Card to check myself in and Premiermiles Visa Signature to check my son in.
2. Will the credit cards issued in India like HDFC Regalia work in international airports as well? Can I use them in Hong Kong and Bangkok for lounge access?
1. Sometimes they allow, sometimes not (as i believe PM is not son’s name)
2. Nope, but you can use Priority pass issued with regalia.
I have the hdfc regalia card and have done the 4 transactions needed to get priority pass. What are the next steps to get the priority pass?
You’ll automatically get the link to apply for the same. Just wait for a while.
You have deep knowledge about various aspects and have written a very good article. Congrats ! I have a query. I see that only 1 person is allowed per card for airport lounge access. If I have a child to be taken, visa terms & conditions say that they will be charged a “full guest fee”. what is the typical fee for a guest ?
Check out the priority pass tricks page that i’ve mentioned at the end of the article. It might have a solution for you.
Do not see any option for taking a child (complimentary). please advice. I have a daughter (5 years old). won’t the lounge staff identify that the child below 5 years cannot have a complimentary access and proxy cards will be rejected right?
I have a Citibank Premier miles card and also a Kotak Platinum debit and Royal Visa signature credit card. Wanted to know which is the easiest one to get a PP with complimentary lounge access?
Neither of them!
Credit Cards with free PP access is already listed in the article 🙂
QQ- How is the PP international visit counted. Me and my wife together made 8 visits in November 2016 (Card was issued in November 2016 itself) and now the limit has fallen to 6.
My wife is travelling to Boston later in April- is the 6 per calendar year (that means we will have 6 for 2017) or one year starts from the PP issuance date?
You might need to wait until your next renewal of credit card and then ask to issue new PP card.
Dear Shri Sidharth,
I am travelling to Mumbai from Bangaluru on 17.4.2017 by Indigo Flt no. 6-E-566 starting at 19.35. along with my wife I am holding HDFC Business Regalia First Credit Card for both myself and my wife.
Will I get the free lounge access at Bangaluru airport?
If so is there any separate pin required for swiping my card at the entrance of the lounge?.I am already having the pin for my HDFC Regalia Credit card.
Since the time time of travel i short I will be obliged if I get the reply by tomorrow or by latest on 17 th morning.
Hi, great articles. If u’d be so kind to help me out. My family will be travelling to Goa soon and would like to access the lounges at both Goa and Mumbai airport. I have an axis priority debit card and my father has hdfc regalia ,Sbi simply save. my mother has std chartered titanium card.We have not applied for pp card or add on cards so far. Is there any way for four members (me, parents and sister) to access the lounge without payment.
Also is there any sense to apply for pp cards now that they charge 27$ for domestic lounges. Our travel is restricted to domestic primarily.
Thank u in advance
Maybe you need to pay for your mother if Stan chartered titanium card is not allowing access.
I would suggest you to put rest of family grouped with your Axis priority so they enjoy the lounge access as well, via single bank.
I have hdfc all miles visa credit card which I used at the lounge in Delhi International departure zone last year. However I have learnt that there is no more free access on this card. The customer care guys did not give a satisfactory answer.
1) is it true that all miles cc is no more valid for premium lounge access?
2) hdfc had also sent a PP in Nov 16, which has validity until Nov 17. Would you know if I can still use this PP for a free access?
Thanks a lot!
1. You can use Visa Signature variant for lounge access
2. PP revoked
please update your info..
HDFC Infinia (Free Visits: Unlimited + 3 Add on Cards)
Yes First Exclusive Card (Free Visits: Unlimited + Add on Cards)
Citi Prestige (Free Visits: Unlimited + 4 Add on Cards)
HDFC Regalia (Free Visits: 6)
HDFC Regalia First (Free Visits: 4)
Yes First Preferred (Free Visits: 4)
Axis Bank SELECT (Free Visits: 6)
HDFC Allmiles (Free Visits: 4) Benefit Revoked….
all these mentioned credit card have removed PP access for domestic lounges..
We will have to pay $ 27 on entering
Researching on your comment:
Infinia – The HDFC Bank Infinia Card is available by invitation only. 10,000 – Annual Fee
Yes Bank card does not offer unlimited lounge visits : Complimentary Priority Pass – Airport Lounge Access (Total 10 visits in 12 months) – per visit cost: US $ 27 (from their terms) – 10,000 – Annual Fee
Citi Prestige Credit Card – 20,000 – Annual Fee & 50 lakh Salary
I am looking for Card which gives complimentary Priority Pass lounge access for the add-on (secondary) card holders. I know HDFC regalia has that benefit. Is there any other Credit card from other banks which provides this feature? Thanks
The benefits on Regalia and Regalia First regarding Priority Pass have also been revoked by HDFC. Domestic visits are now chargeable at 27$. Kindly edit the post please.
Can i use Regalia First for international lounge access and my wife can use PP pass for accessing lounge?
1. Is SBI better or HDFC in credit cards. Kindly let me know which is the better class of card in both.
2.Can I take my friends with me to the lounge with priority card..?? And how much will they charge for my friends at the lounge.?
Finally I found a detailed blog for India Credit Cards; thanks for writing this up Siddharth !
I am Indian living In Singapore and travel extensively (30-40 trips every year) and like to use lounges whenever I have 30 mins – 1 hr before my boarding time.
The banks altered their collaboration/ terms which is now making me think of new cards in India.
(ANZ Traveler card revoked their collaboration with Veloce lounge; earlier it offered unlimited lounge visits and I was free to use it at my frequent airports (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur & Cochin))
I have taken the HDFC Regalia card in order to compensate the lose of Anz Card privileges, but this year they have reduced the visits from 12 to 6.
So, annually I have only 12 lounge visits are available, which is not enough.
Diners club – 1
DBS Altitude Visa – 2
Citibank Premier Miles – 2
Arrture Membership – 1
HDFC Regalia – 6
I have relationship with SBI, HDFC & Axis in India and currently holding cards from HDFC (Regalia) & Axis (Platinum Visa). Please advise which cards I can go for ?
I do not mind putting an FD (Based on FD, I got both my cards) but I hate paying annual fee (Here in Singapore, I don’t pay annual / joining fee and get gifts like cash back, trolley vouchers etc when apply for new credit cards).
Your advice will be much appreciated.
Thanks & Regards,
The List here: Best Credit Cards for International Airport Lounge Access
These cards might help you. But then you have to decide only based on your spends.
Thanks for the link…
Out of 10 cards mentioned there, 7 are from HDFC. HDFC Bank told me they can’t give me more than one card (may be I am living overseas). So, I can’t go for any HDFC cards.
Yes bank not yet started providing credit card services in Kerala.
So, I ended up with only one choice, which is Citi Bank Prestige.
Well, Citi Prestige does not offer to NRIs and for Indian residents they need minimum 25 Lakh ITR. So, seems like none of the cards work for me 🙂
With Priority Pass are the lounges free for the kids too? Or are they charged extra?
Dear Siddhart you have a great blog and is a good source for credit card freaks like us. I wanted to know that SBI Platinum card has Complimentary Priority Pass membership ($99) but do they charge ($27) If I visit the lounge?
And are domestic lounge access free or chargeable?
I have ICICI VISA Platinum Debit card is this allowed for free ? and I have another Debit card – AXIS Titanium Rewards Master card is this allowed ?
I have SBI Elite CC – how many times can I use it ?
Correction: Regalia too has PriorityPass for Add-on card holder.
I am having HDFC regalia credit card with add on card in my wife name.I got two priority pass with one in my name and other in my wife name.Both priority pass having same card number but name is different.As per regalia terms ,6 free priority lounge access in international location.We are planning to go together for an international trip.Can we together access international airport lounge with two different name embossed priority pass having same card number issued under HDFC regalia credit card.
I am not a frequent traveller neither do I own any credit card. I am travelling to Europe in December and for lounge access I want to apply for the credit card. Can you suggest me any that suits my requirement. I am confused between Citi AAdvantage and Diners.
Thanks Sid for the fineprint details 🙂
I have 2 PP. One has 17 digits, while has 12 digits. Any idea whats the big deal regarding this ?
I am travelling with my Family ( 4 members) and have 4 cards with free access on my name. Can my family get access to the airport lounge by swiping my card? Awaiting an early response.
Yes you can. I had done that.
I heard PP lounge visit is charged if we are visiting a loung in India . no more complimentary visits in India .
Is it true?
Yes. Indian CC issued PP are chargeable in domestic.
Is this true even for Yes Exclusive/Citi prestige cards?
As of now: No. But it may change in coming months.
I have SBI prime card. What is the benefit of priority pass that is issued with that? is it only restricted to entry or it provides complementary food/drinks with entry???
Coming back to a very basic question bro.
1. I hv a NRE account with HDFC bank.
Which DEBIT CARD should I ask them for so as to get multiple entries at specially DUBAI Airport Lounge.
Does SBI add on card holders get PriorityPass like HDFC?And also do international lounges match name with boarding pass?
SBI don’t provide Priority Pass for add on card holders. In International Lounges they will match the name but there might be few exceptions also but its not that liberal as domestic lounge
as far as i know, only yesbank/hdfc provides free priority pass, others provide just the membership but charge for entry.
International lounges may not check your name against boarding pass, but in delhi international lounges, they checked.
Can we get lounge access with Only Debit card (Yes First World) without separate Priority Pass card?
Yes, within India.
Hi i m looking for a card which have free lounge access .kindly suuggest
I have Regelia First in my maiden name, however my surname is changed post marriage and the boarding pass will have post marriage surname. Will I be able to access international lounges (in US) or will there be an issue with name change. (First name being the same).
Should be fine to access the lounge. Further, you can ask HDFC to update the name on card as per the latest records.
i have the hdfc regalia master which offers me 6 FREE/COMPLIMENTARY lounge visits abroad (priority pass)
we are 6, flying zurich-mumbai in may18.
-without having to pay anything, can i use all 6 priority pass complimentary visits in *one go* for 6 different co-passengers (lounge access)
VISIT BENEFITS ARE ONLY TO CARD HOLDER OR ADD ON CARD HOLDERS (TOTAL 6 FREE VISITS SHARED ). Kindly vheck with HDFC how many add on cards you can get.
ANY OTHERS PERSONS WILL BE GUESTS AND WILL BE CHARGEABLE.
USE YOUR PRIORITY PASS ONLY IN FOREIGN AIRPORTS (NOT EVEN INDIAN INTERNATIONAL TERMINALS).
Not possible. One Priority pass is for single person use only (Complimentary). If you have add on card for your family members, They have to swipe their own add on card to get complimentary visits.
No Pv, You can’t use these at the same time. Only one visit on same day/same lounge is permitted.
I have a Yes First Preferred CC which comes with a Priority Pass with 4 complimentary lounge visits. Could I use the PP to gain lounge access for my wife?
I have query i have 2 PP but i have not used since long how can i come to know which PP for which CC i have cc fromHDFC/Axis they are not able to help on the same. can you please guide
Email to HDFC and they need more than a week to tell you the info of available visits. It anyways gets reset every calendar Year.
I have been offered hdfc infinia card. Please tell me if i can acess international with this credit card without carrying priority pass or i need to apply for a separate priority pass. Also pls tell me if this card will work in domestic airport lounge without priority pass
You can access lounges outside India with Priority pass only. It comes along with your card so no need to apply for it separately. Depending on the variant issued to you (visa infinite/world MC) you can access domestic lounges using the credit card as well.
I have a master card along with PP and one Visa card along with PP. All four cards have lounge access.
Q1) Can I use all four cards (one swipe each) as my travel is planned with other three family members?
Q2) Can I enter any lounge (Visa or premium) using all four cards together?
Q3) can we enter with a 4year old kid? Is entry for kid free?
Hi Sir I have regalia first Card . I want to get pp card so What I do.If I will get PP card so will I pay charge ($27)of airport lounge??. Sir I can you tell me more benefit of regalia First card and priority card.
I have a priority pass issued through a kotak platinum debit card.
Do i have to pay every time to access the lounge?
Yes, there r no free visits with kotak priority pass
check with the bank , i know Kotak Signature cards have 2 visits/quarter free(under visa signature program , priority pass visits are chargeable ) , platinum i think is all paid access , they just mentioned that you are eligible for application of priority pass , free visits are not mentioned anywhere
On bankbazaar website, Indusind Platinum Aura Edge card is showing one of the features as Priority Pass membership for you and your partner. Will this be chargeable or free? Also would free International/Domestic Lounge access be there with this card ?
Only membership , all visits chargeable at 32USD per visit internationally, or 8 free international lounge visits by paying 5000 rs extra under travel plus programme
I have recently received a IndusInd legend Credit card and received a Priority Pass free alongwith.
However in the welcome letter it says Lounge access abroad will be charged 27$ per entry
Unable to understand above as Priority pass received with my Axis Select Card never charged this.
Bank reps are unable to understand and saying u need to buy Priority Pass Plus program worth InR 5000 for free access
Under the legend credit card , you have been issued priority pass free of cost which they value at $99 per pass , all lounge visits are chargeable, this is the basic variant of PP they have issued you… the 5000 rs fess they are referring to is the travel plus program which includes 8 visits a year free on the PP
Hi MT. I am new to this portal. I have a general doubt on PP card. So when you 8 visits a YEAR for free, is it a calendar year?
Let me explain it a bit further…suppose I got this PP on august 2019 and started using it immediately. By December 2019 I used all the complimentary access. Therefore will I get 8 more visits per year from Jan 2020.
Actually my question is related to Regalia Card and its 6 PP lounge offer in a year. What is this Year actually represents? is it calendar year or it calculated as per the first use of PP card.
Has anyone been able to get their kids (above 5 years) into a Priority Pass lounge abroad for free on their add-on/ Primary PP?
The lounge attendants have become smart now. They want to tally the name on Boarding pass with name on PP. And which bank is going to issue a PP in child’s name??
Kids below 6 years are usually not charged as per mood of the desk agent. Apart from that, for PP or any add-on card for that matter, minimum age is 18 years.
I have Regalia, I got my PP. Now I have applied for add-on Card. In that, if I apply for PP, THEN
1) Will the two PP have the same number?
2) Could we both access the same lounge at the same time?
3) Could I access two different lounges on the same day?
Yes for all 3 questions, but please bare in mind , visits in india are charged when PP swiped , so you need to swipe regalia card for access , and addon member swipes , it is counted as a visit deducted from free visits of primary member
gentleman, i have used my SBI prime card for more than 2 years now and my Priority pass has expired. Any idea if i ask for renewal of priority pass, will i be charged 99 usd membership fees & 27 usd per visit fees? i am still using my sbi prime card. but hesitant to get the priority pass via sbi portal as i feel they might charge. Any one tried this before?