The Best Credit Cards with Free Airport Lounge Access

By Jason Steele. Last updated 23 October 2018. 0 comments

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Have you ever seen an airport meltdown? When one flight is delayed, others often get stuck too, and the airport can quickly become overwhelmed with hundreds of frustrated, tired, and sometimes angry passengers. Seats fill up, and people end up sitting on the floors for hours, waiting for their flights to depart.

Yet there's always a quiet corner of the airport, behind a understated door where a privileged few relax in comfort and solitude. These lounges can offer guests free food, drinks, Wifi, and even a shower, yet membership typically costs around $500 a year.

For less money than that, you can have a credit card that offers airport lounge membership in one or more programs, a whole host of other included benefits. So whether you just want to be able to wait for your flight in comfort, or you're avoiding an airport meltdown, here are the best cards that can get you into the exclusive lounge at no additional cost.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

offers access to over 1,000 airport lounges around the world. Cardholders get access to the Global Lounge Collection, which includes programs like Priority Pass Select, Centurion Lounge Network, and more. Other travel benefits of this premium card include a $200 annual airline fee credit, $75 hotel credit, fee credit for Global Entry program or TSA PreCheck, complimentary Hilton Honors and Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status, and complimentary Wifi at more than 1,000,000 hotspots worldwide with Boingo. You can also enroll to get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue. Cardholders earn 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel, 5X points on prepaid hotels booked on, and 1 point on other eligible purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $550 annual fee for this charge card. Terms apply.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®

The  from our partner Citi, offers access to the American Airlines Admirals Club for you and guests traveling with you (worth around $450-$550). Additional premium benefits include first bag checked free and dedicated priority check-in areas at ticket counters and airport screening lanes, as well as boarding privileges and 25% savings on eligible inflight purchases. This card earns 2 miles per dollar spent on American Airlines purchases, and 1 point on other purchases. New cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. The annual fee is $450.

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