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If I have 2 different cards that come with a Priority Pass Select membership, can I use both for me and a guest to avoid paying the $27 guest fee?
The $27 guest fee only applies to Priority Pass Select memberships that come with AMEX Platinum cards like The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN or The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Unfortunately, even if you have separate memberships from 2 different AMEX Platinum cards, you will NOT be able to use one for a guest.
I’ll suggest other ways to get guest access to Priority Pass lounges with your AMEX Platinum cards without paying the $27 fee.
Priority Pass Lounge Guest Fees
Although Priority Pass Select memberships come with several premium credit cards, the guest fee policy on each card is different.
So if you’re traveling with friends or family, you’ll want to know the Priority Pass lounge guest fees you might have to pay.
For example, you’ll pay a $27 per person guest fee with:
- American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum
- The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
If you have more than one of these credit cards, you’ll get separate Priority Pass Select memberships. But a friend or family member will NOT be able to use one, even if you’re traveling together.
According to the Priority Pass website, the Priority Pass membership card must match the name on your boarding pass.
Save Money on Priority Pass Lounge Access
Because your authorized user will get his or her own Priority Pass Select membership. This can be a terrific benefit for an authorized user who travels without the primary cardholder and wants lounge access.
Whether your authorized user travels with you or not, you’ll want to do the math to see if adding an authorized user makes sense.
So if you think you’ll pay at least seven $27 guest fees at Priority Pass lounges, it’s worth adding an authorized user. Because you’ll save $189 ($27 x 7) on lounge fees, which more than offsets the annual $175 authorized user fee.
Meanwhile, the Business Platinum card has a $300 fee to add an authorized user. So you’ll need to visit lounges more frequently to offset the fee.
Or, Get Free Guest Access With These Cards
You can consider other premium credit cards, which do NOT charge guest fees at Priority Pass lounges like:
- Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card – no limit on number of guests, at the discretion of each lounge
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – no limit on number of guests, at the discretion of each lounge
- Citi Prestige – immediate family or up to 2 guests
AMEX Platinum cards (personal, Mercedes-Benz, and small business) come with a Priority Pass Select membership. But to bring a guest to one of the 1,000 Priority Pass airport lounges, you have to pay a $27 fee.
If you have multiple AMEX Platinum cards, a guest or family member can NOT use one of your Priority Pass memberships.
Depending how often you visit Priority Pass lounges with the same guest, it might make sense to add them as an authorized user. Although you’ll pay a fee, it can be offset with each visit to a Priority Pass lounge.
Plus, your authorized user will get their own Priority Pass Select membership! So they can visit the lounges, even when they’re traveling without you!