Can You Avoid Priority Pass Lounge Guest Fees With 2 Memberships?

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Can You Avoid Priority Pass Lounge Guest Fees With 2 Memberships?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Kloppomaniatweeted:

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?

Great question!

The $27 guest fee only applies to Priority Pass Select memberships that come with AMEX Platinum cards like The 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.

Priority Pass Lounge Guest Fees
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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

Link:   Are Airport Lounges Worth It?

Priority Pass Select membership is a great perk because you can access more than 1,000 airport lounges worldwide.

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:

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.

Priority Pass Lounge Guest Fees
Someone Else Can Not Use Your Priority Pass Membership, Even If It’s From a Second Membership

Save Money on Priority Pass Lounge Access

Link:   Will Authorized Users Get Their Own Priority Pass Membership?

To avoid paying the $27 per person guest fee with the personal, Mercedes-Benz, or small business American Express Platinum card, you can consider adding an authorized user to your account.

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.

Priority Pass Lounge Guest Fees
Adding an Authorized User to Your AMEX Platinum Account Gets Them a Priority Pass Select Membership!

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.

Because you’ll pay a $175 fee on the AMEX Platinum cards (personal and Mercedes-Benz) to add up to 3 authorized users.

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:

Bottom Line

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!  

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What about the priority pass that comes with the Ameriprise Platinum, 1st year fee waived? Can you get free AU cards that first year, with free lounge passes?

We couldn’t just use the PP app with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card and we didn’t bring the card so luckily I have the Citi Prestige which allows the app for entrance. I was glad to read the CSR allows guests for free since my year will be up with the Prestige soon.

Glad to hear you were able to make it into the lounge!

Just like Samuel, I have used my PP cards for other people. A lot of lounge agents just don’t care.

I’m a Jr. and my priority pass membership cards don’t indicate this. I’ve wondered if I could give one of my extra cards to my dad. You state the names must match the boarding pass, but I’ve assumed the terms meant the credit card holder is the only individual who can utilize the priority pass.

Maybe people with the name Joe Smith should sell their extra cards on e-bay.

Given the same name, your dad would probably be able to use your Priority Pass card to access lounges.

FYI, I have used my PP cards under my name for my friends with no issues at different lounges since i got them few years back already.