8 Snazzy New Airport Lounges Opening Soon And How To Get In Free

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INSIDER SECRET: The Priority Pass Select membership that comes with certain premium credit cards is better than the most expensive Priority Pass membership you can buy because you’re often able to bring two guests along for free.

When you’re stuck with a long layover or delayed flight, airport lounge access can be invaluable. Airlines and airports have recognized this need and are continuing add new lounges all the time.

Recently, new lounges have opened or are opening in Charleston, London, New Orleans, Sacramento and in other cities this year. Let’s take a look at some of the lounges and which credit cards with airport lounge access can get you in.

The Amex Centurion lounges are top-tier airport lounges and a new one will be opening in London later this year. (Photo by EQRoy/Shutterstock)

New Airport Lounges Opening in 2019

Priority Pass is the most common airport lounge membership that comes as a credit card perk.

These are a few of the cards that come with a Priority Pass membership (enrollment required):

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
  • The Business Platinum® Card from American Express
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve®

With each of the cards listed above you get unlimited Priority Pass lounge visits for you and up to two guests. However, other cards have a limited number of visits per year, such as (enrollment required):

  • Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
  • The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

The information for the Hilton Aspire card and Hilton Surpass card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

It’s important to note that any Priority Pass membership associated with an Amex card will no longer get you access to non-lounge benefits, like credits at Priority Pass partner restaurants. But if you have either of the Amex Platinum cards (personal or business), you’ll have access to the Amex Global Lounge collection, which includes all Delta SkyClub lounges, Centurion lounges, Escape lounges and Airspace lounges.

You can also get access to airline-specific lounges with cards like these:

  • Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express — Delta SkyClub lounge access
  • Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card — Delta SkyClub lounge access
  • United Club℠ Card —  United Club lounge access
  • United Club℠ Business Card — United Club lounge access
  • United℠ Business Card — Two one-time United Club passes per year
  • United℠ Explorer Card — Two one-time United Club passes per year
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® — American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access

The information for the United Club℠ Business Card, and the United Club℠ Card  has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

1. The Club at CHS

The Charleston International Airport now has its first Priority Pass lounge, The Club at CHS. The lounge is open to guests, although its 1,200-square-foot bar area is still under construction.

Your Priority Pass membership will get you access, although The Club at CHS wasn’t showing up on the Priority Pass app just recently. If you don’t have an airport lounge membership, you can pay $40 per person to visit.

2. Sacramento Adds Two Escape Lounges

Escape Lounges is a small network of airport lounges that don’t offer memberships and aren’t part of the Priority Pass network. There are two ways you can get access to an Escape Lounge:

  • Pay $45 a person (you can save $5 by booking online)
  • Get in for free with an eligible Amex card like The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

I’ve visited the Escape Lounges location at the Minneapolis airport and it’s nicer than most domestic airline lounges but a notch below the better international business- or first-class lounges. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s worth $45 a person to visit, so I only recommend it if you can get in for free with your Amex Platinum or Centurion card.

Sacramento International Airport recently added two new Escape Lounges, which is great because previously there were no Amex Global lounges at the airport.

3. Other Airport Lounges Opening in 2019

In addition to the airport lounges that have already opened this year, there are many more scheduled to open in 2019. Let’s take a quick look at each of them.

London — Centurion Lounge

Centurion Lounges are some of the nicest airport retreats, but you can’t get in with a Priority Pass membership or just because you’re flying first class. You’ll need to have access to the Amex Global lounge collection, which you can get with The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express or Centurion cards.

New Orleans — United, Delta and Priority Pass

When the new terminal is finished at Louis Armstrong International Airport (delayed until fall 2019), it will include a United Club, Delta SkyClub and a Priority Pass lounge. These three lounges are joining

Istanbul — Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines already has a swanky lounge at the new Istanbul Airport and this fall it’ll be adding another. The new Turkish Airlines Exclusive Lounge will be open only to Turkish Airlines business-class travelers who are also top-tier Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles Elite or Elite Plus members.

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Jason Stauffer was a writer for Million Mile Secrets where he covered points, miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels and general travel. His work has appeared in The Points Guy and NextAdvisor.

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