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Amex Platinum adds Priority Pass for 900 more global lounges

by on Sun April 17, 2011 • 102 Comments
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With Continental Presidents clubs leaving the benefits list of The Platinum Card® from American Express at the end of September, 2011 — American Express working hard to replace that value and — in several ways — deliver even more value to card holders.

The latest is giving Platinum Card holders complimentary Priority Pass Select airport lounge access cards. These were previously only available to holders of the invitation-only Centurion “Black” card, and would cost $399 if you wanted to purchase it on its own.

What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is a card that allows entry to over 900 airline lounges worldwide — regardless of the airline you are traveling that day. It’s primarily a non-US network, which is helpful since US airlines’ lounge networks are limited outside the US. The only limitation is some lounges will charge $27 for each guest you wish to accompany you. The best way to see its value is to go to the link below and search for the airports you frequent. You’ll find a presence at nearly every major airport worldwide, and most with access to multiple terminals.

If you’re an existing Platinum Card holder, you can register to receive your Priority Pass card here.

Will Platinum card holders still have US lounge access?

Platinum Card holders have access to all Delta SkyClubs along with the Amex Centurion Lounges. We also note the addition of Priority Pass effectively adds all Alaska Airlines Board Rooms to the network. If you are a member of the Delta clubs on their own you might want to reconsider and switch to the American Express Platinum Card at $450 per year (which is offset by $200 per year in statement credit for airline charges).

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102 thoughts on Amex Platinum adds Priority Pass for 900 more global lounges

  1. B Hernandez

    We will be traveling with friends to Chicago’s O’hare airport from Miami International. Do we have access to any lounges in Chicago and if so, how many people can I bring along?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @b – Unfortunately nothing in the domestic terminals at Chicago for you unless you’re flying Delta, in which case you can use the Delta SkyClub. The Priority Pass lounges in Chicago are only in the international terminal.

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  2. Brett Calta

    I will be traveling to hong kong from JFK. Which lounges would I have access to? Also I will be in Ho Chi Min, Bang Khok and Seim Reap. Any access there?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Brett – Nothing at T7 JFK.

      In HKG you’ll find Plaza Premium Lounges in Terminal 1 and 2 accessible with your separate Priority Pass card.

      In the other 3, there are lounges at each accessible with your Priority Pass card.

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  3. Jose M Gonzalez

    Which affiliated lounge (Priority Pass,credit card holders)is related to San Juan ,PR International airport Luis Munoz Marin?

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  4. Lori

    We are traveling Air Canada from Montreal to LAX
    Do Air Canada lounges accept the biz platinum card or the Priority Pass? With a 4 hour layover in MTL I was hoping to have lounge access.

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  5. Tom Ftichar

    Does Munich have an American Express Lounge for Platinum card holders and if so where is it located?
    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Tom – The Atlantic and Europa lounges in Terminal 1 are available if you bring your separate Priority Pass card.

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  6. Roland

    I will be flying from LAX to Rome on British Airways via London. Will I be able to use my Platinum Amex to get into any of the lounges and if yes, which ones? Thanks in advance.

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  7. Harold Chantker

    Flying from Denver to Reno Via Slc. Any lounges that wil accept AX Platinum card with, also a Priority card?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ron – Yes in Terminal 3 only (where the transatlantic flights depart) there are 3 lounges – the Avia, Mosaici, and Le Anfore lounges.

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  8. judy allen

    I fly between psp and sfo via Alaska air on a frequent basis ….what is best lounge membership is best for me? Apparently Alaska has closed their closed their lounge and now with Cathy? which program should I join

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Robin – If you’re flying out of Terminal 4, you can use The Club at Phoenix with your separate Priority Pass card.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Bob – Yes there are 4 Priority Pass lounges in Nice, and two in Terminal 1 of Lisbon. You’ll need your separate Priority Pass card on hand to be admitted – your Platinum Card itself won’t get you in.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Db – Unfortunately there are no free lounge options there for Amex Plat cardholders unless you are flying on Delta that day (the Delta SkyClub).

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Warren – Sorry for the confusion, we’ve now updated the old info. Admirals Clubs are not included with the Platinum Card in 2016.

      If you want acceess to them, the Citi Prestige ($450 fee but with a $250 annual airline charge credit) gives you access along with the Priority Pass lounges. The Citi Executive AAdvantage ($450 fee) gives you only Admirals Club access, but allows additional authorized cardholders like your spouse to access the clubs even when you’re not traveling with them.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @ D Stewart – You can access the Air France lounge in Terminal E.

      With your Platinum Card you can also access the Delta SkyClubs when you’re flying on Delta.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @max – Unfortunately Southwest doesn’t have any lounges, and there aren’t any lounges at Midway. Raleigh has a Delta SkyClub you can access, but you need to be flying Delta that day to enter with your card.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jeanette- Yes you can use your Priority Pass card to access the Mera lounge in Terminal 3, though if you bring a guest you will have to pay a fee for the guest of $27. Make sure to bring the Priority Pass card along, as your Platinum Card on its own won’t work.

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  9. Kathryn

    HI

    I am travelling to LAX from Melbourne and will be in and out of LAX and JFK over four weeks of travel. I have a QANTAS platinum AE. What lounges can I use and am I eligible for a priority pass. I will have another person with me as well.

    Kathryn

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Greg – Unfortunately nothing at this time without your Priority Pass. They will be building a full Amex Centurion lounge soon though. You might want to call Priority Pass (1 800 352 2834) and see if they can provide your Priority Pass account number and expiration over the phone. Some of the Priority Pass lounges might accept that as an alternative to the card.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Denise – If you are flying Delta you can access the Delta SkyClubs. Otherwise you can access the Centurion Lounge which is in the Miami, New York-La Guardia, San Francisco, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Seattle airports. There are also a few ‘Airspace’ lounges in New York JFK, Cleveland, Baltimore, and San Diego.

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  10. John

    Hi, my wife and two children will be flying with me from LGA ny to Tampa return. I heard so much of the centurion at LGA. How about Tampa options? It is hard to keep track of multiple changes recently that some lounges are no longer accessible as priority pass select member. Could you confirm if BA lounge is still available? Or there are others? Thanks.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @John – If you’re flying Delta the Delta SkyClub is accessible for you, though your wife and kids would have to pay about $27 each. There are no Priority Pass affiliated lounges in Tampa, though it’s a pretty spacious airport that’s not terrible to hang out in.

      The Centurion Lounge at LGA will be accessible to your entire family.

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  11. LilithG

    UPDATE July 2015: Folks who sign up for “Priority Pass SELECT” — the PP membership level available for free to members of AmEx Platinum and a few Citi cards — should be aware that the Lounge Directory available at the PP SELECT website is *very* out of date. Indeed, it not only lists lounges that no longer admit AmEx Platinum cardholders or PP SELECT cardholders for free, but also lists a number of *airlines* that have been defunct for years. (I’m not kidding.) Milecards.com, The Points Guy, and other bloggers — or even the Better Business Bureau, now that I think of it — need to call AmEx and Priority Pass SELECT to task for this, as this is clearly false advertising.

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  12. MARIA

    I have the Platinum AE CARD and we’re planing a trip to Europe from Caracas. We wiil visit these Airports: CCS, MAD, AMS, BAR. I wonder if there are any lounges my Husband and I can access in those locations just showing my Amex Platinum Card and the admission desk? Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Maria – If you have a U.S. based Platinum Card you can request a separate free ‘Priority Pass’ card which will get you into lounges at each of those airports. The catch is your guest (your husband) will need to pay $27 for entry unless he is also a Platinum Card holder and requests his own Priority Pass card. You can look up the lounges available at http://www.prioritypass.com.

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  13. Traveler

    My wife, 2 kids and I will be travelling from Europe to Africa (Egypt, SA, Namibie..), Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Japan), Australia, New Zealand, S America and back this whole year. And internal flights within the continents also. We “need” a second card (next to Visa). Thinking about Amex Platinum. I would like to be able to get into lounges and make waiting time more comfortable. And save some miles on the way. Read that you need a priority pass? (For every familymember?) And that you pay extra for familymembers (wife/kids)? It’s not clear to me if it would be beneficial. And if we are paying extra all the time for making use of lounges (3×27$)?. Can get a card for € 700 (with 5 extra cards for free???). Hope you can set me on the right track, (Don’t know if you have enough information for that). Thanks a lot.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Rocky – It’s free and you can request one by calling the number on the back of your card.

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  14. Katy

    Hi there.
    My family and I are traveling on Virgin Atlantic from SFO to LHR, what are our options for lounges for our outbound flight at LHR?

    Thank you

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Katy- There are two lounges at Terminal 3 that you can use with your Priority Pass card – the Servisair Lounge and the Number One lounge.

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  15. Jennifer K

    I am an AMEX Platinum card holder and will be flying through Denver (Fresno to Denver on United) and then Denver to Frankfurt on Luftansa. Is there a lounge I can hang out in while in Denver?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jennifer – Unfortunately Denver is high and dry on that front for Amex. Only lounges are the United Clubs, which don’t offer access to Amex Platinum cardholders. But it’s a nice large airport with lots of easy places to hang.

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  16. Ari Sofer

    Flying United out of Newark Airport to Fort Lauderdale. I am a platinum card holder. Slightly confused about how the system works. What are my options?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ari – Unfortunately not great options in Newark. There is a lounge before security in Terminal B called the Art and Lounge, which is nice, but most United flights are out of terminal C. It’s a quick hop on the AirTrain, but outside of security. You’ll need your Priority Pass card to get in. At Fort Lauderdale there aren’t any options.

      Back in 2011 Amex couldn’t come to agreement with United / Continental and lost the access to the United Clubs.

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  17. steve

    I am in Atlanta terminal C flying on Southwest. The delta club room said I have to pay. I am a platinum card holder. I though it was free to me???

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    1. MileCards.com

      @steve – Unfortunately you need to be flying on a Delta flight to access it. However there is a club in the International Terminal which is open to you if you’re carrying your separate Priority Pass card. It’s called the ‘The Club at ATL.’

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  18. Carlos Lopez

    I am flying out of Miami to Air Lisbon and then to Venice. We have a 2 hour and 45 minute lay over i Lisbon. I have the American Express Platinum card. What lounges are available both in Miami and Lisbon?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Carlos- With the separate Priority Pass card you get free as a Platinum Card holder you can get into 3 lounges in Terminal 1 at Lisbon. In Miami there is the Club America in Concourse F and the VIP Lounge in Concourse J. Eventually, there will also be a Centurion lounge in Miami as well.

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  19. Susan

    I will be flying through the Minneapolis airport on my way to Fort Myers and I have a 3 hour layover. Is there a lounge there that I can use. The priority plus select website indicated only a United lounge, which, if I understand correctly, I can’t use my pass for. The airport website also lists 2 Delta lounges. Can I use my card for the Delta lounges?

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  20. Kathleen

    I am taking a jet blue flight terminal 3 from LAX to Fort Lauderdale. Are there any lounges in that terminal? Thank you.

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    1. MileCards

      @Kathleen – Unfortunately there are not in Terminal 3. Terminals 2, 5, 6, and Bradley have Priority Pass lounges.

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    1. MileCards

      @Hardin – Unfortunately all of the BA lounges are reserved for BA and OneWorld elite level flyers – there are no reciprocal lounge agreements.

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  21. Gerard Malhame

    Hello American Express.I am a holder of a Personal Amex Platinum Card with a supplementary card to my wife.Does it give me FREE access to Charles de Gaulle Air France lounges?To other airline lounges at CGG?
    Can my wife (supplementary platinum card holder) also access CDG/ AF or other CDG lounges FREE ?Can she access them without me?Finally can she access them FREE with my daughter who is not a holder of a platinum card?
    Thank you for answering my questions.

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    1. MileCards

      @Gerard- Unfortunately you won’t have access to the Air france lounges. You can access in Terminal 1 the Icare Lounge and in Terminal 2 the Air Canada lounge using the Priority Pass card, which you must request separately from American Express if you don’t yet have it. Your wife can also request her own Priority Pass card as a supplemental card holder by calling American Express.

      For the Priority Pass lounges, any guest who is not you or your wife with your respective cards is $27, including your daughter.

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    1. MileCards

      @Rich- You can use the American Airlines Admirals Club at LGA using your Platinum Card for access when flying American. If you’re flying Delta you can also access their lounges, as well as the US Airways lounge, though in each of those cases they are not in the same terminal as American or Air Tran.

      If you’re flying Air Tran / Southwest you’ll be out of luck for lounge access.

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    1. MileCards

      @Lauren – Virgin America doesn’t have its own lounges — in New York you can use the ‘Oasis’ or ‘The Lounge’ Priority Pass lounge of Terminal 4 that houses Virgin America flights. Just make sure you request the separate’ Priority Pass’ card from Amex first. LAX doesn’t currently have a lounge for Virgin America flyers, nor does SFO. Bascially, if you go to http://www.prioritypass.com and there’s a lounge listed there in your terminal, you will have access, with United Clubs being the exception.

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    2. Ms McKenzie

      I wil be flying BA to America Premium Ecom will I be able to use the club in London with the amx platinum Card

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      1. MileCards

        @Ms McKenzie- Unfortunately all lounges in the BA terminal are owned by BA and only allow Club World / First or BA Gold members.

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  22. Co Quan

    My wife and I we both have AE platinum card, we are going to take jet blue fly to fort lauderdale on September, at the fort lauderdale airport, do we need to pay the lounge fee or not?

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    1. MileCards

      @Co – Unfortunately the only lounge in Terminal 3 in Fort Lauderdale is a United Club, and those are not accessible to Platinum Card holders, or Priority Pass holders who got their Priority Pass via a credit card program.

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  23. Richard May

    My wife and are I are flying Business Elite on Delta from ATL to LHR arriving terminal 4 June 18th. We then transfer to terminal 3 where we will fly 4 hours later via British Airways Coach class to Budapest. Is there a lounge in Terminal 3 we can use with our Platinum Amex card ?

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    1. MileCards

      @Richard – Make sure you request the Priority Pass card from Amex customer service first. You’ll be able to access the Servisair and No 1 lounge in Terminal 3. Only catch is you’ll have to pay a $27 fee for your wife, as the Priority Pass lounge only allow you in for free.

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  24. Juan Romero

    I am flying with IBERIA airlines from Miami to Madrid. Can I used the admirals club of (AA) with my Platinum Amex? I ask because Iberia is partner of One World. Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Juan – The lounge in Terminal E where Iberia departs in Miami isn’t an Admirals Club…it’s actually a One World lounge so Amex Plat wouldn’t work there.

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  25. Sam Gordon

    I’m a new Platinum card holder flying Virgin Air from San Francisco to Philadelphia next month. Lounges on either end?

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    1. MileCards

      @Sam- It’s a bit of a walk (10-15 min) but you can use any of the US Airways clubs in Philadelphia even if you aren’t flying them. The terminals are connected behind security.

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  26. Liz

    Hi,
    So I have the Amex platinum card and i am flying Virgin Atlantic out of sfo, then out of heathrow. Can I get into any lounges?

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    1. MileCards

      @ Liz – At Heathrow T3 you can use the Air Canada Arrivals lounge and on departure the Servisair lounge or Heathrow No 1 lounge.

      At SFO there aren’t options in the international terminal using a Priority Pass or Amex.

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  27. Glorina Gonzalez

    Still confused. If I am travelling with Continental Airlines with a connecting flight in Houston, will I still be able to use other airline’s lounges? I have an AMEX paltinum card

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  28. A.M. Greene

    We have the Platinum American Express. I have often found that I have to be flying on THAT airline to access its lounge. Is this correct? Also,it’s not very beneficial out of Denver where United and Continental rule most of the flights. Thoughts?

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    1. MileCards

      @A.M. – You’re spot on — it’s not as helpful if you primarily fly United / Continental. And yes, for the Delta and American lounge access you have to be ticketed with them that day. For US Airways and the Priority Pass lounges (which are primarily overseas) you don’t. If you fly United pretty frequently the Presidential Plus Master Card from Chase is probably the better bet. Or, consider using the American Express Platinum $200 airline credit toward United/Continental lounge passes.

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  29. Myles

    what is the best card available for lounge access and can you send a list, also is the Air canada lounges in all Canadian Cities included

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    1. MileCards

      @John – There is no Priority Pass affiliated lounge for credit card holders in Atlanta. You can access the Delta lounges via the Platinum American Express, but need to be flying on Delta that day.

      Reply

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