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The Best Credit Cards for Airport Lounge Access

By Saptarshi Ghosh - Jan 18,2022
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Traveling is fun but it comes with its share of hassles. Let’s say you’re all set to go for a long-awaited vacation and the moment you reach the airport, you are hit by the moment of truth – queues! Long ones!

Over-crowded airports are like a nightmare before travelling. You barely get a place to sit or rest for a while. People constantly running around you, which can get very irritating after a point. Lack of good snacks at some airport stores can add to your frustrating experience.

So, here comes the famous question that Axl Rose sung in the song called Sweet Child O’ Mine – “Where do we go now?”

To the airport lounge, we say! How do you go now? Just use your credit card.

Here’s a list of top 5 credit cards that can offer airport lounge access to you when you are on the move.

  • HDFC Regalia First Credit Card
  • SBI ELITE Credit Card
  • Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card
  • Jet Privilege HDFC Bank Platinum Credit Card
  • Yatra SBI Credit Card

1. HDFC Regalia First Credit Card

This credit card comes with an annual fee of Rs.1,000 plus GST. Upon successful payment of your fee, you can enjoy 1,000 welcome points. The HDFC credit card gives you access to over a thousand airport lounges over the world. You can access both Visa and MasterCard lounges using this credit card. You can 8 complimentary lounge access in India (international and domestic). Priority Pass can also be used thrice every calendar year when you use this HDFC credit card. Enjoy cash back of up to 5% on travel. Benefits do not end here. There are more rewards you may reap on shopping and other spends.

2. SBI ELITE Credit Card

If you are looking for a credit card that comes with a wide range of perks for traveling, the SBI ELITE Credit Card can definitely prove to be a great option. The annual fee of this card stands at Rs.4,999 plus GST. The welcome gift voucher that comes with this card is worth Rs.5,000. You can enjoy complimentary priority pass program. This membership is a great choice as it gives you access to 6 airport lounge visits in a calendar year. The complimentary membership can be enjoyed at over 1,000 airports globally.

3. Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card

The joining fee for this stands at Rs.10,000 plus GST. As welcome gift, you can enjoy a business class ticket. When you use this credit card you can enjoy all the world-class privileges like complimentary airport lounge access, priority boarding, priority check-in, additional allowance for baggage, and so on. For every Rs.200 that you spend using this card, you can earn 6 Club Vistara (CV) points. From the card issuance date, if you spend Rs. 1 lakh within a period of 90 days, you can get 10,000 Club Vistara points.

4. Jet Privilege HDFC Bank Platinum Credit Card

One the most popular travel credit cards is the Jet Privilege HDFC Bank Platinum Credit Card. The joining fee of this particular credit card stands at Rs.1,000 plus GST. Enjoy up to 3,000 bonus Intermiles with this credit card. You can also get discount vouchers for you air travel as your welcome gift. For every Rs.150 that you spend using this card for retail purchases, you can earn 4 Intermiles. If you book your flight tickets on intermiles.com, you can earn 8 Intermiles. Enjoy discounts when you book economy flight tickets of the Etihad Airways on intermiles.com.

5. SBI Yatra Credit Card

If you are looking for a travel credit card is pretty affordable and gives you some of the best perks of using a travel credit card, this could be an ideal option for you. The Yatra SBI Credit Card is a co-branded card that comes with an annual fee of Rs.499 plus GST. Enjoy great discounts on your domestic flight booking and hotel stays. For every Rs.100 that you spend using this card on grocery, entertainment, dining, and so on, you can get 6 reward points.

Also Read: 5 Credit Card Features That Exclusively Benefit a Traveller Like You

Bottomline – Compare and choose a travel credit card that offers the best perks to you.

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