6 Credit Cards Which Give Free Access to Airport Lounges

Lauren Dado

Lauren Dado

Last updated 25 November, 2022
 

Find out which air miles credit cards in Singapore give free access to Priority Pass and Plaza Premium airport lounges around the world.

Many people think that access to airport lounges is a privilege reserved for regular business travellers, frequent flyers and the wealthy. That is not true! With the right air miles credit card, you too can get complimentary access to airport lounges at Changi Airport as well as around the world, even if you’re not pulling a six-figure salary or a VVIP.

If airport lounge access is one of the main features you look for in a credit card, look no further. Below, we’ve curated the most popular air miles credit cards that offer complimentary access to airport lounges. (Pro tip: Learn how to maximise your air miles once you’ve earned them!)


SS_EOY2022_BLOGARTICLE

SingSaver Exclusive Promotion: Apply for our exclusive credit cardtravel insurancecar insurancepersonal loaninvestmentsavings account, and priority banking deals to get up to 3x chances in our Score Big Grand Lucky Draw!

Over S$30,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs, including 3x return trips to Qatar (worth S$8,100), 30x Lumos Ray Projector (worth S$8,100), 3x Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (worth S$4,194), 1x Sony PlayStation®5 + FIFA 23 bundle (worth S$889), 1x Sony PlayStation®5 (worth S$779), and other awesome gifts (worth S$9,500).

Valid till 18 December 2022. T&Cs apply.


What's the big deal about airport lounges?

Airport lounges offer a range of complimentary facilities like WiFi, reading or sleeping pods, shower rooms, charging power outlets, and of course, food, snacks and drinks, which can include a wide range of alcohol, juices and soft drinks. Airport lounges are a great pitstop for every kind of traveller. If you’re travelling for work or about to go on a long-haul flight, it is a great place to freshen up, recharge and do some work or reading.

If you’re on a holiday, you can review your travel plans over food and drinks and start your holiday on the right note. If you’re in transit and between flights, it’s also a great place to spend a few hours in comfort, catching up on some sleep or just resting.

Do I flash my credit card to enter the airport lounge?

This depends on the type of airport lounge and the credit card. For example, with the HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card, you are required to present your primary or supplementary card and boarding pass to the lounge operator.

Some credit cards partner with airport lounge programmes, which each run their own chain of lounges. Common ones are Priority Pass, Plaza Premium, SATS lounge and Dragon Pass. For most of these lounges, you will be invited to join the particular airport lounge programme a few days or weeks after you sign up for a participating credit card.

It might take a few weeks to process your membership, so don’t apply for a credit card the night before you fly off. Membership is usually on an annual basis. In other cases, such as the SIA KrisFlyer Ascend, you will receive airport lounge vouchers which you present at the front desk of the lounge before entry. You might also be asked to present your credit card and boarding pass.

Remember that each bank will issue you a separate Priority Pass, and your free visits are tied to an individual card – so don’t mix them up! Label your cards carefully and note down how many visits you have used on each.

Also, check if your free visit entitlement is renewed each membership year (i.e. the anniversary on which your lounge pass was issued) or each calendar year (i.e. 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022). The majority of banks award free lounge visits by membership year, although Citibank’s PremierMiles cards award free visits based on the calendar year.

SS_TI_CASHBONUS_BLOGARTICLE (1)

SingSaver Exclusive Travel Insurance Offer:

All successful applicants of any Starr, MSIG, Etiqa, Singlife and Allianz Travel Insurance products will be rewarded with S$5 Cash via PayNow, on top of their respective ongoing promotions. Valid till 31 December. T&Cs apply.

Compare and purchase your travel insurance through SingSaver to get the best deals and discounts for your preferred coverage!


Can I bring a guest?

Yes, but every accompanying guest will be considered as one visit. For example, bringing a guest with you on your Citi PremierMiles Priority Pass would use a total of 2 visits.

Higher-end cards like the OCBC VOYAGE allow you to bring a guest for free, and cards like the HSBC Visa Infinite issue a Priority Pass for supplementary cardholders that carries the same unlimited visits.

It’s standard policy to count any child above the age of two as an additional visit, but there is no hard and fast rule about enforcement. Some places will close one eye; others will insist on sticking to the letter of the law.

WEBULL_BLOGARTICLE

SingSaver Exclusive Offer: Receive S$100 cash when you apply for a Webull account and fund min. S$2,000 within 30 days of account opening. Valid till 7 February 2023. T&Cs apply.

Additionally, get up to USD150 worth of cash vouchers and enjoy zero-commission trading. What's more, refer a friend and get USD120 worth of shares; refer 10 friends and stand to win an iPhone 14. T&Cs apply.

Plus, apply for this product and score 2x entry in our Score Big Grand Lucky Draw, where you stand to win your share of over S$30,000 worth of exciting prizes! Valid till 18 December 2022. T&Cs apply.

Do I have to pay the annual fee?

For most cards, yes, you will have to pay the annual credit card fee to enjoy the privilege of complimentary airport lounge access. Some credit cards waive the annual fee for the first year (and you still receive the complimentary airport lounge vouchers or complimentary annual membership ), but from the second year onwards, you will have to pay the annual fee in order to receive the same airport lounge privileges again.


Best air miles cards in Singapore with free airport lounge access

We've compared six different air miles cards in Singapore that offer complimentary airport lounge access worldwide.

[UPDATE] Earn 3.25% cash rebate on FCY transactions on selected Citibank credit cards

From now till 31 January 2023, Citibank is running a 3.25% rebate for all FCY transactions on a minimum S$5,000 spend (maximum S$8,000 spend) using the Citi PremierMiles, Citi Rewards, Citi Cash Back, and Citi Cash Back+ Cards. Rebate is capped at S$260 if your total FCY spend totals S$8,000.

Through this exclusive promo, cardholders can spend overseas with peace of mind knowing that this 3.25% rebate essentially offsets the standard FCY fee – which is an administrative fee of up to 3.25% for transactions processed by Visa or MasterCard International.

The best part about this all is that the minimum S$5,000 spend can be split across different Citi credit cards. Here's an example of the breakdown of the expenses:

Citi credit card
Qualifying spend
3.25% rebate

Citi Cash Back+ Card
CitiCashBackMC

S$4,800 S$156
Citi PremierMiles Card
CITI-PremierMiles-Visa_2019
S$2,600 S$84.50
Citi Rewards Card
CitiRewardsMC
S$1,000 S$32.50
  Total FCY spend = S$8,400 Total rebate earned = S$260*
*Maximum FCY spend and cash rebate are capped at S$8,000 and S$260 respectively. Thus, even though the expenditure exceeds S$8,000, the rebate remains capped at S$260 regardless.

The total cash rebate will be credited to the Citi credit card with the highest FCY spend amount, if you spent across multiple cards.

💡 Note: This rebate promo doesn't work in conjunction with Amaze. Amaze converts all FCY transactions into SGD, so no rebate will be earned on your tagged Citi credit card.

The cash rebate will be credited to eligible cardholders that successfully satisfied the promo criteria by 30 April 2023

To check if you're eligible for this promo, open your Citi Mobile App and tap on "Get More" tab at the bottom. 

Source: Milelion

Click on the banner and complete your registration for this promo.

Credit Card Airport Lounge Access How to Redeem
DBS Altitude Visa Credit Card 2x complimentary access/year with Priority Pass Apply for Priority Pass Membership (complimentary for cardholders)
Citi PremierMiles Card 2x complimentary access/year with Priority Pass Apply for Priority Pass Membership (complimentary for cardholders)
American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card 4x complimentary vouchers/year to participating SATS Premier Lounges  Plaza Premium Lounges worldwide 

KrisFlyer Elite Gold Members get KrisFlyer Gold Lounge access at Changi Airport and Star Alliance Gold Lounges worldwide
Complimentary access to SATS and Plaza Premium Lounges upon Card approval and fully paid renewal of Card membership. 

Spend more than $15,000 on eligible purchases on singaporeair.com within the first 12 months to get upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Gold Membership
Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card 6x complimentary access per year with Priority Pass Apply for Priority Pass Membership (complimentary for cardholders)
HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card Unlimited access to over 1,100 airport lounges worldwide for both primary and supplementary cardholders Present your primary or supplementary card and boarding pass to the lounge operator.
OCBC Voyage Card Unlimited access to over 80 Plaza Premium VIP airport lounges globally   Complimentary access granted upon card approval and renewal of Card membership fee

1. DBS Altitude Visa Credit Card

DBS Altitude Visa Card

The DBS Altitude Visa Card is a great entry-level air miles card, with an annual income requirement of just S$30,000. It comes with 2 free airport lounge visits per year but you have to apply for your Priority Pass lounge membership the moment you receive your credit card in the mail. With Priority Pass membership, you will have access to over 1,200 airport lounges worldwide.

From 1 January 2021, new Priority Pass applications and renewals will only receive a Digital Priority Pass™ membership which enables access to Priority Pass airport lounges with your Priority Pass account.

Full DBS Altitude review here.

Welcome Gift: Receive S$150 cashback when you key in the promo code 150CASH upon application and make a minimum spend of S$800 within 60 days of card approval. Valid till 31 January 2023. T&Cs apply.

Find more DBS/POSB credit cards here. If you're not a new DBS/POSB credit cardmember, consider these promotions instead.

 

2. Citi PremierMiles Card

Cardholders get a complimentary Priority Pass membership that lets them access Priority Pass airport lounges twice a year. You can use the two complimentary visits on separate occasions or on a single visit with a guest.

Additional visits will cost US$32 per person and will be charged to your Citi PremierMiles Card. The Citi PremierMiles card may also be the most useful air miles card because it has the most transfer partners of any bank in Singapore.

 CITI_DYSONMORNINGPOPSICAL_BLOGARTICLE

SingSaver Exclusive Offer: Receive a Dyson V8 Slim™ Fluffy (worth S$549) or a Morning Coffee Machine or a Popsical Remix II with 1-month free subscription (worth S$599) or S$350 Cash when you make a min. spend of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. Valid till 18 December 2022. T&Cs apply.

Additionally, enjoy up to 2% cashback and up to S$599 worth of exciting gifts on all qualifying spend when you join Citi Plus and apply for a Citi Cashback+ Mastercard. T&Cs apply.

Plus, apply for this product and score 3x entry in our Score Big Grand Lucky Draw, where you stand to win your share of over S$30,000 worth of exciting prizes! Valid till 18 December 2022. T&Cs apply.

Pick your Citibank card here!


3. American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card

american express krisflyer ascend card

The Ascend is the American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Card‘s sophisticated older sister. Besides getting a higher earn rate for KrisFlyer miles, cardmembers get four complimentary vouchers to participating SATS Premier Lounges in Singapore and Plaza Premium Lounges worldwide. You also enjoy a complimentary one-night stay at participating Hilton Properties each year.

If you spend more than S$15,000 on eligible purchases at singaporeair.com on the card within the first 12 months, you’re automatically upgraded to the KrisFlyer Elite Gold Membership tier.

This unlocks KrisFlyer Gold Lounge access at Changi Airport and access to more than 900 Star Alliance Gold Lounges worldwide. You also get an additional 20kg check-in allowance.

AMEX_KFACC_27KMILES_BLOGARTICLE

SingSaver Exclusive Offer: Receive 27,000 KrisFlyer Miles (worth a return trip to Phuket on SIA Economy) when you make a min. spend of S$1,000 and annual fee payment within the first month of card approval. Valid till 31 January 2022. T&Cs apply.

Plus, apply for this product and score 2x entry in our Score Big Grand Lucky Draw, where you stand to win your share of over S$30,000 worth of exciting prizes! Valid till 18 December 2022. T&Cs apply.


4. Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card

Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card | SingSaver

The Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card is one of the most exclusive air miles credit cards in Singapore. Similar to the DBS Altitude Cards and the Citi PremierMiles Visa Card, you get a complimentary Priority Pass membership. But because this is a Visa Infinite Card, members get 6 (instead of 2) free visits to airport lounges a year. Lounge visit fees of US$32 per person, per visit, will be chargeable for every subsequent visit after the the 6 Priority Pass Free Visits.

Unless you are a Priority/Private Banking customer with Standard Chartered, you have to earn a minimum annual income of S$150,000 to apply for this card.




5. HSBC Visa Infinite Card

HSBC Visa Infinite

It’s easy to see why the HSBC Visa Infinite Card is the crème de la crème of travel credit cards. Both primary and supplementary cardholders get complimentary unlimited access to any of the participating airport lounges.

This gives cardholders unlimited access to over 1,100 VIP airport lounges worldwide, while guest charges cost just US$32 per person per visit. Other additional perks include expedited immigration clearance and airport limousine transfers.

To apply for this card, you have to earn a minimum annual income of S$120,000.


6. OCBC Voyage Card

OCBC Voyage Card

With an annual income requirement of at least S$120,000, the OCBC Voyage Card offers unlimited airport lounge access all year round. Cardholders will receive a complimentary Plaza Premium membership that grants access to 80 airport lounges across the globe. But don’t be dismayed by the low number – these are all VIP lounges, which means you can be assured of the highest luxury.


Compare and apply for the best air miles credit cards on SingSaver

Comparing credit cards with the most generous air miles rates has never been simpler at SingSaver. Enjoy the most attractive sign-up offers including cash, Grab vouchers and wireless earbuds!

Besides complimentary airport lounge visits, air miles cards can also offer a whole lot more, if you know how to turbocharge their use to travel further, faster and cheaper. Here's a simple infographic showing how.

Top 5 Air Miles Travel Hacking Tips Infographic | SingSaver

Read these next:
Top Credit Card Promotions And Deals On SingSaver
How Does COVID-19 Change Your Miles Strategy?
Why Citi PremierMiles May Be The Most Useful Miles Card in Singapore
Favourite Credit Card Combinations To Max Out Cashback And Miles (As Used By SingSaver Staffers)
Best Air Miles Credit Cards In Singapore

Lauren is the Content Manager at SingSaver.com.sg. When she’s not helping people save time and money, she’s doing yoga, hunting for bargains, and scoring travel deals.