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Cheap And Free Ways To Access Changi Airport Lounges

Yen Joon

Yen Joon

Last updated 27 October, 2023

Airport lounges offer respite from the hustle and bustle of air travel and can be extremely worthwhile, especially during layovers. In this article, we’ll look at the many ways that you can access Changi Airport lounges.

Whether you’re jetting off or transiting between flights, Changi Airport lounges offer the best facilities for you to relax and unwind before your flight.

While it’s often perceived that airport lounge access is only exclusive to Business Class and First Class flyers, the truth is that there are other less expensive (and even free) ways for you to get into airport lounges. 

So, without further ado, let's look at the many ways that you can access Changi Airport lounges.

But first...

What are airport lounges and how do they work?

Airport lounges are designated areas in an airport that are only accessible to travellers with certain credentials. 

They offer amenities and perks that aren’t available in a typical airport terminal. These include complimentary food and beverages, comfortable spaces for relaxing and working, television, shower facilities, snoozing spots, free Wi-Fi, and more. That said, no airport lounges are the same, and the availability of these facilities varies from one lounge to another. 

As mentioned, you’ll usually get complimentary airport lounge access if you flying in First Class or Business Class. But they are also other ways to get into Changi Airport lounges: 

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Credit cards with free airport lounge access

The most popular (and easiest) way to get into airport lounges for free is with credit cards that give free airport lounge access

Some examples of credit cards in Singapore that offer complimentary airport lounge access include the Citi PremierMiles Card, DBS Altitude Card, CIMB Visa Signature Card, and HSBC TravelOne Card. 

Credit card

Airport lounge access

Cash rebate/miles earn rate

Monthly minimum spend

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card
Maybank-Horizon-Visa

 

 

1X complimentary lounge pass to participating airport lounges


Up to 3.2 mpd spend on overseas and air tickets (from all airlines). Min. S$800 monthly minimum spend required

2.8 mpd on foreign spend; 1.2 mpd on local spend

No minimum spend

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2X complimentary access per year with Priority Pass

2 mpd for foreign spend; 1.2 mpd on local spend

No minimum spend

DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card
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2x complimentary access/year with Priority Pass

1.3 mpd for local spend; 2.2 mpd for foreign spend





No minimum spend

Standard Chartered Journey Credit Card

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2x complimentary access/year with Priority Pass

3 mpd for online transactions (transport, grocery, food delivery)

S$500 

CIMB Visa Infinite Card
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3x complimentary access per year with DragonPass

Unlimited 2% cashback on travel, overseas spend, and online spend in foreign currencies

S$800

American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card
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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

1.2 mpd on local and foreign spend

No minimum spend

HSBC TravelOne Credit Card
HSBC TravelOne

 

4x complimentary access per year with DragonPass

1.2 mpd for local spend; 2.4 mpd for foreign spend

No minimum spend

Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card
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6x complimentary access per year with Priority Pass

1.4 mpd for local spend; 2.4 mpd for foreign spend

S$2,000

HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card
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Unlimited access to over 1,100 airport lounges worldwide for both primary and supplementary cardholders

1.25 mpd for local spend; 2.25 mpd for foreign spend. Min. S$50,000 annual spend required

S$50,000 annual spend

OCBC Voyage Card
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Unlimited access to over 80 Plaza Premium VIP airport lounges globally 

1.3 mpd for local spend; 2.2 mpd for foreign spend

No minimum spend

Citi Prestige
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Unlimited lounge access 

2 mpd on foreign spend; 1.3 mpd on local spend

No minimum spend

These credit cards partner with independent airport lounge providers, such as Priority Pass, Dragon Pass, and LoungeKey, allowing you to get into airport lounges for free.

You can view which airport lounges are included in the program on the respective mobile apps. 

Additionally, premium credit cards such as the OCBC Voyage Card, Maybank Privilege Horizon Visa Signature Card, HSBC Visa Infinite Card, and Citi Prestige Card offer unlimited airport lounge access, which is great if you’re a frequent flyer and visit airport lounges often.


Priority banking customers

One of the lifestyle perks of being a priority/private banking customer is that it comes with complimentary airport lounge access. 

Indeed, priority and private banking customers can access airport lounges with their 'high-end' credit cards. Some of these cards include the Standard Chartered Priority Banking Visa Infinite Credit Card, OCBC Premier Voyage Card, Maybank Privilege Horizon Visa Signature Card, and Citi Prestige Card. 

Some banks have exclusive airport lounges that cater exclusively to their premium clients. One example is the DBS Asia Treasures Lounge in Changi Airport Terminals 2 and 3, which can only be accessed by DBS Treasures Private Client or DBS Private Bank Client members. 

In other words, you’ll need to be a DBS Private Client with a minimum asset management (AUM) of S$1.5 million. 

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Independent airport lounge providers

You can also get Changi Airport lounge access by becoming a member of an independent airport lounge provider such as Priority Pass or Dragon Pass

Priority Pass and Dragon Pass provide access to over 1,300 airport lounges worldwide, offering free amenities like food, drinks, alcohol, shower and bedding facilities, Wi-Fi, and other membership benefits. 

To be a member of an airport lounge provider, you can buy a single lounge pass or buy a yearly membership plan. Single lounge passes typically charge US$35 per entry, but some lounges cost more while others actually cost less.

If you use airport lounges a few times a year, going for a yearly membership plan is the better option from a cost perspective. 

Priority Pass and Dragon Pass offer three membership tiers ranging from US$99 to US$469 a year, with the difference being the number of free airport lounge visits you get annually. 

For instance, Priority Pass’s Standard Plus plan costs US$329 a year and offers members 10 complimentary airport lounge visits. After that, each subsequent visit will cost US$35. Meanwhile, the Prestige plan offers unlimited airport lounge access but costs US$429 annually. 

On the other hand, with Dragon Pass, you get free entry to either 1, 8, or unlimited airport lounge access, depending on the tier. Dragon Pass is also cheaper than Priority Pass, with the Preferential and Prestige plans costing US$259 and US$429 a year, respectively. 

 

Airport pass program

Fee

Changi Airport lounges and facilities

Priority Pass

Standard: US$99 per year (US$35 for each member and guest visit)

Standard Plus: US$329 per year (10 free visits for members, US$35 for subsequent member or guest visit)

Prestige: US$469 per year (unlimited visits for members, US$35 for each guest visit)

Changi Lounge (Jewel), marhaba Lounge (T1 and T3), SATS Premier Lounge (T1, T2, and T3), Ambassador Transit Lounge (T2 and T3), Blossom Lounge (T4) 

Dragon Pass

Classic: US$99 per year (members get one free visit; US$35 for each member or guest visit)

Preferential: US$259 per year (members get eight free visits; US$35 for each subsequent member or guest visit)

Prestige: US$429 per year (members get unlimited visits; US$35 for each guest visit)    

Changi Lounge (Jewel), Marhaba Lounge (T1 and T3), Plaza Premium Lounge (T1), SATS Premier Lounge (T1, T2, and T3), Ambassador Transit Lounge (T2 and T3), SATS Premier Lounge (T2, T3), Blossom Lounge (T4)

Aside from airport lounge access, both Priority Pass and Dragon Pass also provide dining, retail, and refresh offers/discounts. You can view them on the Priority Pass or Dragon Pass mobile app. 

Before deciding which platform to go with, check out what other platform has to offer and whether the airport lounge or airport fits into your travel preferences. For example, at the time of writing, Dragon Pass offers Plaza Premium Lounge access, while Priority Pass doesn’t.

Also read: Priority Pass Membership: Should You Sign Up?


Airline or alliance-affiliated lounges

Some airlines have their own lounges that are exclusive to their customers. Typically, these are reserved for premium ticket travellers (First Class or Business Class) or those on their frequent flyer/loyalty programmes.  

For example, in Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines has SilverKris Lounge and KrisFlyer Gold Lounge, Qantas Airlines has Qantas First Lounge, and Qatar Airlines has the Qatar Premium Lounge. Eligible flyers will also have access to the respective airline lounge networks around the world. 

Besides that, you may also get access if the airline you’re flying with is a member of an airline alliance programme, such as Star Alliance, oneworld, or SkyTeam.

Below is the list of airline-affiliated Changi Airport lounges: 

Terminal

Changi Airport lounge

Location

Terminal 1

British Airways Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 1

Emirates Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 1

marhaba Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 1

Qantas First Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 1

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 1

SATS Premier Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 2

SilverKris Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 2

KrisFlyer Gold Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 2

SATS Premier Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 2

SATS Special Service Lounge

Level 2, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 2

SATS Premier Check in Lounge

Level 2, Departure / Check-in Hall South

Terminal 2

DBS Private Access Lounge

DBS Private Access Lounge

Terminal 3

marhaba Lounge

#03-09A, Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 3

SilverKris Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 3

KrisFlyer Gold Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 3

SATS Premier Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 3

SATS Special Service Lounge

Level 2, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 3

DBS Asia Treasures Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 4

Blossom –

SATS & Plaza

Premium Lounge

Level 2M, Departure Transit Hall

Terminal 4

Cathay Pacific Lounge

Level 2M, Departure Transit Hall

 

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Pay-per-use single lounge passes

If you’re not flying in first class or don’t have a credit card with lounge access, there are pay-per-visit lounges where you can enjoy airport lounge facilities — for a fee. This can be a good option for those who don't want a long-term commitment to a membership, airline, alliance, or credit card. 

Terminal

Changi Airport lounge

Location

Rate

Terminal 1

Plaza Premium Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall (above Gate C1)

From S$55

Terminal 2

Ambassador Transit Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall 

From S$55

Terminal 3

Ambassador Transit Lounge

Level 3, Departure Transit Hall (next to the movie theatre)

From S$55

Terminal 4

Blossom –

SATS & Plaza

Premium Lounge

Level 2M, Departure Transit Hall (near 7-Eleven)

From S$55

Jewel

Changi Lounge

Jewel Changi Airport, Level 1 (public area)

From S$25

JetQuay

Jet Quay Lounge

JetQuay CIP Terminal

From S$400


Is airport lounge access worth it?

Airport lounges can provide excellent value to travellers, considering the perks that you get.

As we've pointed out, airport lounge access can be obtained cheaply and even for free without a frequent flyer membership or premium ticket.

Even if you don't have a credit card with free lounge access or are not a frequent flyer member, you still get your money's worth when you buy a single lounge pass. You get complimentary food and drinks, Wi-Fi, comfortable seating areas, showers, and beds, which beats paying for overpriced airport food and sleeping on airport benches. 

If you're jetting off overseas soon, remember to get a travel insurance plan to ensure that you're well covered for any unexpected inconveniences that might occur before or during your trip.

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