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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Platinum Card from American Express
The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold offer a plethora of valuable benefits including free Lounge Club membership and two annual free lounge passes each card comes with (the Ink Classic offers one year free membership).
Lounge Club membership is sort of like Priority Pass membership where you pay to join (that is, if your credit card doesn’t give you free membership) and then each time you visit a lounge, you pay a $27 day pass fee. Lounge Club has over 350 VIP airport lounges worldwide and membership is priced at $150 per person per year (click here to browse the full list of lounges).
Lounge Club has also just added 12 new lounges to its roster across the world over the past several months, including facilities in Botswana, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, the Ukraine and the US. Here’s the full list:
U.S.A., ATLANTA HARTSFIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL (ATL): The Club at ATL: International Terminal/Concourse F, open between 05:30 – 21:30 daily.
U.S.A., NEW YORK JFK (JFK): Wingtips Lounge: Terminal 4, open 24 hours daily.
BOTSWANA, GABORONE SIR SERETSE KHAMA INTERNATIONAL (GBE): Nthula Lounge: International Departure Hall, open between 06:00 – 20:00 daily.
COLOMBIA, BOGOTÁ ELDORADO (BOG): Sala VIP Temporal Lan: New International Terminal, open between 01:30 – 00:30 daily.
DENMARK, AALBORG (AAL): Aalborg Airport Lounge: Terminal 1, open between 05:00 – 18:00 daily.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO LAS AMÉRICAS INT’L (SDQ): Sala VIP Aeropuerto de Las Americas: Terminal A, open between 06:00 – 23:30 daily.
ECUADOR, GALAPAGOS BALTRA (GPS): Aeropuertos VIP Club: open between 07:00 – 15:00 daily.
MEXICO, TIJUANA ABELARDO L. RODRIGUEZ INTERNATIONAL (TIJ): VIP Lounge: Terminal 1, open between 07:00 – 01:00 daily.
PERU, TUMBES CAPITAN FAP PEDRO CANGA RODRIGUEZ (TBP): Caral VIP Lounge: open between 08:00 – 23:00 daily.
UKRAINE, KIEV BORYSPIL INTERNATIONAL (KBP): Airline Lounge: Terminal D, open 24 hours daily.
So if you have your two free lounge passes, you can try out any of these new member lounges for free, or if you’ve already used your passes up, you can pay $27 per person to get in.
That said, if you have already used your free passes, or if you don’t have the Ink cards, all of these lounges are also members of Priority Pass – the other major non-airline lounge network, which has over 600 lounges worldwide – so if you have the personal Platinum card, The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN or the Mercedes-Benz Platinum card from American Express (or are an additional cardholder on one) you get automatic Priority Pass Select membership and can access these lounges (guests are still $27 per person).
I’m not due to fly through any of these anytime soon – though I have enjoyed both my trips to South Africa this year so much that I’m considering Botswana next! – but if you happen to pass through, report back on how you like them!
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
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