Confirmed: Citi Prestige Priority Pass Includes 2 Guests or Immediate Family! And $50 Authorized Users!

Citi Prestige took on a new look and new benefits on October 19. For lounge access, out went Airport Angel and in went Priority Pass. Last month I dug into the fine print to see that this form of Priority Pass might be a whole lot more generous than the versions offered with competitor cards like Amex Platinum. I was skeptical since no US-issued card had offered the full Priority Pass Prestige level, but today the new card and letter arrived:

Citi Prestige Priority Pass

As a Citi Prestige cardholder you have been given complimentary enrollment into the Prestige membership level of Priority Pass Select, which entitles you to free lounge visits for you, two guests or your immediate family. There is a fee for any additional guests you bring (currently at a rate of US$27 per guest per visit).

Yay! No more getting my wife in and me outside. Well, since I currently have so many cards with lounge access it was more often one for her, one for me. But it sounds better to think of me sitting in the terminal, while she has Mövenpick ice cream inside.

This is the only US-issued card that I am aware that grants Prestige level. All others are for cardholder only. The ‘Select’ part means you can’t use it for United Clubs.

Authorized Users also get their own Priority Pass and cost only $50/year (see the full terms). Wow. Bring the kids and the grandparents.

For international family travel this is a great benefit. Even those frequently flying in premium cabins can be stuck at airports where the airline has no lounge access.

Citi Prestige has so many cool benefits that I plan to keep this card long-term. Some I am just learning, such as 3 free rounds of golf per year for the primary cardholder. See the MasterCard Prestige benefits here, and book golf here.

(Note: Citi Prestige also grants access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs, but this is only for the primary cardholder and guests, not for authorized users, see correction in comments 1 and 2.)

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  • PainCorp

    (Note: Citi Prestige also grants access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs, but this is only for the primary cardholder: no guests, no authorized users.)

    AA.com says Prestige gets 2 guests or immediate farmily into the AC.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @PainCorp – thanks for catching that. I overlooked the part at the end of the lengthy terms, primary can bring, authorized users cannot get access. I am updating the post.

    “ADMIRALS CLUB® ACCESS PRIVILEGES FOR CITI PRESTIGE:

    Only primary Citi Prestige® World EliteTM MasterCard® cardmembers who are 18 years of age or older and are traveling on American, American Eagle Airlines, Inc. or an American Connection carrier flight number may receive access privileges to the American Airlines Admirals Club® lounges. Authorized users of the Citi Prestige World Elite MasterCard credit card are not entitled to Admirals Club access privileges. This benefit does not provide access privileges to US Airways clubs®, Arrivals Lounge, or Flagship® Lounge facilities, or other airline lounges or clubs with which American Airlines may have reciprocal lounge or club access privileges, including lounges operated by oneworld Alliance. To access the Admirals Club lounge, the primary cardmember must present (i) his or her open and valid Citi Prestige World Elite MasterCard, (ii) his or her current government-issued I.D., (iii) a boarding pass or stand-by ticket, showing an American, American Eagle Airlines, Inc., or an American Connection carrier flight number, valid for travel on such flight and departing within 12 hours of the Admirals Club visit (or, in the case of a visit at an arrival airport, with respect to such a flight that arrived no more than 12 hours prior to the visit) and (iv) any additional required documentation. The primary cardmember may bring as guest(s) either immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age) or up to two traveling guests. All guests must remain with the cardmember during the club visit. All persons must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Cardmembers and guests must adhere to all house rules of participating clubs. Should the Citi Prestige World Elite MasterCard account be closed for any reason, all Admirals Club benefits will be immediately cancelled, including access to all branded Admirals Club lounges. To locate a lounge please visit aa.com/admiralsclub. The rules and procedures applicable to American Airlines Admirals Clubs® and the Citi Prestige Card Terms and Conditions at citi.com/citiprestige will apply. Program benefit terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.”

  • choi

    could you confirm if the $250 airlines credits are good for tickets as well. say I charge $1000 – $250 =$750 ??

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @choi – I have not yet tested, forgot to use it for a ticket I just booked, but this one I am not worried, the new terms ate clear and the Prestige agents are good.

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  • Karl

    Chase Ritz Carlton card comes with lounge club membership that allows unlimited guests (limited by lounge policies).

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Karl – I’ve got the card and did not know that, thanks for the tip. Lounge Club is a smaller subset of Priority Pass but seems to have all the major airports so good for most travelers. For instance they have all the London options but miss a lot in Eastern Europe.

  • Dan

    For priority pass, does the “immediate family” mean I can get spouse plus 3 kids in free?

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Dan – yes, the official terms say “Primary and Authorized users are granted complimentary access to the Priority Pass lounges and allowed a maximum of up to two guests or immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age).”