93 Airport Lounges You Didn’t Know You Could Access!

Delta Skyclub SFO

Traveling during the holidays is stressful. Long lines, more luggage, stressed airline employees. But there may be a perk you have that you didn’t know you did. If you have certain credit cards, you can access over 93 airport lounges during your trip! Some of these lounges just came online – like the Delta Sky Club at SFO (above).

What does a lounge get you?

  • Free Drinks (not usually good stuff, but mixable liquors and mass market beer)
  • A quiet place to relax during a layover (no loud announcements and usually better chances of finding a comfy chair)
  • Some snacks (Don’t expect much, though US carriers are investing in better food options)
  • Rebooking assistance when something goes wrong (at airline-run lounges)
  • (Usually) decent Wi-Fi
  • Business center and printing facilities
  • Occasionally newspapers and magazines
Food Spread at the Centurion Lounge SFO
Food Spread at the Centurion Lounge SFO

If you have the personal or business version of the American Express Platinum Card or the Citi Prestige Card, you can enroll in Priority Pass (you have to do this in advance for AMEX, though the version of membership only gives you access – $27 per guest – Citi is automatically enrolled and gives you access plus two guests).

Both cards also give you lounge access to a number of other lounges:

  • AMEX Platinum cards allow you access to Centurion Lounges (in Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York – La Guardia, Miami and Seattle)
  • Amex Platinum cards give you access to Delta Skyclubs when flying Delta
  • Citi Prestige cards give you and two companions access to American Admirals Clubs when you are flying American

So this is great on paper, but how does that stack up when you travel? Is there a lounge you can access in your terminal?

Aside from Priority Pass’s own site, Delta and American’s sites, there is also an app called LoungeBuddy that will tell you your lounge possibilities based on your ticket, class of service, status and credit card ownership.

Breakfast Options at the AA Admirals Club LAX - Food is also available for purchase
Breakfast Options at the AA Admirals Club LAX – Food is also available for purchase

Here’s a quick rundown of the major US hubs and which lounges are accessible with these cards:

Atlanta (ATL) – 11

  • Admirals Club – (Concourse T – Across from Gate T11) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Delta Skyclub – (Gates T6, Center of A Concourse, A17, B10, B25, C37, D12, D27, E15, F Mezzanine) AMEX Platinum when flying DL – Yes, there are 10!
  • The Club at ATL (Terminal F) – Priority Pass

Boston (BOS) – 5

  • Delta Skyclub – (Main Terminal – Gate A7) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Satellite Terminal – Gate A18) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal B – B4) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal B – B30) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Air France Lounge – (Terminal E – Near Gate 4) Priority Pass

Charlotte (CLT) – 2

  • Admirals Club – (Between Gates 3 & 5) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Intersection of C & D Concourses) Citi Prestige when flying AA

Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) – 5

  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal 2 – Across from Gate E6) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 3 – Across from Gate G8) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 3 – Between Gates H6 and K6) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Air France / KLM Lounge – (Terminal 5) – Priority Pass
  • Swissport Lounge (Terminal 5) – Priority Pass

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – 7

  • Admirals Club – (Terminal A – Across from Gate 24) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal B – Between Gates 3 & 6) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal C – Between Gates 19 & 20) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • AMEX Centurion Lounge – (Terminal D – D17) AMEX Platinum Only
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal D – Between Gates D23 & D24) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • The Club at DFW (Terminal D) – Priority Pass
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal E – Mezzanine Level between Gates E22 & E30) AMEX Platinum when flying DL

Denver (DEN) – 1

  • Admirals Club – (North End of A Gates Bridge from Jeppesen Terminal) Citi Prestige when flying AA

Detroit (DTW) – 4

  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse A – A18) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse A – A38) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse A – A68) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse C – at entrance to concourse) AMEX Platinum when flying DL

Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) – 2

  • KLM Crown Lounge (Terminal D – Near Gate D8) – Priority Pass
  • Air France Lounge (Terminal D – Near Gate D12) – Priority Pass

Las Vegas (LAS) – 3

  • AMEX Centurion Lounge – (Terminal 1 – Gate D1) AMEX Platinum Only
  • The Club at LAS – (Terminal 1 – Gate D16) Priority Pass
  • The Club at LAS – (Terminal 3 – Gate E2) Priority Pass

Los Angeles (LAX) – 7

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – (T2 – Mezzanine Level) Priority Pass
  • Virgin America Loft – (T3 – 4th Floor) Priority Pass
  • Admirals Club – (T4 – Across from Gate 40) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (T4S – Across from Gates 44C & 44D) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Delta Skyclub – (T5 – between Gates 53 and 55) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Alaska Airlines Board Room – (T6 – near Gate 64) Priority Pass
  • Korean Airlines Lounge – (Tom Bradley International Terminal – 5th Foor) Priority Pass

Miami (MIA) – 7

  • AMEX Centurion Lounge – (Concourse D – Near Gate D12) AMEX Platinum Only
  • Admirals Club – (Concourse D – Across from Gate D15) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Concourse D – Across from Gate D30) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club/Premium Lounge – (Concourse E – Past Security Checkpoint) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Club America (Concourse F) – Priority Pass
  • Delta Skyclub – (Between Concourses H & J) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Avianca VIP Lounge (Concourse J South – Near Gate J4) Priority Pass
  • VIP Lounge Miami (Concourse J South – Near Gate J5) Priority Pass

Minneapolis (MSP) – 2

  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse C – Gate C12) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse F/G – at beginning of F Concourse) AMEX Platinum when flying DL

New York-Kennedy (JFK) – 7

  • Air France Lounge – (Terminal 1 – Gate 1) Priority Pass
  • Korean Airlines Lounge – (Terminal 1 – Gate 3) Priority Pass
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal 2 – Mezzanine) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal 4 – Concourse B – Gate 31) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Wingtips Lounge – (Terminal 4 – To the right after security checkpoint) – Priority Pass
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 8 – Concourse B) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 8 – Concourse C – Across from Gate 42) Citi Prestige when flying AA

New York-La Guardia (LGA) – 3

  • AMEX Centurion Lounge – (Terminal B – Pre-Security) AMEX Platinum Only
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal C – Across from Food Court) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal D – Concourse Level before Gate 2) AMEX Platinum when flying DL

Newark (EWR) – 3

  • Admirals Club – (Terminal A – After Security towards Gates 30 – 39) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal B – Satellite B1 – Near Gates 40-47) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Art & Lounge – (Terminal B – Between Gates B2 & B3 Before Security) – Priority Pass

Philadelphia (PHL) – 5

  • Admirals Club – (Terminal A-East – Between Gates A4 & A6A) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal A-West – Between Gates A15 & A16) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Between Terminals B & C – Third Floor) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal D – Right of Earl of Sandwich) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal F – Level 2 over Food Court) Citi Prestige when flying AA

Phoenix (PHX) – 3

  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 4 – Above Gates A7-A9) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 4 – Above Gates A19-A21) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 4 – Above Gates B5-B7) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • The Club at PHX – (Terminal 4 – Gates B15-28) Priority Pass

Salt Lake City (SLC) – 1

  • Delta Skyclub – (Between Concourses C & D) AMEX Platinum when flying DL

San Francisco (SFO) – 4

  • Air France / KLM Lounge – (Terminal A – after security) Priority Pass
  • Delta Skyclub – (Terminal 1 – after security) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Admirals Club – (Terminal 2 – after security) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • AMEX Centurion Lounge – (Terminal 3 – Gate 74) AMEX Platinum Only

Seattle (SEA) – 6

  • The Club at SEA – (Concourse A – Across from A11) Priority Pass
  • AMEX Centurion Studio – (Concourse B – Across from Gate B3) AMEX Platinum Only
  • Alaska Airlines Board Room – (Concourse D – D1) Priority Pass
  • Alaska Airlines Board Room – (North Satellite – N1-N2) Priority Pass
  • The Club at SEA – (South Satellite – next to S9) Priority Pass
  • Delta Skyclub – (South Satellite – S8-S9) AMEX Platinum when flying DL

Washington-Dulles (IAD) – 2

  • Air France / KLM Lounge – (Midfield Terminal A/B – Across from Gate A22) – Priority Pass
  • British Airways Galleries Lounge – (Near Train Stop in Terminal B) – Priority Pass

Washington-National (DCA) – 3

  • Admirals Club – (Terminal B – Mezzanine After Security) Citi Prestige when flying AA
  • Delta Skyclub – (Concourse B Above Gate 15) AMEX Platinum when flying DL
  • Admirals Club – (Concourse C – Mezzanine Level) Citi Prestige when flying AA
Sometimes it's nice to have a quiet place to sit in the chaotic mess of holiday travel
Sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet place to sit in the chaotic mess of holiday travel

Conclusion

As you travel for the holidays, remember to check whether your credit card gives you access to over 93 lounges in major US hubs. The business or personal AMEX Platinum and the Citi Prestige card both can give you peace of mind on a misconnected flight or a comfortable place to stop on a long layover.

I’ll have to admit, I even found a few lounges I didn’t know about before, and I hope you did too. Have any favorites? Comment below!

Comments

  1. Mat Matsunaga says

    The Centurion Lounges are worth their weight in annual fees. DFW has a great shower, decent food (although very beige in color) and relaxing. LAS isn’t bad, fir the 10 minutes I had to spare. LGA is next on my list and hopefully SEA in June.

    • Eric Boromisa says

      Yes! The DFW Lounge is great, though I’ve also thought the food is incredibly beige #texas – LGA is quite nice and I like SFO and MIA probably the most. Haven’t been to SEA but Scott seemed to enjoy it!

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