One of my intentions to be writing this blog is to help you guys travel well. Last year, I wrote about Lounge Access with MasterCard plastic in India, which has become one of the highest accessed posts on this blog. Some of the other tools I’ve created earlier this year is the list of the best mileage credit cards in India, and a calculator which helps you find the best mileage earning CC for your needs.
The Visa Lounge Access program has been in operation for a while now and is currently valid till September 2013. Under this program, all premium Visa cardholders (Visa Signature or Visa Infinite) from various banks get free access to lounges and airport restaurants in India on domestic as well as international flights. You will be asked to present your card at these premises, and a dummy transaction of Rs. 2 will be made to validate the card using a swipe terminal. If it goes through, you will be allowed access. However note, this program is valid only for 2 free visits per quarter for Visa Signature, and 4 free visits per quarter for Visa Infinite. Subsequently, you will be charged as per the rate card published here (PDF).
The offer is valid at the following lounges/airport restaurants across India:
- Grid Bar (Restaurant) @ Delhi Terminal 3 Domestic Departures
- Delhi Daredevils Sports Bar @ Delhi Terminal 3 International Departures
- Carnations Lounge @ Mumbai Terminal 1C Domestic Departures
- Celebrations Lounge @ Mumbai Terminal 2 International Departures
- Pause Lounge @ Bangalore Domestic Departures
- Kingfisher Sports Bar @ Bangalore International Departures
- Flight of Fancy (Taj SATS) @ Chennai Domestic Departures
- Maharaja Lounge @ Chennai International Departures
The following banks are participating as per my information: ICICI, Kotak, SBI, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank Debit, Citibank (Premiermiles & others), HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank. Debit and Credit Cards both, with the Visa Signature or Visa Infinite signage will be welcomed.
Citibank PremierMiles Visa offers 20 visits per quarter complimentary as compared to the 2 from others.
If there are other cards which you know of, please leave a note in the comments below and I will add them to the list.
You get access to the F&B, internet (complimentary) and all facilities available to the regular visit of the lounge. At the international lounges, this also includes access to the alcohol if that counts as a benefit for you.
Do share your experiences with the Visa lounge access program in the past or in the future in the comments section below.