Getting access to GVK Lounge with Priority Pass

Travelling domestic from Mumbai Terminal 2 on a normal day, you don’t really have too many options in terms of lounges.

If you are an airline-invited guest because of status or flying Business Class on Vistara, Jet Airways or Air India, you get invited to the GVK Lounge Domestic. If you have a credit card on American Express, Visa, MasterCard or use Priority Pass to gain lounge access, you have the option of going to the Travel Club Lounge. Both are operated by the Mumbai Airport, and the food is the same, except one is bigger than the other with better view.

GVK Lounge Domestic Entrance

GVK Lounge Domestic Entrance

There has been also talk about roping off one section of the GVK Lounge, Domestic to make it a Priority Pass accessible Lounge.

However, there is a hidden trick to get into the GVK Lounge with the Priority Pass. When a party is travelling together and some have access via a direct invitation to the Lounge (status, business class), and others don’t, they can use a Priority Pass to get in.

Dining at GVK Lounge Mumbai

Dining at GVK Lounge Mumbai

This could be useful when families travel together and their kids have no access, for instance, or when various people from an organisation may be travelling together and some may not have access but others do.

There are no published regulations around this, however I’ve seen this work a few times so I am convinced that the lounge would allow a few guests in on Priority Pass only if they are accompanied by people who are anyways supposed to be there.

Bottomline

This may be good to know for those who skip the beautiful lounge at Mumbai because you don’t have access for some others in your travelling party. This is only valid for access via Priority Pass and not via credit cards.

Have you ever managed to get into the GVK Lounge with a Priority Pass?

Comments

  1. Again let me add one point from my own experience at GVK Lounge.

    The time limit for transit passengers is 5 hours (instead of 3 hours). And if you need more time, you may swipe your priority pass or bank credit card at TFS lounge to buy additional time.

  2. Got some info googling 🙂 … Looks like an Arrivals Lounge !!

    Aviserv Lounge
    Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl, Terminal 2

    Opening hours
    24 hours daily.

    Location
    Landside – located on Level 2 (Arrivals Level), proceed through Customs and Baggage Claim and turn left. The lounge is located next to Gate A.

    Conditions
    Maximum 3 hour stay – Children under 6 years are admitted free.

  3. Hello Ajay

    There is a new lounge at the Mumbai Intl Airport .

    Aviserv Lounge !! ( Any idea if it only for Domestic or Only Intl )
    Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl, Terminal 2

    If you have any update about this lounge plz do post a review !!

    Thanks !

    • @Farzan I’ve thought about walking in sometimes, but almost never do since I go home. I’ll try sometime. It would be better when they join Priority Pass or something.

  4. As the entry charges for both the lounges are same, they do permit the accompanying passenger in the the lounge with other eligibility like PriorityPass etc.

  5. This has happened to me earlier. My wife is not a jet airways elite while I was, so I proceeded to the TFS lounge thinking my wife wouldn’t get access to the gvk one. The attender there told me that I can stamp it here for your wife and show the same at gvk. I used my amex jet airways platinum for TFS access for my wife and showed the stamp at gvk lounge and they let us in without a fuss. Bottom line: you can do this with credit cards as well.

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