The essential guide to Priority Pass™ lounges at Chicago’s O’Hare International

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In a Nutshell

There are two lounges at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport that offer access to Priority Pass™ members. And if you hold a premium travel credit card, your card may come with complimentary access. But heads up: The lounges at Chicago are both located in the international terminal.

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Priority Pass™ offers two lounges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, but many travelers won’t have access to either one, since both are located in the international terminal.

If your flight takes you through the international terminal of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, you can access the Priority Pass™ lounges using a Priority Pass™ membership. While Priority Pass™ membership can be purchased, some premium credit cards offer Priority Pass™ Select membership as a benefit.

If you find yourself using O’Hare’s Priority Pass™ lounges, or Priority Pass™ lounges at other airports, on a regular basis, take a look at some cards that offer complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership.


Things to know about the Priority Pass™ lounges at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport

Unfortunately for domestic travelers, the only Priority Pass™ lounges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport are located in the international terminal (Terminal 5). Even if domestic travelers wanted to take a trip out of the way to visit a Priority Pass™ lounge in Terminal 5, they wouldn’t be able to because both lounges are designated for international flights departing from Terminal 5.

You need to have a boarding pass for an outgoing, or “forward,” international flight to access the secure-side terminal transfer bus, which takes you to Terminal 5.

But if you find yourself in the international terminal at Chicago O’Hare, here are some key things to know about the two lounges you’ll find there.

Air France — KLM Lounge

Location

The Air France — KLM Lounge can be found airside in Terminal 5. After you pass through security, turn right, and you’ll find the lounge on the left, between gates M8 and M7.

Features and policies

When you arrive at the Air France — KLM Lounge, you’ll have access to …

  • Phone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Refreshments
  • Alcoholic drinks (for passengers 21 and older)
  • Magazines and newspapers

The lounge is accessible to disabled guests and allows children under the age of 2 to enter for free.

Heads up: This lounge imposes a three-hour maximum stay and you have to follow a “smart casual” dress code (no shorts, vests, baseball hats or football shirts).

Hours

The lounge is open on Monday and Saturday from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday 8:15 a.m. to midnight.

It’s important to note that access may be restricted on a daily basis between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., as well as between 6 and 8 p.m.

Swissport Lounge

Location

The Swissport Lounge is also in Terminal 5. After you clear security, turn to your right. You’ll see the lounge between gates M8 and M7, on the right side.

Features and policies

When you visit the Swissport Lounge, you’ll have access to …

  • Wi-Fi
  • Refreshments
  • Alcoholic drinks (for passengers 21 and older)
  • TV
  • Newspapers and magazines

The lounge also offers disabled access and free entry for children under the age of 4.

Heads up: The lounge imposes a dress code, so make sure you’re wearing shoes when you enter the lounge — you won’t be granted entry otherwise.

Hours

Chicago O’Hare’s Swissport Lounge is open daily from noon to 9:30 p.m. The lounge is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

How to get Priority Pass™ lounge access

If you have a premium travel credit card, you may already have access to Priority Pass™ Select membership with no member-visit fees — you’ll likely need to enroll before using it, but we’ll cover that in detail in a second.

Another way to get a Priority Pass™ membership is to purchase it. Priority Pass™ currently offers three membership levels.

  • Standard: $99 annual fee; $27 per visit for you and an additional $27 per guest, per visit
  • Standard Plus: $249 annual fee; 10 free visits for you (each additional visit costs $27) and $27 per guest, per visit
  • Prestige: $399 annual fee; with unlimited free visits for you, and $27 per guest, per visit.

After you sign up for membership, you’ll receive a physical Priority Pass™ membership card, and if you’re eligible for a digital membership card you can access it immediately within the Priority Pass™ app.

Before you purchase a Priority Pass™ membership, make sure you don’t already have access to complimentary Priority Pass™ Select as a perk of a premium credit card. Here are some of our favorites that come with complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership.

Credit cards that include complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership

 While the following cards offer complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership, you have to enroll. Once you enroll, you should get a physical membership card, as well as a digital membership card within the Priority Pass™ app.

Make sure you sign up at least a few days before you leave on your trip — any delay in processing your membership could cause lounge-access issues.

Credit card Travel benefits Annual fee

Platinum Card® from American Express

  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year
  • Up to $100 statement credit for Global Entry or TSAPre✓®
$550
Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • $300 annual travel credit per account anniversary year
  • 3 points per $1 on dining purchases (1 point per dollar on all other purchases)
$450

Platinum Card® from American Express 

The Platinum Card® from American Express comes with access to The American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes Priority Pass™ lounges. With your Priority Pass™ Select membership you may bring two guests for no charge, but you’ll be charged a $27 fee per additional guest.

This card charges a $550 annual fee but also offers up to $200 in credits for Uber rides annually for basic card members, up to $200 airline fee credit per year at one qualifying airline of your choice, and up to $100 in statement credit for TSA Pre✓® or Global Entry once every four years.

Chase Sapphire Reserve® 

Chase Sapphire Reserve® charges a $450 annual fee but includes a complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership. Starting Aug. 26, 2018, the card allows you to bring up to two free guests into a lounge with you as long as the lounge’s policies don’t limit guests and there is room. For each additional guest you’ll be charged $27 per guest, per visit.

Other benefits include a $300 travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year, three points per $1 on dining purchases (one point per dollar spent on other purchases), and a 50% increase in value on points redeemed for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus you’ll get up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® once every four years.


Bottom line

If you have access to Priority Pass™ lounges and have an international flight through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, take advantage of the opportunity to escape the hectic terminal and visit either the Air France — KLM Lounge or the Swissport Lounge.

Don’t forget to check your credit cards to see if you already have access to a Priority Pass™ Select membership. That way, you can access the lounges at Chicago O’Hare and other airports, such as LAX or JFK, for free and can grab a bite to eat or a drink while you catch up on the news or your emails.


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