The essential guide to Priority Pass™ lounges at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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In a Nutshell

George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has two Priority Pass™ lounges, located in Terminal D. If you are a member — either by signing up directly with Priority Pass™ or by holding a premium travel credit card that offers Priority Pass™ Select — you can relax in either one before your flight.

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If you fly through Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport often, there are two Priority Pass™ lounges you should know about.

One is the KLM Crown Lounge and the other is the Air France Lounge, both located in Terminal D.

Fortunately, if you hold a premium travel credit card — like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® — it might come equipped with complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership, which gives you access to Priority Pass™ lounges once you enroll.

Having lounge access can be like unlocking an airport oasis, away from the chaos. In my own travel experience, Priority Pass™ lounges have offered ample outlets to charge my electronics, strong Wi-Fi, comfortable seats, snacks and sometimes small finger foods, empty bathrooms and, yes, even wine.

Read on to find out how you can take advantage of Priority Pass™ lounge access the next time your flight takes you through this Houston airport. 


Things you should know about the Priority Pass™ lounges at Houston’s IAH

Both the KLM Crown Lounge and Air France Lounge are located in Terminal D, where you can find …

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Comfortable seating
  • Complimentary drinks, refreshments
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • And sometimes food (like small sandwiches, salad, fresh fruit)

Just keep in mind that even though you have a membership, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get in. If the lounge is too crowded, you may get turned away.

We should also note that Terminal D is one of IAH’s older terminals and is currently undergoing construction that is expected to last until around 2022.

KLM Crown Lounge

  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Location: Terminal D, near Gate D8
  • Stay: Three hours max.

Use the KLM Crown Lounge to kick up your heels and unwind before you board. Kids are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Plus kids 2 and under are admitted free.

The KLM Crown Lounge is well-equipped. Features include …

  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Refreshments
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telephone (for local calls)

While opinions differ when it comes to which Priority Pass™ lounge is better at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Jan S., founder of TheLuxuryTravelExpert.com, explains, “I prefer the KLM Lounge because of better food offerings and a nicer decor.”

Air France Lounge

  • Hours of Operation: 12 to 5 p.m. daily, closed Dec. 25
  • Location: Terminal D, near Gate D12
  • Stay: Three hours max.

The Air France Lounge and has two sections: one that has snacks and beverages, and another larger area with a TV and chairs.

However, there are no private bathrooms and travelers have noted that the Air France Lounge is very small. The hours of operation are also limited, so if you’re traveling outside of the hours of noon to 5 p.m., you won’t have access. And if you are around during that window, keep in mind that access may be restricted due to space constraints. But kids 2 and under are admitted free.

Lounge features include …

  • Wi-Fi
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • TV
  • Refreshments
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telephone (for local calls)

How to get Priority Pass™ Lounge access

If your premium travel credit card offers complimentary access to Priority Pass™ lounges, it’s probably through Priority Pass™ Select membership. Although you might think you have instant access, you typically have to enroll in Priority Pass™ Select separately before you can get into a lounge. Check out your card’s benefits guide or contact your card issuer to find out how to enroll.

Learn more: Your guide to Priority Pass™ Select membership

After you enroll, depending on your issuer’s program, you may receive a Priority Pass™ membership card in the mail. You need to present this card, or a digital membership card, to the front desk of the lounge before you can enter. If you didn’t get a physical card, you can download the app for a digital version of the card (which you will be able to use immediately at lounges that accept the digital card, though be aware that not all do).

If you don’t have a travel credit card that offers Priority Pass™ Select, you can purchase the membership on your own through the Priority Pass™ website.

Buying a membership through Priorty Pass™

There are the three membership tiers offered on the Priority Pass™ website.

Standard

  • Annual fee: $99
  • Member visit fee: $27 per visit
  • Guest visit fee: $27 per visit, per guest

Standard Plus

  • Annual fee: $249
  • Member visit fee: 10 visits included, $27 per visit after
  • Guest visit fee: $27 per visit, per guest

Prestige

  • Annual Fee: $399
  • Member visit fee: Unlimited free visits
  • Guest visit fee: $27 per visit, per guest

The annual Priority Pass™ membership fee is generally less than the annual fee of a premium credit card, but not by much.

For example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® comes with a $450 annual fee, so the Prestige membership option would be only about $50 less. However, some cards also come with additional perks related to the Priority Pass™, such as offering free access for up to two guests.

If you have a lot of upcoming flights, a travel credit card could provide more value than purchasing a Priority Pass™ membership on its own. Some of the best travel credit cards have other perks such as robust sign-up bonuses, travel protection, and flight perks like free checked bags and priority boarding. And many also come with rewards-earning potential.


3 credit cards that offer complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership

These are only a few of the credit cards that offer complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership. Check out this detailed list of our top credit card recommendations to discover more cards that offer airport lounge access.

Best for Credit card
Comprehensive travel rewards Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Wide variety of lounges Platinum Card® from American Express
High-end perks Mastercard® Black Card™

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Chase Sapphire Reserve® is a premium travel credit card whose perks will cost you a $450 annual fee.

Helpful travel features that come with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® include …

  • 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • $300 annual travel credit (as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year)
  • Up to a $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
  • Special rental car privileges (when booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards®) with National Car Rental, Avis and Silvercar
  • Three points per $1 on dining purchases around the world (one point per $1 spent on all other purchases)
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Platinum Card® from American Express

This card is a great option for travelers who want access to a variety of lounges, want to earn more points for travel purchases, and who don’t mind paying an annual fee of $550.

In addition to having access to Priority Pass™ Select, the Platinum Card® from American Express gives you access to a number of other lounges, including …

  • The Centurion® Lounge
  • The International American Express lounges
  • Delta Sky Club® (when flying Delta)
  • Airspace lounges
  • Escape Lounges
American Express lounge access: What to know and how to get it

Additional features of the Platinum Card® from American Express include …

  • 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after making $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Up to $200 in airline fee credits for a qualifying airline per calendar year
  • Up to $200 in Uber credits for rides in the U.S. per year (for basic card members only)
  • Up to $100 statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
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Platinum Card® from American Express

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Mastercard® Black Card™

This travel rewards card comes with a high annual fee, but can offer major payoffs for frequent travelers. For a $495 annual fee ($195 for each authorized user), you get a complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership, plus points that can be redeemed for cash back and an array of travel options. Here are some of the other rewards.

  • Room upgrades (when available), complimentary food and drinks, and spa credits when you book with your card
  • $100 annual airline credit toward qualifying purchases
  • $100 statement credit for your Global Entry application fee

Bottom line

Whether you have a Priority Pass™ Select membership through your credit card or are thinking of buying a membership on your own, having lounge access could be an invaluable perk when you’re traveling.

However you gain entry to Priority Pass™ lounges, the next time you’re walking through Terminal D at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, you can try strolling into the KLM Crown Lounge or Air France Lounge for a little rest and refreshment before your flight.


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