Chase Ritz-Carlton Unboxing + “Free” Priority Pass for Family Members?

One of the many benefits of the Ritz-Carlton credit card is you can unlimited authorized users for no additional fees.

Priority Pass

Priority Pass is a travel benefit for cardholders to access a wide network of airport lounges all over the world. Cardholders can bring an unlimited amount of guests into the lounge.

I’ve personally requested a few authorized user cards for my family members so they can access Priority Pass lounges when they travel. If you request additional card, be aware that you have to request Priority Pass separately. The Priority Pass card doesn’t ship automatically; it’ll arrive a few days after the card.

Comparing Priority Pass among premium cards

Priority Pass is one of the most common perks among premium credit cards, but the number of guests you can take in vary depending on which card you have.

For example, the Ritz-Carlton and Chase Sapphire Reserve are the only cards that allow you to bring unlimited guests. Be aware: lounges are independently operated and can impose restrictions on the number of guests.

The Citi Prestige and the Amex Platinum are limited to yourself and 2 guests. 

Comparing the cost of adding an authorized user

 Even though the Ritz-Carlton and Chase Sapphire Reserve have the same Priority Pass perks, they differ in authorized user fees. The Chase Sapphire Reserve charges $75 for each authorized user, while the Ritz-Carlton is free.

The Citi Prestige charges $50 per authorized user, and the Amex Platinum charges $175 for up to 3 additional users. With the Amex Platinum cards, you’ll be charged $175 regardless if you add 1 or 3 users, so it makes sense to add 3 if you can.

Ranking the premium credit cards based on authorized user fees:

  1. Ritz-Carlton- $0

  2. Citi Prestige- $50

  3. Chase Sapphire Reserve- $75

  4. Amex Platinum- $175 for up to 3 additional users

Visa Infinite travel portal

Another perk worth noting is that authorized users get access to the Visa Infinite travel portal. The portal lets you save $100 on 2 roundtrip tickets.

The fine print

The two major travel perks that don’t carry over to authorized users are the $300 travel credit and the $100 Global Entry or TSA credit. Authorized users can access the account perks to use, but they will not be issued additional credit. These perks are limited to 1 per account.

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