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In the US, some credit cards (like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Amex Platinum) include a Priority Pass Select, which gives free access to Priority Pass lounges and allows bringing a guest. These passes are not sold by Priority Pass directly.

I live and work in Switzerland, so I have no credit history in the US, and European credit cards typically offer much fewer benefits than American cards.

Is there any way to obtain a Priority Pass Select or similar lounge benefits as a European citizen, through any sort of financial institution, either in the US or Europe, without a US credit history? Ideally for a price comparable to buying the Priority Pass directly (399 EUR).

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For what it's worth, American Express in Switzerland includes a Priority Pass in their Platinum card. The annual fee is 850 CHF per year, but there's an offer of 50% off for the first year that makes it 425 CHF, which is slightly less than buying a Priority Pass directly (399 EUR, which is ~435 CHF as of writing this post).

Might be worth getting this card for the first year only, although I don't know if it's trivial to be approved for the card.

  • Some banks in Switzerland offer Priority Passes as part of their Credit Card offerings, with either entries for free or (for cheaper cards) with a €22 fee per entry. Might be cheaper, depending on how often you use it. – nohillside Aug 5 at 19:14

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