Published on July 5th, 2017 | by sirtheta25
A Quick Guide to Differentiating Priority Pass Cards
If you have multiple premium cards offering Priority Pass memberships, you might not’ve thought to write down which Priority Pass card corresponds to which credit card when you received them. But with the different benefits associated with each issuer, it’s important to be able to figure out which Priority Pass card is which! (Though this is less critical now that American Express Platinum cards give 2 free guests, instead of charging $27 per guest.) Here’s some information about how you can differentiate some of your Priority Pass cards using just the information on the card.
Chase: Ode to Sixteen Digits
Your Priority Pass card number should be either 11 digits (grouped by 3, 7, and 1 digits) or 16 digits. (If not, count them again!)
Priority Pass card numbers with 16 digits are issued directly by Chase (and should start with 735).
Priority Pass card numbers with 11 digits are issued by Priority Pass on behalf of other banks, such as American Express and Citi, and should all start with 142 and end with 1.
As an interesting aside, I suspect that the difference in the issuing entity is why Priority Pass cards for the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ritz-Carlton do not work for digital membership within the Priority Pass mobile app, and also why you have to enroll in the benefit online for those two cards. (Update: Chase Sapphire Reserve does work for digital memberships now).
(big thanks to Reddit user msd2179 for clarifying how this works!)
Perhaps most helpful in determining the origin of a Priority Pass card is that the date on which your Priority Pass card expires will closely align with the date you opened the credit card with which it is associated.
Priority Pass cards issued by Chase are valid for 1 year, while those issued by Priority Pass on behalf of other banks are valid for 3 years. There are some conflicting data points for the latter expiration dates, as some cards expire after only 2 years. (With respect to Chase, the expiration date seems to often be last day of the month in which the card was, presumably, formally issued.)
If you still can’t differentiate your Priority Pass cards, you can call the number on the back of your Priority Pass card — but be prepared for a potentially lengthy wait time!
Do you have any conflicting data points with the above information? Do you have a favorite way to track which Priority Pass card is which? If so, please comment below!