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OCBC VOYAGE removing guest benefit from Plaza Premium lounge access

OCBC VOYAGE cardholders will no longer receive complimentary guesting benefits to Plaza Premium lounges from 15 August.

The OCBC VOYAGE card currently offers unlimited Plaza Premium Lounge visits for the cardholder and one guest. Supplementary cardholders enjoy the same benefit, including one guest.

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From 15 August 2019, OCBC is cutting the complimentary guest privilege from the VOYAGE card.

Until 14 August 2019From 15 August 2019
Main cardholderUnlimited lounge visits + 1 guestUnlimited lounge visits
Supplementary cardholders
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Guests can still be brought into lounges, but at a fee of up to US$36 per visit per person.

OCBC’s lounge network was already smaller than other premium cards (it uses Plaza Premium with only ~80 locations, while most competitors use Priority Pass with more than 1,200), so this isn’t a good development as far as competitiveness of lounge offering is concerned.

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You can find the T&Cs of the OCBC VOYAGE’s lounge access benefit here. Do note that the T&Cs do not specifically mention guest benefits.

How does the OCBC VOYAGE’s lounge benefits compare to other cards?

Here’s how the VOYAGE now measures up compared to other cards in terms of lounge benefits.

Card (Income Req)Lounge NetworkFree Visits
DBS Altitude Visa ($30K)Priority Pass2 per membership yr
UOB JCB ($30K)JCB-partnered lounges2 per calendar yr in HK, SG, Korea, China and Thailand, unlimited in Hawaii and Japan
Maybank Horizon Platinum ($30K)Selected lounges in SIN, KUL and HKG1 visit with min S$1K retail spend in 3 month period prior
SCB Priority Banking VI ($30K, Min AUM $200K)Priority Pass4 (if AUM <$200K), 24 (if AUM >$200K) per membership yr. Unlimited for Priority Private + Private Banking with 1 guest
Diners Club Cards ($30K)Diners Club Lounges1 free visit between 1 Apr and 31 Mar of each yr
Citibank PremierMiles Visa ($30K)Priority Pass2 per calendar yr
AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend ($50K)Selected Plaza Premium and contract lounges4 per membership yr
Citibank PremierMiles AMEX ($80K)Priority Pass2 per calendar yr
Citi Prestige ($120K)Priority PassUnlimited (+1 guest)
CIMB Visa Infinite ($120K)Dragon Pass3 per membership yr
HSBC Visa Infinite ($120K)Priority PassUnlimited (supp cardholder gets same benefit)
OCBC Voyage ($120K)Plaza PremiumUnlimited (+1 guest, supp cardholder gets same benefit)

From 15 Aug 19, no guests allowed
BOC Visa Infinite ($120K)Plaza Premium2 per membership yr
SCB Visa Infinite ($150K)Priority Pass6 per membership yr
UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card ($150K)Dragon Pass4 per membership yr
Maybank Visa Infinite ($150K)Priority PassUnlimited
AMEX Platinum Charge ($200K)Priority Pass, AMEX lounges, Centurion lounges, Delta SkyClubsUnlimited (+1 guest, supp cardholder gets same benefit)

Conclusion

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If you want a card that offers lounge guesting benefits, your only choices now are the Citi Prestige and the AMEX Platinum Charge card.

Otherwise, if you want to bring a guest into the lounge, be sure to check if you’re able to access cheaper cash rates through Grab’s airport benefits than what your bank is charging.


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Just an update – HSBC Visa Infinite no longer gives Priority Pass – as of 5 August it is changing to LoungeKey. Also the Amex Platinum PP no longer allows you to access the restaurants for the credit (eg Sydney) – seems all cards are devaluing!

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Aaron, this seems material. Would you revisit your $120K card showdown results in the light of this change?