Benefits & Conditions
 

Student credit card
Student Credit Card

3 complimentary visits per credit card account per year

Preferential Rate thereafter




Gold Credit Card
Gold Credit Card


Unlimited access for primary cardholder at preferential rates





British Airways
British Airways

8 complimentary visits annually
available to British Airways Credit Card holders
(shared allocation across the primary and secondary cards)

4 Domestic Lounge visits
4 International Departure Lounge visits

Preferential Rate thereafter

Premium Banking credit card
Premium Credit Card

12 complimentary visits* (shared across primary and secondary cards)

Preferential rate thereafter
 

*Qualifying spend criteria

Spend R5 500 in the month in which the Bidvest airport lounge is used or spend a total of R16 500 over 3 consecutive months before and during the month of the lounge visit.

You still get access to lounges even if you spend less than the qualifying amount or have used all your complimentary visits, but at the Absa preferential rate
 

Absa Rewards member

To qualify for your lounge benefits you must be registered on the Absa Rewards programme

 



 

Ultimate and Ultimate Islamic transactional account

Ultimate and Ultimate Islamic

Two visits* if you have an Ultimate transactional account only

Plus

Two visits* if you have a Gold Credit Card linked to your Ultimate Account

All lounge visits across primary and secondary cards count towards your total allowance.
 

*Qualifying spend criteria

Spend at least R4 000 in the month of visiting the lounge

 Or

a total of R12 000 over 3 consecutive months before and during the month of the lounge visit.

If you spend less than the qualifying requirements or if you use up all your complimentary visits, you qualify for access at the Absa preferential rate.

(Combined transactional account and credit card POS/CNP spend)
 

Ultimate and Ultimate Islamic transactional plus account

Ultimate Plus, Ultimate Islamic Plus and Ultimate Prosperity

Seven visits* for Ultimate Plus, Ultimate Islamic Plus or Ultimate Prosperity transactional accounts only

Plus

Seven visits* if you have a Premium Credit Card linked to your Ultimate Plus Account

All lounge visits across primary and secondary cards count towards your total allowance.

*Qualifying spend criteria

Spent at least R7 000 in the month of visiting the lounge

Or

a total of R21 000 over 3 consecutive months before and during the month of the lounge visit.

If you spend less than the qualifying requirements or if you use up all your complimentary visits, you qualify for access at the Absa preferential rate.

(Combined transactional account and credit card POS/CNP spend)

* Guests and children will be charged the prevailing retail rate the relevant card account when entering the lounge.

  • Benefit

    • Complimentary visits are allocated per calendar year (January to December) and any unused visits will not be carried forward.
    • Complimentary visits are only available to the Card holder or secondary card holder/s (as specified) and cannot be transferred to guests or children.
    • Guests and children will benefit from a discounted rate which will immediately be charged to the relevant card account when entering the lounge.
    • There will be no monthly usage limit (complimentary visits are allocated per annum).
    • There will be no split or limit between local and international lounge visits, which means that you could use all qualifying visits for either local or international lounges as you need.
    • Any visits that do not meet the complimentary visit criteria will be billed to the cardholder’s account at the Absa preferential rate.
    • Please be sure to keep track of your visits and qualifying spend. This information can be obtained by contacting the number on the back of your card.
    • You are entitled to a stay of 2 hours for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights (prior to your scheduled flight departure time). Extended time will be charged at Bidvest rates.
    • The airport lounges will be open 7 days a week. This may change without prior notice. Please visit the Bidvest Lounge website for updates on lounge operating hours and availability. 
    • Bidvest Premier Airport Lounges will ensure that there is an adequate supply of refreshments, newspapers, periodicals, food and beverages.
  • Qualifying criteria

    • You need the relevant Absa personalized (customer name on card) Visa Card as per the specified benefit.
    • The name of the cardholder must be the same as the name on the boarding pass.
    • Your Visa Card must be in good standing.
    • You must have met the stipulated spend requirement (where applicable).
    • You must be registered on the Absa Rewards programme (where applicable).
    • This offer is only available to primary and/or secondary cardholders as specified.
  • How it works

     
    • The cardholder must present his/her qualifying Absa Visa card (the actual physical card, not the virtual card) and boarding pass to gain access to the lounge.
    • Secondary cardholders must present their own personalised card.
    • The name of the cardholder must be the same as the name on the boarding pass.
    • Where guest are taken into the lounge, cardholders must clearly specify which guests are provided entry on which card (where primary and secondary cards are used at the same time)
    • Bidvest lounge staff may not advise on complimentary benefits and usage rules. Customers must phone the number on the back of their card for any benefit enquiries.
    • When the Cardholder enters the lounge, there will be no immediate fee charged for the cardholder’s visit. The qualifying card will be swiped for record-keeping (other than for guests and children).
    • An assessment will be done at the end of the calendar month to determine whether the cardholder exceeded the benefit offer.
    • The cardholder will be billed for any visits that fall outside of the benefit offer.
  • What it costs

    Rates & Fees

    Valid from 1 May 2024 to 30 April 2025.

    Public walk-in rate: Domestic Lounge – R300
    Public walk-in rate: International Lounge – R620

    Absa preferential rates

    The following are preferential rates at which customers will be billed for all access that falls outside of their annual benefit allocation.

      Absa Card rate (customer to pay)
      Domestic
    lounge
    International
    lounge
    Cardholder and guests R255 R527

    Customers need to note their specific card benefits and any spend criteria rules. Only Point-of-Sale (POS) and Card Not Present (CNP) spend contributes to spend criteria. EFT payments and revolving balances are not considered.

    Domestic: valid for 2 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time 
    International: valid for 4 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time
    Early check-in rates: Domestic – R38 per 15 minutes. International – R40 per 15 minutes

    Terms and conditions apply

  • List of airports where Bidvest airport lounges are located

    Bidvest Domestic Lounges

    •  OR Tambo Domestic
    • OR Tambo Domestic - Sky Lounge
    • Lanseria  
    • Bloemfontein
    • Cape Town
    • King Phalo (East London)
    • King Shaka (Durban)
    • Chief Dawid Stuurman International (Port Elizabeth)
    • George
    • Kruger Mpumalanga International

    Bidvest International Departure Lounges

    • OR Tambo International
    • Cape Town International – Sky Lounge
    • Cape Town International Premier
    • Kruger Mpumalanga International

Need more help?

General card support

Call us on 0861 462 273 or phone the number on the back of your card.

International +27 11 354 4001

Monday – Sunday

07:00 – 19:00

For Lost and stolen cards

Call us on 0800 111 155 | Absa App