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Priority Pass has launched this year’s Black Friday sale with a lot less fanfare than in previous years and as usual, you have to be careful which links you use to find the best deals. This year you can get up to 50% off Standard membership, up to 35% off Standard Plus membership, and up to 15% off Prestige membership, and I’ll show you how in the post below.
Here’s the Black Friday pricing for US memberships…
…and here’s the Black Friday pricing for UK memberships:
For Standard and Standard Plus memberships, these appear to be the best deals around and are probably the best deals we’ll see this year, but they are also very obviously not a good deal for the top-tier membership (I can’t believe PP thinks that it can get away without a Black Friday offer on Prestige membership!)
It should be noted that this is not as generous as the 20% discount that was available last year.
What Is Priority Pass?
Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport lounge program that gives members access to a large worldwide network of airport lounges for a fee.
Priority Pass members get access to over 1,300 lounges in over 140 countries and 500 cities – so there’s a very good chance that there’s a Priority Pass lounge in an airport near you.
Priority Pass membership is a good way for flyers to enjoy a little bit of comfort at the airport without having to pay for a premium cabin and without having to fly tens of thousands of miles a year for airline status.
Should You Consider Buying Priority Pass Membership?
Priority Pass membership comes included as a benefit of a number of premium credit cards such as…
- The Platinum Card® from American Express (review)
- The Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card (review)
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card (review)
- The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
- The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
…all of which come with an annual fee of at least $450.
If you have access to one or more of these cards and the benefits are worth the annual fee (to you) then this is the better route by which to get Priority Pass membership – the Priority Pass Select membership that comes with these cards gives the cardholder and up to 2 guests free access to all Priority Pass lounges worldwide.
Note: The memberships offered by the American Express cards do not offer access to Priority Pass restaurants.
If, on the other hand, you don’t have access to these cards or you don’t like the idea of paying $450+ for a credit card, then one of the three memberships on offer direct from Priority Pass may be of use to you.
Even if you have elite status with and airline, there will be times when Priority Pass can come in very useful, usually in one of three situations:
- Your airline of choice doesn’t have a club/lounge at an airport you’re visiting (I find this happens a lot in regions like the Caribbean)
- You’re not flying with the airline with which you have elite status
- You’re flying as a family and your airline status doesn’t get all of you into the airline’s lounge.
I have top-tier airline status with British Airways and mid-tier status with American Airlines both of which give me access to Business Class lounges worldwide but Priority Pass still bails me out every now and again…primarily when I’m flying with both Joanna and MJ.
When we’re all traveling together (usually in Economy Class) my airline status isn’t enough to get all of us into an airline lounge (I’m only allowed one guest) but that isn’t an issue with Priority Pass lounges.
At airports like Heathrow where there are a fair number of good Priority Pass lounges, Priority Pass bails us out and we still get to have a bit of comfort before our flight despite not having access to the lounges that BA, American, Cathay, etc… offer.
The best way to work out if a Priority Pass membership would be of any use to you is to see which airports you travel through most often and then check them against the list of available lounges here.
If you regularly pass through an airport (or airports) where Priority Pass has a presence then these Priority Pass Black deals may be for you…just be sure to check that the math works in your favor.
If you’re not a regular traveler, membership of a lounge program is probably not for you, but for those of us who travel frequently, access to a lounge can be a very nice place to start a vacation or to get some work done before a flight.
All in all, If you don’t have a credit card that offers you Priority Pass membership then this sale may be worth considering.