Priority Pass Launches Black Friday Sale – Up To 40% Off Membership


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Priority Pass has launched this year’s Black Friday sale a lot earlier than we’ve seen it launch Black Friday sales in previous years and, as usual, it is offering up to 40% off the cost of annual memberships…but you’ll have to be a little careful if you’re to get the very best deal on the top-tier membership option.

This year’s Priority Pass Black Friday sale is already live and is offering 40%, 25% and 15% off the three membership tiers that it offers.

Here’s the pricing for US memberships

…and here’s the 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 this is not the best deal available on Prestige level membership.

By using a different link you can access a deal which offers a 20% discount on Prestige level membership:

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.

The Cost & What It Gets You

USA Memberships

Standard Membership

  • 1st year’s annual fee is $59
  • On top of the annual fee:
    • A member pays $32/visit
    • A member can pay $32/visit for guests

Link to apply

Standard Plus Membership

  • 1st year’s annual fee is $224
  • Includes 10 free visits to Priority Pass lounges around the world
  • On top of the annual fee:
    • A member pays $32/visit from the 11th visit
    • A member can pay $32/visit for guests

Link to apply

Prestige Membership

  • 1st year’s annual fee is $343
  • Includes unlimited free visits to Priority Pass lounges around the world
  • On top of the annual fee:
    • A member can pay $32/visit for guests

Link to apply

Plaza Premium Lounge Rio de Janeiro (International Departures)
Plaza Premium Lounge Rio de Janeiro (International Departures)

UK Memberships

Standard Membership

  • 1st year’s annual fee is £41
  • On top of the annual fee:
    • A member pays £20/visit
    • A member can pay £20/visit for guests

Link to apply

Standard Plus Membership

  • 1st year’s annual fee is £141
  • Includes 10 free visits to Priority Pass lounges around the world for the member
  • On top of the annual fee:
    • A member pays £20/visit from the 11th visit
    • A member can pay £20/visit for guests

Link to apply

Prestige Membership

  • 1st year’s annual fee is £288
  • Includes unlimited free visits to Priority Pass lounges around the world for the member
  • On top of the annual fee:
    • A member can pay £20/visit for guests

Link to apply


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, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, the Business Platinum Card from American Express, the Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant 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.

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 airline status 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 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 buy Priority Pass still bails me out every now and again

Despite having two oneworld statuses which grant me lounge access I still get a lot of use out of my Priority Pass membership…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 good 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.

Bottom Line

The best way to work out if Priority Pass membership would be 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 than this Priority Pass Black Friday deal may be for you….just be sure to check that the math works in your favor.

If you’re not a regular traveler then membership of a lounge program is probably not for you but for those of us who travel frequency, 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.

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