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Priority Pass has launched what it’s calling its ‘end of year sale‘ and the good news is that this actually just an extension of the Black Friday sale that’s been running since November. What this means in practice is that we now have Priority Pass’ best discounts on offer though the end of the year.
Clearly quite a few readers will have Priority Pass membership through one or more premium credit cards that offer membership as a benefit but, if you don’t have access to one of those cards or if you just don’t like paying $450+/year for a credit card, this sale may be worth a look as the discounts don’t usually get any better than this.
Priority Pass End Of Year Sale
Just as with the Black Friday sale this latest set of discounts offers 40% off the standard membership and 25% off both “Standard Plus” and “Prestige” memberships.
Here’s the pricing for the US…..
….and here’s the pricing for the UK:
Note: After you select the membership you’re interested in you’ll be directed to choose the country you live in and then you’ll see the appropriate pricing for your location.
Because of what the exchange rate looks like right now it may be possible for US-based flyers to save some cash by buying a UK-based membership (I’ve speculated about this before) but, as I haven’t tried this myself, I can’t be sure if the transaction goes through right to the end…but it may be worth trying.
- Standard Membership – The Priority Pass member pays $32/visit & guest pays $32/visit
- Standard Plus Membership – The Priority Pass member gets 10 free visits and then pays $32/visit & guest pays $32/visit
- Prestige Membership – The Priority Pass member gets unlimited free visits & guest pays $32/visit
The current prices are sent to expire on 31 December 2018
What Is Priority Pass Membership?
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 1,200 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 can be a very good way for flyers to enjoy some comfort at the airport without having to pay paying for a premium cabin and without having to fly tens of thousands of miles a year for airline status.
I’ve written in detail about the Priority Pass program here so that may be a good starting point for you if you’d like to know more.
Is Priority Pass Membership For 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 American Airlines and British Airways and Priority Pass still bails me out every now and again
Despite having two top-tier oneworld statuses 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) I can’t get all of us in to an airline lounge with my status (I only get 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 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 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, if you travel with any frequency, access to a lounge can be a very nice place to start a vacation or to get some work done before a flight.
If you don’t have a credit card that offers you Priority Pass membership then this sale may be worth considering.