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Priority Pass is the lounge program that offers members access to over 1,200 airport lounges in over 500 cities across 143 countries and right now it’s possible to get up to 25% off the price of membership using one of the three deals I’ve highlighted in this post.
Important To Know
Let’s get a couple of important things out of the way before I go on to tell you about the deals on offer.
- Priority Pass membership comes as a benefit of a number of premium credit cards so, if you hold the likes of the Chase Sapphire Reserve card or the Citi Prestige card (amongst others) you probably have no need of a paid Priority Pass membership.
- If you have a Platinum Card from American Express you’ll probably have a Priority Pass membership included as one of the card’s benefits but, be aware that Amex Priority Pass memberships will soon no longer come with a credit at the growing number of airport restaurants which whom Priority Pass has partnered – a paid Priority Pass membership (or a membership courtesy of a non-Amex card) will get you a credit of ~$28.
Priority Pass is running three deals right now and each is slightly different from the other two:
Note: The $200 value can be used toward 2 standard U.S. DUFL trips OR $200 credit toward an international trip.
More about DUFL via this link
I have no idea if anyone is going to be interested in any of the added discounts being offered as, personally speaking, I would probably just concentrate on which Priority Pass deal was best for me.
If you’re looking to buy a Standard Plus or Prestige membership you should choose Deal 1 or Deal 2 (both offer the same discounts) while anyone electing to go for the entry-level Standard membership should probably choose Deal 3 (unless the added extras offered in Deal 1 or 2 offer you a genuinely good saving).
I should point out that you can generally find Priority Pass membership discounted by 10% most of the year around (you just have to use the right links) so the best discounts on offer here are really only 15% and 10% compared to what’s usually widely available.
What Is Priority Pass Membership?
Note: What follows next is just an updated version of the standard text I include in posts discussing 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 1,200 lounges in over 143 countries and 500 cities – so there’s a very good chance that there’s a Priority Pass lounge in an airport near you.
In some airports where a lounge isn’t available Priority Pass has partnered with one or more restaurants at which a Priority Pass membership will get travelers a cash discount off any food or drinks they order.
The cash discounts on offer vary from country to country (sometimes within countries too) and will, for example, range from £15 (UK) to AU$36 (Australia) to $28 (USA) – please check the details of individual lounges as these are only guidelines.
Priority Pass membership can be a very good way for flyers to enjoy some 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.
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 British Airways and Priority Pass is still a program I use more often than I expected too.
Despite having top-tier oneworld status I still get a lot of use out of my Priority Pass membership when I’m flying with both Joanna and MJ.
When we’re all traveling together (which is usually in Economy Class) I can’t get all of us into an airline lounge with my status (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 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 Airlines, Cathay Pacific, 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 one of these Priority Pass deals may work for you….just be sure that you’ll visit enough times to make the math work 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 these deals may be worth considering.