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Priority Pass has launched its annual Black Friday sale early this year and if you’re reading this in the US or the UK you’ll find all the details you’ll need in the post below.
A lot of readers will have Priority Pass membership through one of the ever-increasing number of premium credit cards (I think I have three memberships right now but it may be more…I’ve lost track!) but, if you don’t like paying over $400/year for a credit card, this sale may be worth some thought – these are generally the best discounts we see all year.
Priority Pass Black Friday 2018 Promotion – USA
This year the Priority Pass Black Friday promotion offers 40% off the standard membership and 25% off both “Standard Plus” and “Prestige” memberships.
- 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
In the lead up to this promotion the information being given out said that the Black Friday offers in the US wouldn’t start until 22 November….and yet here we are on 20 November and the sale is definitely on!
The pre-sale information also said that the sale would run through 1 December 2018…but now that date may well be suspect. The UK Priority Pass sale also launched today and that’s running through 30 November so I suspect that may be the end date for the US sale too.
Priority Pass Black Friday 2018 Promotion – UK
The discounts on offer in the UK promotion match those of the US Black Friday sale but the membership prices are a little cheaper.
- Standard Membership – The Priority Pass member pays £20/visit & guest pays £20/visit
- Standard Plus Membership – The Priority Pass member gets 10 free visits and then pays £20/visit & guest pays £20/visit
- Prestige Membership – The Priority Pass member gets unlimited free visits & guest pays £20/visit
If you assume that the USD/UK exchange rate is around 1.30 you’ll find that the UK prices offer better value at the Standard and Standard Plus membership levels.
This UK Priority Pass Black Friday sale runs from 20 November to 30 November 2018
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 1,200 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 is a good way for flyers to enjoy a little bit of 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.