TIP: Don’t Buy Priority Pass Memberships Just Yet!

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.

A lot of readers will have Priority Pass membership included as part of their credit card benefits (Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige and the Amex Platinum card are all examples of cards that offer membership) and can therefore disregard the rest of this post…but everyone else may benefit from reading on.

There are three levels of Priority Pass memberships and these are the standard costs for travelers based in the US and UK:

USA:

  • Standard – $99
  • Standard Plus – $299
  • Prestige – $429

UK

  • Standard – £69
  • Standard Plus – £189
  • Prestige – £339

You’ll find full details of what each membership level offers on the Priority Pass homepage.

At this point there are two things you need to know….

  1. Year round it’s almost always possible to get 10% off the prices listed above
  2. There may be a workaround which allows US-based travelers to save more (see here)

….and one VERY important thing you need to know:

Priority Pass always has a Black Friday sale and it’s usually the cheapest time of year to buy Priority Pass memberships.

I don’t know what this year’s Priority pass Black Friday offer will look like (I’ll post it to the blog when I get the information) but I do know that a sale is definitely coming.

I also know that the 2017 Priority Pass Black Friday promotion offered up to 40% off memberships…as did the 2016 promotion and the 2015 promotion.

In 2018 the Priority Pass Black Friday sale will run from 23 November to 1 December and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see another 40% discount on offer this time around.

Priority Pass has recently increased guest entry fees across all its membership levels (now $32 for US members and £20 for UK members) so, if you’re an existing member and are considering renewing your membership, it will be worth re-calculating your potential costs to make sure the membership still works for you.

Personally I have multiple Priority Pass memberships courtesy of the premium credit cards I hold and, even though I get access to a lot of lounges through my airline statuses, I still get a lot of use out of my membership.

Priority Pass now has over 1,200 lounges worldwide and there are a lot of very popular destinations where airline status won’t get you into a lounge but Priority Pass membership will – that’s where Priority Pass really comes into its own and why I plan to always hold membership in one form or another.

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