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Although you can buy Priority Pass lounge membership by paying an annual fee (and possibly an additional fee per visit, depending on the membership level), if you have the right credit card you can get free access as a complimentary benefit.
This may take the form of two single-entry passes per year, or unlimited free access (generally confined to cards with a very high annual fee).
So the only cost is your credit card’s annual fee.
No. While most of the more expensive cards come with complimentary travel insurance, shoppers’ insurance and other benefits, airport lounge access is restricted to about 20 credit cards. The lounge brands offered include Priority Pass, American Express, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Veloce, Diners Club and Delta Skylines. Some cards give access to more than one brand of lounge, for maximum availability.
Under some circumstances (e.g. your flight is delayed for six hours) access to a Priority Pass lounge could be considered priceless. But to put a dollar value on it, there are three levels of membership:
So two single-entry passes are worth US$153 ($99 + $27 + $27) per year. The unlimited access granted by very few (extremely expensive) credit cards is worth US$399 in any year where you think you are likely to make more than 15 visits to a Priority Pass lounge.
You will need to apply for your single-entry lounge passes (usually two per year) through your credit card’s website.
Prestige credit cards with complimentary Prestige Priority Pass membership, granting unlimited access, will come with instructions about how to obtain your Priority Pass membership card. Some credit cards give you a digital membership card, included in the Priority Pass app.
If you have a prestige card which comes with Prestige Priority Pass membership your lounge visits are unlimited.
If your credit card offers two single-entry lounge passes per year you may still have Standard Priority Pass membership, which means that you can pay for each lounge visit once your two annual passes have been used. Check your credit card’s terms and conditions in order to verify this.
No. Rather than operating their own lounges, Priority Pass have arrangements with local lounge operators at airports around the world. So you will not necessarily see the Priority Pass logo or signage prominently displayed, if at all.
Visit the Priority Pass website, or use the Priority Pass app, to see if the airport you are passing through has an affiliated lounge.
Priority Pass originated in the US, so that’s where most lounges are located. But their website says that they have over 1,000 lounges in over 130 countries, so you are likely to find at least one at most major airports. Some airports, such as London Heathrow, will have multiple Priority Pass lounges.
No. While some lounges offer luxurious surroundings, complimentary food and drinks, business amenities including free Wi-Fi, conference rooms, shower facilities and even spa treatments, others will have more limited features. Some, including many in Australia, may actually be affiliated restaurants or bars where members receive a discount on their food and beverage bill.
No. If your credit card has complimentary Priority Pass lounge access (either in the form of single-entry passes or unlimited membership) it doesn’t matter which airline you are travelling with.
No. If your credit card has complimentary Priority Pass lounge access (either in the form of single-entry passes or unlimited membership) you will be admitted to the Priority Pass lounge regardless of your fare status.
No. There’s no need to book ahead. Just present your single-entry pass or Priority Pass membership card, plus your flight boarding pass, at the reception desk on arrival.