Guide: Priority Pass Airport Lounge Membership
Priority Pass is a global lounge network that gives members access to over 1200 airport lounges worldwide. Priority Pass membership is offered as a credit card benefit on a bunch premium travel cards. The value of Priority Pass benefits vary based on the specific credit card’s rules and whether you’re flying with guests.
Priority Pass Membership is also available for purchase on their official site. The Priority Pass membership prices are steep and none of them offer guest access, this definitely makes me appreciate my premium cards bit more. For more benefits like this check out our, American Express Platinum Card Benefits: Ultimate Guide Including Details of Each Perk and How to Maximize.
Here’s a List of Cards with Priority Pass Select (Click on highlighted cards for our review)
|Card||Max # of Visits per Year||Guest Policy||Price for Extra Guests||Card Annual Fee|
|Barclays Black Card||Unlimited||No limit||N/A||$995|
|Barclays Gold Card||Ulimited||No limit||N/A||$495|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||Unlimited||2 free||$27||$550|
|Citi Prestige Card||Unlimited||2 free + immediate family members||$27||$495|
|City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite Credit Card||Unlimited||None, but you can gift access to one other person||$32||$400|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||Unlimited||2 free||$27||$450|
|Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card||10 visits per year||Guests must use 1 of your 10 passes to enter||$32 after your passes are used||$95|
|The Business Platinum Card from American Express||Unlimited||2 free||$27||$695|
|The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card||10 visits per year||Guests must use 1 of your 10 passes to enter||$27||$95|
|The Platinum Card from American Express||Unlimited||2 free||$27||$695|
|The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card||Unlimited||No limit||N/A||$450|
|U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card||4 visits per year||1 guest free during your 4 visits, $32 for additional guests or guests on your paid visits||$32 per visit beyond your 4 free visits||$400|
How Does Priority Pass Work?
In order to enroll in Priority Pass Select you are provided instructions by your credit card company. The Chase Sapphire Reserve and both Amex Platinum Card’s have a very similar process. You navigate to the benefits portion of your account and click enroll or activate. Simple as that. Within a week or two, you will be mailed a membership card along with your account number and pin. Don’t lose your pin number. For some strange reason PP makes it incredibly annoying to do anything without your pin if you don’t have your card handy.
The app logs you out periodically, so you should keep your login credentials handy or send them to someone as a back up because trying to call Priority Pass when you’re in a foreign airport with no cell or wifi is something I’d like to avoid in the future. As a matter of fact, I just decided to write it down on a post-it and put it in my passport.
Notable Priority Pass Features
If you’re unable to access the app and don’t have your lounge guide you can text the 3 letter airport code to +44 7624 809977 and they’ll text you back with lounge options. This is something that you will want to save in your phone just in case. I did notice that the Lounge Listing Booklet is out of date and mine only came two days ago, so you should probably confirm lounges online.
If you bring in more guests than you’re allowed for free, the $27 will automatically be billed to the card with the membership.
Though my experiences have been mixed, Priority Pass seems to have upped the ante lately and given members more opportunity for value. In fact, it just added Bobby Van’s Steakhouse and an Alaska Lounge to it’s offerings at JFK. They have been adding more and more restaurants into the fold instead of traditional lounges. This is a great perk where you get $28 per person to use in the restaurant.
There have been a few times when I was extremely disappointed in the lounge offerings, but to be fair these were at smaller airports, like LPI in Bahamas. Priority Pass has much better coverage internationally than it does domestically.
Lounge access is a great perk when traveling and Priority Pass is an excellent thing to have. Especially when it comes as a perk of one of your credit cards.
One last thing to note: American Express cards with Priority Pass membership do not provide access to restaurants/food establishments that are part of the Priority Pass program.