One of the most frustrating parts about traveling by plane are those moments in which you’re trapped in an uncomfortable scenario in the airport. It can be a continuous struggle to find seating, a good place to eat, or even some peace and quiet. That’s why many of those who are frequent travelers get themselves involved with rewards programs that offer lounge access.
But a problem with gaining your everyday lounge access is that it’s only available once you’ve become loyal to a certain airline, on top of the fact that you usually have to remain a regular customer to maintain your status. Well, that all could change if you decide to sign up with Priority Pass.
With Priority Pass, flyers will no longer need to be repeating customers on the same airline, nor will they have to book first-class tickets, which usually grant lounge access with the booking. Subscribing to the membership will give you access to over 1,000 lounges located in over 500 cities spanning the globe, and all you have to do is sign up.
This can be accomplished by either going through the company directly, or even linking complimentary membership access through your credit card company. Standard packages cost just $99 a year, but all lounge permits will cost an additional $27 per visit.
Standard Plus memberships cost $249, but the first 10 visits are free, while any more will cost $27 a piece. The Prestige Membership, which runs at $399, gives you unlimited, free lounge access, while also granting you the ability to bring along guests for $27 a person.
Credit card companies offer differing rates, but these rely more on the card than the company’s own direct pricing platform. For example, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, and Ritz-Carlton cardholders have access to free Priority Pass lounges already.
Unlimited access to Priority Pass locations is also currently available for Platinum and Business Platinum American Express cardholders. Though these premium companies are currently allowing their members to have exclusive access, it still will cost them $27 to bring along any friends or family members unless they too are a cardholder.
For now, the Priority Pass lounges are only available in select airports, but the company’s services are continuing to expand. Current locations that have already implemented the lounges in their facilities include New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, which has three already, while NYC’s LaGuardia Airport only has one lounge for the time being.
Other international airports may have differing rules, like the Dubai International Business Class lounge, that allows Priority Pass members within its confines, but only for five hours. Even more restrictive is London’s Heathrow SkyTeam lounge, which will only give you access for up to three hours.
Any way you look at it, having access to a lounge during your traveling schedule is always a plus, especially if you are someone who is always on the go. Though you may not have thought it was worthwhile before, Priority Pass allows the casual flyer access to the comfort of lounges, all while giving them the ability to choose a plan that suits their travel needs.