A number of credit cards offer a membership with Priority Pass, a network of airport lounges. Cardholders with the Citi Prestige get free access for themselves and two guests. Each additional guest costs $27. The American Express Hilton Honors Surpass offers members $27 visits. The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with free access for the cardholder and his companions (though a lounge can limit the number of companions).
The Priority Pass network includes over 1000 lounges and just celebrated 25 years in business. Some are contract lounges, but others are airline lounges. Alaska Airlines’ lounges at SEA-TAC are in the network. Air France’s JFK lounge is part of it, as are the Air Canada and Virgin America lounges at LAX. I’d like to try KLM’s lounge in Houston.
This winter, I visited the Dublin Airport Executive Lounge, the Loyalty Lounge in Mumbai, the Travel Club in Chennai, and the Plaza Premium Lounge in Delhi (twice). These Priority Pass lounges proved useful for snacking, rehydrating, and working before a flight.
SEA-TAC has four lounges on the list. We used one in the South Satellite, The Club at SEA, next to our arrival gate, and very near our departure gate, coming from Maui. We had a 3-hour layover. I brought in Mom and Dad. While the lounge’s offerings were basic, it was a welcome respite after a red-eye. We will also use a lounge on our way to Hong Kong this fall, as we stop in Seattle for a few hours. We plan to use a lounge at Changi International Airport, in Singapore, before a flight to Hanoi. I’m certain I’ll find other lounges and occasions to use my membership.
Priority Pass is offering 25% off a membership to celebrate their 25th anniversary. If you’re already a member, let me know your favorite Priority Pass lounge in the comments. Happy Travels!
–Select restaurants at airports in Brisbane and Sydney now provide $36 AUD worth of food and drinks to Priority Pass members! Hopefully, this benefit will be extended to additional airports around the world.
Excellent tips! I, myself have never been to a priority lounge, because they always seem form, well, priority travelers, of which I always feel I’m not. But I guess I may be wrong having been an AMEX cardholder for 22 years!
22 years is a long time with them! They treat customers well. Maybe you could get a card that offers free access. PriorityPass lounges are for every traveler.