SA7700
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Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:40 am

I've been considering joining Priority Pass for a while now, but I'm still not sure whether it will be actually money well spent. http://www.prioritypass.com

While I always have lounge access at SAA lounges, there are many airports where I obviously don't, flying Y-class most of the time. The website is quite vague when it gets to the particulars of the member lounges, unless you are of course already a member and able to access all the details.

Are there any members here who can give me feedback based on overall experience with the Priority Pass club? Your input will be much appreciated.

Rgds

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:15 am

I've been a PP member for several years now and have only found a few airports where a lounge wasn't available, although I only tend to visit main stream places. (LAX, SFO, DEL, BOM, SIN, HKG, ATL, LHR, LGW, BHX, KUL, AMS

You get a directory when you join that seems to have virtually every airport in the world listed!

They tend to use the general lounges that are used by several smaller airlines rather than lounges run by specific airlines such as BA.

On the question of is it worth the money? That all depends on how many times you will use it and how much you value a bit of tranquility from the crowds. For me it's definitely worth it because I get the membership free with my American Express card. If I had to pay for it myself (IIRC about £120 per year) I would probably still go for it though.
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terminalc
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:20 am

If you are flying intl, y-class & flying often it's well worthwhile. I don't leave home without mine. Sometimes the lounges can be dingy, but they usually beat the h* out of waiting by the gate. You can buy the base card & pay by visit to help find out if it's of benefit for you.

Enjoy it!
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:37 am

You can also get a 25% discount on the Priority Pass with a basic membership in the International Airline Passengers Association at: http://www.iapa.com

IAPA membership also gives you corporate discount numbers for hotels and car rental companies that has paid off in nice discounts and plenty of room upgrades for me over the years. IAPA membership starts out at $49 per year ... sorry I couldn't find the UK price, but it might be worth looking into if you're considering buying the PPass.

Cheers.
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:06 am

Thank you this far. If I decide to join it will mostly be to get away from the crowds. Airports like ATL and ORD tend to drive me a little crazy.

Actually I should have joined at the start of the year, reaping some benefits early on, but I still have a bitch of a trip at the end of the year going down to Australia and up to the States.

Rgds

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:18 am

If you are going to the US you can get into all NW/CO/DL clubs, I think.
 
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:01 pm

I do the same. I purchased the lowest membership at $99/year here in the USA, which gives me full access to all the lounges for $24/per person per visit. Since I tend to travel alone, that works out for me just fine, since I don't travel too much. If I start traveling a lot, then I would bump up to the higher membership levels, but its all about gauging how much you are going to use it before you spend the money. Some of those levels can get quite pricey and no sense spending money when you don't have to.

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:32 am

I'm not a PP member (as I can get into lounges on most airlines I fly) but having been in a few PP lounges used by the airlines they aren't sensational. Depends how much and in what class you travel. If you are on the road a lot on don't fly in J then it'd be worth it. Alernatively get an Amex Platinum chargecard where it comes as a benefit.
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:39 am

My main concern at this stage really, is the USA lounges. I will be flying Y-class on UA on the following routing:

IAD-ORD-DEN-SFO-JFK

What can I expect? Another concern is that there may be no PP lounges available in the particular terminals that I will be using.

Rgds

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:40 am

I've been a pretty heavy Priority Pass user/customer for two years.

Internationally is where you may experience some of the general use clubs that are being mentioned here.

Here in the U.S. you can get into pretty much Every CO President's Club, Delta Crown Room, United Red Carpet, US Air, NW Club, America West Club.

No AA Admiral's Club which is a bummer, but still.. You're pretty much guaranteed a club at pretty much any airport that's large enough to have one.

Even smaller stations like MCI, JAX, SNA. Add to the fact that CO and NW serve complimentary alcohol in their clubs it's definitely worth it.

If you're traveling for work, you should be able to claim it as an expense as well.
 
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:58 am

My one question is do you have to have a boarding pass to enter that club? I'm thinking about joining either Delta's Crown Room or Continental's President's Club (DL is cheaper, esp. as a Medallion, but with CO I can get into Crown Rooms when on DL metal and even if I'm still on DL metal, I can get into a CO or NW club). However, the one thing with Priority Pass is I'm unsure if you have to have a boarding pass for that airline to get into the club (I think UA's club has a requirement of a UA boarding pass to get in for Red Carpet Club members).

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:07 am

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 10):
However, the one thing with Priority Pass is I'm unsure if you have to have a boarding pass for that airline to get into the club (I think UA's club has a requirement of a UA boarding pass to get in for Red Carpet Club members)

You should be covered. According to their website you are entitled to use all the lounges listed in the PP directory, irrespective of the airline you are flying on.

Rgds

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:16 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
Amex Platinum chargecard where it comes as a benefit.

AMX card? I have a delta sky miles card....is this what you mean? I have never heard of such a benefit from an AMX card!
 
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:16 am

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 11):
Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 10):
However, the one thing with Priority Pass is I'm unsure if you have to have a boarding pass for that airline to get into the club (I think UA's club has a requirement of a UA boarding pass to get in for Red Carpet Club members)

You should be covered. According to their website you are entitled to use all the lounges listed in the PP directory, irrespective of the airline you are flying on.

That is correct. All they will ask for is your membership card, which an imprint is made and you sign. Your credit card on file with Priority Pass will be billed for 24.00 each person who comes into the club on your account (usually limited to 6 people).

Think of it as a really expanded version of CO, DL, NW club membership program. The top tier of priority pass is roughly the same cost as a membership with a dedicated airline, but you'll get access to many many more clubs across the globe.

Only pain is that if you're flying on another airline other than the one that has a PP participating club, you have to trek to another terminal which can be unpleasant.
 
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:18 am

Quoting BA747400 (Reply 12):
AMX card? I have a delta sky miles card....is this what you mean? I have never heard of such a benefit from an AMX card!

American Express Platinum Skymiles Credit Card.
 
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:29 am

Quoting Milemaster (Reply 13):
Only pain is that if you're flying on another airline other than the one that has a PP participating club, you have to trek to another terminal which can be unpleasant.

Yeah, that one hit me like a sledgehammer a short while ago. And of course I have chosen to go through all of the UA hubs... What is the UA Red Carpet Club lounges like?

Rgds

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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 6:19 am

It doesn't have to be a SkyMiles Amex...it only has to be a Amex Platinum. This is what a Crown Room hostess told me.

-j

[Edited 2005-06-18 23:20:39]
 
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RE: Priority Pass - Is It Worth The Money?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 7:04 am

Quote:
I think UA's club has a requirement of a UA boarding pass to get in for Red Carpet Club members

Unless they changed things recently, you don't need a United boarding pass to enter the RCC, just the RCC card and a gov't issued ID. I could be wrong about that, but my past experience has been that you don't need to show a boarding pass at the door. I know its the same way for the AA Admirals Club too...just need the club card and ID, no AA boarding pass needed to enter the club.

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