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The folks at the Collinson Group have been really innovating bringing on additional lounge benefits for their Priority Pass cards in recent months.
I love that they added the Turkish Airlines lounge at Washington Dulles although it gets full during peak times (and they may even refuse Priority Pass access as a result).
You also now get use of Minute Suites in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Dallas.
With the spread of access, we’ve seen Priority Pass add other non-traditional options besides lounges such as the club lounge at the Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5 as a participating ‘airport lounge’. You get a £15 credit per person at London Gatwick’s Grain Store Cafe & Bar with your Priority Pass card.
The restaurant credit is interesting, and we see people go eat and then go to a lounge.
Getting Priority Pass Lounge Access
They’re working hard to manage capacity as Priority Pass cards have grown via premium credit cards, you can get into over 1000 lounges around the world (more than 40 in the U.S.) with your Platinum Card by American Express, Citi Prestige Card, or Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. Those give you unlimited visits for yourself and free guests. (The Platinum card added two free guests this year.)
The Hilton Amex Surpass® Card from American Express gets you Hilton Gold status. And it comes with a Priority Pass membership too though you have to pay for lounge visits. This was the first credit card that gave me lounge access.
You can also redeem Japan Airlines miles for Priority Pass membership and of course you can buy it too.
Now Get $187 in Food Per Person at the Sydney Airport
Sydney has a plethora of lounges. In addition to Qantas lounges including their famous first class lounge you have dedicated lounges for Singapore Airlines (great menu-based dining), Emirates, and Etihad. You have the Air New Zealand lounge. You have the SkyTeam lounge. There’s an American Express lounge, and more.
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney
But none of these lounges welcome Priority Pass members.
Priority Pass has solved this by adding 7 restaurant options where you get AUD$36 credit per person per visit.
Interestingly, one of these is even landside meaning you don’t need to clear security to eat.
All 7 lounges offer the AUD$36 credit for food or any type of drink so you could go from place to place drinking for free before your flight if you wish.
Now, since the locations are spread across different terminals it would take creative determination to visit them all in a single airport departure, there’s no Priority Pass rule against doing so. And that would total AUD$252 in credit, which is ~ US$187.
Three people traveling together could thus leverage a single Priority Pass card from the Platinum Card by American Express, Citi Prestige Card, or Chase Sapphire Reserve Card for US$561 worth of food or drink at the airport provided they get themselves access to all 3 terminals.
(HT: Points from the Pacific)