With more and more credit cards offering Priority Pass cards as a benefit, allowing airport lounge access at around 50 lounges in the U.S. and 1000 around the world, many popular lounges got crowded and some turned away Priority Pass members due to overcrowding.
Priority Pass cardholders cluster in the US because of the number given out by premium cards, while Priority Pass lounges are disproportionately international. That’s a recipe for overcrowding and during people times you won’t get into the Turkish Airlines lounge at Washington Dulles for instance. Alaska Airlines lounges especially in Seattle were turning away Priority Pass cardholders.
Most Priority Pass lounges do not impose any limit on the number of guests you can bring in with your card. Some cards charge you for the guests you bring in, others do not. Here’s a story of bringing 19 guests into a Priority Pass lounge — free.
On May 1 Alaska adopted a ‘no guest with Priority Pass card’ policy for its lounges to limit overcrowding (and hopefully allow some Priority Pass members to use their lounges).
But with the opening of Alaska’s C concourse lounge in Seattle they relaxed the policy August 7 and allowed Priority Pass members again to bring guests but limited them to two.
Alaska Lounge Pancake Machine
Now the policy has further liberalized allowing Priority Pass cardmembers to bring in two guests or immediate family.
(HT: Doctor of Credit)