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Priority Pass is a card that gets you into lounges around the world. You don’t have to belong to an individual lounge program, this program works to have lounges in most of the places you go.
There are over 1000 airport lounges that a Priority Pass will gain you access to, most of those are spread throughout airports around the world. Around 60 options exist in the U.S. and that increasingly includes airport restaurants.
When you have a Priority Pass card it may come with visits for you as the cardholder, and it may come with complimentary visits for guests.
However some cards,
- Require you to pay per visit
- Require you to pay for guests
- Or require you to pay for your third or additional guest
If you’re buying your Priority Pass card directly, rather than getting it from a bank, you probably pay for each of your guests now and may even pay for all or some of your own visits.
Whenever you pay for a guest’s entry into a lounge with a card you got from Priority Pass directly or that came with you American Express card that cost is going to go up from $27 to $32 effective October 1 for at least some US-issued cards.
On the 1st October 2018 we will be increasing the fee for chargeable lounge visits to US$32 per visit per person. Any complimentary visits included as a part of your membership will not be affected by this fee increase.
It has been over 10 years since we have increased our visit fees and during this time we have done all we can to absorb the rising costs of providing airport lounge access to our Members. We have unfortunately reached the point where we need to make an adjustment to our prices to maintain the quality offering of Priority Pass.
The Platinum Card by American Express gives you a Priority Pass card that has unlimited free visits for the cardholder and up to 2 free guests each time. For that card the only time this matters is if you bring 3 or more guests into a lounge with your Priority Pass card.
That’s exactly the same for Priority Pass lounge access from the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card or the Starwood American Express Luxury Card.
In contrast the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card gives you a Priority Pass card which includes 10 free visits per year. You have to pay a per-visit fee after that. That fee will be $32.
I reached out to Priority Pass and they explained that the fee is going up for the cards they manage, including cards that come with American Express cards. Chase’s program works differently. I called Chase and was told they still show paid guests costing $27.