Access to airport lounges is normally a perk of flying Business class or holding elite airline status. But even if you’re not a frequent flyer, you can enjoy access to airport lounges around the world with a Priority Pass membership.
Priority Pass members have access to more than 1,000 airport lounges in six continents. But the real beauty of Priority Pass membership is that you can use the lounge regardless of your class of travel or the airline you’re flying. (One of the limitations of Qantas Club or Virgin Lounge membership is that you can only use the lounge when flying with certain airlines.)
Priority Pass Lounge Network
Priority Pass boasts an impressive network of over 1,000 airport lounges. For example, you’ll find lounges in Singapore, Denpasar, Auckland, Nadi, Dubai and London Heathrow, to name just a few airports. Most are third-party and contract lounges, rather than airline-specific lounges.
There are 6 Priority Pass lounges located in Australia. Three of these are REX domestic lounges, located in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Lounges can also be found in the international terminals of Cairns, Brisbane and Darwin airports. A seventh lounge will soon open in Melbourne.
Last year, Priority Pass also began partnering with various airport restaurants. In lieu of a lounge visit, members can now claim a $36 voucher at eateries in the domestic terminals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as the international terminals in Sydney and Melbourne. That means you can get a free meal every time you fly from one of these airports!
There are 3 membership options:
- Standard membership costs USD99 (approximately $125) per year and entitles you to access any Priority Pass lounge for USD27 ($36) per visit
- Standard Plus membership costs USD249 ($320) annually and comes with 10 included lounge visits. Additional visits cost USD27 each.
- Prestige membership is the most expensive at USD399 ($510) per year, but comes with unlimited lounge access for the year.
You may bring up to one guest into the lounge with you for an extra USD27 per visit.
Complimentary Priority Pass Membership
Some credit cards offer complimentary Priority Pass membership as an included perk!
Amex Platinum and Citi Prestige cardholders enjoy complimentary Priority Pass Prestige membership. This comes with unlimited airport lounge access for the cardholder plus one free guest per visit! This is a great benefit; if you’re thinking about buying a Prestige membership, you may consider applying for one of these cards instead.
The Citi Signature credit card comes with complimentary Standard membership and two free annual lounge visits. The Westpac Altitude Black and St George Amplify cards also include two complimentary annual lounge passes.