Priority Pass is a network of airport lounges, bars, restaurants and even mini-suites around the world. The have over 1,200 locations in 629 airports in more than 140 countries. The company was created in 1992 and it claims to be the largest airport lounge network in the world.
The company sells three classes of memberships directly from its website, including Standard, Standard Plus, and Prestige, which each provide different levels of access. A fourth class of membership, Select, is included with certain credit cards. That’s the part we’ll focus on in this article, since many readers will already have, or plan to get a card that will already give you Priority Pass for free.
If you have a membership, you can utilize each participating lounge regardless of what airline you’re flying or the class of your ticket. there might be limitations due to overcrowding though. You can also bring guests, but whether they come in for free, if they have to pay, or if they’re allowed in at all could vary. That’s depending on location, or what credit card you have. There’s also a new benefit included, discount offers at some airport’s stores.
Priority Pass Lounges
Here’s what to expect at most Priority Pass lounges:
- Access to 1,200+ lounges worldwide
- Complimentary drinks, refreshments & pre-flight bites including alcohol (in most lounges)
- Space to work or relax in a place that feels like home
- Free Wi-Fi in most lounges
- Comfortable seats & quiet spaces
- The latest magazines & newspapers
- Power sockets to give your devices a boost
- Conference rooms, showers, beds & spa facilities in select lounges
Priority Pass Restaurants in US
One of the best additions recently have been new restaurants at airports. Some of these are outside of United States, but there’s currently a total of 26 within the country. You can usually get a credit of $28 for the primary membership holder and one guest, for a total of $56. But check details for each restaurants.
- Boston (BOS): Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill
- Boston (BOS): Stephanie’s
- Cleveland (CLE): Bar Symon
- Denver (DEN): Timberline Steaks & Grill
- Greenville–Spartanburg (GSP): RJ Rockers Flight Room
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH): Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH): Landry’s Seafood
- Indianapolis (IND): The Fan Zone
- Lexington (LEX): Kentucky Ale Taproom
- Los Angeles (LAX): Barney’s Beanery
- Los Angeles (LAX): P.F. Chang’s
- Miami (MIA): Air Margaritaville
- Miami (MIA): Corona Beach
- Miami (MIA): Viena
- New York Kennedy (JFK): Bobby Van’s Steakhouse
- Portland (PDX): Capers Cafe Le Bar
- Portland (PDX): Capers Market
- St. Louis (STL): The Pasta House (both in Terminal 1 and 2)
- San Francisco (SFO): San Francisco Giants Clubhouse
- San Francisco (SFO): Yankee Pier
- Syracuse (SYR): Johnny Rockets
- Tampa (TPA): The Café by Mise en Place
- Tucson (TUS): Noble Hops
- Washington DC Dulles (IAD): Chef Geoff’s
- Washington DC National (DCA): Bracket Room
- Washington DC National (DCA): American Tap Room
Card with Free Priority Pass
- Amex Platinum – The card gets you access to 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries and counting. That’s through their own network, The Centurion Lounge and The International American Express lounges, as well as partner networks, Delta Sky Club and Priority Pass Select lounges. At any visit to a Priority Pass Select lounge, you may bring in two guests for no charge. You will be charged $27 for any additional guests.
- Amex Business Platinum – The card gets you access to 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries and counting. That’s through their own network, The Centurion Lounge and The International American Express lounges, as well as partner networks, Delta Sky Club and Priority Pass Select lounges. At any visit to a Priority Pass Select lounge, you may bring in two guests for no charge. You will be charged $27 for any additional guests.
- Amex Hilton Aspire – The card provides free Priority Pass Select membership for the primary cardholders. It also gets free access for up to two guests. It comes with a $450 annual fee.
- Amex Hilton Ascend – 10 free Priority Pass Lounge passes and no free guests. The card has a $95 annual fee.
- Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant – The card provides free Priority Pass Select membership for the primary cardholders which includes unlimited lounge visits for you and up to two guests per visit.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – The card provides free Priority Pass Select membership for the primary cardholders. It also gets free access for up to two guests. The card has a $450 annual fee for this card, and each additional authorized user will cost $75 per year. But authorized users receive their own Priority Pass Select membership.
- Chase Ritz-Carlton – The card offers free Priority Pass Select membership with no limit to the number of free guests. Authorized users will also receive their own Priority Pass Select membership. The card is no longer available.
- Citi Prestige – This card offers free Priority Pass Select membership for the primary account holder and authorized users. It provides free entry for immediate family members (spouse/domestic partner and/or children under the age of 18) or up to two
- CNB Crystal Visa Infinite – Priority Pass Select – The card provides free Priority Pass Select membership for up to two (2) of the Crystal Visa Infinite Cardholders and their accompanying guests. Additional users are free to add, but the card has an annual fee of $400.
- US Bank Altitude Reserve – Only one Priority Pass Select membership card per account, and only first 4 accesses are complimentary with one additional guest. The card has a $400 annual fee.
How to Use the Free Priority Pass Membership
When you apply and are approved for a card that gives you free Priority Pass Select membership, you must enroll in the program. You will usually be provided with a link. Once enrolled, you will receive a Priority Pass Select membership card. If you need to use the new membership right away, you can do so through the e-card that’s available in the Priority Pass app. It’s accepted at most lounges, but not all.