Having the right credit card open does not automatically grant access to the lounge—you must enroll in the program. A link to enroll can be found under the benefits section of your card account online, although the process varies across credit cards.

After following the instructions, a Priority Pass account will be generated, and a card will arrive by mail soon after. When you have your physical or digital card on your phone, you can then enter any lounge anywhere in the world. Simply let the lounge reception team know you would like to use your Priority Pass card for access. Just keep in mind the number of free visits your card offers as well as your membership’s guest policy.

Assuming the lounge is not full, you could be sipping champagne in the comfort of your airport oasis in no time. Unlike airline lounges with status or premium cabin requirements, Priority Pass only requires you to have a flight that day in any cabin.

What Does Priority Pass Get You?

The lounge experience can vary drastically from lounge to lounge, and understanding what to expect is a significant part of assessing whether Priority Pass is worth it.

In addition to a quiet place to sit—often in more comfortable couches and chairs—lounges will offer a selection of (usually) free food and beverages. This is especially valuable when you consider the high cost of airport food. However, the food available in the lounges will vary from à la carte dining and full buffets to light bites and snacks.

Other fun perks may include complimentary spa services such as massages, shower suites and sleeping pods. In some instances, premium beverages or benefits may come at an additional cost.

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Last Update: July 3, 2024

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