Priority Pass is your membership to various lounges around the world. With more than a thousand locations in more than 600 airports in more than 140 countries, you might think that you’ll rarely be in an airport where a Priority Pass lounge isn’t. However, that’s only the case if you do a majority of international travel. Priority Pass lounges are typically somewhere other than the United States and in smaller airports. There are currently Priority Pass lounges at only a little more than 30 U.S. airports.
There are several different membership levels to choose from.
Standard membership is $99 up front and access is $27 per person, including yourself and any guests.
Standard Plus membership has an upfront cost of $249, under which you receive 10 free visits. After that, you’re charged $27 per person, per entry.
Prestige membership has an upfront cost of $399, but you receive unlimited free access (though you still have to pay the $27 fee for guests).
Additionally, you can purchase a Priority Pass membership with Marriott Rewards points or Hilton Honors points. A Standard membership is 20,000 Marriott Rewards points; a Standard Plus membership is 55,000 Marriott Rewards points; and a Prestige membership is 85,000 Marriott Rewards points. Likewise, a Standard membership is 36,500 Hilton Honors points; a Standard Plus membership is 101,500 Hilton Honors points; and a Prestige membership is 161,500 Hilton Honors points.
Priority Pass Select
Beyond these three tiers, there is something called Priority Pass Select, which is a membership that sometimes comes with your credit cards. It’s virtually the same (though it didn’t start out that way). You receive Priority Pass Select membership with the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, Platinum Card from American Express, Business Platinum Card from American Express, Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card, Citi Prestige, Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express and U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card.
What are the perks?
Whatever type of Priority Pass you have, it’s true that it comes with some perks, especially if you’re in smaller foreign airports that don’t have the extensive dining and shopping options that you may be used to when you go to a major airport in the United States. It’s nice knowing that, in those instances, you have access to somewhere comfortable to relax, with free quality food and drinks.