We’re big fans of Priority Pass, the largest independent airport lounge access program in the world, especially since complimentary membership is a core benefit of several elite credit cards. And while most Priority Pass lounges are currently closed due to COVID-19, there’s still news to celebrate.
When we last reported on the program in mid-October 2019, we were a bit worried about several happenings within the program, from notable lounges and restaurants leaving the network to new fees at select lounges. COVID-19 notwithstanding, it seems like that was just a bump in the road for Priority Pass; we’re happy to report that since late October and now into QI 2020, the program is back on its path of expansion.
Since our last report on October 22, 2019, a total of 39 new partners have joined the Priority Pass network. Thankfully, a number of these new lounges and lounge alternatives aren’t small, subpar lounges at random airports; they’re ones you’d want to linger at for hours and at heavily trafficked airports.
First, there’s a new lounge alternative at Seattle WA–Tacoma International (SEA), Trailhead BBQ Bar. The restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, also features a fabulous drinking list of Pacific Northwest favorites including Alaskan Brewing Ales and local craft beers. Montreal Pierre E. Trudeau International airport (YUL) also added two new lounge alternatives, Pork & Pickle (for Canadian domestic flights only) and Houston Avenue Bar & Grill (for US Transborder flights only).
In addition, a new full-service lounge was added at the in-progress New Orleans airport (MSY). The Club MSY, which opened in February 2020, marks the first Priority Pass–accessible lounge at New Orleans airport. The newly constructed space honors the colorful culture of New Orleans through design, food, and beverage. Though located in Concourse A, it’s available to all passengers regardless of airline.
Farther east, a snazzy new 24-hour Turkish Airlines Lounge has opened at Miami International Airport (MIA) in Concourse E and is offering access to Priority Pass members. Meanwhile, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) welcomed not one but two new lounges in December 2019, the Primeclass Lounge in Terminal 1 and Air India Maharaja Lounge in Terminal 4. Some of the more exciting additions overseas include the British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Malevich Lounge at Moscow Sheremetyevo International (SVO).
Since the network is adding an average of five new lounges per month, check your Priority Pass app for the latest information and for even more newbies! Given that most premium cards grant cardholders complimentary Priority Pass membership and guest access, elite cardholders have more reason than ever to arrive at the airport early for those treat-yourself moments. We can’t wait for those moments to arrive once again!