Half-price Priority Pass back on Amazon Local

Amazon Local, the ‘daily deals’ / Groupon-style Amazon subsidiary, is repeating its offer to get a Priority Pass for half price.

The timing is excellent, given that the new Aspire lounge has just opened in Heathrow Terminal 5, as my other article today explains.  This lounge accepts Priority Pass.

The link to buy is here.

Priority Pass is a network of 700 airport lounges across the globe. Some are run independently whilst others are ‘official’ airport lounges which are happy to sell seats to the general public.  Some British Airways lounges outside the UK are included, such as Jersey.

In the UK, the lounge are generally very good (the No 1 Traveller lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 and Gatwick North and South, MyLounge at Gatwick North, the Plaza Premium arrival and departure lounges in Heathrow Terminal 2, the Plaza Premium departure lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4 etc).  Luckily the closer of Heathrow Terminal 1 has freed us from the dump that was the Servisair lounge!

Priority Pass

If you are an American Express Platinum member, you receive 2 Priority Pass cards – each admitting two people – for free. These cards also allow unlimited lounge visits.

For everyone else, there is the option of buying a Priority Pass card and then paying for individual lounge visits. The standard cost of a 1-year Priority Pass is £69, but via this Amazon Local deal you pay just £34.

This does not include the cost of your lounge visits, of course.  You will still need to pay your £15 per visit, per person.

(Amazon is also offering a £49 version of the deal which includes one free lounge visit. This is absolutely no different in total cost to buying the £34 version with no visits!)

Whether this makes sense for you depends entirely on what airlines and airports you use. The biggest users of Priority Pass, I think, are companies who gives passes to their employees as a trade-off for having to fly economy.

For an individual, it might make sense if you did – say – 15 visits over a year.  This would amortise the cost per visit, including the card fee, down to £17.  The more visits you do, the more sense it makes to get an Amex Platinum to get a free Priority Pass.

It is also worth remembering that the No 1 Traveller lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick are ‘pay to enter’ for anyone, albeit for more than £15.  Plaza Premium lounges are also ‘pay to enter’, albeit at £25.  You can also pay £40 to visit the Aspire lounge at Terminal 5, although I doubt it offers value for money at that level.

On the other hand, if you have been considering cancelling your Amex Platinum, this deal could be a way of retaining the Priority Pass benefit at a fraction of the cost of the Platinum card. The Amazon Local page you need is here.

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  1. As a couple travelling together, are we best to buy one pass and then being the other as a guest therefore avoiding the joining fee 2nd time? Is that allowed?

  2. I thought that Priority Pass required all guests to pay?

    Could not see anything immediately on the Platinum Amex site re guest access.

    • The Ames PP allows one guest per card, as it’s the top priced membership card. Thus, a family of four would be allowed enter. It definitely does allow this.

      • 1 FREE guest per card. You can take additional guests in subject to local lounge rules but this £15 will be charged to Amex card per additional person .

    • PP charges Amex for guest (and card holder) but Amex comps it.
      NB 2nd Amex PP card is linked to free supplementary plat card so this needs to have been taken out.

  3. Remember that Natwest Black gives you a free, unlimited use Priority Pass!!

  4. rotundo says:

    How long will the Amazon Local deal be available? I can’t see it on the website. Is it for today only?

    • They usually run for a week or so. If it still shows as available when you click the link in the article then it is OK.

      • rotundo says:

        Thanks, I went ahead and bought it. I got an e-voucher from Amazon Local which, as far as I can tell, I have 2 months to redeem on the PP website – this means that I can redeem it in October so that the PP will work for next year’s summer holidays!

        • Colin JE says:

          Offer still available today. And yes, the voucher is for two months, so if you don’t need a card now you could redeem in two months time and get a year from then.

  5. What do people think are the best options for family of four? Given BA doesn’t options for more than one guest, looking at independents without breaking the bank.

    • Get Amex Plat, bank 30,000 Amex points after spending £3,000, get your Priority Pass x 2, use the card for your holiday to get free access for 4 people, cancel Amex Plat on your return and get a pro-rata refund on your £450 Amex Plat fee.

      • If you cancel the Amex do you still keep the PP until that runs out or will they also cancel that?


  6. It is a great deal! it is not easy to upgrade to Amex Platinum, strangely, I have been amex gold for 4 years, excellent credit record, excellent salary, I can apply for any other premium credit cards, always been accepted…
    Amex Platinum is always a no, very strange…

  7. Colin JE says:

    How weird. I found this deal yesterday after reading one of your 2014 articles but assumed it was it was permanent.

    Shame about the T5 Aspire lounge not taking Airport Angel or Lounge Club. I have both. Guess I might have to get the Priority Pass as well! I wonder how busy it’ll get though. I was refused entry to No 1 traveller at Gatwick Nth last month in favour of pre-booked customers. I can see this happening at T5 easily.

  8. Don’t forget TasteCard do 2 for 1 entry to No1 Lounges – I used mine at Heathrow T3 last week and it worked a treat – £35 for two.

    • heydudes says:

      Free is better. Which is not that difficult. We have discussed this before & it still works.

  9. And now also global boingo free which saved me many times already

    • Colin JE says:

      Could you explain please? Are you referring to Global Boingo coming free with Amex Plat, (it even seems to accept closed account numbers) or does it somehow get you into lounges?