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.
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!
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.