Priority Pass, the airport lounge network which offers access to 850 lounges worldwide, rolled out the final stage of its relaunch yesterday.
As part of this – and I think this is a relatively new feature – Priority Pass is now offering a digital membership card via its app.
This has two benefits:
If you pay to join Priority Pass (plans start at £69) you can access lounges immediately by using the digital card. The app is even available for a Blackberry which will please my wife.
You no longer need to worry about packing your plastic card as long as you have your smartphone with you.
To be 100% fair, the Priority Pass website does say that the ‘majority’ of lounges are accepting the digital membership card but that you should carry the plastic card for 100% certainty.
You can use the digital card even if your Priority Pass is provided free with your American Express Platinum. You need to have a username so – even if you registered for the old version of the Priority Pass website which worked via your membership number – you need to re-register to set up a username.
It only took me a few seconds to do this and I was then able to download the app and log in.
If you have a Priority Pass card, I recommend that you download the app now even if you have no immediate plans to use it. You never know when you will be in an airport and decide you want to use your pass – even if you have lounge access already, you might decide the Priority Pass option is better!