Virgin Atlantic’s San Francisco airport lounge joins Priority Pass

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As of today, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in San Francisco has joined Priority Pass!

Don’t get too excited though.  It is only open to Priority Pass cardholders from 6am to 12.15pm.  These are times when Virgin Atlantic does not have any flights of its own.  You won’t be getting in with one during Virgin’s flying hours.

This is the fourth Clubhouse in the US to join Priority Pass, following New York Newark, Washington Dulles and Los Angeles.  The lounge only reopened on 10th December after a five week renovation and may now look different from the photo below.

You won’t get to experience the standard Virgin Clubhouse catering, because a substantially reduced offering is generally in place when the lounge is only serving Priority Pass customers.  With no Virgin Atlantic passengers to impress, it is purely open to make money for the airline, which means cutting the service available so it can make money off the £15 or so that Priority Pass will pay per guest.

That said, no-one loses here. Virgin Atlantic gets to generate some revenue, Priority Pass gets to increase its footprint and Concourse A passengers at San Francisco International get somewhere new to hang out.

You can find out more about the lounge on the Virgin Atlantic website here and on the Priority Pass website here.

You can buy a Priority Pass here.  Alternatively you receive two free Priority Pass cards, each of which allows a free guest (so a family of four is covered) with American Express Platinum.

Our full review of Priority Pass is here if you don’t know anything about it.

Virgin Atlantic clubhouse lounge san francisco joins Priority Pass

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

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  1. Bits innit Ian?

  2. Speaking of OT… looks like the new Hilton promotion has launched

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