This article is sponsored by Priority Pass
With travel finally back on the cards Priority Pass has launched a brand new offer with the deepest discounts it has ever offered, even during its big Black Friday promotions.
Priority Pass is a global airport lounge programme which allows you to access over 1,300 lounge and airport experiences, such as restaurants and sleep pods, across the world, irrespective of your airline status or ticket type.
You could be paying as little as £12.20 per lounge visit over the next year.
If you are flying in the coming months and don’t currently have a Priority Pass or lounge access then now may be a good time to jump on the offer. The promotion is valid on the ‘Standard’ and ‘Standard Plus’ plans.
- £34 (normally £69) to join the ‘pay as you go’ Standard plan – you are charged £20 per lounge visit
- £122 (normally £189) for the ’10 visits included’ Standard Plus plan, with guests or additional visits costing £20
The ‘Prestige’ plan with unlimited free visits remains at £339 and is not reduced.
The offer has just been extended and ends on the 31st August 2021. You can buy on the Priority Pass website here.
Which Priority Pass membership plan is best?
There is no ‘right’ answer here. It depends on how often you will by flying over the next year and whether you are using airports which have lounges which accept Priority Pass.
You can search the Priority Pass website or app by airport to find participating lounges. Some lounges have yet to reopen post covid but this is mainly in airports where there are multiple Priority Pass options.
It is worth remembering that the No1 Lounge portfolio is returning to Priority Pass after a period away, with London Gatwick and London Heathrow already open and Birmingham to follow this Autumn. It is now part-owned by the same company that owns Priority Pass.
- At Heathrow, your current options are Club Aspire in Terminal 5 (above), the No1 Lounge in Terminal 3 and The Big Smoke Taphouse restaurant in Terminal 2 (reviewed here) where your Priority Pass gets you a £15 meal credit if you’re on a visit inclusive plan.
- At Gatwick, your current options in the North Terminal are the Club Aspire lounge and No1 Lounge.
- At Luton you have the newly refurbished Aspire lounge, which we hope to review in the coming weeks
- At Stansted you can access the Escape lounge
Running the maths
The Standard Plus membership is the most attractive option for most people. As long as you hit 10 visits within your membership year, you will only be paying £12.20 each time under this offer. My personal value benchmark is how much a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine would cost in a terminal restaurant versus the lounge access cost – so £12.20 works for me.
Standard membership is only attractive if you plan to make a few visits. If you made five or more lounge visits per year you would be better off with Standard Plus, which is just £122 under this promotion, compared to paying £34 plus £20 per visit for the Standard plan.
The Prestige plan, which offers free unlimited visits, is not reduced as part of this offer. It would only be better value if you would do 28+ lounge visits over the next 12 months, given the £339 cost. In the current circumstances this is probably unlikely.
Here’s another thought …..
If you are currently unhappy paying £575 per year for The Platinum Card from American Express, which comes with two Priority Pass cards, this sale could be the incentive you need to make the break.
Paying £122 for a Standard Plus Priority Pass membership would allow to retain one of the best Platinum Card perks – albeit no free guests are allowed with this version – and save on the charge card fee.
The current offer runs until 31st August 2021. You can buy on the Priority Pass website here.