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EXCLUSIVE: Four British Airways lounges in the USA have joined Priority Pass

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Times are hard, but are they this hard? Or is actually a smart move? British Airways has signed up some of its airport lounges in the United States with the Priority Pass lounge card programme.

Some of the flagships, such as New York JFK and Boston, are excluded.

Four lounges are now in the programme, however.

British Airways lounges in the USA have joined Priority Pass

As of today, you can enter the following British Airways lounges with a Priority Pass:

  • San Francisco (International Terminal A)
  • Seattle (South Satellite)
  • Washington Dulles (Concourse B)
  • New York Newark (Terminal B)

Newark may not be ‘new’ (it’s not listed as a ‘new’ lounge) but the other three only joined Priority Pass today.

It’s not as bad as you think

The good news, if you’re worried about overcrowding, is that this is not actually a big negative for BA premium passengers.

Priority Pass holders will only have access to these lounges at restricted hours.

  • San Francisco – 5am to 11.30am
  • Seattle – 5am to 10am
  • New York Newark – 8am to 2pm

These should not clash with a wave of British Airways departures. What BA is doing is cashing in on its real estate at times of the day when it doesn’t have many, if any, passengers of its own to look after.

This isn’t even a ‘BA thing’. Virgin Atlantic struck a similar deal a few years ago, and other major European airlines have also joined Priority Pass in recent years. When the bulk of your flights are in the evening, it is a shame not to monetise your assets for the rest of the day.

You can check the details by searching for the lounges on the Priority Pass website here.

As a reminder, you can buy a Priority Pass directly here. You also get two (soon to be four) free visits each year with an Amex Gold card and unlimited free visits, for up to four people at a time, if you get your via an American Express Platinum card.

PS. The British Airways lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol is also in Priority Pass. However, there is some doubt as to whether this lounge will ever reopen. It is worth noting that, when the Singapore lounge reopened recently, BA’s publicity said that ‘all’ BA lounges were now open again. This implies that Amsterdam may not return, and will join Manchester and Newcastle as victims of the pandemic.


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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

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You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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Comments (52)

  • Julian says:

    I was in Schiphol two days ago and the BA lounge was definitely closed. There was an A4 piece of paper on the door saying BA premium passengers should go next door to the Priority Pass lounge.

  • Liz says:

    We used the BA lounge in Seattle last week. We arrived early as we had to return our hired car and ended up having to wait 1.5 hrs before check in opened. BA does not pay for fast track security so had to wait in line, fortunately the queue moved fast. When we arrived the lounge had more staff than customers but the choice of food was dire. 2 choices of small cut up baguette sandwiches which were stone cold and pretty tough to eat, a bit of carrot, tomato, minestrone soup (was tasty), homemade cookies and oreo biscuits and that was it. We were early and the flight was delayed 2 hrs. Not much of a selection of food but the staff were all lovely!

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    I flew through AMS last month, and actually found the next-door lounge to be very acceptable, so I don’t think that’s a major loss.

    • Matt says:

      The only thing missing are the self-pour spirits available in the BA one (good if you’re after a pre-flight G&T), I was quite happy with the self-serve Heineken taps in the PP lounge instead.

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