This article is sponsored by Priority Pass
Priority Pass has brought back its compelling Black Friday offer once again.
Priority Pass is a global airport lounge programme which allows you to access 1,300 lounge and airport experiences, such as restaurants and sleep pods, across the world, irrespective of your airline status or ticket type.
You can save 40% on Priority Pass Standard memberships and 25% on Standard Plus memberships when you purchase before 30th November 2022.
If you have some upcoming trips and don’t currently have a Priority Pass or lounge access then now may be a good time to try it.
The promotion is valid on the Standard and Standard Plus plans.
- you pay £41 (normally £69) to join the ‘pay as you go’ Standard plan – you will be charged £24 per lounge visit
- you pay £141 (normally £189) for the ’10 visits included’ Standard Plus plan, with guests or additional visits costing £24
The ‘Prestige’ plan with unlimited free visits remains at £339 and is not reduced.
The guest fee is currently £20 but increases to £24 on 1st December – any visits you squeeze in before then will be charged at the lower rate.
You can select these discounted memberships 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. There are still as few lounges 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 has returned to Priority Pass after a period away and is now part-owned by the same company that owns Priority Pass.
- At Heathrow, your current options are Club Aspire in Terminal 5 (above) and, in Terminal 3, the No1 Lounge and Club Aspire
- At Gatwick, your current options in the North Terminal are The Gateway and No1 Lounge and in the South terminal No1 Lounge and My Lounge
- At Luton you have the newly refurbished Aspire lounge
- At Stansted you can access the Escape lounge (please note that this lounge is temporarily closed for maintenance from 22nd to 24th November)
- At Manchester there’s an Escape Lounge and Aspire Lounge in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 3 has two Escape Lounges.
- Birmingham has an Aspire Lounge, a No1 Lounge and a Clubrooms (an additional fee is required for Clubrooms)
- There are two Aspire Lounges at Edinburgh (Gates 4 or 16)
- At Belfast Airport there’s an Aspire Lounge
This is not a comprehensive list – many other UK airports have participating Priority Pass lounges too. You can check your nearest airport by using the search box on the Priority Pass site.
It’s worth noting that you can also prebook No1 Lounges, Club Aspire lounges (Heathrow Terminal 5 only), Escape Lounges and My Lounge for a £6 fee. This guarantees you access.
How does a membership stack up
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 £14.10 each time under this offer. Rob’s 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 £14.10 seems good value in this context.
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 £141 under this promotion, compared to paying £41 plus £24 per visit for the Standard plan.
It is also worth factoring in that Priority Pass membership fees will be increasing very soon in line with the increase in guest fees to £24. The Standard Plus membership will be £229 from 1st December, so if you are considering getting a Priority Pass membership, the Black Friday offer is a good option.
The Black Friday offer runs until 30th November 2022. You can buy on the Priority Pass website here.