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Groupon offering 50% off a Priority Pass lounge card

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If you have been thinking of purchasing a Priority Pass airport lounge access card, Groupon has a deal running.  You will find it here.

It is a little fiddly.  You pay Groupon £7 to £11 for a voucher. 

The voucher entitles you to:

Groupon Priority Pass deal
  • 50% discount on Standard Membership (usually £69, pay £24 per visit)
  • 50% discount on Standard Membership with first visit included (price not known)
  • 20% discount on Standard Plus Membership with ten visits included, £24 thereafter (usually £229)

The discount is clearly not 50% since you are also paying £7 to £11 for the voucher.  You will make a saving, however.

This is one way of keeping hold of a Priority Pass if you are cancelling your American Express Platinum charge card, which comes with two free Priority Pass cards.  None of the paid versions of Prority Pass are actually as good as the Amex version, oddly, which gives unlimited free visits for the cardholder and a guest.

There have, of course, been a lot of issues over the past 12 months with overcrowding of Priority Pass lounges. This has mainly been a UK issue – in fact mainly a London issue – but it does mean that you may need to factor in an additional £6 per person reservation fee to use your pass at Heathrow or Gatwick.

The Groupon link is here.

Comments (50)

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  • Lady London says:

    If we needed to know lounge access with Priority Pass is “over” in the UK, we do now.

  • Mark says:

    I am Privilege elite with Europcar and apparently a benefit is a priority pass, however I have never received one. I never chased as have one with Amex, does anybody use this benefit via Europcar or have one that route?

  • Chris h says:

    Never been able to get into any lounges via PP at Manchester or Birmingham post covid. Prior to covid it’s been hit and miss.

    If I fly out of heathrow or Gatwick I am generally flying business so PP now has very little value for me

  • Peter K says:

    Just for a different view. I’ve found PP well accepted abroad. If you view it as a means to get into a lounge before the flight back to the UK it works well.

  • FatherOfFour says:

    IiRC, PP can be exchanged for £15? Credit at the Grain Store restaurant at LGW, not the same as lounge access, but better than a “free” pass going to waste due to denied entry?
    Wasn’t Rob or Rhys going to review this?

    • Rob says:

      We’ve done The Grain Store before if you search. This is the only PP restaurant accessible to Amex PP customers – you can’t use the Heathrow ones. The last couple of times Rhys tried to visit he hasn’t been able to get a table.

      • FatherOfFour says:

        Thanks, I think it was a recent Rhys trip report that mentioned that he would review but sounds like getting a table there isn’t guaranteed. Was this before or after he told them he planned to use a PP pass? (I presume PP pay the full £15 to The Grain Store, so no reason for them to feel at a disadvantage)

        @Peter K, I acknowledge if you’ve paid more than £15 cash for your pass, you wouldn’t necessarily want to “waste it” at Grain Store.

  • Peter K says:

    With a “free” pass, yes. But no good if you have a PP that charges you more than £15 to get that £15 credit.

  • Harry T says:

    Had the pleasure of visiting the Aspire lounge 41 at AMS yesterday, albeit with access paid for by Emirates, so we couldn’t be denied entry. We basically managed the last two seats in the lounge when we arrived and it was genuinely heaving. There was a piece of paper on the desk saying that priority pass/lounge membership scheme entry was very unlikely and you would have to join a waitlist. As we left, a queue of about 20 people were waiting to try their luck. This lounge never used to be this bad before covid, I suspect that part of the issue now is that BA closed their lounge and only KLM seems to run an airline lounge.

    NCL is also basically closed to priority pass now. That lounge is so dismal that I would gladly pay not to sit in it though!

    • FatherOfFour says:

      Was going to try that lounge next month with PP, but I wont even bother.

      • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

        It depends on the time of day, Emirates has a cordoned off area which is usually opened up once their flight has departed. When the AA flights depart that sees a good number of people leaving as well.

        You could check AMS departure times and see if either of those (and any other international flights that use the PP lounge) might affect when you want to access ir.

        • Harry T says:

          They didn’t have an area cordoned off for any airline when I visited.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      When I last came through AMS at the end of October they were putting PP people in a virtual queue – zap the QR code and register and then hope for the best.

      I had access via BA and stayed about an hour and some of the people waiting were the same as when I went in!

      Poor lounge staff were just so over worked, as soon as they brought any food out some people were worse than gannets trying to get to it before the tray had even been put down and they were slow to clear crockery and cutlery etc.

      Another literally waved an empty bottle in front of another staffers face.

      And the pressure on seats would have been eased if people didn’t think their coats and bags needed a seat (or seats!) of their own!

  • Numpty says:

    If you book a holiday with On The Beach, with free lounge access, will you get entry before PP?! With lounges full or short staffed, seems odd that On The Beach have a promo for free lounge access.

    • Rob says:

      Obviously. OTB simply pays cash to the relevant lounge so you are treated like a standard pre-booked guest.

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