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The 5 best Priority Pass Lounges in the United States

The 5 best Priority Pass Lounges in the United States

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If you’re looking for a way to transcend the chaos of a busy airport, Priority Pass membership gets you access to over 1,200 lounges worldwide as you wait to board your flight. But when it comes to access in the United States, the pickings are a little slim, as it’s definitely more of a Europe and Asia region-centric network.

Priority Pass lounges provide travelers with a space to rest, work, eat or drink while they wait in the airport. Many offer free Wi-Fi, alcohol and food so you have some of the creature comforts of home while on the go. Priority Pass members may also have access to other perks, such as retail and spa discounts in the airport as well as other lounge experiences such as entertainment stations.  There are locations at 39 airports in the U.S., so you’ll find a lounge at most destinations, but many are in terminals designed for international travelers, so they can be hard or sometimes impossible to reach if you’re flying domestic.

The cost of membership varies based on the frequency with which you use it. The Standard membership plan is geared toward occasional travelers. For $99 per year, you pay $32 each time you or a guest visits a lounge. The Standard Plus membership plan costs $299 per year and you get 10 free lounge visits before paying $32 per visit after that. With the Standard Plus plan, however, your guests will have to pay $32 per visit each time. The Prestige plan is for frequent travelers. For $429 per year, you get unlimited free lounge visits, though guests will pay $32 per visit.

You can also get membership for free if your bank or credit card offers it as a benefit.

Which credit cards offer Priority Pass lounge access?

Card Annual fee No. of guests allowed Lounge access policy
Chase Sapphire Reserve® $450 Maximum of two guests  Cardholders and authorized users get complimentary access to lounges 
Citi Prestige® Credit Card $495 Maximum of two guests and/or immediate family members such as a partner and children under 18. Additional guests must pay $27 per visit Access granted to primary account holder and authorized users of the account
Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express* $450 Up to two guests per visit Unlimited lounge visits 
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card* $95 No guests  10 free lounge visits each year
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card* $450 Up to two guests per visit  Unlimited lounge visits 
The Platinum Card® from American Express $550 Free entry for up to two guests per visit in lounges that allow guests.  Unlimited lounge visits 
U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card $400 Fees for four individual guest visits waived per year Lounge visit fees for first four visits per year waived

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • $300 Annual Travel Credit, Airport Lounge Access, and Flexible Redemption Options

Highlights
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named "Best Premium Travel Credit Card" for 2018 by MONEY® Magazine
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®

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  • 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.*

  • Up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees & more at one qualifying airline*

  • No foreign transaction fees & exclusive airport lounge access*

Highlights
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Since Priority Pass membership lets you access a lounge or lounge experience in the network no matter what airline you’re flying, here are five that are worth going out of the way for if you’re traveling out of a U.S. airport:

1. Air France Lounge – New York – Kennedy Terminal 1

Renovated in 2018, this lounge offers gourmet foods, champagne and a Parisian decor. Yet the dining experience is just the beginning. Prepare to get your pampering on. In early 2019, the lounge unveiled a new beauty treatment center created in collaboration with luxury wellness brand La Prairie. Lounge guests can enjoy rapid beauty treatments as they wait for their flight and get to their destinations refreshed.

2. Sleepbox Lounge – Washington Dulles International Concourse A

If you’re looking to steal a few minutes to take a power nap or need total privacy to finish that presentation, the Sleepbox, located in Concourse A, provides a welcome respite. Designed to hold only one person, each soundproof Sleepbox unit features an extra-long bed, desk space, reading lamps and a place for your luggage. If you have a guest, you’ll need to reserve a separate unit for them.

3. Gameway – Dallas Fort Worth International Terminal B, E

Waiting between flights doesn’t have to be boring. Gameway offers 36 gaming stations that come equipped with a PlayStation 4, pre-downloaded games, noise-canceling headphones and a 43-inch television. You’ll also find charging ports for your devices and room to store your luggage.  A two-hour stay at a game station counts as a Priority Pass lounge visit.

Read Best Airport Lounge Access: The Platinum Card® from American Express

4. PGA – MSP Lounge – Minneapolis/St. Paul International Terminal 1

If you are a fan of golf, consider a layover here. Not only will you gain access to a full-service lounge where you can eat and relax, but you can get in a golf lesson or kill time playing with a golf simulator while you wait for your flight.  Business deals are often finalized on the golf course, so if you’re traveling for work, this lounge may prove even more valuable. You can also check out the golf shop, which has Ryder Cup and PGA branded clothing.

5. San Francisco Giants Clubhouse – San Francisco International Terminal 3

This Priority Pass experience gives you a taste of San Francisco’s local sports scene. While waiting for your flight, you can kick back and watch sports or other interactive entertainment or you can sample from the menu, which includes ballpark favorites. If you’re a fan of the team, you won’t want to miss the rotating exhibit that features Giants memorabilia.

In addition to the lounges above, you can access lounges at these U.S. airports along with over 800 other lounges outside the U.S.:

      • Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (Maryland)
      • Boston Logan International Airport (Massachusetts)
      • Charleston International Airport (South Carolina)
      • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (North Carolina)
      • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Illinois)
      • Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport  (Kentucky)
      • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Ohio)
      • Colorado Springs Airport (Colorado)
      • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu, Hawaii)
      • Denver International Airport (Colorado)
      • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (Michigan)
      • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Florida)
      • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (South Carolina)
      • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International  Airport (Georgia)
      • Houston – George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Texas)
      • Indianapolis International Airport (Indiana)
      • Lexington Blue Grass Airport (Kentucky)
      • Los Angeles International Airport (California)
      • McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
      • Miami International Airport (Florida)
      • Newark Liberty International Airport (New Jersey)
      • Orlando International Airport (Florida)
      • Orlando Sanford International Airport
      • Philadelphia International Airport (Pennsylvania)
      • Pittsburgh International Airport (Pennsylvania)
      • Portland International Airport (Oregon)
      • San Jose International Airport  (California)
      • Seattle Tacoma Airport (Washington)
      • Syracuse Hancock International Airport (New York)
      • St. Louis Lambert International Airport (Missouri)
      • Tampa International Airport (Florida)
      • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (Alaska)
      • Tucson International Airport (Arizona)
      • Washington, D.C. – Reagan National Airport

Bottom line

A Priority Pass Lounge membership can enhance your travel experience tremendously. If you spend a lot of time flying, a credit card with a Priority Pass membership as a perk may be worth a second look.

*The information related to this offer has been indepdenetley collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication. Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information.


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