My First Experience With Priority Pass Lounges
One of my favorite perks of traveling with the best cards around is the opportunity to travel in luxury! Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I forget that there are more to these cards than just bonuses. In reality these premium cards come with unique complimentary benefits which makes our time and effort all the more worthwhile! I first realized this when I got my Chase Sapphire Reserve back in September, logged into my card benefits page, and discovered that I was eligible for a complimentary Priority Pass membership. Being an amateur traveler, I never stepped foot into an airport lounge. Now I had a pass to get into over 1,000 lounges worldwide!
Where to get Priority Pass
If you have a premium card there’s a good chance it comes with some lounge access membership. One of the main ones is Priority Pass which, as mentioned, comes with the Chase Sapphire Reserve. It also comes with a few other cards like the Citi Prestige and the American Express Platinum. Note that some cards do not include guest access. The Chase Sapphire Reserve allows you to bring unlimited guests with the card holder!
My Priority Pass Experience
Priority Pass is your ticket to over 1,000 lounges scattered amongst the airports of more than 500 cities. These lounges make it easier to either relax or work while you kill time in between flights. Most of the lounges even offer free alcohol, food, and Wi-Fi. What else do you need in life? They also have working outlets to charge up your devices which, in my experience, can be a hit or miss in a lot of airports out there.
In November, I got to experience my first lounge when I was flying out of LAX and decided to hop into the Alaska Lounge to freshen up and kill some time. I was super impressed with how simple it was to get in. I simply flashed my new black Priority Pass card as well as a boarding pass for me and my guest. This lounge in particular limits your complimentary alcohol to three drinks, so I scarfed down some beers and had a delicious kale salad with chili. The lounge was also relatively quiet making it perfect to unwind in after my long drive to the airport.
I eventually got on my KLM flight that was heading for Cairo but not before a long layover in Amsterdam. I had 12 hours to kill here so naturally I went out to explore the city a little bit which was amazing! After I got back to the airport I still had about three hours to kill so I decided to pop into the Aspire #41 lounge. This lounge was a lot more modern, open, and had better chairs which was perfect after all the walking around Amsterdam. With a few more drinks I realized how I have been missing out on these lounges before getting my Sapphire Reserve. The lounges tend to be less crowded and quieter than the common gate waiting areas so they offer that extra feel of luxury.
Next Stop: Centurion Lounges
My next my goal is to try out the Centurion lounges. I just got a complimentary membership for them with my new American Express Platinum card! These lounges are supposed to be a lot more luxurious with even nicer food and drinks! If you missed it, don’t forget to read our previous blog post that dove in to the benefits of the American Express Personal and Business Platinum. I will report back once I experience them soon!
Editor note: The Priority Pass membership is a solid benefit from a number of credit cards. While domestic lounges are limited and generally subpar, the international lounges can be quite nice! Generally speaking, you always want to carry the card on you when entering a lounge. The service desk agent can look up memberships, but it’s not an easy process and doesn’t always work. Chase will even reimburse you a couple times a year in the event you forget your card! Be sure to call the CSR number on the back of your card if you get stopped at the front desk!