Priority Pass is introducing six more facilities to its international roster. However, members shouldn’t get overly excited about the idea of being able to visit six new lounges. Two of the new additions are actually just restaurants. The new additions come with a price: Priority Pass recently increased the per-visit fee it charges for most members.
Priority Pass is beefing up its offerings for travelers in Europe, North America and South America. Will the new additions help your travel plans go a little more smoothly? Priority Pass members can now get access to the following lounge locations when traveling:
Airport Lounge World at Munich Airport (MUC).
VIP Lounge at Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR).
El Salon by Newrest at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM).
Terraza by the Grand Lounge Elite at Mexico City International Airport (MEX).
Those are the four actual lounge locations. The other two additions that Priority Pass is bragging about are actually restaurants that members can now use credits at when dining during airport visits. The first dining option is Café by Mise en Place at Tampa International Airport (TPA). The second is a spot called Chef Geoff’s at Washington Dulles (IAD).
Priority Pass has also increased the fee it’s charging members for lounge visits. That means that the days of paying £15 are over. The new fee is £20 per visit.
Members of the Standard plan are going to get hurt the most by the increase. However, you’ll be safe if you have Prestige membership because the unlimited free visits that go along with that plan are still in place.
Standard Plus members will also get to keep their 10 free visits. Priority Pass is justifying the fee increase by reminding members that it’s been about a decade since the company raised fees. Priority Pass is also justifying the increase by pointing out all of the expanded options it is providing to members.
Of course, how much the new restaurant and spa options that are being offered will actually benefit you will depend on which airports you tend to end up at most of the time. Some airports are definitely more robust than others when it comes to perks for Priority Pass members.
Priority Pass is working on pushing its app right now by providing users with real-time alerts regarding the perks that are available at specific airports. That means you’ll want to make sure you’re plugged in while visiting airports to get your money’s worth if you’re a Priority Pass member.