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Old Nov 24, 2023, 12:46 pm
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Priority Pass worth it?

I, like many, will drop from DM to PM from 2024 and lose access to Sky Club via Choice Benefits. I was thinking of buying an individual membership with 69500 miles but my wife pointed me to a Black Friday sale for Priority Pass membership. I am looking for feedback on the pros and cons of each to see how they compare and if Priority Pass is worth it. Thanks.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 1:30 pm
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If you want Priority Pass, you may be better off getting a Credit Card that comes with Priority Pass such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve or American Express Platinum, among some other CC's on the market that have PP as a benefit.

Some clubs you can access via Priority Pass are decent while some are mediocre to poor so it may depend on where you're flying out of and through and which version of Priority Pass you get. I've found outside of the US there are some decent lounges available via Priority Pass. If you get the one that gives you dining credit at various airport restaurants, that can be a decent value. My favorite Priority Pass Lounge option is the PGA Lounge at MSP, where you can use the credit given on entry on the golf simulators. Hoping to get in 9 or 18 holes on my layover at MSP this coming week.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 1:31 pm
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I expect this thread will get move to another forum as it's not DL-specific, but my first suggestion to you would be to check the airports you use regularly and see if they even have a priority pass lounge (and if so, is the lounge in terminal that is accessible to you for your flight). Then you may want to look at the reviews of the lounge(s) you would use regularly.

Not that some lounges are only accessible to PP cardholders at certain times of day. Read the details carefully.

There area also some credit cards that include PP membership as a perk (for example the Chase Sapphire Reserve). The annual fees are not cheap of course for these cards.

https://www.prioritypass.com/airport-lounges
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 2:17 pm
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Both the Reserve card and the AMEX Platinum give you some admission days. If you take advantage of the Reserve F Companion Pass, the card is essentially free. The AMEX Platinum includes PP and the other benefits that can also effectively pay for the card if you use them.

There are lots of caveats everywhere, including PP and spend on a card is tied to the number of Skyclub / Centurion Admissions. A lot also depends on which airports you use and what's available.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 2:27 pm
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I have PP via Amex Platinum card and rarely use the lounges. Just used in AMS at Aspire 41 (which is closed but temporary area available in meantime). I find my uses in odd areas or when I am flying with airlines which have none of its own lounges or not part of alliances. I would say if you make use of them might be worth it but for me never.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 2:33 pm
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On a scale of 1-10, I give Priority Pass lounges a 3 or 4. Some really suck, and the decent ones (Turkish Lounge in IAD) require getting on a wait list for 35-45 minutes. The Amsterdam lounges (Aspire) has been full/at capacity, closed, or just generally crap.
I think Delta Sky Clubs are 6-8, depending on airport and terminal.

For comparison, I give Centurion Lounge between 8-10.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 2:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Paplover
.... lose access to Sky Club ....Black Friday sale for Priority Pass membership. ....
Priority Pass does not provide any access to Delta, American or United lounges. They are in the business of allowing lounges to monetize their excess capacity, and those airlines do not have any these days. Mostly you will find lounges operated by international carriers which have only a few flights per day, or independent lounges. Priority Pass also offers benefits at some restaurants, often in airports where they do not have lounge partners, but note that Priority Pass memberships sponsored by American Express and Capital One do not include the restaurant feature.

American Express Platinum ($695) provides a limited number of visits to Sky Clubs (when flying DL), plus their own network of Centurion and Escape lounges, plus Priority Pass. Read here: https://global.americanexpress.com/l...-platinum-card

Some credit cards issued by Bank of America, Capital One, Chase and US Bank offer versions of Priority Pass. Read carefully, the details differ.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by lindros2
On a scale of 1-10, I give Priority Pass lounges a 3 or 4. Some really suck
Me thinks a 3-4 is sometimes too generous. The domestic JL Sakura lounge at HND is one example.

However, I've appreciated Priority Pass lounges for the usual circumstances, e.g. delayed flights, a drink and a snack, and even printing out a return ticket/itinerary (to anticipate passport control requests in certain countries).
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 2:37 am
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Y'all are buzzkills for PP. Most of us here have Priority Pass for free through one credit card or another. There is real value in Priority Pass internationally at places like HKG and HEL. And at smaller US airports like SJC where there may be only one or two lounges, having Priority Pass to grab a small snack and some peace from the terminal has real value. Not to mention if you have the full PP (not Amex or C1) then you have access to some more unique partnerships like $28 restaurant credits, Minute Suites, or Gameway gaming sessions.
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 9:01 am
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I do have PP via my Amex Platinum.

I am in Europe and there are some good PP lounges (VIE / MUC / IST / SZG as an example; LGW and LHR T2 are also not too bad) but mostly I use the Platinum for LH or DL SkyClubs.

Following an PP forum on FB, it seems that PP is often not useful when flying in the US (not accepted or overcrowded so PP members need to stay out). Most probably I would get myself a PP if I would fly the likes of Easyjet or Ryanair)
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by aquanine
Y'all are buzzkills for PP. Most of us here have Priority Pass for free through one credit card or another. There is real value in Priority Pass internationally at places like HKG and HEL. And at smaller US airports like SJC where there may be only one or two lounges, having Priority Pass to grab a small snack and some peace from the terminal has real value. Not to mention if you have the full PP (not Amex or C1) then you have access to some more unique partnerships like $28 restaurant credits, Minute Suites, or Gameway gaming sessions.
Well said. We have lifetime memberships with UA and AA. We always fly business class when traveling internationally. And yet we use our Priority Passes several times a year. Cabo is one example. My husband transits Seattle on business a few times a year. He enjoys using his $28 food credit at the restaurants on the pass there. (We have PP membership on a Chase card that carries this benefit. AMEX PP do not.) We get our passes for free with credit cards. Would I pay several hundred for a standalone membership? No. But I do see it as a real benefit on a credit card.
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 10:52 am
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If you want PP with the restaurant benefits, it’s hard to beat Chase Sapphire Reserve. The $550 annual fee is really $250 after the $300 travel expenses statement credits.

As noted above, key consideration is what is available via PP at your home airport and airports you normally use.
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by mia
Lots of detailed terms and conditions, but I dont see anything about how Amex-issued PP cards do not include the restaurant benefit. Did I miss it?
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by dhuey
Lots of detailed terms and conditions, but I dont see anything about how Amex-issued PP cards do not include the restaurant benefit. Did I miss it?
I believe mia was just showing the total package of lounges available with Amex, not a source that you don't get restaurant access. That is well known and has been the case for a few years now. Even still, they do reference lounges specifically with the line "Platinum Card Members with a valid Card Account may access participating Priority Pass Select lounges". On prioritypass.com, restaurants are under the category "Eat" while actual lounges are under the category "Lounges".
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by lowfareair
I believe mia was just showing the total package of lounges available with Amex, not a source that you don't get restaurant access. That is well known and has been the case for a few years now. Even still, they do reference lounges specifically with the line "Platinum Card Members with a valid Card Account may access participating Priority Pass Select lounges". On prioritypass.com, restaurants are under the category "Eat" while actual lounges are under the category "Lounges".
Oh, I understand that, and we travel geeks here understand that. Im only noticing that Amex doesnt seem to be highlighting a key limitation of the PP cards it issues.
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