Since the May 2015 announcement that members would not have access to United Clubs worldwide (refer to our coverage here), Priority Pass has been working hard in replacing the voids. As of August 2015, passengers will have lounge access to another eight airports in four continents.
The infographic shows the geographic locations of the new lounges:
The following table contains more information on the lounges by airport.
|Country||Airport Name||IATA Airport Code||Lounge||Terminal|
|China||Changsta Huangbua International Airport||CSX||No.6 First Class Lounge|
No.7 First Class Lounge
|China||Changsta Huangbua International Airport||CSX||No.2 First Class Lounge|
No.3 First Class Lounge
No.4 First Class Lounge
No.5 First Class Lounge
No.9 First Class Lounge
No.10 First Class Lounge
|China||Changzhou Benniu International Airport||CZX||International First Class Lounge||International|
|China||Changzhou Benniu International Airport||CZX||Domestic First Class Lounge||Domestic|
|Mexico||Aguascalientes Jesús Terán Peredo International Airport||AGU||VIP Lounge Aguascalientes||Terminal 1|
|Italy||Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport||OLB||Olbia Airport Club Lounge||International|
|Russia||Rostov-on-Don Airport||ROV||Business Lounge||Domestic|
|Russia||Rostov-on-Don Airport||ROV||Airport Lounge||International|
|Russia||Samara Kurumoch Airport||KUF||Business Lounge||Domestic|
|Russia||Samara Kurumoch Airport||KUF||Business Lounge||International|
|South Africa||O.R. Tambo International Airport||JNB||Ses'fikile Lounge||Arrivals|
|South Africa||Bloemfontein International Airport||BFN||Bidvest Premier Lounge||Domestic|
|United Kingdom||London Heathrow Airport||LHR||Aspire, The Lounge and Spa at LHR T5||Internatinoal|
* – more on the Aspire Lounge in London Heathrow Airport from our partner at Lounge Review (link)
Additionally, three more lounges at Weiahi Dashuibo Airport (WEN) in China will be on board starting in August 15, 2015.
As of publishing time, airports that were left behind from the removal of United Clubs do not have any replacements. These airports include Austin (AUS), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Melbourne (MEL), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Orange County (SNA), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), San Antonio (SAT), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), Washington Reagan (DCA). All of them except for Melbourne, Australia are located in the United States.
You can purchase different types of access (three in all) at Priority Pass directly. They range from $99 to $399 US annually (refer to this link for more details). The benefits vary from free access (prestige level) or $27 US/person (standard).
Certain American Express cards can also receive a free membership to Priority Pass (For example, the US based cardholders will receive the standard level while Canadian equivalents will get the prestige benefits). It is important to check their benefits package to verify whether your credit card qualifies.
It is great that Priority Pass continues to create value by partnership with new airport lounges. Since the May 2015 announcement, 45 more clubs worldwide have been added to the mix. We reached out to the company for comments on their plans to fill the gaps in the US. We will post an update when more information is available.