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Priority Pass Expands Lounge Access In Eight Airports

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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.

Details

The infographic shows the geographic locations of the new lounges:

Priority Pass August 2015 Lounges
Priority Pass August 2015 Lounges – Information taken from Priority Pass website

The following table contains more information on the lounges by airport.

CountryAirport NameIATA Airport CodeLoungeTerminal
ChinaChangsta Huangbua International AirportCSXNo.6 First Class Lounge
No.7 First Class Lounge
International
ChinaChangsta Huangbua International AirportCSXNo.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
Domestic
China Changzhou Benniu International AirportCZXInternational First Class LoungeInternational
ChinaChangzhou Benniu International AirportCZXDomestic First Class LoungeDomestic
MexicoAguascalientes Jesús Terán Peredo International AirportAGUVIP Lounge AguascalientesTerminal 1
ItalyOlbia Costa Smeralda AirportOLBOlbia Airport Club LoungeInternational
RussiaRostov-on-Don AirportROVBusiness LoungeDomestic
RussiaRostov-on-Don AirportROVAirport LoungeInternational
RussiaSamara Kurumoch AirportKUFBusiness LoungeDomestic
RussiaSamara Kurumoch AirportKUFBusiness LoungeInternational
South AfricaO.R. Tambo International AirportJNBSes'fikile LoungeArrivals
South AfricaBloemfontein International AirportBFNBidvest Premier LoungeDomestic
United Kingdom London Heathrow AirportLHRAspire, The Lounge and Spa at LHR T5Internatinoal

* – 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.

Access Requirements

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.

Final Call

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.

 

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