How does the Priority Pass program work?
*** Update February 10, 2023: Good news! From now on, people wanting to enter a Priority Pass lounge will no longer need to show their physical Priority Pass membership card. Instead, you will need to show the credit card with a Priority Pass subscription and possibly, the membership number available on the Priority Pass app.
Priority Pass is the largest airport lounge network in the world with over 1,300 accessible lounges.
To access these lounges, you must be a Priority Pass member.
Priority Pass membership levels
There are 3 official levels of the Priority Pass program:
- Standard: in addition to your annual subscription, you must pay for each of your visits and those of your guests
- Standard Plus: 10 visits are offered each year, but you will have to pay for your guests’ access
- Prestige: you have unlimited access to all lounges, but you will have to pay for your guests’ access.
This is a useful service for frequent travelers, who do not necessarily have a status with their airline, but who want to be able to relax before/after their flight in the lounge.
It is therefore possible to subscribe directly to Priority Pass. However, we advise less frequent travelers to check out the offers available with credit cards!
Credit Card Subscription to Priority Pass
Beyond the “official” Priority Pass membership levels, there are “unofficial” levels offered by credit card .
Some cards feature Priority Pass in their benefits, but not all offers are equal! Check out these examples.
American Express Platinum Cards
Both American Express Platinum cards offer the highest level of Priority Pass membership. In fact, you will have unlimited access to all the lounges AND you will be able to bring a guest free of charge each time you visit.
That’s better than the official “Prestige” membership offered by Priority Pass at US$ 469 (or $630 CAD) per year! Moreover, this subscription does not even give you the possibility to have a free guest.
To enroll in this benefit, you must call Platinum Card Services at 1-800-263-1616.
Also, American Express Platinum cards give you access to the top-of-the-line American Express Centurion lounges.
If you travel a lot, these cards will be well worth the money.
Scotiabank Platinum American Express® Card
Finally, if you are a Priority Pass member, don ‘t forget to download the mobile app. This will give you access – on your iPhone Wallet application – to your Priority Pass profile and available lounges. This comes in handy when traveling!
Here is a summary of the credit card discussed in this article:
|Number of annual visits||Annual fee||Comments|
Holder + 1 guest
Access to the lounges:
The Centurion Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounges
Delta Sky Club
Executive of Swissport
VIP Lounge Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City*.
|Scotiabank Platinum American Express® Card||10||$399||
No conversion fee for foreign currency transactions
2 points per dollar on all purchases
*Customers wishing to access the VIP lounge at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City will need to show their Priority Pass using the mobile application.
It is always nice to spend time in a lounge rather than in the hustle and bustle of the airport. We regularly take advantage of this in our travels, and you can learn about our experiences in some of our articles: