Priority Pass cardholders can now access two new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses in the United States and receive dining discounts at over 30 new airport restaurants. The luxury access provider has launched a total of 53 new experiences around the world since April 1, 2018.
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In total, members now have access to over 1,200 experiences globally, each aimed at improving their airport experience.
What is Priority Pass?
Priority Pass is a membership-based program available to many premium credit card account holders. (Check out the best travel credit cards, some of which offer the Priority Pass network.) With Priority Pass, travelers get access to exclusive airport lounges or credits on airport experiences either before flights, during layovers, or upon arrival. Learn more about how you can maximize your Priority Pass membership.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses added in Newark and Washington
Since April 1, Priority Pass has added several new lounges to their network. In America, the major additions are the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses at Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
For Priority Pass members, the Virgin Atlantic lounges offer complimentary beer and wine along with light plates and plenty of seating space. Showers, internet terminals and Wi-Fi are all available to lounge guests. But there are limitations on when and how members can access the lounges. At Newark, the lounge is open to Priority Pass members between 2 and 6 p.m. daily, while the Clubhouse in Washington Dulles is only open to members from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.
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Other new additions include VIP lounges at airports in Australia, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. The new lounges, along with their terms, are all searchable on the Priority Pass website.
34 new Priority Pass experiences
Along with new lounges, Priority Pass also has added 34 new benefits for members at nine U.S. airports.
The most luxurious addition is Minute Suites at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. At the “micro hotel,” Priority Pass members get one free hour in a suite, featuring a daybed, sound masking systems and a television with satellite tv and Netflix. Extra hours come at the discounted rate of $28, while a shower of up to 30 minutes costs $20. This benefit mirrors similar Minute Suite benefits offered to Priority Pass members in other cities including Atlanta and Dallas.
The remaining benefits are food and beverage credits at select locations. At Bar Symon in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Kentucky Ale Taproom at Lexington Blue Grass Airport and House Spirits Distillery in Oregon’s Portland International Airport, Priority Pass members receive a $28 credit on their bill. To receive the credit, members must present their physical or digital card before ordering.
Airports in four other nations are also receiving more dining benefits. Three Australian airports, along with those in Brazil, Japan and Peru are also adding dining credits at certain restaurants.
Seattle Alaska Lounges leave Priority Pass
But it’s not all good news for Priority Pass holders. In a statement to NerdWallet, a spokeswoman for the luxury membership brand confirmed three Alaska Lounges at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport would no longer be open to members. Access will end on September 1, 2018. The decision was made after a “mutual review” by both Alaska Airlines and Priority Pass.
In Seattle, members will still have access to the “Club at SEA” independent lounges. The lounges are located in Concourse A and the South Satellite of the airport. In addition, those with Priority Pass can still access Alaska Lounges at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Portland International Airport in Oregon.
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