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Aug. 31, 2018
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Priority Pass announced that it will institute a price increase on chargeable lounge visits from $27 up to $32 per visit for members who receive their Priority Pass membership as a benefit from American Express.

The keyword here is chargeable visits. Membership plans that include complimentary visits will still include the same complimentary visits.

The new rate is applicable at all global locations. This increase will come into effect on Oct. 1, 2018, so you still have a month to get in your cheaper rates. Priority Pass states that this is the first fee increase in 10 years.

Who is affected: This announcement is specifically for American Express cardholders who enjoy a Priority Pass membership as a benefit of their American Express card, though changes affecting other credit cardholders have already happened. At the end of the day, it’s a $5 increase for members who already receive mostly free access.

As of now, no changes are mentioned for users who directly purchase memberships with Priority Pass. The membership tiers still list $27 as the standard rate for chargeable visits.

Have a problem?: Contact American Express. The Priority Pass membership services team will not be supporting members with issues related to this fee increase. They note to speak directly with American Express card issuers.

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