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Million Mile Secrets reader Gene lamented:
When I traveled to Europe recently, I grabbed one of my Priority Pass cards – which all look identical. It turned out to be the one with a fee for lounge visits! So by using the “wrong” Priority Pass card, I was out $27 with, according to Priority Pass, no recourse.
Lesson: Be sure not to use the “wrong” Priority Pass card! You need to actually know which Priority Pass card is associated with a specific credit card…or it’ll cost you!
Sorry to hear this happened to you Gene. 🙁
Gene’s story is a good reminder of how important it is to stay organized. Otherwise, the fees can quickly add up!
What’s Priority Pass?
Folks love airport lounges because of the free snacks, drinks, and free Wi-Fi.
How to Get Priority Pass Lounge Access
Not all Priority Pass memberships are the same. Each one has slightly different rules. Here are popular travel credit cards that come with a Priority Pass membership:
- All versions of the AMEX Platinum card (the The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, or Mercedes-Benz card) – free for the cardholder and up to 2 guests
- AMEX Hilton HHonors Surpass – $27 per person per visit (charged to your card)
- Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards – free for the cardholder, and no limit on the number of guests
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – free for the cardholder, and no limit on the number of guests
- Citi Prestige – free for the cardholder, and immediate family or up to 2 guests
- U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card – 4 entries per year for cardholder and 1 guest, then $27 per person per visit
Even if you can bring an “unlimited” number of guests, that doesn’t guarantee you can bring the whole team along. Airport lounges have limited space, and can deny you or your guests access if they are full!
How to Stay Organized
If you’re like Gene, and have multiple Priority Pass cards, you’ll want to be organized.
Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan likes to label each card with a piece of tape and a Sharpie. It’s nothing fancy. But he’s never had an issue accessing a lounge. And has always avoided those pesky fees!
You could also create a spreadsheet (or note on your phone) with your Priority Pass numbers. Be sure to note whether or not you’ll pay a fee for using it. Having a spreadsheet is great for keeping track of your Priority Pass memberships for if you cancel or downgrade your card.
It’s important to be organized so you don’t end up paying unnecessary fees!
Thanks for sharing the cautionary tale, Gene!