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5 Priority Pass Benefits Other Than Just Airport Lounge Access

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5 Priority Pass Benefits Other Than Just Airport Lounge Access

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A Priority Pass membership can get you into 1,200+ airport lounges around the world and the program is constantly expanding.  It’s definitely the most comprehensive lounge membership you can get.  And it’ll get you access to more lounges than any other single airport lounge membership you can get just for opening a credit card.

But access to airport lounges isn’t the only perk you can get with your membership.  I’ll share with you the other benefits and explain your options for getting a Priority Pass membership.

No airport lounge nearby? No problem! Use your Priority Pass membership to get free food at select restaurants

5 Priority Pass Benefits Other Than Airport Lounge Access

There are two main ways to get a Priority Pass membership:  Pay cash or get a credit card that includes membership as a perk.

Here is what you’ll pay per year for a membership if you decide to pay cash:

  • Standard – $99, both member and guest visits cost $32
  • Standard Plus – $299, comes with 10 free visits for the member, then $32 per visit and $32 per guest
  • Prestige – $429, comes with unlimited free visits for the member and $32 per guest

Occasionally, Priority Pass will offer discounted memberships for as much as 40% off.  And you can often find discounts codes or deals for memberships on sites like Groupon or Living Social.

But most of you will be better off getting the Priority Pass membership that comes with a credit card.  Here are your options:

At first glance, it might seem foolish to pay a $400 to $595 annual fee for a card that comes with Priority Pass membership.  But if you’re traveling with guests it’s absolutely not because most of the credit card memberships include free guest visits.  The Citi Prestige card even allows you to bring more than 2 guests if they are immediate family.

The other consideration that makes obtaining membership through a credit card make sense is that these cards come with all sorts of bonuses, benefits, and perks that help offset the cost of the annual fees.

For example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve has an annual $300 travel credit.  So the first $300 you spend on travel expenses like hotels, rental cars, flights, or even Uber rides each year is reimbursed.  Since you’re essentially prepaying $300 of your yearly travel expenses, all of a sudden the card’s $450 annual ends up only effectively being $150 out of pocket.

Once you’ve decided which Priority Pass membership you want, there are other perks you can get in addition to just access to relaxing airport lounges.

1.   Restaurant Credits

It’s not exactly a secret that your Priority Pass membership gets you credit at select airport restaurants.  But it’s such a valuable perk it needs to be mentioned – again.

Currently, there are ~30 airport restaurants in the US where you can use your Priority Pass to get a credit toward your meal (not including tip).  This credit is usually $28 to $30 per person for up to 2 people, but the terms vary by location.  So always double check before ordering.

You can use your Priority Pass to get credit at restaurants like Bobby Vans Steakhouse

To take advantage of this benefit, you’ll typically need a valid same-day boarding pass and proof of your Priority Pass membership.  If you happen to be in an airport that has more than one Priority Pass restaurant, and you have a membership with unlimited free visits, you can visit them all for free!

2.   Minute Suites, Sleeping Pods, and Gameway Access

Aside from restaurants and lounges, there are a few places where your Priority Pass membership grants you access to different boutique airport amenities.

For example, there are Minute Suites, which are small private rooms you can rent out at these airports:

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Philadelphia

A 1-hour stay counts as a single Priority Pass visit and you can’t apply more than 1 visit per 24 hours.  After the first hour, you’re charged a set hourly price (currently $28) which is charged in 15-minute increments.  You can also pay for extras like a shower and they even have discounted rates for 8-hour overnight stays.

That said, the Minute Suites can fill up fast, so I always suggest booking a reservation.

You can also access Sleep Pods at the Dubai airport.  For a single lounge visit, you’ll get 2 to 3 hours (depending on the time of day) in a pod and access to a shower.

You can now use your Priority Pass membership for some free game time at Gameway in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport

If you’re Passing through the Dallas-Fort Worth airport you can now use your Priority Pass to visit the Gameway video game lounges and get 2 hours of complimentary game time, 2 snacks, and a drink.  A 2-hour gaming session normally costs $35.

3.  Priority Pass Offers

Once you have a Priority Pass membership, you can log in to your account on the website or through the app to view your Priority Pass Offers.

These offers are discounts for purchases from various airport stores.  These discounts typically aren’t large enough to offset the high prices you’ll pay at the airport, but if you need to pick up something in a pinch they’re nice to have.

To learn more about how to use them, check out our step-by-step guide to using the Priority Pass app.

4.  IHG Discounts

According to the Priority Pass website, you can use your membership to get discounts of up to 30% at IHG Hotels through the Priority Pass membership portal.  The discount varies depending on the hotel, so I’m sure that it’s often a much smaller discount.

Once you login to the Priority Pass member portal, add your membership number.  The discount will be applied to the total when you’re checking out.  Just remember, this is likely considered a 3rd-party booking site by IHG so it’s unlikely you’ll receive any elite perks for your stay.

5.  Avis Rental Car Perks

You’ll also get Avis Preferred Plus elite status for free.

This gets you perks like a single class upgrade (when available), free additional driver, and a voucher for a free weekend in Europe (after your 3rd rental).

Reports online suggest the IHG discount and Avis rental car perks are only valid for paid Priority Pass memberships, not the type of membership you get with a credit card.  But the Priority Pass website isn’t clear, so if you have any experience with them please let me know and I’ll update the information here.

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How do you enroll in Avis Preferred Plus? Can’t seem to find it

Can I use both the Prestige and Reserve priority passes in a restaurant if only 3 people are allowed and I have a family of 4?

I have a few questions, do I need a priority pass card or can I use the credit card to be allowed into the lounges? I have both Prestige and Reserve, do I get 2 PP cards? In regards to the immediate family members, do they all get to eat free if I use the prestige PP? How do I ask the restaurant about this perk?

You have to apply for the Priority Pass card through your credit card link. You can’t use the credit card directly. Once you get the PP card, download the app and you can search for where things are in each airport. Just show the restaurant the card, but not all restaurants or stores participate. In fact, many of the airports I go to don’t seem to have much to offer, but it’s random. I think you should be entitled to two cards, but not sure. The PP card allows you plus 2 people as guests.

Thanks for the reply, I applied for the PP Reserve but never the Prestige, what link are you referring to?

I did some research, according to a post I was supposed to receive the card within a week of applying…hmm wow, I’ve had this card for a few years so I have to look through my mail! Lol jk it must be somewhere. Fortunately, I have work travel where I take advantage of the 4th night and my company pays me for it so I can justify having it. I usually travel AA, and I also have the Exec Advantage which gives me the admirals lounge access. I have a couple of United and One Delta so i might use PP lounge/restaurant for the first time.

Could I use the Priority lounges if I am flying domestic?Why do I have the impression that they are only available when I am flying internationally?

You can use it wherever Priority Pass is available. Download the app and look for the logo on participating establishments. But it depends on where the PP lounges are. I’ve found that many of the airports I fly in and out of, the lounges are in the international terminals and not realistic to get to depending on the time or having to go through security again. But several people have had luck in domestic terminals or smaller airports where things aren’t so spread out.

Avis Preferred Plus is only for Europe members, not available to US members

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Where are you seeing this restriction listed for the Avis Preferred Plus? We found the perk on the Priority Pass website, but it didn’t have any geographic limitations.

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