The Single Greatest Gift for Travellers

Priority Pass membership app

Travelling can be a stressful for even the most seasoned travellers. Not only is it the rush to get out to the airport – sometimes miles away from the city it services, but it’s the overpriced coffees and sandwiches, tedious queuing, and overly thorough pat downs.

For most of my life, I have arrived at the airport at the very last minute I could, desperate to maximise my time in whatever destination I’m in.

That has changed recently thanks to handy thing called a Priority Pass.

The stunning dark wood and cosy lounge that is the Alaska Airlines lounge at Seatac (Seattle Tacoma International Airport) in Washington, USA

What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is an airport lounge pass which gives you access to over 1,300 lounges in over 600 cities around the world. No long will you need to spend hours aimlessly wandering the airport or trying to find a seat near your gate, a tranquil and comfortable space awaits for you.

The biggest benefit of having a Priority Pass is that those subpar airport meals and limp onboard sandwiches will become a thing of the past. One of the most enticing reasons to gain access to any of Priority Pass’ lounges is being able to have a meal and a few drinks before boarding your aircraft all included in the price of your membership. Some of the lounges have simple snacks and entrees, while others provide you with a full sit-down dining experience!

At some airports, you can even choose to use your benefits at Priority Pass restaurants to enjoy a meal (or a cheeky drink or two!) Depending which airport you are at the choice of Priority Pass restaurants vary. Aussies are spoilt with dining credit at MoVida (SYD), Bar Pulpo by MoVida (MEL), Cafe Vue (MEL), and the Peroni Bar (SYD), just to name a few.

Most Priority Pass locations have plenty of space for you to relax, lounge, complimentary WiFi and plenty of power sockets for you to charge up your gadgets before your flight.

If you are flying long-haul there is nothing better than being able to access a lounge for a shower, a quick nibble and some downtime between flights. While many of the lounges accessible using Priority Pass can be purchased when you are in-transit, pre-purchasing a membership can save you loads!

Priority Pass membership cost

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How much is a Priority Pass membership?

There are three types of Priority Pass membership plans to choose from depending on your travel style:

  • Priority Pass Standard: This plan is like being able to buy discounted access to lounges around the world. Great for those who are still deciding where they want to travel or who have open-tickets for round-the-world travel.
  • Priority Pass Standard Plus: If you travel regularly for business or leisure, it’s a no brainer that the Standard Plus plan is better value for you if you plan on using airport lounges more than 6 times each year.
  • Priority Pass Prestige: This is the most economical plan if you want to add a little luxury to your airport visits and intend to use an airport lounge for more than 10 times in a year.

Get 10% off when you purchase a Priority Pass membership through this link!

I only take one-two flights a year, is Priority Pass suitable for me?

To be honest, maybe not. The Standard Membership, while affordable, better suits people who travel infrequently, at least three – five times a year to maximise the value. For those people who travel less frequently, or would like to give a friend or family member the gift of stress free travel, there are other options I would recommend.

Depending which airport you are departing from, consider the Plaza Premium Lounge which allows you to buy once off lounge passes. They have airline lounges in Singapore Changi Airport, London Heathrow (where they also have three arrivals lounge if you want to freshen up before you hit the ground running!), and many other airports around the world.

Qantas will soon be selling lounge access to travellers at select international locations. Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic also both sell access to their lounges both domestically and internationally.

Also, check the Lounge Pass website for more one-off airline lounge pass options available around the world.

Priority Pass membership app

How to get Priority Pass 

Signing up to Priority Pass is super simple! Simply go to their website and fill out the details online. They will then send you a Priority Pass membership card which you take with you when you travel.

Members also have access to their app (available on iOS and Android) where you can easily manage your account, book lounge passes ahead of time, and has information on each of their partner lounges and restaurants to help you decide where the right place to rest and recharge before your next flight is.

Get 10% off when you purchase a Priority Pass membership through this link!

Priority Pass’ membership plans provide really good value for frequent flyers, business travellers, or those setting off on a big multi-country trip. It might seem a bit odd at first that one of these plans still require you to pay a fee for entry (on top of the membership fee) — but remember, airport lounges usually don’t allow entry, and if they do, you should expect to pay at least $50-80 each time.

Be quick and get your Priority Pass membership today because certain luxuries are worth the splurge!

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