I know that many of you have a Priority Pass lounge membership, especially through a premium credit card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Platinum, Citi Prestige, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Hilton Honors Aspire American Express card. In the past, we’ve covered how to get a digital priority pass card through the app, and also on how to get discounts at select airport restaurants. The program continues to expand, now offering Priority Pass offers for airport purchases and services at 146 airports in 32 different countries.
Some of these might not seem valuable, but others were ones that I could see myself using. In general, I’m not one to spend much money at the airport. In fact, I try to eat and drink at lounges whenever possible to save money, and avoid buying souvenirs at the airport since the prices are generally higher. That being said, there have been a few times where I needed to do some quick last-minute shopping for a birthday or when visiting relatives abroad. In this scenario, these offers can come in handy!
Offer examples: LAX, ATL, and HKG
As an example, let’s look at a few airports. At LAX’s international terminal, you can get a 10% discount at the America! store which is full of souvenirs or general travel items, as well as an additional five minutes at the XpresSpa.
The ATL international terminal has numerous retail offers, including some high-end boutique stores like Coach, Mont Blanc, Emporio Armani, and Michael Kors.
Lastly, when we look at HKG international airport, and app lists 12 retail offers!
Even if you’re not much of a shopper at the airport, it’s worth checking the app to see what’s available. I’m excited to see Priority Pass expanding the program and giving members more value. Even the number of supported restaurants in the program keeps growing, which is great news to me. This is an aspect of the prgram that I think is most valuable when traveling. Priority Pass has also added more lounges to its network, which is always appreciated.
How to use Priority Pass offers
To see the retail offers, you’ll need to download the Priority Pass app (iOS | Android) and set-up an account if you don’t have one already. If you need help with that process, check out our previous post on getting a digital Priority Pass membership card.
Once you’re all set-up, you can search airport and terminals to see available offers. To use an offer, you’ll need to tap on the generate code button, which generates a QR code that can be used in the store. It’s basically a digital coupon that you’ll show when checking out. It shouldn’t require you to show your Priority Pass membership, but you’ll have your digital membership card in the app in case it’s needed.
Additional tips and considerations
Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when using your Priority Pass membership.
1. Check different terminals:
Just because your flight is in one terminal doesn’t mean you can’t visit another one if you have the time. Though make sure to check the airport map for any terminal change restrictions. For example, we’ve had a few instances where we wanted to use a lounge in a different terminal at LAX. However, it required us exiting the security area and re-entering again. It wasn’t worth the risk, even though we were trying to save some money on food and drinks.
2. Check reviews on stores, restaurants, and lounges:
I recommend using TripAdvisor, Yelp, or an app like GateGuru (iOS | Android) to see how others rate the amenities and services at the airport. For example, we flew from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in August and stopped by The Club lounge in the Las Vegas airport, which was part of the Priority Pass network. At the risk of sounding “high-maintenance”, we were disappointed by the lounge. They had minimal seating, a long line at the bar, and food options that were limited to instant noodles, popcorn, fruit, and chips. We ended up going to a restaurant in the terminal since the snacks weren’t cutting it. I’m hoping the next time we travel through Las Vegas, there will be some restaurant offers through the program.
What do you think of these new Priority Pass offers? Have you used one yet? Let us know in the comment section below.