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For the uninitiated, airport lounges are sanctuaries inside of airports that offer amenities like free food and drinks, comfortable chairs, free showers and more. The best part, you don’t need to be flying in a premium cabin or spend thousands of dollars to obtain access to them. Anyone that downloaded Kara and Nate’s Ultimate Guide to Lounge Access, knows that the easiest way to gain airport lounge access is by getting a Priority Pass membership.
Priority Pass is a program that offers access to over 1,200 airport lounges around the world. Any time you transit through an airport with a lounge that is part of its network, you can access it — regardless of the airline or class of service you’re flying. Membership prices range from $89 – $386 per year (if you sign up using our 10% discount), but there are also several premium credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® that come with free memberships (more on that in Kara and Nate’s guide). So, without further ado, here are the top 5 lounges you can access with your Priority Pass membership in the United States:
1. Turkish Airlines Lounge at IAD
Turkish Airlines is known for having spectacular lounges and its location at Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) is no exception. The lounge is beautifully furnished and has an impressive food and beverage selection — all free, of course. Best of all, since all terminals at IAD are connected airside, this lounge is also accessible by domestic passengers.
Location: In the B Concourse near Gate B43. After Security, take the stairs to the next level and turn right.
Hours: 6:00am – 11:00pm
2. KLM Crown Lounge at IAH
Despite its smaller size, The KLM Crown Lounge is well designed and has a decent selection of light bites. Like the Turkish Airlines Lounge at IAD, since Terminal D (where the lounge is located) is connected to the rest of the airport airside, you can access this lounge even when not traveling internationally.
Location: In Terminal D near Gate D8
Hours: 6:00am – 9:00pm
3. The Club at ATL
The Club at ATL is a pleasant retreat for anyone travelling through the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport. It features an open layout with plenty of places to sit and abundant natural light. As with other “The Club” lounges, all drinks in the staffed bar are complimentary and there are snacks such as sandwiches and salads. There are also two large shower suites which make for a great place to freshen up.
Location: In the F Concourse on the mezzanine level, next to the Chapel
Hours: 6:00am – 10:30pm
4. Air France Lounge at JFK
Spread across two floors, the Air France lounge at JFK is massive. Moreover, it’s stylish and modern. The only caveat with this lounge — and the reason the lounge is not ranked higher on this list — is that the hours Priority Pass members can access it are quite limited.
Location: In Terminal 1 near Gate 1
Hours: 8:00am – 1:00pm and 11:00pm – 12:30am (Cardholders will not be admitted into the lounge outside these hours)
5. Art & Lounge at EWR
The Art & Lounge at EWR is unique in the fact that it is both an airport lounge and art gallery — as the name implies. While the lounge lacks natural light, as it’s on the interior of the airport, it is tastefully furnished with stylish (and comfortable) seating options. Note, this lounge is located before security so you need to allow enough time to leave the lounge, clear security and get to your gate.
Location: In Terminal 2, before security between B2 & B3 or Gates 50 & 60
Hours: 9:00am – 10:30pm Sunday – Friday, 1:30pm – 11:30pm Saturday
While these are not exactly lounges per se, Capers Cafe Le Bar, Capers Market and House Spirits Distillery at PDX deserve a mention on this list. Priority Pass has been getting more creative recently and added these food and beverage establishments, among many others, to its network. All you need to do is present your Priority Pass card and you will receive around $28 per person off your final bill. These three establishments are a great trio since you can go to the tasting room for your pre-meal drinks, the restaurant for your meal and then the market for snacks and drinks for your flight. Just note that as of Aug. 1, 2019, those that receive their Priority Pass memberships through an American Express card, no longer get complimentary access to non-lounge airport experiences like these.
Relaxing in a lounge before your flight can truly enhance your travel experience. Today we looked at the five best Priority Pass lounges in the US, but there are over 1,200 more for you to choose from around the world. With a lounge in nearly every major airport, becoming a Priority Pass member should be a no-brainer. You can save 10% on your Priority Pass membership by signing up here. You can also download the Ultimate Guide to Lounge Access to learn how you can get a free membership by signing up for premium credit cards.
Here are some of our favorite credit cards that offer complimentary Priority Pass lounge visits:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- The Platinum Card® from American Express [Learn How to Apply]
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express [Learn How to Apply]
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card [Learn How to Apply]
- The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card [Learn How to Apply]
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