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Priority Pass updated its program this month, with the introduction of new lounges and a new way to access them. Members will have access to more than 850 lounges worldwide, and notably, Priority Pass Cardholders can now use the brand’s app (available for iOS, Android and Blackberry) to access lounges.

You can download the Priority Pass app, rather than carrying the card.
You can download the Priority Pass app, rather than carrying the card.

Before this update, the only way to access the lounges was to physically have your card with you. The app uses a digital membership card to speed up the check-in process, and makes gaining access to lounges just a little bit less of a nuisance, especially when it’s so easy to forget a card you’d only carry while traveling. Priority Pass says that the majority of its lounges will support the new digital membership card, although they recommend carrying both in case there are any issues.

An Amex Platinum can get you access to Priority Pass lounges — just remember to sign-up before arriving at the airport.

Priority Pass lounges feature the normal airport-lounge perks, like Wi-Fi and free drinks. Memberships start at $99 per year (you’ll still have to purchase day passes at this price point), or you can gain membership with premium credit cards, such as the Amex Platinum Card. Keep in mind, however, that possessing a Platinum card often isn’t enough to get you in — you need to register for Priority Pass in advance of getting to the airport to guarantee entry.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
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  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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