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Airport lounges have long been a haven for business- and first-class passengers, but they’re now becoming more and more accessible to the everyday traveler. The Priority Pass program, for instance, now has a network of more than 900 lounges in 120 countries and 400 cities worldwide.
While there are several membership options available — Standard, which costs $99 per year and gives you access to each lounge for $27; and Standard Plus, which costs $249 per year and gives you 10 free visits, then charges $27 for additional visits — unlimited access as a Prestige member runs $399 per year. Thankfully, can avoid paying for Priority Pass Lounge access altogether just by signing up for one of several credit cards that offer complimentary entry as an included benefit.
Both The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Expressinclude Priority Pass Select membership and allow additional guests to enter for $27 per person, per visit. The Citi Prestige card also offers Priority Pass Select membership and complimentary lounge access for the traveler as well as two additional guests. The new Chase Sapphire Reserve card includes free Priority Pass Select access to the cardholder as well as all members of their party, as does the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card. (Note that each of the cards mentioned carries a $450 annual fee or higher, but the included travel credits and other benefits mean these cards generally end up paying for themselves).
Ready to check out some of these swanky spaces? From LAX to JFK, here’s a look at the 9 best Priority Pass Lounges in the US, presented below in no particular order.
1. The Virgin America Loft at LAX
Location: On the fourth floor, just above the gates and the food court in the main area of Terminal 3 once you get past security.
Hours: 6:00am – 11:30pm
Amenities: Refreshments, snacks, alcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi are all available free of charge. The lounge also offers views of the tarmac, perfect for plane spotting.
2. The British Airways Galleries Lounge at IAD
Location: In the Midfield Terminal of Washington Dulles International Airport, which you can reach by going through security and heading up to the Concourse Level after a quick ride on the train to Concourse B.
Hours: 7:00am – 2:00pm
Amenities: In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi, this lounge offers snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
3. The Club at SJC
Location: Terminal A at San José International Airport, across from Gate 15 on Level 3.
Hours: 5:00am – 10:00pm
Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, refreshments and drinks. The lounge also has showers and conference rooms.
4. The Air France Lounge at JFK
Location: Near Gate 1 in Terminal 1 at JFK in New York.
Hours: 6:00am – 5:30pm and 11:00pm to 2:00am
Amenities: Complimentary drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi. The lounge also has showers as well as a spa for Air France passengers who are traveling in premium cabins. Note that there is a three-hour maximum stay rule here due to space constraints.
5. The Club at ATL
Location: Next to the chapel in Concourse F on the mezzanine level at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Hours: 6:00am – 10:30pm
Amenities: Snacks, Wi-Fi and alcoholic beverages are available for free, as are showers in case you need to freshen up before a long flight.
6. The Club at SEA (South Satellite)
Location: There are two Club at SEA lounges in Seattle–Tacoma International Airport — this one is located in the South Terminal near gate S9 and can be reached from all concourses by taking the train.
Hours: 6:00am – 5:30pm, with restricted access between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm due to the limited amount of space
Amenities: You’ll find showers and conference rooms, as well as complimentary snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and Wi-Fi to keep you connected on the go.
7. Air France – KLM Lounge at SFO
Location: On the left side, just after security in Concourse A (the International Terminal) at San Francisco International Airport.
Hours: 8:15am – 11:30pm on Monday, Wednesday – Sunday; 8:15am – 10:30pm on Tuesday
Amenities: Wi-Fi, snacks and alcoholic beverages are all available for free. Note that there is a three-hour maximum stay rule at this lounge due to space constraints.
8. The Club at MCO
Location: Near Gate 91 in Terminal B at Orlando International Airport. Note that this lounge is not accessible to passengers traveling from Gates 1-29 in Terminal A or from Gates 30-59 in Terminal B. If you’re boarding from Gates 70-99 in Terminal B, you’re in luck!
Hours: 6:00am – 9:00pm
Amenities: Complimentary showers, Wi-Fi, snacks and alcoholic beverages.
9. Escape Lounge at MSP
Location: Terminal 1 at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, upstairs and on the left side as you head toward Ike’s Food & Cocktails (it’s on the mezzanine level right before the entrance to Concourse E).
Hours: 4:00am – 9:00pm
Amenities: Wi-Fi, snacks and alcoholic beverages are available for free. Note that there is a bit of a dress code at this lounge, and you won’t be permitted if you’re wearing tank tops, sleeveless shirts or shortie shorts (anything not extending to the knee). Sports jerseys are also a no-no here.
While most credit cards that offer Priority Pass membership each come with a $450 annual fee or higher, you’ll be getting access to at least one lounge at most major airports in the US and around the world, along with a ton of other great travel perks that basically let each card pay for itself. With so many great lounge options at your fingertips, it’s kind of a no-brainer and makes for a much better way to spend time at the airport before your next flight.
What are your favorite Priority Pass Lounges? Tell us about them, below.
Featured image courtesy of Priority Pass.