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The 10 best Priority Pass lounges in the U.S.

May 31, 2021
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You don't need to fly business or first class or have a top-tier elite status for airport lounge access. Airport lounges have become increasingly accessible thanks to programs such as Priority Pass.

Priority Pass is a paid membership program that grants access to a network of more than 1,300 lounges in 148 countries and 600 cities worldwide. There are several membership options available, ranging from $99 to $429 per year. However, there's a workaround to avoid paying any fees altogether: Many credit cards offer complimentary Priority Pass membership as a benefit.

Since Priority Pass doesn’t own or operate the lounges itself, the quality can vary massively. Some lounges are little more than a small room with bottled water and dubious-looking food, but some are really as good as (or better than) what you’d get if you were flying in a premium cabin. So, it's important to research your options. We've previously looked at the best Priority Pass lounges around the world, but today we'll focus our attention on those in the U.S. Priority Pass is now accepted at more than 40 U.S. airports, and some of them even have multiple lounges.

Lounge buffet in the COVID era. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

While many lounges have reopened their doors following the pandemic, the experience has changed a bit. For instance, buffets have been replaced with pre-plated and individually wrapped items. However, the key benefits amenities remain free snacks, drinks and more comfortable seating than in the terminal. Also, note that the hours listed below are the hours that the lounges are available to Priority Pass members. A lounge may be open outside of those hours, but will not admit members then. Likewise, access may be restricted if the lounge is full.

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1.The Turkish Airlines Lounge at MIA (south terminal)

Location: In the south terminal at Miami International Airport (MIA), on the upper level between concourses H and J (note, Turkish Airlines also operates a lounge in the central terminal, in concourse E)

Hours: Currently 4 a.m. — 11 p.m., but will return to 24/7 when demand picks up again

Amenities: Nearly 10,000-square-feet of space with lots of seating, a small business center, a television room, a kids’ area and two shower suites. There's also a wide selection of complimentary hot food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Check out TPG's full review of the lounge.

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Related: Choose this, not that: MIA Priority Pass lounge edition

2. Primeclass Lounge at JFK

Location: Between Gates 10 and 11 in Terminal 1 at New York-JFK

Hours: 11:00 a.m. — 10:30 p.m.

Amenities: Decent buffet consisting of various hot and cold dishes, many different seating options, plenty of power and USB outlets, free Wi-Fi and a shower. Read more about TPG’s experience visiting the lounge.

Related: Choose this, not that: JFK Priority Pass lounge edition

3. The Turkish Airlines Lounge Washington at IAD

Location: In the Midfield Terminal at Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), near gate B43 on the Concourse Level

Hours: 8:30 a.m. — 8 p.m Monday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. — 11:30 p.m Tuesday through Friday and Sunday.

Amenities: Like the Turkish Airlines lounge at MIA, this lounge offers a good selection of complimentary food and drinks. It also offers many power outlets, speedy Wi-Fi, a shower room and prayer room. Check out TPG's full review of the lounge.

Related: Choose this, not that: IAD Priority Pass lounge edition

4. The Air France Lounge at JFK

(Photo by Brendan Dorsey/The Points Guy.)

Location: Near Gate 1 in Terminal 1 at New York-JFK

Hours: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Amenities: Snacks, Wi-Fi and free drinks are available, as are showers. Read more about TPG's experience visiting the lounge.

5. Be Relax Spas

Locations: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) near gate A46; San Diego International Airport (SAN) near gate 27

Hours: Varies by location

Amenities: Complimentary spa treatments. Regardless of which location you visit, you'll get to choose one of the following treatments:

  • 30 minute Lounger Massage — Be Back ($35 value)
  • 15 minute Lounger Massage plus Aromatherapy & O2 — Be Back ($35 value)
  • 10 minute Head Massage plus Aromatherapy & O2 — Head Up ($38 value)
  • 10 minute Foot Massage plus Aromatherapy & O2 — Be Feet ($38 value)

Note, since this is considered a non-lounge airport experience, you won't have complimentary access if your Priority Pass membership is through American Express.

6. The Club at MCO

(Image courtesy of Priority Pass.)

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 1-59, you can visit The Club in Terminal A.

Hours: 5 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Amenities: Complimentary snacks, showers, Wi-Fi and alcoholic beverages.

7. Alaska Lounge at SEA (north satellite)

Location: North Satellite at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), on the mezzanine level, above gates N13-18

Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Amenities: This is Alaska's flagship lounge. There's a coffee bar with complimentary made-to-order Starbucks beverages, snacks, Wi-Fi, many power outlets and panoramic views of the runway and airfield. Check out TPG's full tour of the lounge.

8. The Club at SJC

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

Location: Terminal A at San José International Airport (SJC), across from Gate 15 on Level 3

Hours: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (temporarily closed, reopening soon)

Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks and drinks. The lounge also has showers and conference rooms.

9. Minute Suites

Locations: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Concourses B and T; Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Atrium; Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Terminals A and D, and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Terminal B.

Hours: 24 hours daily (one hour free followed by a discounted $28 hourly rate for any additional time after that)

Amenities: Regardless of which Minute Suites location you visit, you'll get a private suite complete with a daybed, bedding, yoga mat and TV. Check out TPG's reviews of the CLT location and ATL location.

10. Lufthansa Business Lounge at EWR

Lufthansa lounge at JFK (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Location: Newark International Airport (EWR)'s Terminal B, before gates 60-68

Hours: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday

Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks and power outlets near many seats.

Bonus: Restaurant lounges

This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning the restaurant lounges that are part of the Priority Pass U.S. roster. In addition to conventional lounges, Priority Pass has partnered with food and beverage establishments, to let members enjoy a complimentary sit-down dining experience as part of their membership. There are more than 30 Priority Pass restaurant lounges across more than 20 U.S. airports, each offering members $28-30 per guest in food and drink (not including gratuity). Unfortunately, American Express discontinued “complimentary access to non-lounge airport experiences” for cards that have a Priority Pass benefit. However, Chase, Citi and U.S. Bank still offer it for eligible cardmembers.

Free meals for Priority Pass members at Landry's at IAH Terminal C in Houston. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Credit cards that offer Priority Pass Select memberships

A Priority Pass membership is included with several premium travel credit cards, including the following. Just note that enrollment is required.

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve: Membership is included for both cardholders and authorized users, along with two guests. The card costs $550 annually, plus $75 for an authorized user.
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express respective annual fees of $695 (see rates and fees) and $695 annual fees (see rates and fees). Access for both primary cardholders and authorized users, along with two guests. Platinum cardmembers can also access Delta Sky Club lounges when they’re traveling on a Delta flight the same day, with guest access at a reduced fee ($29 per person for up to two guests); Airspace lounges (with two guests); Escape lounges (with two guests) and American Express Centurion Lounges (with two guests). Authorized users cost $175 annually for the personal card (see rates and fees) and $300 for the business version (see rates and fees). Enrollment is required for select benefits. Enrollment required for select benefits.
  • Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Primary cardholders receive a Priority Pass Select membership good for themselves and two guests. There’s a $450 annual fee (see rates and fees) for this card. Enrollment is required for select benefits.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card: This card offers a Priority Pass Select membership with unlimited complimentary access for the primary cardholder and two guests. The card has a $650 annual fee (see rates and fees). Enrollment is required for select benefits.
  • Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: This card includes a Priority Pass membership. However, it offers only 10 visits a year, with no free guests. You can visit by yourself 10 times, or visit once with nine guests. After that, you’ll have to pay a $32 fee per person per visit. There’s a $95 annual fee (see rates & fees).
  • U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card: This card comes with a limited Priority Pass Select membership for one cardmember per account, including authorized users. The member will receive complimentary access to participating lounges for the first four visits, as well as four individual guest visits. After the free visits are used, the discounted $32 per visit entry fee will apply to cardholders and guests. There’s a $400 annual fee for this card.
  • Citi Prestige® Card: Cardholders and authorized users both get Priority Pass Select with access for immediate family members (a spouse, children or domestic partner) or up to two guests. The annual fee is $495, and the primary cardholder may add authorized users for $75.

The information for the Hilton Aspire Amex card, U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card and Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Everything you need to know about the Priority Pass program

Bottom line

Although most credit cards that offer Priority Pass membership come with a $450 annual fee or higher, you'll be getting access to at least one lounge at most major airports in the U.S. and around the world, along with a ton of other great travel perks that offset the annual fee. With so many great lounge options available, it's a no-brainer and makes for a much better way to spend time at the airport before your next flight.

Just remember that enrollment is required if you have a card that includes a Priority Pass Select membership. You can’t simply present your credit card at a participating lounge, restaurant or Minute Suite to receive complimentary access.

Related: The best credit cards for airport lounge access

What are your favorite Priority Pass lounges? Tell us about them below.

Featured photo of the MIA Turkish Airlines lounge by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Aspire, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Surpass, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, please click here.

Featured image by (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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