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Priority Pass members losing access to 57 Plaza Premium lounges as of July 1

June 18, 2021
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Priority Pass members losing access to 57 Plaza Premium lounges as of July 1
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Editor's Note

This post has been updated with new details.

We told you back in April about the impending breakup between Plaza Premium and the Priority Pass lounge network.

Now we're learning that, beginning July 1, 57 Plaza Premium lounges will no longer be available to Priority Pass members. The full list of the lounges being removed from the PP network can be found here. The bulk of the affected lounges are in Canada, Malaysia, the UK and Taiwan.

Priority Pass members who pass through Toronto will definitely be impacted by the loss of these lounges. All seven Plaza Premium lounges at Pearson International Airport (YYZ), three of which serve international departures and two that serve U.S. transborder flights, will no longer be accessible.

There are non-Plaza Premium Priority Pass options at YYZ include Bar 120 and Twist by Roger Mooking in Terminal 1, and the Air France-KLM Lounge and The Caplanskys Deli in Terminal 3.

Heathrow Airport is losing five lounges. They include a pair of locations in Terminal Two, another two in Terminal Four, as well as a Plaza Premium space in Terminal 3. There are a few alternative spaces for London travelers to note. Terminal Four has a Sky Team Lounge. in Terminal 3, there is a Club Aspire Lounge, and the recently-opened Plaza Premium Arrivals lounge.

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Plaza Premium current operates 180 locations across nearly 50 airports. They don't sell Plaza Premium lounge memberships directly. Instead, Plaza Premium acts as a contract lounge provider for premium airline passengers, and for other lounge access programs.

Related: Best credit cards for airport lounge access in 2021

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There are still Plaza Premium lounges available for Priority Pass members. Meanwhile, the company continues to broker new deals at airports around the world. It recently closed a deal with Menzies Aviation to rebrand 13 current lounges as Plaza Premium spaces in airports across Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Related: Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 joins Priority Pass

Priority Pass is working on its deals. It has already announced plans to boost its lounges by 20% this year, which would add 250 new locations to its roster. The Priority Pass network includes more than 1,300 locations in more than 600 airports in 148 countries — for now at least.

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


Additional reporting by Mike Avila.

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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Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more