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Lounge Pass vs. Priority Pass: Which Is Best for You?

I’m a Priority Pass expert because I use Priority Pass to access airport lounges. I don’t think I could fly without it!

Thinking of using an airport lounge? You are not alone! Airport lounge usage has increased 12% with more people using lounges than ever before.

You may be wondering if you should consider pay-as-you-go access, through Lounge Pass, or membership through Priority Pass.

This article will help you decide the cheapest and best option for you.

Read on for all the details and to see cost comparisons.

Links You Might Find Helpful:
Find Out More at Priority Pass
Find Out More About Lounge Pass
Airport Lounge Membership Comparison

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Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass – Which is Best?

Number of Visits Per YearCostBest Option
Less than 5Pay as You Go – from £17Lounge Pass
6-7 Visits a YearStandard Membership
£35.50 for 6 visits a year
Priority Pass
7 – 17 Visits a YearStandard Plus Membership
£22.90 per visit for 10 a year
Priority Pass
+17 Visits a YearPrestige Membership
£419 for unlimited visits a year
Priority Pass
Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass
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1. Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass?

This comparison looks at the difference in costs for both Lounge Pass and Priority Pass, by comparing the prices for using airport lounges in 3 airports.

It will help you to work out the cheapest way to access an airport lounge.

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Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass

2. What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is an airport lounge membership scheme. To access airport lounges you pay a membership fee. The costs to access airport lounges depend on the membership you select.

Priority Pass has 3 different membership levels.

Standard is £69 per year. Every member and guest visit is £24 per person.

Standard Plus is £229 per year. The first 10 visits for the member are included, and after that they are £24 per person. Guest visits are £24 per person.

Prestige is £419 per year. All visits are free for members. All guest visits are £24 per person.

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Lounge Pass Vs Priority Pass

3. What is Lounge Pass?

Lounge Pass allows you to buy access to airport lounges online or through the app. There is no membership or joining fee, you simply select the lounge, pay and download your access.

It’s a pay-as-you-go way to access airport lounges.

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4. Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass – Cost Comparison

The best way to look at the difference between the two schemes is to do a cost comparison for airport lounge access.

For this example I have compared using 3 lounges;

  • My local airport lounge in Inverness
  • One of the most popular airport lounges in the UK – No.1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport
  • Terminal 2 at Schipol Airport

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5. Inverness Airport Lounge Cost Comparison

Cost for 1 Lounge Visit

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£25.99 per person£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit10 visits free then £24 per visit
Total Cost £25.99Total Cost £93Total Cost £229
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 1 Airport Lounge Visit

Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass

6. Cost for 5 Lounge Visits

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£25.99 per person£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit10 visits free then £24 per visit
Total cost £129.95Total Cost £189Total Cost £229
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 5 Airport Lounge Visits

Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass

7. Cost For 10 Visits

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£25.99 per person£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit10 visits free then £24 per visit
Total cost £259.99Total Cost £309Total Cost £229
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 10 Airport Lounge Visits
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Lounge Pass

8. Number 1 Lounge Gatwick Cost Comparison

This is a very popular lounge and for that reason, Priority Pass offers the chance to pay an extra £6 on top of the visit fee to guarantee entry. Without paying this Priority Pass members could be turned away if the lounge is full of pre-booked guests.

9. Costs for 1 Visit

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£40£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit & £6 booking fee10 visits. £6 booking fee
Total cost £40Total Cost £99Total Cost £235
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 1 Visit London Gatwick

10. Cost for 5 Visits

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£40£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit & £6 booking fee10 visits. £6 booking fee
Total cost £200Total Cost £249Total Cost £259
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 5 Visits London Gatwick

11. Cost for 10 Visits

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£40£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit & £6 booking fee10 visits. £6 booking fee
Total cost £400Total Cost £369Total Cost £289
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 10 Visits London Gatwick
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12. Schipol Airport Lounge In Terminal 2 Cost Comparison

13. Cost for 1 Visit

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£22£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit 10 visits included
Total cost £22Total Cost £93Total Cost £229
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 1 Visit Schipol

14. Cost for 5 Visits

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£22£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit 10 visits included
Total cost £110Total Cost £189Total Cost £229
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 5 Visit Schipol

15. Cost for 10 Visits

Lounge PassPriority Pass StandardPriority Pass Standard Plus
£22£69 membership fee£229 membership fee
£24 per visit 10 visits included
Total cost £220Total Cost £309Total Cost £229
Lounge Pass and Priority Pass Membership Fees for 10 Visits Schipol
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16. Priority Pass vs Lounge Pass – Other Things to Consider

17. Guaranteed Lounge Access

At busy times Priority Pass members may not be able to gain access to airport lounges. This is because lounges will prioritise those guests that have booked directly. (Except No.1 lounges where members pay extra to guarantee entry.)

This may be an issue at very busy airports, at peak times, or if there have been lots of flight delays or cancellations.

Lounge Pass is the equivalent of booking direct so you will be able to access the lounge.

18. Other Membership Benefits

Lounge Pass buys you one-time access to a particular lounge, with facilities provided as per the lounge details. There are no membership benefits – it’s just a straight purchase for lounge access.

Priority Pass has membership benefits that include free spa sessions (all spas in the US) for example. They also offer discounted car transfers, and meal deals in the airport too.

19. Lounge Pass vs Priority Pass – Conclusion

  • The best option for you depends on the number of times you plan to access a lounge and the cost of entry.
  • For less than 5 visits Lounge Pass is likely to be the cheapest option – but it is always worth checking.
  • Costs need to be lower than £22.90 to beat Priority Pass Standard Plus membership – provided you are going to use all 10 visits.

Links You Might Find Helpful:
Find Out More at Priority Pass
Find Out More About Lounge Pass
Airport Lounge Membership Comparison

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