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Lounge Pass Vs. Priority Pass – What’s Your Best Option? ✈

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Lounge Pass is a pay as you scheme for accessing airport lounges. Priority Pass is a membership scheme with 3 different levels of membership.

Deciding which is the best option for you depends on where you plan to travel, how you often you plan to use an airport lounge and if you will have a guest with you.

Read on to decide which is best for you.

What’s Best Lounge Pass or Priority Pass?

This comparison looks at the difference in costs for 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.

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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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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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

Inverness Airport Lounge Cost Comparison

Cost for 1 Visit

Lounge Pass

£25.99 per person

Total Cost £24

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit

Total Cost £93

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £229

Cost for 5 Visits

Lounge Pass

£25.99 per person

Total cost £129.95

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit

Total Cost £129

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £229

Cost For 10 Visits

Lounge Pass

£25.99 per person

Total Cost £259.99

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit

Total Cost £309

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £229

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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.

Costs for 1 Visit

Lounge Pass

£40 per person

Total cost £40

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit plus £6 fee

Total Cost £99

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £235

Cost for 5 Visits

Lounge Pass

£40 per person

Total cost £200

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit plus £6 fee

Total Cost £249

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £259

Cost for 10 Visits

Lounge Pass

£40 per person

Total cost £400

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit plus £6 fee

Total Cost £369

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £289

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Schipol Airport Lounge In Terminal 2 Cost Comparison

Cost for 1 Visit

Lounge Pass

£22 per person

Total cost £22

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit

Total Cost £93

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £229

Cost for 5 Visits

Lounge Pass

£22 per person

Total cost £110

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit

Total Cost £189

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £229

Cost for 10 Visits

Lounge Pass

£22 per person

Total cost £220

Priority Pass Standard

£69 membership fee

£24 per visit

Total Cost £309

Priority Pass Standard Plus

£229 membership fee

Up to 10 visits free

Total Cost £229

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Priority Pass vs Lounge Pass – Other Things to Consider

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. (With exception of 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 to booking direct so you will be able to access the lounge.

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.

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 – providing you are going to using all 10 visits.
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