Priority Pass is quite a powerful program that can get you Lounge access virtually in any Airport. I have been to more than 10 lounges both in domestic & international Sector and i haven’t come across any Lounge that doesn’t accept Priority Pass. That being said, knowing some of the less known Tips and tricks of the Priority Pass program can get you more benefits and hence this article.
5 Must Know Priority Pass Tips and Tricks
1. Two Person, Two lounges, One Card
If you’re traveling with your partner (wife/friend), you might be knowing that getting lounge access for your partner is bit tricky when you hold just one Priority Pass card. In most cases, you would be spending $27 for your partner by adding him/her as a guest. But now, with this trick you’re gonna save that 🙂
This works only when there are two lounges in the same departure area, like in Bangalore we have Above Ground Levell Lounge & Plaza premium Lounge. All you need to do is, go to one of the lounge, say, Plaza Premium Lounge, swipe your PP card and let your partner get inside, then leave the place and visit the other lounge – Above Ground Levell lounge and swipe the card for yourself.
As each lounge is treated as different by Priority Pass, you should be perfectly fine in accessing them using this method.
2. Two Person, One lounge, One Card
While the above trick works flawlessly, there are hardly few airports with multiple lounges. That brings me to this trick. As per the Priority Pass policy, you will be able to access the same lounge only once per day. The trick is how the “per day” policy works.
This means, you can check in your partner before 12 Midnight (say 11:50PM) and then again Check-in again for you after 12 midnight (say 12:10 Am). Which i still have doubt as which timezone Priority pass follow, many Priority pass users confirm that this does works. Maybe they follow the local timezone which the POS machine might be having it.
Infact, one of our reader mentioned that he and his friend was able to access the lounge with single card just by swiping twice on same day without taking the above time fact. This maybe possible because the PP cards issued by our Indian banks is bit different than the actual Priority Pass card issued by the company directly.
3. Priority Pass Card on Different Name
The above mentioned tricks basically wouldn’t work without this. If you don’t have a Priority Pass card, you can borrow one from your friend to get access for yourself. Most do say that the Boarding Pass and the name on your card had to match for accessing the lounge. I’ve been to many lounges and i can say that this doesn’t hold true in most cases.
For example, you can give your Priority Pass card to your wife/friend and they should be fine to access the lounge in most cases. One of my friend used to do it with her husband’s card and had no issues except once in international sector. International lounges are bit strict and they need the names to match with boarding pass.
4. Getting Free Priority Pass Visits
While it maybe very simple, most of you wouldn’t have thought about it. The trick is, simply keep upgrading your cards for next variant every 6 months. For example, you can upgrade your HDFC AllMiles card (after using 4 visits) to Regalia First so you get 8 complimentary Visits (4 on Allmiles + 4 on Regalia First) in a year.
5. Optimizing Priority Pass Usage
You can swipe your credit card directly to get access via MasterCard/Visa programme. You can use this even for (1) & (2) cases mentioned above. This works only for domestic lounges. You can check the available lounges under Visa/MC network.
I would highly suggest you to use Priority Pass only for International Lounge access as there are lots of DEBIT cards for Domestic lounge Access. Priority Pass is precious for accessing international lounges as there are only limited cards that can give you International access like Diners cards.
Have you used any of the above Priority Pass tricks? Do share your comments below.