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Priority Pass is continuing to expand in the US. Just last month, Alaska added three more of its lounges to Priority Pass. Now, Lufthansa is the newest airline to add more lounges to Priority Pass.
Limitations still apply, but getting a Priority Pass membership is becoming more of a sweet deal — especially now that international travel is starting to recover.
Lufthansa Priority Pass Lounges
In October 2018, Lufthansa (Germany's largest airline) added its Detroit Business Lounge to Priority Pass. Now, Lufthansa has added three more of its 5 US lounges to Priority Pass.
- The Lufthansa Business Lounge New York (JFK) — accessible from 11:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Located airside after the security checkpoint on the left-hand side. International and in-transit flights only. Maximum stay of 3 hours. Complimentary luggage storage is available inside the lounge.
- The Lufthansa Business Lounge Newark (EWR) — accessible from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and from 2:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday. Located airside before gates 60 – 68. Maximum stay of 3 hours.
- The Lufthansa Business Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD) — accessible from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day. Located airside near gate B50. Maximum stay of 3 hours. Complimentary luggage storage is available inside the lounge.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, only complimentary snacks and drinks are available within the lounges. There are no open buffets. Masks must be worn at all times (except when eating). Masks made of fabric are not allowed.
These additions leave Lufthansa's Boston lounge as the only US Lufthansa lounge not yet accessible to Priority Pass members.
More on Priority Pass
Priority Pass is not just for North American lounges. The pass gives you access to over 1,300 lounges and airport experiences (including restaurants) around the world.
In the past, airlines were reluctant to allow Priority Pass members access to their lounges due to overcrowding. Now with so few passengers, that limitation is no longer necessary. Whether Lufthansa's lounges will remain accessible to Priority Pass members after the volume of flights picks back up is yet to be seen.
If you don't already have a Priority Pass, memberships start at $99 a year. With this membership, you pay $32 per person to access each lounge. Or for $429 a year, all your lounge visits are free.
However, it usually makes much more sense to get a complimentary Priority Pass membership through one of the following credit cards:
|Credit Card||Complimentary Cardholder Access||Number of Free Guests||Digital Priority Pass Card||Card Annual Fee||Authorized User Lounge Access||Authorized User Fee|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||Unlimited lounge access||2 guests||Yes||$550||Yes||$75|
|The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card||Unlimited lounge access||2 guests||Yes||$450||Yes||$0|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Unlimited lounge access - No F&B credits at non-lounge restaurants, bars, and eateries (Enrollment Required)||2 guests||Yes||$695 - Rates & Fees||Yes||$175 total for first 3 AUs then $175 each - Rates & Fees|
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express||Unlimited lounge access - No F&B credits at non-lounge restaurants, bars, and eateries|
|2 guests||Yes||$595 ($695 if application is received on or after 1/13/2022) - Rates & Fees||Yes||$300 - Rates & Fees|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||Unlimited lounge access |
|Citi Prestige® Card||Unlimited lounge access|
|2 guests or immediate family||Yes||$495||Yes||$50|
|Crystal® Visa Infinite® Credit Card||Unlimited lounge access for the primary cardholder.||$32 per guest||Yes||$400||Can gift access to one other person - doesn't have to be AU||$95|
|Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card||10x free passes then $32 per visit|
|$32 per guest||Yes||$95||No||N/A|
|U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card||4x free passes per year, then $32 per visit||1 guest free for first 4 visits, then $32 per visit||No||$400||No||$0|
|The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card||10x free passes then $27 per visit||Must use a 2nd pass for a guest||Yes||$95||No||$0|
Enrollment is required for select Amex benefits.
Having access to lounges is particularly important these days with so much uncertainly around flights. I personally arrived at the airport three hours before my recent international flight in case there was additional paperwork or questions I had to take care of. My concerns were unfounded, and I then had a 3-hour wait for my flight which could have been spent working in the airport lounge.
Please note that being a member of Priority Pass does not guarantee access to an airport lounge. Airlines have the right to deny entry at any time due to overcrowding or other reasons.
For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees)
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