As the year quickly comes to a close with much of air travel reduced due to Covid-19 I found myself using the Priority Pass attached to one of my credit cards for just the third time this entire year.
I have to say I’m generally a big fan of Priority Pass and have covered it multiple times over the years due to my (usually) frequent visits especially in Asia but also in Europe at times.
It’s a pretty valuable tool to me when flying airlines that don’t have a lounge at all such as budget carriers or when the offered local lounge option isn’t very nice and I like to try something different (like at Denpasar Airport in Bali).
Today I flew Air Asia from Phuket (only airline to fly direct to Chiang Mai) and for obvious reasons Air Asia doesn’t offer lounge access.
There is however a Priority Pass option at Phuket Airport for domestic departures. Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge offers cardholders access which is nice for the short wait.
Obviously there was very little travel this year and for some of my trips I had lounge access anyway but I only visited these three PP Lounges since January:
- SATS Lounge Singapore
- Miracle Lounge Bangkok
- Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge Phuket
Now I might be able to add a couple more and my annual renewal date for the Chase Sapphire Reserve is May, not January but overall this is still a low number.
With Priority Pass often being a substantial benefit factor for premium credit cards where annual fees can range between $450-550 (sometimes depending on the location and card product more than US$1000) per year it’s a big devaluation if you can’t use it at all due to lack of travel.
How often have you used your Priority Pass this year and do you still see value provided by either your credit card or the PP membership itself?