PRI­OR­ITY PASS

Business Traveler (USA) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Launched in 1992, Pri­or­ity Pass to­day has an ex­pand­ing net­work of 600 air­port lounges in 300 cities around the world. The lounges of­fer all the ba­sic ameni­ties trav­el­ers ex­pect, in­clud­ing WiFi, food and bev­er­age buf­fets, shower fa­cil­i­ties, beds and work­sta­tions. Re­cent ad­di­tions to the net­work in­clude 12 lounges in China, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, South Africa, Swe­den and the United Arab Emi­rates.

These in­clude two lounges in Shen­zhen-Baoan In­ter­na­tional Air­port – the Do­mes­tic Guest Lounge in the south­west wing, level four of the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal, while the In­ter­na­tional Guest Lounge is in the south­east wing on level three.

Two lounges run by Men­zies Avi­a­tion have also joined the net­work. The Um­phafa Lounge in Ter­mi­nal 1 of Dur­ban-King Shaka In­ter­na­tional Air­port can be found af­ter im­mi­gra­tion on the third floor. The Mashon­zha Lounge is lo­cated in Ter­mi­nal A of Jo­han­nes­burg-Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Other new lounges avail­able to Pri­or­ity Pass mem­bers in­clude the Marhaba Lounge in Ter­mi­nal 2 of Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the Dnata Lounge in Ter­mi­nal 3 of Sin­ga­pore-Changi Air­port.

Pri­or­ity Pass is a mem­ber­ship-only ar­range­ment. The three types of mem­ber­ship are: stan­dard, which costs $99 a year plus an additional cost of $27 per use; stan­dard plus mem­ber­ship ($249), which of­fers mem­bers 10 free uses of any lounge within a year, with mem­bers charged at the stan­dard rate of $27 from the 11th visit on­wards; and pres­tige mem­ber­ship, which costs $399 an­nu­ally and gives guests un­lim­ited use of all lounges for a year.

Pri­or­ity Pass has re­cently part­nered with Hil­ton to al­low HHonors points to be redeemed for Pri­or­ity Pass sub­scrip­tions.

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