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.