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Postby Robrus1 » Sun May 19, 2013 5:21 pm

On the Priority Pass website, a lot of U.S. lounges like Austin TX and Denver CO show this under their hours, conditions, etc:

"Note: Members holding a Priority Pass Select membership card and Priority Pass cardholders in the U.S. that receive their membership through a U.S. financial institution will not be allowed access to this Lounge."

What does this mean? Does this mean that since I received my Priority Pass membership through Amex, I won't be permitted access?
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun May 19, 2013 5:34 pm

It depends what 'type' Amex provided you with.

The version I have from Amex allows me to use all the lounges plus bring a guest.

There are many versions of the Priority Pass cards. Just make sure yours is premier and you are all good.
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Postby DoingHomework » Sun May 19, 2013 5:56 pm

If you got your Priority Pass card through being an Amex Platinum then it doesn't do you much good in the US. But depending on which airline you are on your platinum card and maybe your ticket will get you in.

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Postby Robrus1 » Sun May 19, 2013 6:13 pm

I'm covered for my trip next month since I'm flying American and my two longest layovers are at DFW. I think I should be able to get into the Admiral's Club with my Platinum Card. Coming home, I'll have a layover at London Heathrow flying on American, and I think I can get into an Admrial's Club lounge there too. Nice, France is where I plan on using Priority Pass during this trip and I've found a lounge in the airport there. I'm just surprised that in the U.S. I do not have access to the Priority Pass lounges because I thought I would. I guess I'll just try to gain access to airline lounges that just need to see the Platinum Card and boarding pass. The Priority Pass card that Amex issued me says "Priority Pass Select," leading me to think "Select," meant top tier, but now I know better. Thanks.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun May 19, 2013 7:01 pm

Mine says VIP lounge access....

I know I am able to get into all their offerings.
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Postby DoingHomework » Mon May 20, 2013 8:45 am

Robrus1 wrote:The Priority Pass card that Amex issued me says "Priority Pass Select," leading me to think "Select," meant top tier, but now I know better. Thanks.


In this case "Select" means more like "only a few they have picked"

The select card essentially only works outside the US. That's not as big a limitation as it seems since the platinum card will get in into many other airline lounges within the US except United. Personally, I have flown to Europe a fair bit and have not been impressed by the lounge situation. Except in the most major airports, there seldom are lounges and when they are they are in far-flung sections of the airport and operated by third parties. It's nearly always better just to hang out at the hotel for a while first. There are exceptions including CDG and Heathrow which sounds like where you will be going.

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Postby djrez4 » Mon May 20, 2013 11:01 am

The Panorama Lounge in Zurich has Haribo gummi bears and booze. I wish we had arrived earlier for our flight.
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Postby DoingHomework » Mon May 20, 2013 12:37 pm

Mmm, why does gummi bears dissolved in some liquor sound good right now?

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Postby Sevenfeet » Mon May 20, 2013 1:51 pm

I agree on Priority Pass. When I got it through Amex Platinum, it looks mainly like PP lounges were mostly something to round out a big hole in Europe for Amex customers. There are few US airports that allow access...mainly ones that don't have large Sky Club and Admirals Club presence. And of course I'm not surprised to hear from FastSRT8 that Centurion customers may see different PP lounge access. And they are the only ones getting free access to Amex's own airport lounges (the few currently open in the US).

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