Priority Pass is running a 20% discount on membership until March 15.
Normally, Priority Pass costs about $400 for their “full” package which includes unlimited visits to their 600 lounges, a list of which you can find here. The bulk of their lounges are independent lounges but they also have SkyTeam, Air Canada, and all United Clubs within their portfolio.
And for most people who want access to United Clubs, you are better offer getting Priority Pass membership than United Club Membership. Here are the United Club membership fees.
The normal option to buy United Club status is $500 plus a $50 member initiation fee.
Priority Pass: $399 per year (On sale now for $319) then $399 for the years to come.
United Club $550 for the first year then $500 for subsequent years. If you are the highest tier member with United (1K), it will be $450 for the first year, then $400 for the following years.
What If I don’t travel as much but still want the benefits?
Priority Pass also has two other tiers of membership which includes a $99 option (now $79) and $249 option (now $199)
The currently $79 option gives you access to the lounges at $27 per visit. At that price, Priority Pass doesn’t make sense. There are cheaper ways to get into a lounge a few times a year.
The currently $199 option gives you 10 free lounge visits. This is like buying 10 lounge passes for $20 each. Again I wouldn’t recommend it unless you knew that you needed 10 lounge passes and found lounges you enjoyed more than $20 per visit that are affiliated with Priority Pass.
If you travel more than that, you should get the $399 option which is on sale now for $319. This gives you unlimited lounge visits throughout the year. This automatically saves you $150 from United’s club membership and if you take advantage of the sale, you save $231 the first year!
What if I already have a Priority Pass Select card? What is the difference between Priority Pass and Priority Pass Select?
You get free Priority Pass Select membership from American Express Platinum cards. Priority Pass Select gives you access to all Priority Pass member lounges except United Clubs. If you don’t travel domestically a lot or don’t travel much at all, then I think you should stick with the free lounge access you get from the Priority Pass Select card.
What about guest access?
Guest Access with Priority Pass is $27 per guest. If you have to guest someone in, the value will go down immensely. United Club membership let’s you bring in 2 guests or your immediate family for free. That saves you $54 each time you go into the lounge.
Priority Pass is having a 20% sale on its membership tiers. Priority Pass membership at these discount prices could be a great deal for many. It’s especially a great deal for someone who wants access to United Clubs, since Priority Pass–which includes unlimited United Club access–will be $231 cheaper than an United Club membership during the sale.
This sale is not a good deal if you frequently invite guests to the United Club or you travel infrequently enough that you don’t need year membership or Priority Pass Select is enough for you.