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British Airways lounges in the US join Priority Pass

Priority Pass members have access to some additional British Airways lounges in the US starting today. More lounge capacity is always a good thing, if you ask me…

Priority Pass members can use four British Airways lounges

Four British Airways lounges in the US are now owned by Priority Pass, with limited hours. Priority Pass members now have access to the following lounges:

I don’t believe the San Francisco and Seattle lounges have ever belonged to Priority Pass, but the Newark and Washington lounges certainly have in the past. In each case, lounge access is available for up to three hours and you can bring up to two guests. You can fly with any airline when using the lounges, as long as you are able to pass through security in the terminal.

Note that other British Airways lounges in the United States, including those in Boston, Chicago and New York, do not join Priority Pass.

Priority Pass members have access to more British Airways lounges

It is a logical decision for British Airways

Priority Pass pays lounge operators when members visit their lounges. Airline-run lounges often have to find a balance between maximizing revenue and not diluting the experience of their own passengers.

British Airways’ approach here makes sense:

  • British Airways is opening its lounges earlier than it otherwise would, to generate additional revenue from Priority Pass members
  • During these hours I would expect a significantly reduced selection of food and drink compared to what British Airways would offer its own passengers.
  • This is essentially free money for the airline, as lounge staff and basic food and drink offerings will not cost much, while a lot of revenue can be generated; the only other downside is the long term wear and tear of the lounges by more people using them

Many premium credit cards these days offer Priority Pass subscriptions, so many people have access to the lounge. The problem is that there is not enough capacity at some airports. Therefore, I would consider it a huge win-win if lounges expand their hours to accommodate Priority Pass members, as it adds capacity with little inconvenience.

Expect reduced food and drink offers

At the end of the line

Four British Airways lounges in the US are now owned by Priority Pass, which is an exciting development. Members can now use lounges in Newark, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. In each case, the hours are quite limited, as Priority Pass members cannot access these lounges during similar times to which British Airways travelers could access these lounges.

If you have an upcoming trip outside of these airports, be sure to keep this opportunity in mind.

What do you think of British Airways lounges in the US joining Priority Pass?

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