There were some initial headaches at times with the influx of members after the Sapphire reserve launched, but many have worked themselves out as Priority pass is adding not only more lounges but unique airport benefits. In addition, sometimes you can find a lounge that gets less use which is what I have done at Sea-Tac. The Alaska lounge is one of the busiest lounges, while I have found the Club at Sea near gate A11 to always have room.
What does lounge access include? Well it varies by airport and location but at a minimum you can expect to find:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Beer, wine, and cocktails
- Somewhere to sit (more comfortable than at your gate)
- Outlets or usb ports to charge phone
Some lounges will also have:
- More expansive food such as hot soup, buffet items, fresh fruit etc.
- Espresso machines
In addition, Priority pass has now gotten creative by offering some unique benefits such as:
- Food credits at certain airport restaurants
- Sleep lounge access
So instead of stopping to purchase food or have that drink which many do, hit the lounge for complimentary food and beverages. I usually get at least $20-30 worth of items out of a visit if its just me. If you have a family then even better. Plus, many have snacks you can grab to take with you on the plane.
It’s a great way to start off a trip or if you should find yourself on a delay, it’s a great spot to relax away from the hustle of the gates.