Another Airline Goes Revenue-Based and Priority Pass Loses Another Lounge

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  1. Wow, that Ratner guy’s story is interesting. What a colossal jerk. You just don’t see many people around who are so proud of being such a miserable human being. The vintage airline posters are great.

  2. So Gary where do you think PP is going? I find the PP extremely valuable traveling overseas, not as much stateside. It seems that all the players are trying to carve out their piece of the action with clubrooms or I just “lounges” as they are now called. Amex is by far the best stateside, EK internationally.

    I have reached the point where after examining how many fees I am paying in the process of paring back. AS was the first, since I fly FC it’s free to me.

    Thoughts ?

  3. I departed from LAX T2 last Wednesday and was expecting to use my newly obtained Priority Pass for the Air Canada lounge. Surprise! With Air Canada’s move out of T2, their lounge is also gone, and PP has no T2 substitute, so I had to sit on Delta’s uncomfortable T2 seats, and their power outlets aren’t hooked up yet.

  4. Losing Escape at MSP is a huge hit to my family, we all (6) got the Sapphire Reserve specifically for access to that lounge with travel guests. Only lasted a few short months…was too good to be true.

    Although I did notice food quality has dropped and they were out of stock of most snack items during recent visits. Often blamed lack of bottled water on the delivery company.

  5. The only reason I got the (expensive) Platinum Am Ex was for the Priority Pass access. I have been turned away from more lounges than I have been able to access in the last two years – all in the U.S. IN some airports with multiple lounges- the all have the same (or overlapping) blackout times. I have shown up at other lounges (always in a suit and tie) and been told “We are not accepting Priority Pass holders as we are too busy”.

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