Airport lounge access has become much bigger in recent years, starting with the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s bundling of Priority Pass membership with the credit card.
Priority Pass had come with cards for years (the first I recall was the old Hilton Surpass card) but it became much more mainstream, and more issuers began copying the benefit.
In order to meet demand for customers, who want more lounges in more airports and who need more space to go with so many passengers wanting access, and because Priority Pass is making money on each visit they’ve gotten creative about just what constitutes a lounge. I love that they’ve set up deals with airport restaurants to give $28 in free food and beverages.
Bobby Van’s Steakhouse New York JFK
Customers don’t always understand what this means, they look up what lounge they have access to in the airport and see a restaurant. Recently I was at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at New York JFK terminal 8 when the customer in front of me showed their Priority Pass, was being taken to a seat, and asked “where’s the lounge area?”
I also like Priority Pass access to Minute Suites which gets you a small private room for an hour at Dallas Fort-Worth, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.
Minute Suites, Philadelphia
Now Priority Pass has a create new lounge option — access to Gameway locations which are available at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport (with plans to expand to other airports, hopefully they’ll be part of Priority Pass too).
- Terminal E gate 16 with 22 gaming stations
- Terminal B gate 42 with 14 gaming stations
We are very excited to announce that Priority Pass Members have another great opportunity! 2 hours of gaming, 2 snacks and a drink! All with the swipe of the sweet black and gold baby 😎🎮 #prioritypass #vip #dfw #dfwairport #gameway #exclusive #gaming #lounge pic.twitter.com/TBc5qP6GbE
— Gameway (@AirportGameway) March 6, 2019
Each game station “comes equipped with an Xbox One that is loaded with 19 games, a leather chair, 43″ TV, noise cancelling headphones, charging ports for your electronic devices and space to store your luggage.” Here’s the list of games.
Normally customers pay $11 for 30 minutes, $20 for 60 minutes, $35 for 20 hours or $45 unlimited. Since Priority Pass is generally (1) worth $28 per person, and (2) comes with a discount, you get “2 hours of gaming, 2 snacks and a drink.”