The Percentage of Lounge Guests Getting in With Priority Pass

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  1. @ Gene – The Club at ATL is so bad that you are better off arriving for your international premium non-Delta flight aa late as possible. I prefer sitting at the gate since Delta stole my 3-year PAID membership.

  2. @Gene–have to agree about The Club at ATL. Flying BA First out of Delta and used The Club, first and last time. Too crowded, noisy, messy, a waiting line. Ridiculous for an airport the size of ATL. Have decided to never fly out of ATL for international flight again, when there are plenty of other airports with multiple decent lounges to be found.

  3. @KimmieA — Obviously the Priority Pass lounge options in the USA have been swamped by too many cards in circulation, and now the inability to use them at airport restaurants. That said, logic would say that PP membership might start decreasing. It’s actually hard these days to get a PP membership without paying for it — which has not been the case for the last few years. And the credit card fees are substantial — at least a few hundred bucks. This is worth it to road warriors, but would not be worth it to the average traveller. We’ll see what happens. I mostly use my PP card overseas so I don’t care that much, but I’d still like to see less overcrowding in the USA.

  4. Thai food is horrible and sounds like it won’t be improving. Along with the angled seats on mid-Asia business class flights. No thanks.

    OF course the lounge at SJC is full of PP guests. The vast majority of flights at SJC are domestic flights, and everyone and their mother can find a credit card that has PP access (some of us have several). By contrast there are only a handful of international flights and even fewer customers that have time or inclination to visit a 2nd rate lounge (not to mention have access to others). So you’re going to get a ton of domestic WN, AA and other flyers. Why is this a problem?

  5. “when I ordered it at the beginning of the month the meat was spoiled so I went without lunch”

    Third-world air carrier

  6. Priority Pass is a joke in the US and not worth the trouble. Overseas, however, it’s pretty decent.

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