Priority Pass has been on a roll lately when it comes to adding new Priority Pass locations. In the US much of this growth has come in the form of Priority Pass restaurants, where members receive a certain dollar credit that they can use to dine at restaurants. This is a great addition to the network that adds a lot of value for members.
Once in a while we also see Priority Pass lose some locations, clearly because the arrangement is no longer mutually beneficial or practical. For example, at the beginning of the month we saw the Alaska Lounges in Seattle removed from the Priority Pass network.
Priority Pass has quietly removed another lounge from their network which some might find significant. The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at New York LaGuardia has been removed from Priority Pass. This is significant because this is the only Priority Pass location at the airport, leaving members without anywhere to visit.
I’m not sure if this relationship was ended because the demand just consistently exceeded the capacity, or if this is because of the construction happening at LaGuardia, which may impact the size of the lounge long term.
Those with The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express ($450 annual fee) continue to have access to the Amex Centurion Lounge at the airport, though the lounge tends to get crowded, and I imagine it will only get more crowded with this change.
I can’t think of another lounge that Priority Pass could add at the airport, since most of the lounges are airline specific, and belonging to airlines that don’t partner with Priority Pass. So I guess out best hope at this point is that they add a restaurant or two that Priority Pass members can receive a dining credit at.
Did anyone regularly use the Air Canada Lounge LGA? Was it consistently crowded, or…?
(Tip of the hat to @foofiter)