Prior to 2020, Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) had just one lounge, which was the Delta SkyClub. While that was great for Delta flyers, it didn’t exactly help others, both in terms of access requirements, and in terms of the location of the lounge.
Late last year we learned that PBI would be getting a Primeclass Lounge, and sure enough that opened in early 2020. Well, that lounge has already been rebranded as the Escape Lounge Palm Beach International Airport, and that’s now open.
At just 2,955 square feet, the lounge is on the small side, with a capacity of just 66 people (and since we’re talking about Florida, I’m guessing the capacity hasn’t changed since the start of coronavirus). 😉
The lounge is located in Concourses A & B, so is accessible by those traveling on American, Southwest, United, and a few other airlines.
In terms of accessing the Escape Lounge:
- This is part of the American Express Global Lounge Collection, so those with the Amex Platinum receive complimentary access, along with two guests
- Access can be purchased by anyone else for $40 if booked in advance at escapelounges.com, or for $45 at the door
In general I find Escape Lounges to be quite good, as historically they’ve offered solid hot & cold food, as well as drinks. I imagine some aspects of the experience may have been scaled back due to coronavirus. Then again, Escape Lounges have long had food in individual containers, so perhaps the changes aren’t too drastic.
Here’s a look at the Escape Lounge PBI menu, which looks great:
Then here’s a look at the Escape Lounge PBI drink list, which includes both complimentary options, and some premium drinks for purchase:
The Primeclass Lounge PBI only opened earlier this year, and it has already been rebranded as an Escape Lounge. This is a nice new(ish) lounge option in Palm Beach, though there’s no way I’d visit it anytime soon, given how small this lounge is, how busy Florida is right now, and the lack of capacity restrictions throughout the state.
Anyone have plans to visit the Escape Lounge PBI anytime soon?
This is a very nice lounge. Not crowded when I was there. Food options limited due to coronavirus but quite adequate. Full bar, espresso machine.
I can’t see how to book...
I can’t see to book the lounge and I don’t see PBI on the drop down location menu. I do believe there is a discount for AAA members too.
As @Ted mentioned, there's no need to get to PBI more than 70 mins ahead of time. Don't think TSA has ever taken me more than 2 mins there. The longest I've ever spent in the SkyClub was 30 mins when I had a slight delay.
Ed Bastian lives in PBI. As long as he is CEO of Delta, the Sky Club in PBI is safe.
@lucky any word from escape lounges when they'll reopen the rest of their lounges? Almost all have been closed since covid :(
I live in Boca. MIA is my preferred airport because they have SEVERAL great lounges. PBI & FLL suck
Very pleasant and quiet lounge. Doesn’t admit United / other airline passengers (unless members of this lounge) except for a fee of $35. Information on internet which was posted before the lounge opened this year is incorrect.
Now open. I was told that the paperwork for all partners has not been processed. No entry to Priority Pass or anything else. $35 per person only. They allowed me in to look around. Seems pretty good, albeit a bit small.
It is not located in a former Delta Sky Club location. The Delta club is in terminal C. This is located in the former USAir Club that closed many years ago (if I remember correctly around 2005) and has remained empty up until today. As an AA Exec Plat and Priority Pass member I am VERY excited for this to open. The terminal seating areas at PBI get crowded in Terminal B as many flights leave simultaneously.
Now can we PLEASE get a lounge at FLL 3/4?
(And a Brightline/VirginTrains station would be a great bonus too!)
Wish this was pre-security or that there were plans for something in the C concourse. Not many Spirit or Frontier flights out of that side, but JetBlue's presence in C is nearly as big as Deltas with no viable lounge option. I know the airport caters more to leisure than business, but with JetBlue flights all heading to NYC area or BOS, it's certainly been my preferred airline for business trips to the city over the last decade.
@Ted - not sure exactly when, but that's my home airport and there have definitely been updates and I don't even fly that often
The new lounge will come in handy for all the UA passengers on delayed departures to Newark
I used to work for PeopleExpress at PBI back in the days of the old airport, which was even smaller. Back then we had three clubs: a Delta Crown Room, an Eastern Ionosphere Club, and a Pan Am Clipper Club. PBI may be quiet a lot of the year, but it was always nuts during the winter months with people arriving and departing from the northeast.
At least they are honest with their marketing images, the crowd is already quite crowded in the pictures :D
The Delta Skyclub is in C concourse while the new lounge will be in A/B. The thing about PBI is that it is so small and usually empty that there is never a need to arrive earlier then 70 minutes for your flight. I never once waited at TSA with or without pre check for more then 5 minutes. The lounges don’t add a lot of benefit as the airport is nice and small as...
The Delta Skyclub is in C concourse while the new lounge will be in A/B. The thing about PBI is that it is so small and usually empty that there is never a need to arrive earlier then 70 minutes for your flight. I never once waited at TSA with or without pre check for more then 5 minutes. The lounges don’t add a lot of benefit as the airport is nice and small as it is.
Here is the thing about PBI though. It used to be one of the best airports in the US back in the day, but they just have not updated any part of it in the past decade or 2. The terminal while Floridan feeling is old. Most of the shops and restaurants and the iconic putting green are pre security and most going directly from ticketing to TSA don’t pass it. PBI is so small that they are one of the only US airports I know of that doesn’t have Global Entry. In fairness very few international flights but still.
PBI is a very big premium leisure market and a ticket prices are very high (especially compared to FLL 45 miles south). So PBI feels that these travelers will pay for a small lounge and use all the other amenities unnecessary at an airport so small.
While a much bigger low cost Leisure airport, FLL is in despite need of a priority pass lounge. UA club in terminal 1 and DL skyclub in T2. But most airlines and all international ones are in T3 and T4 and they are not connected airside. Someone spending several grand on an Emirates business class ticket has no lounge option for pay or free. That is where a lounge is needed
There is definitely a Sky Lounge in Concourse C
This new lounge is located in the old Usairway Club by security checkpoint A-B
@Andy, stop spreading lies about PBI!
PBI is a huge station for Delta with almost hourly service to ATL on739s and 757s, they will always have a SkyClub and it’s always busy.
There's a Sky Club in Concourse C...did I imagine that?
I should say taking the space of the OLD Sky club location
There is no Delta lounge there. It is taking the space of the Delta lounge