Pittsburgh Airport Gets A Priority Pass Lounge

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Pittsburgh Airport doesn’t have many airport lounges. Up until recently the airport has had an American Airlines Admirals Club, as well as a temporary shared lounge called The Club, which is the same type of lounge that’s available at many airports around the country. The temporary location of the lounge opened in June, though the permanent location has now opened, and it’s great news for travelers through the airport.


The Club at SEA

Priority Pass members now have access to The Club at Pittsburgh Airport, which is located airside, near gate C52. It’s open daily from 4AM until 9PM, and should be accessible airside from all concourses.

The new club is over 1,800 square feet, which isn’t huge, but is much bigger than the previous temporary space.

Here’s how the food & drink selection in the lounge is described:

Guests will also be offered all-inclusive premium spirits, beer, wine and sodas as well as light snacks, soups and salads. Local chef Kate Romane will be an ongoing consultant on the menus for The Club at Pittsburgh International Airport and will be delivering hand-selected delicious dishes with local flair, including a prosciutto cotto, caraway onion, arugula, smoked gouda and rosemary honey mustard sandwich, a signature salad of radicchio, spinach, bibb, pancetta, sheep’s feta and seasonal vinaigrette, and hot dishes of penne pepato, sausage and peppers, and meatballs with red sauce.

For a location of The Club that sounds really good. I’m not even talking about the “ongoing consultant” marketing point, but rather the actual food they describe. The last location of The Club I’ve been to had a slightly more limited food selection…

As far as accessing the lounge goes, using a Priority Pass membership is your best bet. Priority Pass is the world’s largest collection of independent lounges, with over 1,000 lounge locations around the world. Some of the premium credit cards that offer access to Priority Pass lounges include the following (along with their respective guesting privileges):

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express 2Yes$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)
Chase Sapphire Reserve®2Yes$75 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Credit Card2Yes$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card2No$0
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card2No$0

While Pittsburgh Airport is the first in the country to let non-passengers pass through security, you’ll need a boarding pass to access the lounge through Priority Pass.

If you don’t have a Priority Pass membership, this lounge is open to everyone, though at a cost. You can purchase a day pass for $40, which is almost certainly not worth it. I’d rather spend that kind of money at an airport restaurant.

Anyone plan on checking out The Club at PIT anytime soon?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).

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Comments
  1. I’ll check it out next week. The temporary lounge didn’t have much of a food selection – no soups or salads.

  2. Sounds very similar to the food offering at The Club at SJC, and when I went, it was very tasty. Also nice to grab a couple bags of chips to go!

  3. Was there on first day at new location. A very decent Priority Pass option for PIT. I agree though, unless I had a massive wait, I would not pay $40 for a day pass.

  4. I was flying out of PIT yesterday w/o knowing this lounge existed. I was planning on stopping in the Admirals lounge which I have been to before. The Admirals lounge is large for the number of people typically in there, but is somewhat run down and the typical type of Admirals lounge food.
    I saw a Club sign after security and decided to investigate. It is not far from the center of all the terminals so it is easy to access from other terminals. The front desk did request PP #, ID and my boarding pass to scan.
    The lounge is not huge, but it was not crowded when I was there around 1PM. It was very clean and bright although there are not any windows. The service from the front desk to those inside the lounge was great and very attentive. The food was as describe and great compare to other domestic lounges especially the PA perogies! There is not any alcohol in view, but you can order it from the lounge attendants.
    Overall I am very happy to see addition at PIT as I will prefer this over the Admirals lounge at the same location unless this one was over crowded.

  5. Hubby and I were at the temporary location a couple of weeks ago. The hostess told us there will be hot breakfast in the permanent Club. The few times we’ve been to the small, temp Club, the service has been excellent.

    We don’t fly again until January, but will plan to check it out. I might poke my head in when I go Holiday shopping at the airport even though they won’t let me in without a boarding pass.

  6. I flew out Friday, the day after they opened, and was happy with how the lounge turned out. I’d used the temporary location several times since PIT is my home airport and it was very cramped with limited selection of food and beverage. The new lounge is on the smaller side, but wasn’t crowded when I was in. Breakfast was being served and it consisted of sausage, eggs, potatoes, hot/cold cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, assorted pastries and packaged snacks. Pretty good for a small airport shared lounge! They added a touchscreen coffee/espresso machine as well, but bring your own tumbler if you want a to-go cup!

  7. It was empty this past Saturday. I appreciated the expanded food options and found the decor to be very fresh and modern. It is pretty bright thanks to one large window. There is only one, single use restroom though. When I flew out on Monday afternoon, it was pretty busy; only a few seats in the business center were left. It felt very cramped so I grabbed a few snacks and went to the Admirals Club.

  8. I checked it out using PP last month around 5pm and the club was packed – in fact there were no empty seats at all and I think they were turning away people who wanted to come in.

    The staff was super nice, and apologized for the overcrowding. Since I had the alternative to go to the admirals club, I did. Food and drink selection in the lounge was far superior to the admirals club. I suspect the majority of passengers were on the wow flight to Reykjavík.

    If you have a PriorityPass, it’s well worth checking out!

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