As I’ve written about in the past, Priority Pass members are increasingly reporting issues with accessing certain lounges. While it’s not the case at most lounges, some of the most popular ones are restricting access to Priority Pass members due to space constraints.
Yesterday I wrote about how the biggest issue is with Alaska Lounges, as they seem to consistently be limiting access to Priority Pass members. There were rumors that some Alaska Lounges would be leaving Priority Pass altogether, though I confirmed with Alaska’s PR department that this wasn’t the case.
This situation is of course frustrating, and it seems like there are two short term solutions here:
- Have the lounges leave Priority Pass, so that expectations are better being managed
- Limit the guesting privileges for Priority Pass members even further, in hopes of that resolving crowding issues
Well, one of those actions has just been taken. The Priority Pass website has been updated to indicate that Priority Pass members accessing Alaska Lounges will no longer have guesting privileges:
Effective 01MAY, due to capacity constraints, the lounge cannot accommodate accompanying guests at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
This new restriction applies to Alaska Lounges in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle, though it looks like the lounge in Anchorage isn’t impacted. This will likely most impact families, since kids often can’t have their own Priority Pass cards.
For many others this shouldn’t be much of an issue, given that many premium credit cards let you add authorized users for a reasonable cost, and those authorized users get the same Priority Pass benefits. As a reminder:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
This seems like a fair solution on the part of Alaska and Priority Pass. My hope is that this new rule will decrease crowding to the point that they no longer have to constantly restrict access — otherwise this accomplishes very little.
So I’ll reserve full judgment until that happens, though this seems like the best approach for them to take.
What do you make of Priority Pass guesting privileges being cut at Alaska Lounges?
(Tip of the hat to @dw_bk)
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).