Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent network of airport lounges, with over 900 lounges around the world. Even though I often have lounge access through my elite status or through the type of ticket I’m booking, I still use Priority Pass lounges all the time:
- Sometimes I’m flying an independent airline in economy, where I wouldn’t otherwise get lounge access (for example, Priority Pass gets me access to Alaska Airlines Board Rooms)
- Sometimes I like to visit more than one lounge at an airport, so I can see what offerings are available (for example, in London I thought the Plaza Premium Lounge was nicer than the Air India Lounge I otherwise had access to)
Fortunately I don’t have to directly pay for a Priority Pass membership, as it comes with several credit cards. In my case, I have the following two cards that come with Priority Pass memberships:
- The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a Priority Pass membership, and you can take two guests or immediate family members for free
- The Platinum Card® from American Express comes with a Priority Pass membership, though only the cardmember can access the lounge for free; additional guests cost $27 each
Well, since I sort of have all my active physical cards on me at all times, I have two Priority Pass cards in my wallet. Last week I guested Ford into a Priority Pass lounge (he actually has his own card as well, but I figured it would just be easier if they only had to swipe one card). I took the Priority Pass card out of my wallet, and didn’t think twice about it, because I knew where I keep the card associated with my Citi Prestige Card.
Airspace Lounge JFK Terminal 5, where I guested Ford
This morning I was checking my Amex online account statement, and noticed I had a $27 balance on my Platinum Card. While I pay the annual fee on the card, I almost never put spend on it (most of my Amex spend goes on the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card instead), so having any balance on the card was unusual. Then it immediately dawned on me that I must have accidentally used the Priority Pass card associated with my Platinum Card rather than my Citi Prestige… grrrr!
Ultimately it’s not the end of the world, though I feel so stupid for letting that happen. You can bet I immediately disposed of the Priority Pass card associated with the Platinum Card. Perhaps I should have just been using the mobile app to begin with, where this kind of confusion wouldn’t happen.
Hopefully it’s at least a good reminder to those of you who have a Priority Pass membership through both cards — be sure you keep your cards in order!
Has anyone else made this dumb mistake with Priority Pass?