I’ve written extensively about Priority Pass, which is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 participating lounges around the world. Some of these are airline lounges, some are contract lounges, and lately they’re even expanding a bit beyond that.
For example, last year the executive lounge at the Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5 was added to the Priority Pass network. This means you could use the hotel’s club lounge during a long layover. Or in my case, I even used it when staying at the hotel, as they didn’t actually verify that I was flying the same day.
Then just about a month ago they added a restaurant at London Gatwick Airport to the network. As a Priority Pass member you get a 15GBP credit to spend on food and drinks. Since many Priority Pass memberships allow guesting privileges, you could extend that credit to anyone traveling with you.
Well, Priority Pass has just added another unique lounge option to their network. Up until recently there hasn’t been a Priority Pass lounge at Philadelphia Airport, though that has finally changed.
Priority Pass members now receive access to the Minute Suites at Terminal B of Philadelphia Airport. Priority Pass members receive one hour of free access, and then can pay an additional $28 per hour for access, which is a discounted rate.
For those of you not familiar with Minute Suites, it’s basically a concept that gives you a private room in an airport. The room has a desk, TV, and a couch of sorts on which you can sleep.
Andrew B shared his experience with the Minute Suites at DFW Airport recently, and it looked pretty underwhelming. It didn’t look comfortable enough to actually sleep, there’s not a private bathroom, etc.
I’m also not sure how useful an hour is in one of these rooms if you are trying to get some sleep. However, it’s great to finally have an option at Philadelphia Airport, and perhaps others will find it more comfortable. If nothing else, I think it’s nice to have a private place to escape to, given what busy places airports are.
As a point of comparison, here’s the normal Minute Suites pricing:
In terms of lounges at Philadelphia Airport, what we most have to look forward to is that there’s an Amex Centurion Lounge being built at the airport, and it’s expect to open around August 2017.
As a reminder, here’s a table with some of the major credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships, as well as their respective guesting rules:
|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|
Do you see yourself using the Minute Suites at PHL Airport through Priority Pass?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)
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).