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If there’s one thing that frequent travelers can all agree on, it’s that we dread airports. It’s a stressful and lawless place. Sandwiches cost $50, people will pass out literally anywhere, and beer is pretty much the liquid fuel of champions when you have to catch a red-eye flight.
It only took me three years to understand how much easier life is when you don’t show up to the airport an hour before your flight in a frantic panic
and how the airport and everyone else is to blame except you.
But this year, the novel concept of showing up with ample time really started to become second nature once I purchased this little nifty thing called a Priority Pass.
Back in my peasant days, I used to pass by these lounges all the time and never thought it’d be something I’d ever “waste” money on.
But when the airport becomes a weekly or monthly acquaintance for you like it is for me, there are certain luxuries that are worth the splurge, and this was one of the many things I’m happy I invested in.
With over 1,200 lounges in airports around the world, perhaps the most enticing part is the bottomless drinks and buffet. Instead of spending $30 on an average meal at a subpar restaurant near the gates, you can come into the lounge and eat and drink as much as you want — FO’ FREE.
Well, technically, you pay once and eat as much as you want for the duration of your membership. It can range from finger foods to full-on entrees.
Some lounges even include private showers, towels, robes, and slippers for you to completely relax, especially if you’re in an airport for a layover.
Another few I’ve been through included bed cabins where you can seclude yourself and take a nap in a comfortable and private environment.
In the Priority Pass app, you can also see all the airports that are a part of this program and plan your stay accordingly around it. The app will show you which terminal the lounge is in, and most major airports have multiple lounges to choose from that your Priority Pass will qualify for.
And right now, Priority Pass is running a holiday special where you can get 10% off all annual memberships. I fly over 50x a year, so I bought the Prestige pass.
If you’re not sure how many times you’ll fly next year, I’d recommend the Standard Plus. And then for the next year, you can upgrade or downgrade accordingly.
And since Christmas is around the corner, it also makes a great last-minute gift for that jet setter in your life.
If you have any questions about how it works, feel free to drop a question in the comments below, or check out the Membership Benefits page on their site.