Priority Pass will be increasing its fees for chargeable visits to $US32 from 1 October 2019. This is a $US5 increase over the current $US27 fee.
What is the Priority Pass Visit Fee?
The Visit Fee is a charge payable if you take lounge visits over and above the visits included in your membership.
For example, many Priority Pass cards issued by banks offer two visits per year. If you make a third visit to a lounge during a year, Priority Pass will charge you the visit fee. This will then be passed on to you, through your connected credit card.
Another example is when a guest accompanies you into a lounge. Depending on your Priority Pass membership, you may have to pay for your guest on entry to the lounge.
What about non-lounge partners?
If you use your Priority Pass at a non-lounge venue, such as an airport restaurant, you may need to be careful with this change. All is well if such visits are within your allowance.
However, if you are using the card in such a way that you will pay a Visit Fee, you may be losing out.
While the Visit Fee gas increase, there has been no move to increase the credit. In Australia, the typical credit is $36 per visit. Given where the Australian Dollar is currently, you would be better off not using your Priority Pass card if you were then going to get charged a visit fee.
These changes do not affect any other aspect of your membership. All of the current inclusions will remain as they are.
Priority Pass have published further information on their website.