With the travel industry still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact, luxury travelers will now have fewer options when it comes to complimentary lounge access. Priority Pass is removing No1 Lounges from its global lounge network, effective immediately.
Priority Pass Removes No1 Lounges
The move by Priority Pass in eliminating No1 Lounges from its global network follows a dispute between the No1 and Collinson, the parent company of Priority Pass. No1 began charging a reservation fee for Priority Pass and LoungeKey (another Collinson property) in April 2019, and Collinson fought back.
What Are No1 Lounges?
No1 Lounges is a leading airport lounge provider in both the United Kingdom and Australia. The company currently offers nine locations in England and Scotland, and another three in Australia. These locations include five in the Greater London area: London Gatwick, London Stanstead, London Luton, and two at Heathrow Airport (Terminal 3 and Terminal 4).
Will the Dispute Be Resolved?
The removal of No1 Lounges is likely an annoyance for international travelers. Given that London is a global transportation hub, the removal of lounge access will impact those flying into Heathrow Terminal 3. Fortunately, the Priority Pass network includes multiple lounges in the UK, likely reducing the overall impact.
Many industry insiders also note that disputes of this nature have often been resolved in time. Whether this case will, however, remains to be seen.
About Priority Pass
Priority Pass is the leading provider of lounge access across the globe. The Priority Pass network includes over 1,300 airport lounges in over 500 cities worldwide.
Priority Pass membership offers free access to lounges (for a set number of visits or unlimited visits) or discounts on lounge access prices. Membership comes in two forms: either purchases through Priority Pass or a complimentary Priority Pass Select membership through a credit card issuer or bank.
Credit Cards That Offer Priority Pass Select
Priority Pass Select is a luxury travel benefit found with a variety of premium credit cards. Some of the most popular luxury credit cards offer a complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, which offers unlimited access to the network. These cards include:
Some co-branded airline and hotel credit cards also provide access to Priority Pass lounges, including:
It’s important to note that, regardless of the credit card type, cardholders must enroll in Priority Pass Select to enjoy their cardholder benefits.
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