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Priority Pass Cardholder? United Airlines ends partnership with Priority Pass lounge access programme

14th May 2015

Priority Pass Cardholder? United Airlines ends partnership with Priority Pass lounge access programmeEffective from 15th May 2015, United Airlines has ended its partnership with the Priority Pass lounge access programme. As a result priority pass members will no longer have access to any of the airline’s 49 airport lounges worldwide (41 located in 26 airports in the US and eight at international locations).

Flightline Travel Management is pleased to advise alternative lounges are immediately available to priority pass members at 17 of the 34 airports (ten in the US and seven at international airports) keeping disruptions for priority pass members to a minimum.

Priority Pass & United Airlines Club Lounge Programme Insights

Established in 1994, Priority Pass is the world’s largest paid independent membership scheme.  Priority Pass card holders enjoy access to every participating airport lounge irrespective of the airline you are flying with. This means travellers can benefit from the extensive lounge network, including more than 700 VIP lounges in over 120 countries and 400 cities across the world.

With United Airlines leaving the lounge access programme, the number of Priority Pass clubs would decrease by approx. 7%. Some of the affected cities with no club access include: Austin (AUS), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Melbourne (MEL), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Orange County (SNA), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), San Antonio (SAT), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), Washington Reagan (DCA).

The move outlined above is part of the United Airlines efforts to enhance its United Club lounge programme, including a number of United club enhancements scheduled for the next 5 years. The Chicago based airline aims to allow its United Club members and premium class travellers access exclusivity, whilst creating more comfort and a more productive space for clients through improvements across the airlines network from updated facilities to a new meals and beverage offering. In addition, the airline has announced plans to refurbish the United Clubs in some key business travel destinations, including Chicago O’Hare, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Tokyo Narita, Washington National, and to build a new United Club location in Atlanta, with more to follow in 2016 and beyond.

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