Up to 40% off Priority Pass lounge access
If you have been considering lounge membership or have some trips where you are likely to need to buy lounge access, Priority Pass’s Black Friday offer may be worth a look. Traditionally Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, but now companies seem to start it earlier every year (a bit like Christmas!). Priority Pass have launched their offer early and it will run until 6 December 2019.
There are three levels of membership. Membership includes: I have PP through my Amex Platinum and even with the number of business class flights I do, I normally use it a few times a year when flying economy short-haul.
Priority Pass have 1000 lounges worldwide. They have also introduced lounge access with a Digital Membership Card on their app. This is one of the most cost-effective ways to get lounge access for a very frequent traveller if you are not always in Business or First Class. You can also get a Priority Pass membership with the American Express Platinum card which included unlimited visits including one guest per visit.
- Access to over 1,000 lounges in over 400 cities
- Complimentary drinks, refreshments and pre-flight bites
- Quiet and comfortable spaces
- Power sockets and free Wi-Fi in most lounges
- Conference rooms, showers, beds and spa facilities in selected lounges
- Standard – £41 instead of £69 for a year (40% discount) but you then need to pay £25 per visit on top.
- Standard plus £141 instead of £189 (25% discount) and you get 10 visits free, then they are £25 a visit and £25 for a guests.
- Prestige – £288 instead of £339 (15% discount) with unlimited free visits and £25 for guests.
You can find the Priority Pass Black Friday page here.
Chicago and US East Coast from £1109
If you like to browse Google Flights, you may keep seeing phantom prices on TAP Air Portugal. It seems like a great deal, but then when you click through the price shoots up. I have now actually found some very cheap prices that work! The good news is that these are available one way as well as return which could come in handy if you are trying to use Avios one way and need to get back. Though if you have the time, it actually would not work out much cheaper than BA with their massive taxes and charges on redemptions.
The prices from Dublin in business class return are:
- New York £ 1174
- Washington £1106
- Chicago £1055
- Miami £1208
- Boston £1210
- Toronto £1191
The prices from Dublin in business class one way are:
- New York £596
- Washington £561
- Chicago £535
- Miami £613
- Boston £613
- Toronto £586
So what are the drawbacks? – well, the prices are from Dublin, so you need to factor getting there. Then you have to fly slightly in the wrong direction via Lisbon or Porto. But there is more good news than bad. Firstly, TAP have some great new A330 NEOs seats which are available on the following US routes:
- Lisbon – Miami five times weekly.
- Lisbon-San Francisco: Five services per week
- Lisbon-New York (JFK): Twice weekly
- Lisbon-Toronto: Three times a week
- Lisbon-Boston: Six times a week
- Lisbon-Newark: Three times a week
Secondly, they allow stopovers in Lisbon or Porto of up to 5 days. Lisbon is one of my favourite European cities so well worth a stop there on the way.
The rules are:
- Book by: no date but won’t last long!
- Transfers: Yes 6 free in Europe
- Stopovers: 2 stopovers permitted on the pricing unit limited to 1 free and 1 at €75.00.
- Refundable: For a fee
- Changeable: For a fee