A couple of months ago four British Airways lounges joined Priority Pass. We hadn’t covered this development at the time, but wanted to highlight these new lounge options especially seeing as Priority Pass appears to have now added a fifth British Airways lounge – sort of.
The original four British Airways lounges that joined Priority Pass in June 2022 were:
- EWR – Newark Liberty International, Terminal B – open 5am-11:30am daily (cardholders don’t have access outside of these times)
- SFO – San Francisco International, International Terminal A – open 8am-2pm daily (cardholders don’t have access outside of these times)
- SEA – Seattle, South Satellite – open 5am-10am daily (cardholders don’t have access outside of these times)
- IAD – Dulles International Washington D.C., Concourse B – open 6am-2pm daily (cardholders don’t have access outside of these times)
The fifth new lounge is:
- BWI – Baltimore/Washington International Concourse E – open 5am-4pm daily
The addition of the lounge at Newark Liberty was particularly useful because there aren’t any other Priority Pass lounges at EWR, so travelers with Priority Pass will now at least have one option provided they’re visiting before 11:30am. Having said that, the fact that it’s the sole Priority Pass lounge means it’ll likely get overcrowded when it’s open in the mornings and could struggle with capacity restrictions.
For SFO, SEA and IAD, the terminals/satellites/concourses that the BA lounges are in were already served by other Priority Pass lounges. The addition of the BA lounges will therefore hopefully go some way to alleviating the pressure in those other lounges. However, note the opening hours that Priority Pass cardholders are eligible for entry because it’s different to the standard opening hours for the lounges. For example, the BA lounge at SEA is normally open from 2pm-7:30pm daily. As you can see in the list above, they’re opening the lounge up for Priority Pass customers in the morning (5am-10am) rather than during their regular afternoon/early evening operating hours.
The addition of the British Airways lounge at BWI is a little confusing on the surface because it doesn’t appear to specifically be a British Airways lounge. Instead, it’s called the Chesapeake Club Lounge although it does ordinarily serve BA travelers.
Seeing as four of the BA lounges have been available in Priority Pass since June 2022, have any of you had a chance to visit them during recent travel? If so, how were the food and beverage offerings – was it as good as BA’s standard offerings in the lounge, or do Priority Pass guests receive reduced service?