Priority Pass losing Plaza Premium lounges July 1st

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As reported by Executive Traveller, Plaza Premium lounges will no longer be available to Priority Pass holders as of July 1, 2021. While Plaza Premium lounges don’t have a notable presence in the United States, there have many across Asia and Plaza Premium lounges tend to be better than the average contract lounge, so this is a bummer.

The Plaza Premium Lounge at Brisbane Airport (pictured above), where I stopped during the 40K to Far Away challenge, had a menu with made-to-order noodle bowls, pizzas, and pasta as shown in the menu pic below.

One Mile at a Time speculates that this is likely due to Plaza Premium and Priority Pass being unable to come to an agreement over reimbursement rates. One has to imagine that with the potential volume that Priority Pass offers, they probably command the lowest reimbursement rate out of potential partners and Plaza Premium apparently thinks they have better options.

This is too bad as Plaza Premium lounges do tend to be a cut above others. For example, I stopped at the Plaza Premium lounge pictured above during the 40K to Far Away challenge. It has a great view of the terminal and they had a menu with made-to-order pizzas, pasta, and noodle bowls (as well as an Alaska lounge-like DIY pancake machine).

Had I not already eaten at the restaurant before security (and at Brisbane Eat Street before that….), I might have gone to town on the food options.

Note that Amex Platinum cardholders will keep Plaza Premium lounge access for themselves and one guest through “The Global Lounge Collection”, which is a Platinum card Perk.

H/T: Executive Traveller via One Mile at a Time

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