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Select U.S. Escape Lounges Join the Priority Pass Lounge Network

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If you’ve traveled through a midsize airport recently, you may have seen an Escape Lounge. These lounges, which were sort of like little brothers to Centurion Lounges (they had the same entry requirements until now), are located in smaller airports that often don’t have many other lounge choices.

It stands to reason that these lounges will soon become much more crowded as there are now 11 Escape Lounge locations in the U.S. that have joined the Priority Pass network.

Access Escape Lounges Through Priority Pass

Escape Lounges are airport lounges typically found in midsized airports. Previously, the only way to access these lounges was by buying a day pass or gaining entry through the following credit cards:

Escape Lounge The Centurion Studio Partner at John Glenn Columbus International Airport
The Escape Lounge at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). Image Credit: Katie Seemann

Now, 11 Escape Lounges have joined the Priority Pass network, which will make them accessible to a much larger group of travelers. This is excellent news for Priority Pass members and terrible news for those who have previously accessed Escape Lounges with an Amex card since these lounges will most likely be much more crowded going forward.

The following Escape Lounges are now accessible through Priority Pass:

As more Priority Pass holders start using these Escape Lounges, it will be interesting to see how crowded they become. Many Escape Lounges aren’t very big and may not be able to handle the crowds that come with allowing access to Priority Pass members.

What To Expect at an Escape Lounge

Escape Lounges are fairly basic, especially when compared to some of the high-end lounges that are available today, including Centurion Lounges, Capital One Lounges, and Chase Sapphire Lounges.

They offer a quiet place to sit, drinks (with and without alcohol), and a small buffet of food, but not much more. Many locations don’t even have an in-lounge bathroom.

Escape Lounge Columbus bar area
The bar and some seating at the Columbus Escape Lounge.
Bottom Line:

Eleven Escape Lounges across the U.S. have joined the Priority Pass network. There are many credit cards that come with Priority Pass, so these lounges should be easily accessible to a large number of travelers now.

Final Thoughts

The addition of these 11 Escape Lounges to the Priority Pass network is great news for those who weren’t able to access them previously. This is especially true considering many of these locations are in airports with few if any, other lounges.

However, if, like me, you accessed Escape Lounges with an Amex card, this news isn’t great. Since Priority Pass membership is so easy to get, these Escape Lounges will no doubt get more crowded.

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Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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