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Plaza Premium & Priority Pass End Partnership [57 Lounges Affected]

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Hot Tip: This article was originally published in June 2021. As of June 2023, Plaza Premium Lounge has rejoined the Priority Pass network.

Priority Pass and Plaza Premium are breaking up — well, sort of.

Priority Pass operates the world’s largest airport lounge network, with over 1,400 lounges in its network and, until now, that network has included virtually all Plaza Premium Lounge locations. But starting July 1, 2021, that will no longer be the case.

Plaza Premium Lounges Leaving Priority Pass

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Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (GIG) will no longer be accessible with a Priority Pass membership. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Starting July 1, 2021, 57 Plaza Premium lounges will be removed from the Priority Pass network. You can view the full list of the lounges being removed. All 57 lounges operate overseas, primarily in Asia, Canada, and the U.K., so if you mostly travel domestically, or don’t frequent those regions, then this change will hardly impact you at all.

Of course, while all of these lounges being removed is disappointing news to Priority Pass members, the sheer number of Priority Pass lounges offered worldwide should make it so that this change is a slight inconvenience at most.

That said, if you currently have Priority Pass access because you’ve enrolled through either The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, then this change will not impact you at all. This is because both versions of the Amex Platinum card include access to 6 different airport lounge networks, including all Priority Pass lounges and Plaza Premium Lounges, and also Amex Centurion Lounges, Aspire Lounges, Escape Lounges – The Centurion Studio Partner, and Delta Sky Clubs when flying Delta.

Final Thoughts

If you’re a traveler that has Priority Pass access through a card other than the Amex Platinum card, you’ll definitely want to make note of these lounges that are being removed from the network starting July 1, 2021. But Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum cardholders need not worry about these changes, as they’ll continue to have access to all Plaza Premium Lounges.

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Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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