Popular Lounge Reportedly Leaving the Priority Pass Network

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The family of Escape Lounges within the United States got some extra attention last week when they joined the list of airport lounges you could access with your American Express Platinum Cards such as the The Platinum Card® from American Express and  Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. These lounges are located in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford.

However, even before that announcement some savvy travelers had already been visiting the Escape Lounge in Minneapolis with regularity as it has had an agreement with Priority Pass for access via that program, however it seems that Amex is going to be the exclusive in that realm, and online reports are that as of June 14, 2017, the Escape Lounge at MSP will no longer permit access via Priority Pass.

Escape Lounge MSP

If you frequent this lounge, and reports are that it is indeed a much calmer alternative to the Delta Sky Club, and your and your family want to keep enjoying the included buffet, sodas, juices, beer, wine, scotch, bourbon, tequila, and more, then you may want to consider an Amex Platinum Card if you don’t already have one in your wallet. To enter you will need your same day airline ticket, Amex Platinum Card, and ID to get yourself and up to two traveling companions in for no additional fee.

According to the Escape Lounge website, children under two are admitted to the lounge at no additional charge, though it wouldn’t totally shock me if at some point that wording changed to be in line with the other lounges in the Amex network that don’t have any official policy for admitting children under a certain age without a fee….though I very much hope to be wrong about that.

Will this reported change impact you and your family on your travels?

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  1. I was the one that gave a review about this lounge at MSP. I have been using it for over a year and I use it myself when I want a quieter place than the Delta lounges but I mainly use it when traveling with my family of 4. Not sure what the deal with Amex is but I think it is a mistake that they will end their relationship with Priority Pass. First, the lounge is nice but food and drinks at the Delta lounges are far superior. Second, this lounge is always empty even offering Priority Pass access which comes with several cards. Thus, I am assuming that by only taking Amex Platinum they will have even less people to access the lounge. They charge $45 per person that does not have a membership with a credit card to access which is very high for what they offer in my opinion (they do not have showers and not even a bathroom inside the lounge). What makes me mad about Amex Platinum is their restriction for only 2 guests. I get it when you are inviting co-workers to drink at the lounge when they could have their own credit card but with this new rule I cannot take my wife and 2 kids since I am now one guest over the limit. I was a big fan of this lounge but will probably get back to Delta lounges.

  2. It was fine. Better than no lounge. I thought it was pretty crowded so this move doesn’t surprise me.
    Given how unwieldy MSP is most of my layovers there did allow enough time to make the effort to get there worth it.
    My guess is that, in the long run, they’ll lose out because Amex plats can use the MSP DL Sky Clubs which are far more convenient and most will continue to do that.
    The loss of the MSP Escape using the PP is nothing to cry too long about.

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