As of today you can no longer enter the MSP Escape lounge with your Priority Pass card. Now the only way to get in (free) is to hold either the personal or business non-Delta AMEX Platinum card. If the latter is the case you and two guests may enter just like at the AMEX Centurion clubs.
This shift is really intriguing to me as a frequent flyer. We have seen an explosion of high end travel cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve that offer some kind of Priority Pass membership over the past year or two and it must be having an impact on the volume of people using 3rd party lounges.
Clearly with the amount of people and how packed flights and airports are, there has to be big money in play with more and more travelers expecting to get away from the gate area for some of the amenities lounges provide.
It also seems like each lounge or airline lounge is trying to “one-up” each other with some new drink or feature or snack choice. Even higher offerings in certain markets where competition is stronger than in other parts of the country.
Since I hold long term a non-Delta AMEX Platinum card (the business one) I have no issue with the change for not just the Minneapolis location but the other MAG group ones in the USA as well as all the new ones set to open down the road. Personally I hope more lounges go this same route as it will add even more value to me as a card member and maybe impact the volume of travelers in the lounges. Time will tell.
What do you think of this change as of today. Do you expect more lounges to exit from Priority Pass? – René