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I love travel rituals. Every time I leave New Orleans out of the Louis Armstrong International Airport, I go to the same Smoothie King counter and buy the same huge bottle of water to drink on the plane. Since I primarily fly Delta, there are not many destinations I travel to where I do not need to have a semi-long layover. That is when I decided I needed to invest in Priority Pass so I could spend my layovers lounging about instead of in cramped waiting rooms.
On my most recent trip – an Alaskan Cruise out of Vancouver – the family and I had three and a half hours to kill before we could board our 1 pm flight. I mentioned to the family that the Plaza Premium Lounge was close to our gate and was accepting Priority Pass members!
Now – before I get too excited about Plaza Premium Lounge, you are probably asking what the heck is Priority Pass and how do I get one?
Priority Pass is the largest and most prestigious independent airport VIP lounge access program in the world. With more than 1000 airport lounges, frequent travelers are guaranteed a warm welcome almost anywhere their travel takes them, regardless of the airline they fly or ticket they hold. In fact, if it is one of the top five gifts I suggest purchasing for the traveler in your life.
With a Priority Pass Membership, enjoy a VIP experience – whoever you fly with, in whatever class of travel and without the need to book in advance. Choose from three plans and on your next flight enjoy access to quiet, comfortable spaces with complimentary refreshments, something to read, Wi-Fi to tap in to, and even showers, bed and spa facilities to refresh in*. Join now and download your Digital Membership Card* to gain instant access.
The pass membership that I have is equivalent to the Prestige rate.
Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge (for US departures) is located across from gate E87 and has enough space for 60 guests at a time. We had three people, a wheelchair, and one carry on luggage and we maneuvered throughout the lounge pretty easily.
When the family arrived we quickly took a small table with three chairs so we could have a light lunch. The lunch options were:
- Egg and tuna finger sandwiches
- Salad with thousand island or Italian dressing choice
- Cubed cheeses
- Pepperoni logs
- BBQ chicken
- Garlic Rice
- Minestrone soup
- Cheddar and caramel popcorn mix
- Oatmeal and macadamia nut cookies
- Chocolate cake
- After dinner mints
- Serve yourself wines and liquor
- Pepsi products
- Espresso machine
I, of course, took a little sample of everything! The egg and tuna finger sandwiches were by far the winners when it comes to taste and freshness. Mom didn’t seem to mind the chicken, and I found the salad was quite strange and the lettuce leaves were tough to cut. The coleslaw was pretty decent but needed a generous helping of salt and pepper. The minestrone soup was a little on the cooler side but was tasty nonetheless – it too needed a little help from the salt and pepper.
The cheese and pepperoni were just that – quick finger foods that were quickly gobbled up. The desserts – popcorn, chocolate cake, and cookies really were the shining stars! I went back a couple of times to get more popcorn for the three of us.
At 11 am the hostess put out one white wine and two red wines as well as a couple of bottles of liquor so people could make their own drinks. There was also a sign stating that beer was available upon request (but I didn’t ask to see what the selection was).
There are two main areas of this Lounge, one for people to relax and eat, and another where guests can charge their phones. I wouldn’t have realized that they had this extra section if it weren’t for me walking around the lounge taking photos. Also, there was complimentary WIFI for guests to stay connected if they do not have an international plan.
Overall I would stop by this lounge again if I had a couple of hours to waste before my flight. The food wasn’t anything to rave about (well maybe the popcorn….it tastes just like Garretts!) and I would like to explore other eateries in the airport if I ever find myself in Vancouver again.
Paying out of pocket would have cost $40 CAD per person so having the luxury to use my Priority Pass membership come to a lounge for free and have a light lunch was a real luxury.
If you would like to have an airport lounge experience for yourself click here to purchase your Priority Pass or click to read how you can get this benefit for free with the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card.
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