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Plaza Premium Lounge Review

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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

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.

Travel Tuesday: Plaza Premium Lounge - Read my review about using Priority Pass to gain lounge access to experience the VIP treatment in travel.

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
  • Coleslaw
  • Cubed cheeses
  • Pepperoni logs
  • BBQ chicken
  • Garlic Rice
  • Minestrone soup
  • Pretzels
  • Cheddar and caramel popcorn mix
  • Oatmeal and macadamia nut cookies
  • Chocolate cake
  • After dinner mints
  • Serve yourself wines and liquor
  • Pepsi products
  • Espresso machine
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Dining Area

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Cookies, Pretzels, Popcorn, Mints, and Fruit

Lunch Tastings

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.


Egg Sandwich, Salad, Minestrone Soup, Ginger Ale


Adult Beverages

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).


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Wine and Liquor selections


Lounge Areas

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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Plaza Premium Lounge - Read my review about using Priority Pass to gain lounge access to experience the VIP treatment in travel.


  1. Julia

    June 13, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Hi, What an exciting feature. It makes the traveling life a bit better. Nice to check out your blog.

    1. mlindsly

      June 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Julia! Stick around to see my trip report of my Disney Cruise to Alaska! It will appear each Thursday for the next few weeks!

  2. Mica

    June 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Oh I hadn’t heard of this pass before, thank you for sharing! Sounds like you had a really nice time in the lounge and it was definitely value for money for you! 🙂

    1. mlindsly

      June 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      It was quite fun! Anytime I can relax at an airport I will jump on that opportunity.

  3. Schona

    June 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Congrats I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
    Keep up the great posts.

    1. mlindsly

      June 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much Schona! I very much appreciate the nomination!

  4. Diane Bender

    June 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I love your blog . As much as I travel I didn’t know about the priority pass! Awesome Mallory!

    1. mlindsly

      June 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      You should definitely get a priority pass! Most of them have wifi and makes business trips that much better. It’s much more pleasant to sit in a lounge instead of the gate!

  5. Elaine J Masters

    June 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve been looking at this offer and a few other options. It all boils down to which airports you’ll be in most often (or the longest.) Great idea though.

    1. mlindsly

      June 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Agreed! I cannot use it at my home base because we do not have priority pass membership but it’s been great for when I could use it! I stayed at one in LA before I started blogging and they had free food and free champagne! Click the links within my blog and there is a percentage you can save on your first year.

  6. Obligatory Traveler

    June 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Great review and useful information. I especially like knowing about the food options in the Lounges. We have a Priority Pass, but haven’t used it yet as we never seem to have enough time before catching our flight. Hopefully one day we’ll get around to checking a lounge out.

    1. mlindsly

      June 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

      That happened to me too so I’ve only used it twice so far, but it is a great deal when you actually use it. Hopefully New Orleans gets one soon.

  7. BonBon

    June 25, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Gotta love Priority Pass huh… American Express Platinum offering it for free at some point for new card members (not sure if they are still running the promotion now). BUT yeah… it’s all worth it!!!

    1. mlindsly

      June 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

      So was chase sapphire reserve! I had tried it out then got it through the credit card. It makes the credit card work every penny!

  8. Bharat & Supriya

    June 25, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I usually hate layovers but lounge access is the best bet when you have to deal with them. We recently used our United Club passes (got through Chase United credit card) and the experience was commendable. Priority Pass is something we might consider in the future.


    June 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I have been considering the priority pass for a while now. I hate long layovers and honestly after a while they just become too boring to sit through. I lounge access is an amazing feature – and this one has quite a lot of airports around the world. Good info!

    1. mlindsly

      June 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      You should get it and try it out for at least a year! The links in my blog five a small percentage off so at least try it out! I tried another lounge in LA and it had a small buffet, paid food, and lots of drinks to chose from!

  10. Cat

    June 25, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    We have Priority Pass access that comes with our credit card too! I found it incredibly useful when there’s a long layover and we needed somewhere comfortable to relax. The one you visited in Vancouver looks quite nice with so many snacks and drinks options!

  11. Priya Vin

    June 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    We love hanging out at the American Airlines lounge when possible. Haven’t hear of the Priority Pass access lounge, looks like it is in a lot of airports around the world. Thanks for sharing this, will check it out for sure during our next trip.

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