Stumbling upon the Priority Pass Lounge in Hanoi Terminal 1 domestic terminal was a real treat.
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What is Priority Pass
Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over 1200 lounges in 143 countries. It says it’s the largest independent airport lounge access program in the world, and who am I to doubt them. You can purchase membership directly from Priority Pass but, as I say, the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card includes unlimited use of Priority Pass lounges and benefits.
Unlike airline-specific clubs like the United Club or AAdmirals Club, Priority Pass gives you access to a variety of clubs all over the world:
Priority Pass membership provides comped food at some airport restaurants up to a certain dollar limit (usually around $30US).
The biggest downside to Priority Pass is that lounges will deny access to Priority Pass members when the lounge gets crowded. This seems to happen to us most often in Priority Pass lounges in the US (where PP is really only at major international hubs anyway) and the Caribbean/Central America region.
But in Europe and Asia we are constantly pleasantly surprised at the wide availability of Priority Pass lounges.
This happened to us again in the DOMESTIC terminal at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport.
Lisa happened to spy a Priority Pass logo on a directional sign to the lounge area in the terminal.
We made our way there and sure enough:
The lounge itself was very nice. Large with lots of windows overlooking the tarmac.
The food and beverages were above par for a US airport lounge but below typical Asian lounge offerings…I would say on par with European lounges.
And not pictured is the ‘Pho Room’ where a chef creates bespoke pho dishes. Lisa had Keto friendly chicken pho without noodles.
There was even a small shower room! Remember, this is the domestic Vietnam terminal!
The lounge has smoking-fast internet, so we broke out our laptops for an hour or so and got some work done…which was an unexpected bonus on what we had assumed would be a purely travel day!
Priority Pass Rocks
We love Priority Pass. Especially in random Asian and European airports, it really does provide a nice oasis from the stress of flying. And as I will discuss in another blog post, our flight on Vietnam Airlines was far from stress-free!