Yesterday, I was transiting though Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and wanted to find some space to complete some work.
In my opinion, Atlanta doesn’t have the greatest selection of lounges. Nonetheless, I was not interested in sitting at the gate and only knew of one Priority Pass lounge (The Club). Unfortunately, I avoid this lounge because it’s ALWAYS full and it’s in the international terminal which takes a lifetime to get to.
I, immediately, opened the Priority Pass app to see if there were any additional lounges where I could get some tranquility.
As much as I transit this airport, I was completely unaware that I had access to Minute Suites via Priority Pass. I had a lot of work to complete so I caught the underground train and made a beeline for the Minute Suites in Concourse B.
When I approached the front desk of Minute Suites and requested a room, the attendant informed me that all the rooms were occupied and a room would not be available until 5:15pm. I glanced at my watch only to see that it was 2:30pm. Without any hesitation, I gave up and found a gate that was empty so I could work in silence (or as much silence as you can find at the “busiest airport in the world”).
However, as a points / miles / lounge access hoarder (& travel blogger), I decided to do a little digging. I was extremely disappointed that I was unable to get a room but was also not willing to come to the airport 10 hours ahead of time so I can get a free hour in a private room.
If you are unfamiliar with Minute Suites, you are, in it’s simplest form, “renting” a small private room. Each room has a couch/daybed, a desk, and a TV. And it’s free for an hour if you have priority pass.
Note: The snacks and refreshments in the room are NOT free!
WHAT IS PRIORITY PASS?
Priority pass is a program that grants you access to more than 1,000 airport lounges and restaurants throughout the world.
HOW DO I GET A PRIORITY PASS?
If you don’t have a Priority Pass membership, the best way of getting free access is through a credit card. A few options include:
– Citi Prestige Card
– Chase Sapphire Reserve
– Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
– Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card (10 free visits annually)
– Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card
– The Platinum Card from American Express
– The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card
FIND MINUTE SUITES LOCATIONS
At the publication of this blog, there are currently 6 locations in 4 different airports:
– Atlanta (ATL) Concourse B
– Atlanta (ATL) Concourse T
– Charlotte (CLT) Atrium
– Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal A
– Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal D
– Philadelphia (PHL) AB Connector
THOROUGH INVESTIGATIVE WORK
In an effort to bring you quality travel tips, my thorough investigative work led me into the wee hours of the morning where I….just kidding. In a matter of about 5 minutes, I discovered Minute Suites had an app. This shouldn’t be surprising because everything these days has an app.
However, I was curious to understand the process for booking a suite so I attempted to book it from my phone today. The process was surprisingly straight forward. The app only requested my name, email, and phone number. Additionally surprising, the app did not ask me for a credit card or my Priority Pass.
As you can see from the four screen shots (below), the app is very user friendly. Pick a suite, pick the length of time you need the room, pick a specific time to use the suite, and press ‘book.’
If I’m ever passing through any of the airports with Minute Suites in the future, I’ll definitely be taking a few minutes to book a spot. I spend a lot of time in airports and it’s always great to have a location where you can escape the chaos.
My first chance to try the Minute Suites app will be in about two weeks when I transit ATL again.
If you’re planning to pass through an airport with a Minute Suites location, book a slot in advance so you’re not left out in the cold like me.