Man honestly. Now that you mention it. I want to say no but I can't be 100% sure. It may depend on the lounge because I feel like at some point I've been asked for it. Would make sense for lounges that are before security checkpoints to ask right?Question for you Foler on your priority pass usage: Do they make you show your boarding pass when going in? I've been wondering if a card that gives lounge access is worth it to someone who most always flys standby.
I know the centurion lounges are great, but is the food in the PP lounges even worth eating? I've mostly seen just cheap looking finger food in them.
PP just partners with lounges so the quality of the lounge can be completely variable. Like you could end up at an airport that has 4 PP lounges that are all different partners, sometimes I peak in one and the other to see which is better. Sometimes two PP lounges can be literally right next door to each other. Now another result of them being partners is that each lounge can sometimes have different rules or open/close times, etc.
The enormous network they have is a huge benefit for me. I've hit up lounges in places like Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Bolivia, etc where the general airport is just terrible (I've slept on the floor of Jomo Kenyatta International before - do not recommend)
Id say buffet finger food type stuff is stereotypical with free alcohol. The one in the DR had an actual bartender.. I want to say the one I was in in San Jose CR had food you could order tho.
Like I said for me the biggest benefit is in African countries or Latin America, where the lounge is significantly more comfortable than the airport (airport doesn't have wifi but lounge does for example)
Hope that's helpful.