Priority Pass is the the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 participating lounges around the world. Some of these are airline lounges, some are contract lounges, and lately they’re even expanding a bit beyond that.
My family is a big fan of the Priority Pass lounge network and has made use of many of their lounges around the world.
They’ve been getting creative lately, having added the Minute Suites at the Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and Atlanta airports which can be useful if you want to catch a quick nap.
They’ve even added some restaurants lately, including a few at the Sydney airport as well as at London Gatwick. The way it works at those locations is that you get a credit for each guest that can be applied to anything on the menu.
Timberline Steaks & Grill at Denver International Airport joins Priority Pass network
Well, it looks like that concept is expanding as they’ve just added the Timberline Steaks & Grill, a restaurant in Denver International Airport.
The restaurant is located airside in Terminal C, and is open daily from 6AM until 10PM from Sunday to Friday and 6AM until 9PM on Saturday. Here’s a description of Timberline from the Priority Pass website.
An American steakhouse, featuring hot-off-the-grill items including organically raised natural beef, buffalo burgers, all-natural chicken, USDA prime steaks, sandwiches, salads and a full bar with more than 30 wines and 50 beers, with a smoking lounge located adjacent to the restaurant. Members and guests will receive complimentary access to the smoking lounge only after visit has been processed. Enter restaurant through main entrance.
The way the Priority Pass restaurant concept works is that those who present their Priority Pass card will receive a 28 USD credit. The best part is that the credit is per person. So if you have a Priority Pass membership that allows guesting privileges and are traveling with others, you can take advantage of this for multiple people. A party of four can essentially get a $112 allowance towards food and drinks, which is sort of ridiculous. You can find the lunch & dinner menu for the restaurant here. They also serve breakfast, of course.
Obviously you’re responsible for any overages, and there’s no cash value if you don’t use the entire credit. It also seems like you can’t use any of the credit for a tip.
My family visits the Denver airport a lot so I am beyond excited to not only see Denver getting a Priority Pass lounge, but to be getting a Priority Pass restaurant.
I don’t recall ever having dined at Timberline, but then again as a United Premier 1K — who occasionally sleeps around with Frontier (literally) and Spirit — I can’t remember the last time I was in Terminal C.
Previously lounge options at Denver were limited to two (identical) United Clubs, an American Admirals Club, and a Delta SkyClub, none of which were anything special. Now we’ll have the option to get a proper meal, which is awesome.
That said, getting to Timberline will require a train ride there and back for me and everyone else not flying Alaska, Allegiant, and Southwest. Then again, I suspect that this could be a blessing in disguise, as I’m concerned that Priority Pass’ restaurant concept might not be sustainable at the 6th busiest airport in the US, particularly where every gate is connected airside.
Denver has tons of connecting traffic as well with United, Southwest, and Frontier operating hubs. I would suspect, however, that only those connecting on Southwest will really have time to make use of this, given the time required to ride the train over and back, in addition to the time to get a table, order, and dine.
Even so, I expect this to be a hugely popular option. It seems Priority Pass has considered this possibility as they already have a disclaimer on the website:
Please note that the restaurant may exceed their seating limit at certain times of the day & access to the restaurant is at their sole discretion.
It also seems worth noting that reviews of Timberline, even before they joined Priority Pass, indicate that the service is slow (though the food is good). I don’t expect that to get any better, honestly.
How can you get a Priority Pass membership?
Here’s a table with some of the major credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships, as well as their respective guesting rules:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
I am so excited to see Denver getting a Priority Pass restaurant that I can hardly contain myself.
United has so far shown no interest in building a Polaris Lounge in Denver, despite having one (and soon two) international Polaris flights. And Amex has not put Denver on their Centurion Lounge roadmap.
Make no mistake, I’ve enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies at the American Admirals club for a long time — thanks Tiffany — but soon I’ll be having a proper steak dinner thanks to Priority Pass. I feel like I’ve died and gone to… a steakhouse.
Anyone as excited as I am about Denver getting a Priority Pass
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).