Awesome: Denver Airport Steakhouse Joins Priority Pass Network

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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 thoughts

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 AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express 2Yes$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)
Chase Sapphire Reserve®2Yes$75 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Credit Card2Yes$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card2No$0
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card2No$0

Bottom line

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 lounge restaurant?

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).

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  1. As a Priority Pass Member who travels through concourse C at DIA frequently, this is great news. I have to wonder, however, how sustainable this is long-term.

  2. The fact that the prices aren’t displayed anywhere might be a giveaway. Getting $28 off a meal that is probably $28 more than it would be elsewhere isn’t such a bargain. Airport restaurants are for expense account travellers.

    Might get you a couple of beers though.

  3. Great news, I used to avoid Denver since there was no AMEX or Priority Pass lounge there. Now if only they would add something like this at Charlotte and Chicago then that would cover all the airports I typically fly through!

  4. Now just need Chicago to follow suit (or anything for PP really, since most people can’t use T5).

    $28 can get you a very nice meal there. I just moved out of Colorado so can’t take advantage of this anymore, but I hope this works well for all involved.

  5. I was just in DIA last night and spent $30 at a place across from timberline ugh. Did they just start their agreement literally today?

  6. Remember to tip an appropriate amount based on the service…. not just your final bill number, which might be zero or very small.

  7. Definitely great news! Flying United out of Burbank to Chicago means a stop at SFO or DEN. I would never stop in Denver because there isn’t a decent lounge. But with this, I’d add an extra hour to my connection. The prices are really not that bad either, especially for an airport terminal.
    As long as a business can handle the increased traffic, I can’t see why they wouldn’t join Priority Pass. How could you pass this up knowing that each PP participant that walks in will spend $28 or more?

  8. Nice. I usually don’t fly out of C, but maybe I can take advantage of it when flying on WN with the companion pass for vacation trips. Nothing wrong with a free beer or three either.

  9. i have used this benefit at SYD, and thought it was great! I look forward to using it in DEN…

  10. My wife suggests that on arrival one sched extra time before pick up and stop in Concourse C. Any rules against that?
    Of course, if you have checked luggage, it might present a problem.

  11. Thanks, Travis! I live in the mountains near Denver and fly from DIA several times a month. This is great news!

  12. Has anyone verified the guest benefits at these restaurants? What is to prevent someone with the reserve saying they have 50 guests and then get a drink for everyone at the bar?

  13. You guys forgot that US Bank Altitude Reserve get 4 free priority pass visits a year, plus the same for a guest. Please consider updating.

  14. This is never going to last. Funny thing is that I’d rather there just be some average semi-good lounge at DEN where I can get some work done and escape the terminal. Sure I’d like a free meal or couple beers but on a week to week basis I don’t know that I would go out of my way to eat there, even for free. I guess if I lived nearby I could just book and cancel tickets so I could eat there daily for free. Good thing this isn’t in Pittsburg 🙂
    I have AA lounge access so I guess I could get my food to go and then eat at the AA lounge as it sure beats their offerings.

  15. DaninMCI — I don’t really disagree in terms of having one semi-good lounge option. Greg over at Frequent Miler was pleading for Priority Pass to open a restaurant in the North Terminal of DTW in his post about this. I pointed out that he’s had a Lufthansa lounge for years. This might sound crazy, but I think I’d trade him a steakhouse for a LH lounge.

    I’m not sure how the Admirals club views bringing food into the club. But even assuming that’s OK, it’s gonna be a schelp out to C, then back to the Admirals club in A to eat it, and then — if you’re flying United — over to B for your flight. Phew. But on the plus side, you won’t have trouble burning off some of those calories!

  16. steve-ss,

    Actually the prices aren’t too bad. The most expensive steak is $33 and a burger is $12 to $15

    Even so, with tax, tip and drinks you’re probably still out $20 to $30.

  17. This is truly STUPID. Excited about access to a restaurant??? Business travelers want LOUNGE access. How the @*$% is this better the a lounge? Even Admiral’s Club to what the heck the United lounge is.

  18. Had burger, fires, and a beer for free (was less than $28) on Priority Pass last week. All lunch cost was the tip- a great deal. Food was good. The type of credit card you use to have Priority Pass membership shouldn’t matter. Mine was through Citi Prestige.

  19. The burger with sauteed onions and bacon was outstanding. And very good fries. Pair with a drink and you are all set! Going for breakfast tomorrow. Sorry haters-great to have any kind of PP benefit at DIA.

  20. They told me it is up to two people at a credit. Anymore than that and you basically charge it on your card after the 2 people credit.

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