Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.
Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, Priority Pass restaurants & bars include the following:
- House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
- Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
- Capers Market Portland Airport
- Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport
- Corona Beach House Miami Airport
- The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
- Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
- Bobby Van’s Steakhouse New York JFK Airport
- Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport
- Johnny Rockets at Syracuse Airport
Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location — Barney’s Beanery at LAX Terminal 2. Priority Pass members have access to the restaurant between 10:30AM and 12AM.
Terminal 2 at LAX is used primarily by Delta, though also by Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, and more. While the South Terminals at the airport are all connected airside by walkways (Tom Bradley International Terminal, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 6, and Terminal 7), Terminal 2 isn’t connected airside to the other terminals. The exception is a limited shuttle service between Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
So if you’re not a Delta flyer and want to use the restaurant then you may have to clear security twice, though the good thing is that you can clear security at a terminal that’s different than the one you’re flying out of.
Here’s how the restaurant describes their food:
Barney’s Beanery serves a range of delicious food from Burgers, Soups, Salads, Chile and even items from South of the Border like Wet Burritos, Tacos and Quesadillas.
You can find the Barney’s Beanery menu here. As you can see, it doesn’t look like the healthiest menu, but then again, airport food rarely is. While this goes back quite a while, it seems like Barney’s Beanery also has a controversial past. At their West Hollywood location they had a “Fagots Stay Out” sign behind the bar, which was finally removed in 1985.
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. While a valid boarding pass is required to use the restaurant, it would appear that either an outbound or inbound boarding pass would qualify.
The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here).
You may notice that the restaurant is only open to Priority Pass members starting at 10:30AM, even though it opens way before that. Presumably that’s because the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Terminal 2 opens for Priority Pass members between 5AM and 10:45AM (in the past it would just open in the afternoons). My guess is that since they’re exclusively opening for Priority Pass members they have some kind of a non-compete clause that means there can’t be another Priority Pass lounge in the terminal during those times. I could be wrong, though.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LAX, which is open to Priority Pass members during select hours
As a reminder, the following are some of the popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):
|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|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
LAX is a tricky airport when it comes to lounge access, given how many terminals there are, and given that some of the terminals aren’t connected airside. The addition of Barney’s Beanery is great news for Delta flyers from LAX, since they now have access to a Priority Pass option at virtually all hours of the day.
Is anyone planning on checking out Barney’s Beanery at LAX using Priority Pass?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)