Priority Pass Members Can Now Eat & Drink For Free At Lexington Airport

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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’ve gotten creative and have expanded beyond that.

For example, several weeks ago I went to Portland to review their ridiculously awesome Priority Pass lounge setup. As a Priority Pass member you can access the Alaska Lounge

You can get a spirits flight of up to $28 per person at House Spirits Distillery

You can eat and drink for up to $28 per person at Capers Cafe Le Bar

And you can eat, drink, and/or shop for up to $28 per person at Capers Market.

Not bad, eh?

In early September a steakhouse at Denver Airport also joined Priority Pass, which is great news for those who frequent the airport, as it didn’t previously have a Priority Pass lounge. Then in late September a restaurant at Miami Airport also joined Priority Pass (while the airport already had a couple of Priority Pass lounges, none were in American’s terminal). Just last week two Italian restaurants at St. Louis Airport joined Priority Pass, which are the first Priority Pass lounges at the airport.

Priority Pass isn’t waiting long to add more restaurants, and has just announced their newest US locationa. Specifically, Lexington Airport (in Kentucky) is getting a Priority Pass restaurant — at the Kentucky Ale Taproom, Priority Pass members can spend up to $28 each (so if you’re traveling with two others, $84 will be taken off your final tab). The restaurant is located after security, on the right near the Concourse B entrance. It’s open daily from 5AM until after the last flight.

In terms of the food & drink selection, here’s how it’s described:

The Kentucky Ale Taproom offers a variety of food, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Treat yourself to regional favorites or enjoy all-American favorites such as burgers and salads. Now featuring Crank & Boom ice cream.

I can’t guarantee this is accurate, but based on an online search it looks like this is the menu.

If you don’t have access to Priority Pass, here are some of the best cards that get you access, along with their guesting policies:

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
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express2Yes$300 Per Person
Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card2Yes$75 Per Person

Bottom line

It’s great to see the pace at which restaurants are being added to the Priority Pass network. Lexington Airport is significantly smaller than the other US airports that have gotten Priority Pass lounges, so I imagine this addition will cost Priority Pass a bit less.

I can’t wait to see this expanded to more airports!

Does anyone plan on checking out the Kentucky Ale Taproom at Lexington Airport?

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Comments

  1. Yes! This is my home airport. Pretty much the only restaurant there. Will have to rethink my current show up 40 minutes before my flight and walk right onto the plane strategy.

  2. What is this? A club for diners now!

    Joking aside, I hope it catches on in major airports like PHL, YYZ, and JFK

  3. Ballin! Mjolnir’s home airport is so so good I get to eat for free!

    I’ve been going there since I was a small Viking. And yes your description is accurate. Got the PriorityPass thru Amex Platinum

  4. @Dean

    Used to be my home airport too. And, let me tell you Lucky, don’t make a special trip to check it out. At best, it’s a marginal spot to grab a beer and a sandwich if you accidentally get to the airport too early for your flight.

  5. still don’t understand how priority pass makes money. do they pass on those charges to credit card issuer like chase?

  6. Was just there Sunday. Usually there about 6 times a year between Keeneland, Football and basketball games. This is great news!

    KY Bourbon Barrel on draft is a perfect way to start a flight.

  7. Can you go to more than one lounge in a day in the same airport? I am using the pass thru Chase Sapphire Reserve

  8. @Daniel
    They are getting so much revenue from hordes of CSR cardholders to all the new premium cards being added to the market in the last 2 years or so. Now, people are angry that they are constantly being turned away from lounges. If PP doesn’t do this, all the CC companies would have many angry customers never able to use the lounge and they might change the benefits to offer something else instead of PP.

  9. Those restaurants does not get reimbursement from PriorityPass, However PriorityPass does advertise those restaurants on their website & other resources so it’s a win win for both. $28 billed for each person, their fix cost is somewhere between $4 – $8 in that range, FYI

  10. This is my home airport, too. I agree that: the food is mediocre; the beer, for a town that has some pretty competitive breweries, is meh; and the bourbon and whiskey made by parent company Alltech, is just plain bad. Luckily they have other bourbons available. That said, I often get stuck there if my flight’s delayed, and the wife and I are both priority pass members, so eating/drinking on PP’s dime is better than on ours.

  11. Perfect timing, as we are flying out of there Saturday. Glad to hear it’s this restaurant and not the Club there.

  12. Glad to see option is expanding towards airport restaurants and to go food retailers…

    We flew back recently from SAT to SNA via DEN and had a chance to try Timberline Steaks & Grill in DEN. Even though the restaurant was more than half full and busy but service was fast and sufficient stop for our one hour 20 minutes layover. $28pp allowance was plenty to spend. Wish they had same options at San Antonio airport though… Being at SAT for almost two hours after returning our rental car, we really needed place to kill some time.

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