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 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|
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?
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).