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 (it’s amazing how much this list has grown in a short time):
- 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
- Viena Miami Airport
- Air Margaritaville 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
- Bracket Room at Washington Reagan Airport
- The Fan Zone Indianapolis Airport
- RJ Rockers Flight Room Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
- Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Boston Airport
- Stephanie’s Boston Airport
- San Francisco Giant’s Clubhouse San Francisco Airport
- Yankee Pier San Francisco Airport
- American Tap Room at Washington Reagan Airport
- Landry’s Seafood at Houston Airport
- Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar Houston Airport
- P.F. Chang’s Los Angeles Airport
- Chef Geoff’s Washington Dulles Airport
- The Cafe by Mise en Place Tampa Airport
The progression of Priority Pass at LAX has been interesting, as up until recently the airport had three restaurants, then it lost two of them (Campanile’s in Terminal 4 has already left Priority Pass, and Barney’s Beanery in Terminal 2 is leaving Priority Pass as of November 30). That means the airport was going to be down to one Priority Pass restaurant.
There’s a positive development on that front. Priority Pass has just added yet another US restaurant location, this time at Los Angeles International Airport — Rock & Brews at LAX Terminal 1.
As a reminder, the following are some of the most 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 (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|
Rock & Brews at LAX
Rock & Brews is open daily from 4AM until 10PM, and it’s located airside (after security) in Terminal 1, on the second level opposite gate 11B.
LAX has several terminals, and unfortunately Terminal 1 isn’t connected airside to any other terminal. This terminal is used exclusively by Southwest Airlines.
Here’s how the restaurant describes itself:
Rock & Brews offers unique options such as Gastropub Burger & fire-grilled Santa Maria Tri Tip Sandwich, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Drinks selection includes 24 rotating draft beers & craft cocktails.
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person.
In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass, though there’s no explicit requirement that it needs to be an outbound boarding pass (so in theory you could visit on arrival). The terms also state that the credit isn’t valid for to-go and grab-and-go orders.
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).
The new Priority Pass restaurant at LAX is an excellent addition for Southwest Airlines passengers.
In general the pattern here is a bit odd, as we’ve seen three Priority Pass restaurants added, two removed, and now another one added. Hopefully the trend going forward is that we see more additions rather than more removals.
Does anyone plan on visiting Rock & Brews at LAX?
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).