LAX Terminal 1 Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant

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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):

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 AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
Chase Sapphire Reserve®2Yes$75 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Credit Card2Yes$75 Per Person
The Platinum Card® from American Express

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2Yes$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2No$0 (Rates & Fees)
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.

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.

Here’s the menu, and here’s the beer list.

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).

Bottom line

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), The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), and Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card (Rates & Fees).

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  1. I still don’t get why you think that travellers should pay a tip. Priority Pass is paying so they should add the tip.

  2. This location is ALWAYS packed, usually a line to get a seat. I can’t see PP lasting more than a couple months.

  3. Food is very discussing, small portion, food price is ridiculously high, employee is very rude, very unprofessional, I wouldn’t recommend this place.

  4. F..Them I was there on Thursday went to both P-Lounge things @ Terminal .” No We Not Open ” ..Useless in the USA .. Works well in SYD..
    Heil Bernie

    Yes I did in SYD to see if it works .THEIR all different ASK before u walk in.. Mine is 3 people..

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