Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars 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. We even see this sometimes at airports where Priority Pass does have lounges, but they’re just overcrowded.
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
- Barney’s Beanery Los Angeles Airport
There are also some Priority Pass restaurants outside the US (I’ve written about my experiences with the ones in Sydney and Singapore), though it seems to me like most of the new ones are here in the US.
At both airports they added a Bleriot Bar & Lounge as well as La Bonbonniere. It’s interesting to see them add the same two restaurants at both airports. As they describe it:
- Bleriot Bar & Lounge offers an assortment of international cocktails and local influence, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- La Bonbonniere is an all-day Peruvian restaurant that offers an international menu blended with local cuisine
As far as these lounge locations go:
- In Lima both lounges are past passport control near gate 24
- In Sao Paulo there’s one located in Terminal 2, and one in Terminal 3, so that gives passengers access to more options
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $27 worth of food & drinks per person at all of these restaurants. That’s interesting, since it’s $1 lower than the credit at most other Priority Pass restaurants, which is $28. A same day boarding pass is required to use the credit at the restaurants.
The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $27 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (which I think is appropriate in the US, but outside the US there’s not as much of a need to tip).
As a reminder, the following are some of the popular US 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|
Getting four additional Priority Pass restaurants is a nice development, especially for those who frequently travel through South America. If I’m actually wanting to eat during a layover, I’ll take a Priority Pass restaurant over a Priority Pass lounge any day of the week.
Has anyone checked out these new Priority Pass restaurants in Lima or Sao Paulo yet, or plan on doing so soon?
(Tip of the hat to Doctor of Credit)
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).